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Looking for a new Mediterranean restaurant and ended up at Mirage Restaurant in Clearwater on Gulf to Bay.  Normally, we’re not too keen on buffets, but this one was surprisingly fresh and tasty.

The buffet had a variety of salads and dips, my favorite being the babaganoush.  There were several different rice and vegetarian options, stuffed grape leaves, plus chicken and beef kababs.  We tried a bunch of different things and the meats were all very tender and everything had a good mix of flavorful spices.  The baklava for dessert wasn’t too sweet and had a warm cinnamon flavor to it.  The restaurant itself is just a big open dining room, plus a patio out front.

Total bill was $47 and we’ll definitely be back again.

Mirage Restaurant
2284 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL
727-724-3604

Mirage Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.9/5

Little Lamb


The Little Lamb Gastropub recently opened up in the shopping center on the corner of McMullen Booth & Enterprise in the space where Laziz Indian Restaurant used to be.  It’s a small space with about 10 tables as well as bar stools around the open kitchen.  We got there early which was good because by the time we left, there were people occupying all of the open space waiting for a table.

We started off with the poutine, which is basically fries, cheese curds & gravy with a sprinkling of chives.

The fries themselves were cooked & salted well, but I thought the gravy lacked any flavor.  The first cheese curd I grabbed from the top was still cold, but the ones further inside were ooey and gooey as melted cheese should be.   We finished off the poutine and for his entree, Loren chose the short ribs.

It was a boneless piece of meat, well seasoned on a Celeriac puree.  The meat was very tender and the puree gave the dish a unique flavor.  He ate every last bite of it, but commented that perhaps a few mushrooms would have been a nice addition.  I decided to try the lamb shank.

The lamb shank was huge and also fall off the bone tender.  The menu said roasted root vegetables, but they seemed more boiled than roasted to me.  Though cooked well, I found the dish lacking in flavor and texture.  The lamb tasted like, well… lamb, which isn’t a bad thing, but it was completely one note.  The veggies, red & purple potatoes and carrots, didn’t taste seasoned at all and there simply wasn’t anything interesting about the dish to tempt my tastebuds and keep them interested.  We tried the s’mores tart for dessert.

It was a graham cracker crust with a thick chocolate ganache filling and burnt espresso marshmallows.  The marshmallows were a bit too dark for me, but Loren liked them.  The little crisps on top had an interesting flavor.  I thought it was lemony, but I think it was ginger.  The wait staff was friendly and the food was quick to the table, but nothing really wow’d me enough to immediately think we need to return.  As people came in waiting for tables, the room started to get loud and crowded.  Total bill with a drink was $60.

Little Lamb Gastropub
2475 N. McMullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, FL
727-401-3339

The Little Lamb Gastropub Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.3/5

Breakfast


Going out for breakfast on a Sunday morning can be quite the adventure if you don’t want to stand in line for an hour.  We thought we’d try Lenny’s in Clearwater to find the line surrounding the building.  Then we drove through the Village Inn parking lot to find it completely full as well.  Eventually, we drove by Country Skillet on Roosevelt and didn’t have to wait for a table.  They brought a few mini blueberry muffins to the table.  I could have easily eaten a dozen of them and not thought twice about it.

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Loren got an omelette and I went for a southern scramble, both with hashbrowns.  His was smothered in hollendaise sauce, mine with sausage gravy.

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Let’s just say calorie count went out the window with this breakfast.  Everything was ok and there was plenty of it.  Hearty enough breakfast that neither of us needed lunch.   Nothing that wow’d us so much that we’d make a special trip out here, but it filled our bellies and we didn’t have to wait.  Total bill was $21.

Country Skillet Restaurant
2839 Roosevelt Blvd
Clearwater, FL
727-539-1428

Country Skillet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5

Dessert


We got some burgers at Red Robin tonight.  We’ve never been disappointed in the food, but I don’t usually blog about chain restaurants so  I didn’t take any photos.  That is, until we got to dessert.  I’ll just leave this Mile High Mudd Pie here.  Try not to lick the screen.

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It was absolutely decadent and divine.  How can you go wrong with chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, Oreo cookies, & caramel??

Red Robin
27001 US Hwy 19 N
Clearwater, FL
(727) 726-7249

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
4.1/5
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  • Italian Food


    We timed our dinner just right at Johnny’s Italian in Clearwater.  This place gets busy on the weekends but we were able to get in & get a table without a wait.  Loren started off with a salad and I went for the New England clam chowder, but let’s face it, we come here for the fresh baked Johnny bread.

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    That bread.  It’s warm and soft and you just don’t care that you’re going to smell like garlic for the rest of the night because that dipping oil is just so delicious.  The clam chowder was creamy, thick and rich and hit the spot.  We decided to try the crab cakes tonight.

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    They were quite good.  Very little filler, just lots of crab.  The sauce on the plate had a bit of a zing to it.  Loren tried the chicken Briscante for his entree.

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    The chicken was very tender and the pasta cooked perfectly.  It had a light cream sauce that was quite tasty.  I went for my favorite dish on the menu, the chicken marsala with fettucine alfredo.

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    I had lots of leftovers tonight.  The chicken was tender and the alfredo sauce is so creamy and delicious.  And since I took half of my entree home, we couldn’t pass up a slice of the chocolate dream cake.

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    This cake is so rich and chocolatety.  The frosting is a fudgey ganache and the cake is quite moist.  So good.  Total bill with a drink was $47.

    Johnny’s Italian Restaurant
    2907 SR 590 #1
    Clearwater, FL
    727-797-2940

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5