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Always ready to try another sushi place, we headed over to Shiki Sushi in Clearwater.  They weren’t too busy, but it was also around 9pm on a Friday night. 

They start you off with a little bowl of noodles.  I liked it, Loren didn’t think much of it.

We ordered a calamari appetizer.

I thought it was terrible.  Really, really tough squid tentacles.  It was not enjoyable at all.

Then came the sushi.

We got a California Roll, a Mexican Roll, a Margarita Roll, a Sunset Roll, a Shiki roll and two pieces of salmon.     The Margarita roll was different.  It had lime and a ponzu citrus sauce on it.  Loren enjoyed the Sunset roll which had spicy salmon.  It wasn’t as spicy as other places, which was probably a good thing. 

Total bill was $47.  The sushi was ok, but I’ve had better elsewhere.  I don’t expect that we’ll be going back anytime soon. 

Shiki Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant
1500 N McMullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, FL
727-791-7974

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    Saw a coupon on Restaurant.com for $25 off at Greektown Grille in Clearwater, so we decided to check it out.  It’s a nice looking restaurant with lots of seating and a patio area. 

    The bread was fresh and warm, just the way I like it.

    We had to spend $35, so we started off with a couple of half orders of appetizers.  Some calamari and some dolmades.

    The pepperoncini sauce that came with the calamari was a little spicy.  The calamari itself was cooked very well.  The dolmades were really good.  At a lot of places, it’s more rice than meat, but these were mostly meat which was nice and they had a really good flavor.

    Soup or salad came with our entrees, so we ordered one of each.

    The Greek salad has very good dressing on it.  The avgolemono soup was bursting with lemon flavor.  It was a pretty thick soup and if I had any hope of eating my dinner, there was no way I was going to be able to finish it.

    Loren ordered the Athenian Chicken.

    He really enjoyed it.  The chicken was cooked well and the spinach sauce and rice that came with it had wonderful flavors.  I ordered the pastitsio with a side of roasted potatoes.

    This was a wonderful dish.  The pasta and bechamel sauce were both cooked perfectly.  The sauce had a delicate taste of nutmeg.  I’ve had the dish at other places where it was overwhelming.  The potatoes were lemon roasted and tasty, but I was barely able to eat half my entree.  But, I’m all for leftovers.

    After the $25 coupon, the total bill was only $13.  Talk about a lot of delicious food for an incredible price.  This is definitely a place we’ll go back to again.  Having an authentic Greek restaurant without having to drive into Tarpon Springs is a wonderful thing.

    Greektown Grille
    1230 Cleveland St
    Clearwater, FL
    727-447-7800

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  • We called around to a few places to see who was open on Memorial Day and ended up at Georgie Boy Restaurant in Clearwater.

    They have a big menu with lots of choices.  We both ordered off of the specials menu with came with bread, soup or salad, and dessert.

    Loren got a salad & and I got the cream of chicken soup.

    The soup was very flavorful.  Definitely homemade.

     Bread baskets always make me happy.  For our entrees, Loren ordered the roast beef dinner which came with mashed potatoes and corn.

    Down home goodness on a plate.  Nothing fancy, just good food and lots of it.  I ordered the fettucine with meatballs.

    Gotta love a place that actually gives you a bunch of meatballs.  The sauce was really good, very similar to my grandmother’s recipe.  The meatballs were also very tasty and had a nice consistency.  I ended up taking half of it home for leftovers.

    For dessert, we both decided to get cheesecake.  There were some options that came with dinner or you could substitute cheesecake for half price.

    This was a decandent NY style cheesecake.  Very thick and rich with a delicate flavor.  There were a few other desserts in the dessert case that looked amazing. 

    Total dinner was $25.  Great value, and lots of tasty food.  This is definitely a place we’ll try again.

    Georgie Boy Restaurant
    1101 S Missouri Ave
    Clearwater, FL
    727-442-1217

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    Tio Pepe on Gulf to Bay is another one of those restaurants that we’ve driven by countless times, but never stopped in for dinner.  We finally made it over there tonight.  It was actually good timing since they’re getting ready to close for renovations for a few weeks.

    We were seated and given menus, but had to wait for a while before our waiter showed up.  Never a good way to start a dining experience.  I then got the impression that our being there was somewhat of an inconvenience for him.  

    He took our drink order, an iced tea and a water with lime, and when he returned to our table he gave me a very small glass of water and no lime.  Now, it’s not that he didn’t hear me because he said, “oh, I’ll bring you some lime”, but never did. 

    We did, however, get the bread basket.

    Two loaves of bread with whipped butter.  I actually liked the brown bread better than the other one.  The white bread had a distinct taste to it, maybe buttermilk.

    Then came the salad which was tossed at the table.

    I watched another waiter toss the salad for a different table and he had brought out a tray and tossed the salad with some Worchestershire sauce and some oil/dressing, then mixed it all together.  Our waiter brought the bowl to the table and tossed it around and put it on plates.  Now, I don’t know if he mixed in the other ingredients in the kitchen or just decided not to bother with them. 

    Loren liked the salad more than I did.  It was very garlicy and had way too much romano and parmesean cheese on it for me.  Plus it had olives, of which I’m not a fan. 

    While we were waiting for our entrees, I realized the edge of the table where I was sitting had a gooey layer of caramel on it.  Just what every patron wants from their dining experience, a nice sticky table. 

    Then came the entrees.  Loren ordered the Puntas De Solomillo Salteado (Tips of Tenderloin, Mushrooms, Serrano Ham and Chorizo) served with Saffron Rice.

    He liked it.  It didn’t have any intense flavors, but a nice flavor overall.  I liked the flavor of it but thought the steak was dry.  The other odd thing is that  I would have expected a separate dinner plate to be provided instead of having to eat directly out of the pan it was cooked in.  

    I ordered the Arroz con Pollo.

    It was a beautiful presentation, but there was a flavor in it that neither of us could identify and that I didn’t like.  Everything was cooked well, but whatever that flavor was just completely ruined it for me.

    Of course I looked at the dessert menu and couldn’t pass up the Tarta de Chocolate (14 layers of thin Cookie Crust filled in between with Chocolate Mousse Cream and Raspberry Sauce)

    Loren said it was one of his favorite desserts.  I didn’t like it at all.  As far as I’m concerned chocolate and cinnamon should never meet. The mousse had cinnamon in it and there was no raspberry sauce, instead it was a hardened drizzle of chocolate and caramel on the plate.  I will say, the hardened pieces on the plate were tasty, much better than the dessert itself. 

    Total bill was $45.  Loren enjoyed it much more than I did.  Our waiter had an attitude from start to finish and that put me off more than the food. 

    Tio Pepe Restaurante
    2930 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    727-799-3082

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  • We’ve been to Johnny’s Italian Restaurant a few times before.  We were a little worried tonight when we placed our drink order for water with lime and an unsweet iced tea and the waitress brought us both water with lemon.  Luckily, the service got better after that.

    “Home of Famous Johnny Bread”  is written right on the front window and I have to agree, their bread is awesome.

    Little fresh baked loaves, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and served up with some of the most garlicy oil I’ve ever tasted.  We ended up asking for a second loaf because it was just that good.

    Both of our entress came with soup or salad and we both went for the Manhattan Clam Chowder.

    Loren liked it more than I did.  It had a nice flavor, but I thought it was overly salty.  There were a few pieces of clam that were really tough, but the rest of the veggies were cooked well.

    For his entree, Loren ordered the grouper piccata which came with a side of fettucine alfredo.

    He said it was very good.  Surprisingly, he even liked the fettucine alfredo.  He normally doesn’t eat it and had he known it came with his dinner, he would have tried to substitute it for something else, but after he tasted it, he ended up eating quite a bit.  It was nice and creamy.  The grouper was cooked well and had a tasty picatta sauce.

    I ordered the cheese lasagne.

    I thought the sauce on this dish had too much salt in it as well, but overall, it was a good lasagne.  The cheese filling was very tasty and the noodles were cooked just right.

    We both ended up with leftovers for tomorrow and the total bill was $29.   

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

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