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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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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Spanish
  • 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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  • We headed over to Poblanos for a quick lunch today.  We’ve been on vacation in Hawaii for the past 10 days and even though we hiked all over the Big Island, we both managed to gain weight, so we decided to split an order of chicken fajitas.

    Ok, rather we thought we were going to split an order of chicken fajitas, instead our waitress brought us out steak fajitas.  Personally, I don’t think chicken and steak sound anything alike, but since we were in a hurry, we just ate what she brought. 

    I ended up only eating one fajita because the steak was really tough.  Luckily, it came with rice and beans, so I ate some of that instead.

    And Loren was happy with chips and salsa.

    Total bill was $16 and next time I’ll just have to make sure the waitress reads back our order so we actually get what we ordered.

    Poblanos Mexican Grill & Bar
    2451 McMullen Booth Road
    Clearwater, FL
    727-796-7080

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  • We were out doing some shopping this afternoon and the Sunset Grill was close to where we were going.  This was our first time here and I’m pretty sure we were the youngest customers in there.  They definitely cater to the Top of the World crowd since that subdivision is right around the corner.

    They have a big menu, plus daily specials.  Loren ordered a buffalo chicken sandwich with a side of their chicken rosalini soup.

    The soup had a nice homemade flavor.  The noodles were soft and just the right size for scooping up with the spoon, plus it had big chunks of chicken and some carrots.

    The buffalo chicken sandwich, though, did not impress.

    Loren said the chicken was overcooked.  Like it had been cooked once, and then cooked again.  He only ate half of it.  He did like the pickle though.

    I ordered a cheeseburger with a side of fries.

    I ordered it medium, but it was pretty well done.  It tasted ok, but was kinda dry.  I liked the coleslaw and the fries were ok too.

    When we first walked in the door, I saw the dessert display and knew I had to try the “Chocolate Confusion”.

    It was pretty good.  It had a chocolate cookie base, a layer of fudge, a milk chocolate layer (actually, I’m not sure what the light color layer was, it really didn’t have any flavor, but it had a nice creamy texture), then a chocolate cake layer and a thick ganache frosting. 

    Lunch was $21.  There wasn’t much about it that really impressed us.  I don’t know that we’ll be back anytime soon.

    Sunset Grill
    2328 Sunset Point Rd
    Clearwater, FL
    727-723-2346

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  • Filed under: American, Clearwater