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We got up early this morning to go see “Alice in Wonderland” in IMAX 3D.  The movie was pretty good, but the Disney cartoon is still my favorite.

After the movie we headed to downtown Safety Harbor for lunch, but forgot that the seafood festival was going on.  Parking looked like a nightmare, so instead we headed over to Fish Tail Willy’s near Countryside mall. 

We ordered some calamari for an appetizer, but our waitress showed up with our entrees instead.  She forgot to put in our appetizer order, but offered to put in the order at no charge, so we went ahead and got it.

We should have just gone without.  The calamari was tough.  The coating was nice and crunchy, but the calamari itself was chewy and overcooked.  It came with three dipping sauces,  Tomato Honey, Mango Jalapeno, and Spicey Aioli.  I liked the tomato honey one best.

Loren ordered the Salmon Cake Sandwich and a salad. 

It’s salmon folded with capers, zucchini and squash with a dill lime mayo.  It was crispy and had an unusual taste to it.  He enjoyed it. 

I ordered a grouper sandwich and fries.

The fries were really good and had a nice crunch to them.  The sandwich, however, wasn’t that great.  Even though I order fried grouper, I still expect it to not be greasy.  The bottom bun was soggy.  I also don’t like it when they place a very strong onion on top of the lettuce and tomato.  Even though I would have liked to put the lettuce and tomato on my sandwich, all I would have tasted was onion.

We’ve eaten here before and it’s been good, but overall today, it was a very dissatisfying lunch for me.  For $25, I’m sure I could have had a better experience elsewhere.

Fish Tail Willy’s
2543 Countryside Blvd
Clearwater, FL
727-791-4270

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  • Smokey Beans


    Felt the need for some Mexican food tonight, so we headed over to Carmelita’s on East Bay in Clearwater.  I’d been to the one on Ulmerton before, but Loren said he’d been to this one and it was a little closer to home.

    He started out with some chips and salsa and I ordered the chili bean dip.

    Loren really enjoyed the salsa.  Said it had a really good flavor.  The chili dip was ok.  The cheese was really thin so you ended up with more chili than cheesy dip.  I prefer it cheesier myself.

    I ordered a chicken chimichanga with rice and beans.

    The flavor of the chimi was good, but it wasn’t crispy at all.  The two ends had a slight crunch to them, but the rest of it was just plain burrito.  They either didn’t fry it long enough or doused it in sauce too early so it got mushy.  It also wasn’t a very big chimi either.  Not that I needed anymore food, but compared to ones at other restaurants, this one was on the small side.   I also kept tasting a smokey flavor and couldn’t figure out what it was until Loren mentioned that his beans tasted smokey.  It was an unusual flavor for refried beans.  As if they just added some smoke flavoring to them.

    Loren ordered some steak fajitas.

    The first bite he took of the meat was very tough, but he said the rest was ok.  The meat looked a bit well done to me.  It wasgrilled with onions, no peppers. 

    Overall, the meal was ok, but nothing spectacular.  Appetizer, two entrees and a drink ran us $30.

    Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant
    5042 East Bay Drive
    Tri City Plaza
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 524-8226

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  • I’ve been wanting Greek food for a while now and we finally decided to try the Acropol Inn Restaurant over on Sunset Point Rd in Clearwater.  There were a bunch of cars in the parking lot, so that’s usually a good sign.

    We started off with some Greek salads.

    They were a rather simple Greek salad, just some lettuce, tomato, onions, Feta and a dollop of potato salad on the bottom.  The homemade dressing was pretty good though.  They bring the bottle of dressing to the table so you can have as much or as little as you want. 

    They also bring you a large basket of bread.

    It was very fresh and soft, but would have been better if it had been warm.  We decided to try their gyro appetizer.

    There was a lot of gyro meat on the plate along with some garlicy tzatziki sauce.  It was really tasty gyro meat.  We ended up bringing half of it home.

    Loren got the souvlaki platter with veggies and rice.

    He said the pork was tasty, but not tender.  It definitely hadn’t been marinated for very long.  The red sauce on the rice tasted like tomato soup and the veggies were water logged. 

    I saw pastitio on the menu and had to have it.

    It was a huge portion, half of it came home with me too.  It was good, but it had the same red sauce as Loren’s rice and tasted like tomato soup.  You could definitely taste the nutmeg in the meat.   Not the best I’ve ever had, but it satisfied my craving.  It also came with the same water logged veggies.

    This wouldn’t be my first choice for Greek food, but for $26 we definitely got a lot of food.

    Acropol Inn Restaurant
    2552 Sunset Point Rd
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 796-2879

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  • Loren and I constantly play the “where do you want to go for dinner?, I don’t know, where do you want to go to dinner?” game.  We finally narrowed it down to Mexican food and decided on Carambas Restaurant in Clearwater.

    It’s a small restaurant, but most of the tables were filled when we got there.  There was only one waitress, but she seemed to handle things pretty well.  First up, some chips and salsa.

    The salsa is not your typical tomato salsa, this one was more of a roasted pepper salsa.  Loren thoroughly enjoyed it and finished all the chips before our entrees showed up.

    I can’t remember the name of what he ordered.  It was some sort of skirt steak with rice and beans.

    He said the steak itself was nothing to write home about, but when you added the pico de gallo and guacamole, that’s what made the dish.  He normally doesn’t eat all of the refried beans when we go out for Mexican food, but he scarfed these down.  They had a nice flavor to them. 

    I ordered the Chicken and Shrimp Mexicano.

    It was really tasty.  The chicken was so tender and the shrimp were nice and fresh.  It was all covered in a tomato/onion/garlic sauce.  Not spicy at all which is just the way I like it. 

    Everything tasted fresh and had great flavors.  It took a little time to get our food, but when the result is something that tastes this good, it’s worth the wait.  Definitely one of the better $28 meals we’ve had.

    Caramba’s Restaurant
    1840 Drew St
    Clearwater, FL

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  • Spicy Thai


    The bi-weekly lunch meeting was at Chiang Mai in downtown Clearwater today.  It’s one of those upscale-looking places that is probably expensive in the evenings (don’t know, never been there for dinner!), but caters to the downtown business crowd for lunch with affordable and tasty meals.  I used to work 2 blocks from the place, so I’ve been there for lunch a few times.

    My favorite Thai dish is Ginger Chicken.  It’s just good stuff, and I really like it, so it’s what I almost always get at a Thai restaurant.  This being an “authentic” Thai restaurant, they asked me how hot I wanted it.  My answer was a risky (for me) “medium”.  You just never know what you’re going to get with Medium, but it’s usually not deathly hot.  This batch was perfect for me.  Yes, it was a little spicy, but it seemed like a great deal of the heat simply came from a lot of fresh ginger, which is fine by me.

    The main course was preceded by a bowl of chicken and rice soup, which was excellent, as well.

    Another lunch on the company’s dime, but it was probably about $9 before the tip.

    Parking kinda sucks in downtown Clearwater, though.  Not many places to park besides on-street metered parking.  I didn’t feel like running around, so I just parked close and fed the meter.  As I was dropping quickly dropping my two quarters in the meter, I noticed that it already had 43 minutes on it from the last user… and that since the meter maxes at 1 hour, my second quarter was of no use (but was greedily accepted, just the same).  Insult to that minor injury:  I was there for more than an hour and got a $20 parking ticket!  So, my “free lunch” cost me $20.50 for parking.

    Chiang Mai Thai and Sushi
    (727) 461-0414
    415 Cleveland Street
    Clearwater, FL 33755

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