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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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  • Sushi Friday


    We were actually heading to Fish Tail Willie’s since the power went out the last time we tried to eat there, but it looked mobbed this time, so we ended up at Jo-To Japanese Restaurant in the same shopping center.

    We’d eaten at Jo-To before, but forgot that their entrance is around back by the lake.  It really is an odd set up.  Anyway, they weren’t busy when we got there, so it was a nice quiet dinner.

    Loren started out with a salad and I ordered the fried oyster appetizer.

    The oysters were really tasty.  The crispy batter on them was excellent.  The only downside was that I should have let them cool a bit before biting into the first one.  I burned my tongue pretty well on the hot juices that flowed out.  It came with a tasty BBQ sauce to dip them in. 

    We decided to order sushi.

    From the top, we got a Tekka tuna roll, a Rainbow roll, a California roll, a Mexican roll, a Spider roll, and some salmon.

    They don’t have a wide variety of sushi, but their prices are very reasonable.  The Mexican roll was really good.  The avacado in the California roll wasn’t as fresh as it should have been, but overall, the roll had a nice flavor.  The Spider roll was good, but the claws sticking out of it were pretty funny looking.  Loren enjoyed the Rainbow roll, I’m just not a fan of smoked salmon.  He ate the salmon and Tekka as well. 

    For $45 we got 5 rolls, two pieces of salmon, an appetizer, salad and drink.   Is it the best sushi we’ve ever eaten?  No, but the restaurant has a nice atmosphere and the waitstaff is extremely polite.  We were both quite full by the time we rolled ourselves out of there.

    Jo-To Japanese Restaurant
    2549 Countryside Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    727-796-2022

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  • Have you ever gone to a restaurant on the night it’s going out of business?  I gotta say, it’s a rather surreal experience.

    We had a Restaurant.com coupon for Sophia’s in Clearwater, $25 off a total bill of $35, so we headed out there for dinner.  There weren’t any other customers there when we arrived, but we figured it was probably just slow because it was a rainy Thursday night.

    The owner brought us some menus and while we were looking them over another customer came in and sat at the counter.  She started chatting with the owner who told her she was going out of business tonight because the landlord raised the rent. 

    At this point, we started to question whether or not we should eat dinner there,  but the owner came by the table and said she didn’t have everything on the menu, but could make most things. 

    We decided to give it a try since we had the coupon anyway and she was willing to honor it.  We started out with some cheese sticks.

    The sauce was tasty and the cheese sticks were pretty good.  Loren got the chicken caccitore.

    He liked it.  I got the baked ziti with ricotta and meatballs and was less than impressed.

    The meatballs were obviously out of a bag and there wasn’t any ricotta in it at all.  I didn’t like the sauce either, it was a little too garlicy for me.

    About half way through our meal, the U-haul truck shows up and they started dismantling the restaurant around us.  People were moving out kitchen equipment and taking things off the walls.   It felt a little awkward.  We got our bill, dropped a $20 on the table and headed out.  Even if they weren’t closing their doors, I doubt I’d have gone back.

    Sofia’s Italian Restaurant
    1710 N. Hercules Ave
    Clearwater, FL
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