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We’ve walked by Grimaldi’s Pizzeria at Countryside Mall a bunch of times and finally decided it was time to check it out.  It was about 8pm on a Sunday night and they weren’t very busy.  We got a small regular pizza and added garlic, meatballs, and mushrooms to it.

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I understand charging for toppings, but $2 for fresh garlic is a bit on the unreasonable side.  I liked the crust of the pizza, but not the sauce.  It had that “not cooked long enough tomato from a can taste” and desperately needed the garlic we added.  The meatballs were ok, and normally, I don’t like a thin crust, but this one had the right texture to it.  You could even watch the guys in the kitchen tossing the dough.  They had a special butterscotch cheesecake that we couldn’t pass up.

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I’d come back just for the cheesecake.  It was silky smooth with a wonderful butterscotch flavor.  Absolutely delicious.   Would I come back for the pizza?  Probably not.  It was overpriced and lacked the flavors I was after.  Total bill with a drink was $32.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
27001 Hwy 19 N.
Clearwater, FL
(727) 725-1200

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Food2/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
2.5/5

So Much Food


We ventured over to Saki Endless Sushi in Clearwater for dinner tonight.  It’s located on Gulf to Bay & Hwy 19 behind the shopping center.  I didn’t even realize there was a building back there.  It’s a nice looking little restaurant and for $17.99 you can order endless appetizers, soup, salad, sushi, hibachi, and dessert.  We had to roll ourselves out of there.   You order as much or as little at a time, pacing yourself so everything doesn’t come out all at once.  There is an additional charge for any remaining sushi, but we didn’t have any problem finishing off what we ordered.

For the first round, we got the Green Sarabay, Mexican, and Rainbow roll

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The Green Sarabay had Spicy tuna crunch & tamago inside with salmon and avocado on top.  I had to look up what tamago was.  It’s egg. Loren said the tuna had a good spice level to it.  I love anything covered in eel sauce and the Mexican roll and Rainbow roll were both fresh & tasty.   Next round, we got the avocado salad which is basically their ginger salad with avocado on top, an order of salt & pepper calamari, salmon sashimi, flying fish roe, an Alaskan roll, and a Saki roll.

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The salt & pepper calamari had a light batter and the salty taste we were looking for as well as a couple of deadly hot peppers on the plate that we both avoided.  The Alaskan roll was salmon, cucumber & avocado and the Saki roll had shrimp tempura, cucumber, krab meat, mayo topped with avocado, shrimp, tobiko and eel sauce.  All of it was tasty and as if that wasn’t enough, Loren decided to try the chicken hibachi, a spicy salmon roll, and I needed some gyoza.

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The chicken in the hibachi dish was very tender.  It also had mushrooms, onions, zucchini and broccoli.  Loren commented that everything was cooked evenly unlike some of the hibachi restaurants we’ve been to where some veggies are overcooked and some undercooked.  This was all perfectly done.  You can also order rice & noodles to go along with it, but there was no way he’d have been able to eat it all.  He had eaten half of the spicy salmon roll before I remembered to take a photo.  The dumplings were very good.  There was some hot pepper in the dipping sauce that caught me by surprise, but otherwise, they were perfectly cooked.  Even though we were both stuffed at this point, we couldn’t leave without dessert.

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There’s nothing quite like fresh, hot, sweet doughnuts.  Yum!  I think what impressed us the most was that everything was made & cooked to order.  It was all hot and fresh when it got to the table.  Our waitress was very attentive, filling drinks and as soon as we started to glance at the menu again, she’d be over to see what else we wanted to order.  And here’s the kicker, with a drink, the total was $40.  Had we ordered it all separately, it would have been over $75.  We’ll definitely be back again.

Saki Endless Sushi
2643 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL
727-726-3937

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Food4/5
Service5/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value5/5
4.5/5
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  • Asian Pearl


    Tonight we went over to the Asian Pearl in Clearwater for dinner.  This was our first visit and definitely not our last.  The food was fresh and tasty from start to finish.  We started off with the wonton soup for two.

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    It comes with 4 dumplings, but we’d already devoured two of them before I took the photo.  The broth was light with a nice flavor.  Perfect for a rainy Sunday night.  The dumplings were homemade and filled with pork and shrimp.  Next up was the salt and pepper calamari.

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    We both love calamari and order it in almost every restaurant we go to and this version was delicious. We’ve had salt & pepper calamari at other Chinese restaurants, but this one had the herbs and peppers in a tangy vinegar based sauce.  It added a different dimension to the dish because not only did you get the saltiness, you also got a little sour that worked really well.  Loren ordered the Kung Pao Chicken for his entree.

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    It came with green beans, mushrooms and onions in a spicy sauce.  He really enjoyed it and had leftovers for the next day.  I went for the orange chicken.

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    It was served with baby bok choy.  The chicken was tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside with a sweet orange glaze.  Very tasty.  White rice was also included with both dishes and I also had leftovers.  We decided to try the coconut milk balls as a dessert.

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    These were interesting.  I actually thought they were going to be smaller and was surprised at how big they were.  We ended up taking half of them home.  It’s a crispy exterior surrounding a creamy custard inside.  They’re actually on the appetizer menu, but they work really well as a dessert.  For the ones I brought home, I dipped them in some melted chocolate and they were divine. Service was great, they kept drinks filled and plates cleared.  Total bill with a drink was $49 and we’ll be back again.

    Asian Pearl
    2551 Drew St #104
    Clearwater, FL
    727-797-1888

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    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.4/5

    Greek Lunch


    We stopped at the Greek City Cafe on SR 580 for lunch today.  We ordered at the counter and then grabbed a booth and waited for our food.  We could see the folks prepping the food behind the counter and knew they had no idea what was going on.  They brought out a configuration of food that had parts of our order and parts of someone else’s.  Then they came back & grabbed it all and eventually brought us out what we had ordered.

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    For Loren, it was a Greek salad with chicken and a bowl of lentil soup.  He said the soup was good.  The lentils still had some texture to them instead of being complete mush and the flavors were there.  He liked the Greek salad, but the chicken was pretty plain.   I ordered a gyro with feta fries.

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    The gyro meat was cut into very thick pieces instead of shaved.  The feta fries were interesting.  I would have never thought to put feta cheese on French fries, but they were tasty.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

    Greek City Cafe 
    2518 SR 580, Ste C
    Clearwater, FL
    727-726-9600

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Loren was in the mood for Italian food tonight, so we headed over to Johnny’s in Clearwater.  We just beat the dinner crowd and didn’t have to wait for a table.  There’ s no passing on the bread here.  It’s so yummy.

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    The dipping oil has enough garlic in it to ward off a gang of vampires.  Tasty, but really strong.  While Loren went for the salad, I opted for the New England clam chowder.

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    The chowder was thick and creamy and had a good flavor.  We hadn’t completely finished when our calamari arrived.

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    Some pieces were a bit chewier than others, but overall it was good.  The tomato sauce served with it had a little bit of a kick.  Our entrees arrived before we had finished the calamari.  It seems they were in a hurry to turn over tables.   Loren tried the linguine with red clam sauce.

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    He said the clams were a little chewy, but the dish was flavorful.  I thought it had a really strong aroma.  It was also way more than he could eat in one sitting.  I went for the chicken marsala with fettucine alfredo on the side.

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    I would have liked the chicken to have been more tender, but the marsala sauce was tasty.  I love their fettucine alfredo when it’s done right.  I’ve had mixed experiences here where the sauce breaks and you’re left with a pool of oil on the plate, but tonight’s pasta was spot on.  I also ended up with leftovers.

    We decided to try something different for dessert and ordered the cookies and cream ice cream cake.

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    When it arrived, it was nothing like I expected.  When I think of ice cream cake, but mind goes back to those rolled ice cream cakes.  This was just ice cream with a fudge layer on top.  There wasn’t any cake to speak of.  The ice cream was good, but it’s probably not something we’d order again.  Total bill with a drink was $44.

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

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