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We really do know better than to visit a new restaurant during its opening week, but we decided to try Pisces Sushi Global Bistro tonight anyway.  Let’s just say they were still working out the kinks.  We were seated by one of the owners and she started to explain the drink menu to us, but since we’re not drinkers we just asked for water and an iced tea.  She said she’d check to see if they had any tea.  Then a waiter came by and repeated the same process.  Let’s just say, it was a long evening.

The owner said instead of bread, they serve rice balls.



It’s lightly fried sushi rice and they were pretty good.  A little crunch on the outside and dense rice in the middle.  This is where the waiting began.  A large group came in and I think that really overwhelmed them.  The noise level also got rather loud.  The owner came by and apologized for the wait saying that the chef was a perfectionist and didn’t like the first attempt at Loren’s dish, so they had to remake it.  Eventually, our waiter came back to the table and asked if it would be ok if Loren’s dish came out before the sushi I ordered.



The Jamaican Me Crazy was a spicy pork dish that unfortunately came to the table cold.  The rice was a little warmer and the veggies seemed to be right off the grill.  Loren liked the flavor of the dish, but would have liked it better had it all been the right temperature.  My Kanisu roll came out next.



I thought the cucumber was sliced a bit thick and the roll was very loose, but it had a good flavor to it.  Eventually, the Mexican roll and Royal California roll came out.



The Mexican roll was cold.  It had to have been sitting there for quite a while.  When the waiter came back to the table, I told him about the temperature of Loren’s dish and the Mexican roll and they offered to make another one.  The second Mexican roll came out really fast and was pretty good.  As for the Royal California roll, neither of us was very fond of it.  I didn’t like the texture of the snow crab and we both thought it had a less than fresh taste to it.  At this point we were just ready for the check, then the owner came by and said she had something for us.  The waiter than brought out a free dessert.



Although it was a nice gesture, neither of us is a fan of tiramisu.  They also took the Mexican roll off the bill.  Total bill with a drink ended up being $36.  They were very apologetic about the whole experience, but there really wasn’t anything about it that makes us think we’ll be back.  Hopefully, they’ll get all the kinks worked out quickly.

Pisces Sushi Global Bistro
2340 State Road 580
Clearwater, FL

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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Sushi
  • Just in Time

    We drove over to Dunedin tonight and had dinner at Tom Yum Thai & Sushi.  We got there just before the crowd showed up.  Twenty minutes later and we’d have had to wait for a table.  I can never decide between Thai food and sushi, so tonight we had a little of both.  We started off with two sushi rolls, a California roll and the Green Dragon roll.



    The green dragon roll makes such a pretty photo.  It’s a shrimp tempura roll with avocado & eel sauce on top.  Yum!  Loren got the ginger beef and I got some Pad Se-ew for my entree.




    Fresh and tasty all around.  The veggies were crisp tender and everything melded well with each other.  I ended up with leftovers.  Total bill with a drink was $39.

    Tom Yum Thai & Sushi 
    104 Patricia Ave
    Dunedin, FL
    (727) 953-9898

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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Sushi, Thai
  • Rainy Friday

    It was a dark and rainy evening in Sarasota, but lucky for us that meant there wasn’t a crowd at Yoder’s.  We’ve tried to eat here in the past, but the line was always too long so we’d just get some pie to go.  As much as I wanted to love the food here, it just didn’t live up to my expectations.

    We started off with some bread and clam chowder.



    The bread was fresh and soft and the chowder was pretty good.  It could have used a little more seasoning, but it was thick and creamy.  For his entree, Loren chose the roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes and okra.



    We heard the he ladies at the table next to us comment on how that didn’t like the okra they got, but ours was ok.  He said the dish was very plain and needed more seasoning overall.  I ordered the fried chicken with a side of mac & cheese and corn cakes.




    On Friday’s, they only have pan fried chicken which ended up being tough inside and the skin wasn’t very crispy.  It just wasn’t juicy at all.  The mac & cheese was very creamy and had a nice flavor to it.  I had asked about the corn cakes before I ordered them and the waiter said they were like pancakes with corn in them.  I still had a different picture in my mind until he brought them out with some maple syrup.  Unfortunately, they were a bit too dense.   The main reason we came here, though, was for the pie.



    I got the blueberry and Loren got the butterscotch cream pie.  Getting there late in the day means there aren’t as many pie options available.  I wanted the blueberry cream pie they had the last time I was here, but it wasn’t on the  menu.  Second choice was the double crust blueberry pie, but the waiter brought the blueberry crumb as that was all they had.  I didn’t like the crumb topping.  Loren said he didn’t like the texture of his pie filling.  It was sort of grainy, but it did have a good butterscotch flavor to it.  I also got a slice of pineapple cream pie to bring home and I liked that one a lot better than the others.  Total bill with a drink was $50.

    Yoder’s Restaurant
    3434 Bahia Vista St
    Sarasota, FL
    (941) 955-7771

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  • Filed under: Amish, Sarasota
  • Hot Tuna Sushi Bar has a lunch deal that we just couldn’t pass up today.  Two rolls with soup or salad for $9.95.  They had a pretty good lunch crowd in there today.  We both got salads and for our rolls, a salmon roll, a gator roll, a Florida roll, and a Mexican roll.





    The gator roll is actually tuna & yellowtail with a spicy sauce.  All of the rolls were fresh and tasty.  We may have to put this on our rotation for lunch more often.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

    Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille
    3689 Tampa Road #302B
    Oldsmar, FL

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  • Filed under: Oldsmar, Sushi
  • We had a coupon for Carrabba’s, so that’s where we headed for dinner.  They were packed and it was only 5:30pm when we got there.  We had hoped to beat the crowd, but ended up with a 25 minute wait.  The restaurant was very loud and we were seated up against a wall that connected to a large party room which made it even that much louder where we were sitting.

    We started off with the Spinach Fonduta.



    This was a really tasty appetizer, but needed a few more toast points.  We had quite a bit of spinach dip remaining once the 6 pieces of bread were gone.  The dip was creamy and had a nice mellow flavor to it.  We ended up dipping the untoasted bread from the basket to scoop up the remaining dip.



    Our dinners came with soup or salad and we got one of each.  The soup tonight was a lentil.




    Loren enjoyed the soup.  He said it had some nice savory flavors to it.  For his entree, he ordered the sirloin skewers.



    These were really tender.  It’s not often that he’s gotten kabobs that were this good.  I ordered the fettucine alfredo.



    I found the cheese to be way too sharp for my tastes.  Loren said it tasted more like a mac & cheese than an alfredo sauce.  I prefer a very creamy, mellow sauce and this just wasn’t it for me.  Total bill after the coupon was $27.

    Carrabba’s Italian Grill
    2680 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL

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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Italian