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We went over to Dunedin tonight and had dinner at Hog Island Fish Camp.  It was a little too warm to eat outside, but I wish they could do something to damper the noise inside.  It’s hard to have a conversation when the dining room is full.  It’s the same thing I said last time we were here.  We started off with the crab cake appetizer.

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The crab cake had a nice crunch on the outside and it was filled with crab.  One of the better crab cakes we’ve had around here.  Loren went for the mixed grill for dinner.

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He said the fish was blackened nicely and the kebab was cooked well.  The rice dish had a lot of fresh corn in it.  I went for the half portion of the shrimp & grits.

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The half portion was a bit too small for me for dinner.  It had shrimp and grouper cheeks over creamy grits.  The tomato gravy was ok.  It had a familiar flavor to it, but I couldn’t place it.  For dessert, we couldn’t pass up the orange cake.

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It tasted just like a creamsicle.  The cake was moist and the orange flavor was prevalent throughout the entire thing, in the cake, the filling, and the frosting.  We licked the plate clean.  Total bill with a drink was $55.

Hog Island Fish Camp
900 Broadway
Dunedin, FL
727-733-1179

Hog Island Fish Camp Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
3.6/5

We decided to check out Cafe Mezze Mediterranean in Oldsmar for dinner tonight.  It’s at the other end of the parking lot from Flamestone and the food was tasty.  They started us off with some bread & we ordered the fried calamari.

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The bread was thick and good for dipping in the oil.  Loren thought both the oil and calamari needed a bit more salt.  The calamari was perfectly cooked in a light batter.  It was served with a taratora sauce.  It had sort of a mayonnaise consistency, but not a strong flavor of any kind.  We both ordered kebab combos.  Loren got the adana & kofte and I got the lamb & chicken.

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They were all very flavorful and delicious.  The meats were tender and it was served with some veggies, a cabbage type slaw and rice that neither of us could stop eating.  Although we were both pretty full, I couldn’t pass up the kanefe.

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We’d had it at a different restaurant before. It’s crispy shredded phyllo dough with a soft cheese in the middle, pistachios and a honey sauce.  It’s not overly sweet, but has a bunch of different textures to it.  It’s so good.  It does take 15 minutes to cook, so either order it early or let your meal settle first so you have room for it.  So good.  Total bill with a $10 off coupon (check their website for latest coupon) was $40.  We’ll definitely be back again.

Cafe Mezze Mediterranean
4013 Tampa Road, Ste 19
Oldsmar, FL
813-510-4080

Cafe Mezze Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5

My sister and I met up in Orlando today and had lunch at Ararat Euro Food and Bistro.  The menu is extensive and we decided to get a bunch of appetizers to try.  We started off with the Pirozhki.

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It’s an oven baked pastry with a choice of fillings and we went with the ground beef.  It was fresh and tasty, but a little on the dry side.  It could have used something to dip it in.  We ordered a carafe of Mors which is a fresh berry juice.

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I’m going to have to figure out how to make it.  It wasn’t very sweet, but had a pure berry taste to it.  There were a bunch of different berries in the bottom of the carafe and its made with whatever berries are in season.  Then the rest of our hot appetizers arrived which included pierogi, cabbage rolls, eggplant cutlets, and garlic & dill potatoes

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Our favorite was the eggplant.  It was seasoned and cooked perfectly.  It had a nice little crunch and not mushy at all.  Eggplant is not the easiest thing to get right, but they know how to make it here.  The pierogi and cabbage rolls were good.  We were both expecting something different with the garlic & dill potatoes.  We didn’t expect them to be french fries.  They were seasoned well, but with all of the other goodness on the table, they didn’t get much love.  This is some place I’d definitely go back to when I’m in Orlando.  There are so many things on the menu I’d like to try.  It’s on Universal Blvd, just past all of the chaos of the theme parks.  Highly recommend it.  Total bill was about $40.

Ararat Euro Food & Bistro
7540 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL
407-351-3131

Ararat Euro Food & Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5
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  • We had dinner at Thai Bay in Largo tonight.  They weren’t very busy for a Friday night.  We started off with some sushi; an East Bay roll, a Mexican roll, and some salmon.

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    The salmon was fresh and tasty and both of the rolls were good.  The East Bay roll had salmon, cucumber, scallions and avocado on top.  Loren also got a Nam sod and I tried their fancy duck.

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    The Nam Sod was good, but the duck was a bit on the tough side.  It was hard to eat.  I liked the veggies and sauce with it, but it just wasn’t tender enough.  Total bill with a drink was $53.

    Thai Bay
    1300 East Bay Dr, Ste O-P
    Largo, FL
    727-584-5522
    Thai Bay Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: Largo, Sushi, Thai
  • Brunch


    Craft Street Kitchen in Oldsmar opens for brunch on Saturday & Sunday.  We had just gotten out of a movie and was happily surprised that they weren’t too crowded.  While Loren opted for a burger and side salad, I went for the lobster benedict.

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    He said the burger was tasty and he really liked the bacon on it.  As for the lobster benedict, I think these were the best eggs I’ve ever tasted in my life.

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    I don’t often give much thought to eggs, but these must have been so fresh because my taste buds were immediately on alert after the first bite. There was plenty of lobster and the English muffin and hollandaise rounded out a pretty tasty breakfast.  Total bill with a drink was $30.

    Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
    3153 Curlew Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    727-314-4270

    Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5