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We had dinner at Asian Pearl in Clearwater tonight.  This is our go-to Chinese restaurant.  The food is always so fresh and tasty.  We started off with some spring rolls.

Perfect crunch and a tasty filling.  Loren ordered the X.O. beef.  He’s ordered it before and always asks the waitress what’s in the XO sauce.  Whatever it is, it’s flavorful stuff.

The beef is tender and he likes all of the different veggies in it.  I tried the cashew chicken tonight.

This also had a lot of well cooked veggies, plus tender chicken in a tasty brown sauce.  There was enough on the plate that I had leftovers for the next day.  We’ll definitely be back for more.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

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

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5
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  • So Salty


    We had lunch at Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Westchase today.  Loren tried the hot pastrami sandwich and I went for the brats & mash.

    He really liked all the flavors in the sandwich.  He said even though some of the ingredients are things he wouldn’t normally eat, together they all melded to make a well balanced sandwich.   The red beans & rice are his favorite side dish here.   The brats & mash were tasty, but as with most things I’ve ever eaten here, the salt content is way too high.  It tastes great at first and then my tongue feels over saturated with salt.  I don’t know if it’s done purposely to get people to order more beer, but for me it’s just too much.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

    Tampa Bay Brewing Co
    13927 Monroe Business Park
    Tampa, FL
    813-247-1422

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

    Brunch


    Discovered Marker 39 in Safety Harbor serves brunch on Sundays so that’s where we headed today.  We got the Big Ass Bahamian Conch Wonton and the Cuban Breakfast tostada.

    The wonton is an appetizer on their dinner menu.  Perfectly crispy wonton with a cracked conch salad filling served with citrus dressed greens and a soy ginger glaze.  It was tasty, but the filling seemed like more breading than conch.  The Cuban breakfast tostada is also similar to their dinner menu Cuban Pork Crisis dish.

    For breakfast, they add a crispy tostada and two fried eggs.  The marinated pork is amazing.  So tender and flavorful.  The plantains are perfectly cooked with the right amount of sweetness and the tostada added that little bit of crunch.  Definitely a dish I’d order again.

    The only downside was that the restaurant has a very small indoor dining space and there was a large party of rather loud women in there.  It was that or deal with the heat & humidity on the outdoor patio.  The food was great, it was just a little difficult to have a conversation.  Total bill with a drink was $29.

    Marker 39
    155 5th Ave N
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-791-1939

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

    Tucked away in a little strip mall on East Bay Drive in Clearwater, you’ll find the flavors of the Mediterranean.  The East Bistro is a small, casual restaurant where they definitely know how to marinate and season tender cuts of beef and chicken.  We started off with the baba ghanoush and pita and then split the trifecta plate.

    The Baba Ghanoush had a wonderful smoky flavor with just the right amount of garlic, tahini, & lemon juice.  The pita was fresh and perfect for dipping.  This was a small order and just the right size for the two of us.  The Trifecta place normally has beef kebabs, but they had run out, so they gave us beef shwarma instead.  It was so tender with just the right blend of Mediterranean spices.  The chicken was also incredibly tender and tasty.  The plate also came with Kibbeh, rice, salad, and hummus.

    Everything we ate was amazing and there were a few other things on the menu we wanted to try, but that’ll have to wait until next time.  And there will definitely be a next time.  The restaurant is small and there aren’t a lot of tables.  The food is fresh and takes a while to come out of the open kitchen and it was certainly worth the wait.  Total bill with a drink was $24.

    East Bistro
    4100 E Bay Drive, Unit B34
    Clearwater, FL
    727-798-4567

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    Food5/5
    Service5/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value5/5
    4.7/5

    We went over to Thirsty Marlin for dinner tonight.  Loren was craving grouper and this plate of fried grouper cheeks hit the spot.

    The fish had a good crunchy batter and came with two sides.  He enjoyed the grouper dipped in the spicy Bahamian sauce.  I decided to try some sushi.  I ordered a Mexican roll, lobster roll and some salmon.

    I wasn’t terribly impressed with the sushi.  The batter on the shrimp & lobster was so thick & crunchy that you couldn’t distinguish the two from each other.  There was also way too much rice on the sushi rolls.  They were just too thick.  The lobster roll had fried onions on top which was an odd choice.  They really didn’t add anything worthwhile to the dish.  I don’t think I’d order either of these rolls again.  The salmon was good though.  Total bill with a drink was $52.

    Thirsty Marlin
    1023 Florida Ave
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-784-3469

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