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Tonight we went over to La Trattoria Da Gaetano in Dunedin for dinner.  This is one of those places that makes you feel like you’ve walked into an Italian Grandma’s kitchen.  From the pictures on the walls to the red & white checkerboard tables, it just has old world Italy written all over it.  If you’ve never been here, it’s a little odd in that they don’t have a menu.  First, they drop off bread at the table and then for the appetizers, they bring over what’s available that day.  Tonight there were artichokes, stuffed mushrooms, and cheese stuffed rollatini.  We got a couple of mushrooms and split the rollatini so we’d have room for our entrees.

Everything’s made fresh that day.  I could have eaten a few of each and not thought twice about it.  Once you finished up your appetizers, they come around with a cart of proteins and list off all of the different ways they can cook them.  They’ll pretty much accommodate whatever you want.  Surf or turf, they have ways to cook all of it.  I come here specifically for the amaretto cream sauce with crab and pasta.

It’s all about the sauce for me.  It has one of those flavors that makes my tastebuds sing.  The sauce is a bit on the sweet side and goes perfectly with crab and pasta.  I all but lick the bowl.  Loren went for a NY strip steak with garlic and a side of spaghetti.

He said the steak was tender and there was plenty of garlic on top.  It’s a simple dish, done right.  We ordered the ricotta cheesecake for dessert.

It’s not a smooth and creamy cheesecake and honestly, not one of my favorites.  It’s dense and just doesn’t have the right mouth-feel to me.  Otherwise, though, it was an enjoyable meal.  Total bill with a drink was $69.

La Trattoria Da Gaetano
2152 Main St
Dunedin, FL
(727) 733-5664

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Italian
  • 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

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

    So Loud


    We went over to Hog Island Fish Camp in Dunedin for dinner tonight.  We got there around 5:45pm and there were a few tables left in the main dining area, but they filled up quickly.  The first thing we noticed was how loud it was in the dining area.  By the time it filled up, we could barely hear each other across the table.

    Loren ordered the Mahi Mahi with a side of greens, which for some reason came out well before the rest of our meal.

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    Even though the braised greens had bacon on them, they just didn’t have the unctuous flavor he was craving.  They were tender enough, but the vinegar was overpowering.  For his entree, he ordered the mahi mahi.

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    He said it was yummy.  The fish was perfectly cooked and he liked the mix of zucchini, tomatoes and onions.  I went for the salt & pepper oysters which came with fries & cole slaw.  I also ordered the mac & cheese.

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    The oysters had a good crunch and flavor and there were plenty of them.  The mac & cheese had an interesting flavor that I couldn’t quite place.  The sides are a shareable size, but paying $11 for the two of them seemed a little high.  They had a salted caramel mousse on the dessert menu that we couldn’t pass up.

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    This was really tasty.  Smooth creamy mousse with Oreo cookie crumbles and whipped cream.  One of the best things about the meal.  Overall, the food was good, but we prefer to eat at places where we can actually have a conversation without having to shout at each other.  Total bill with a drink was $59.

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

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

     

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Seafood
  • Tom Yum Thai


    We went into Dunedin for dinner tonight at Tom Yum Thai.  It was chilly out, so I had to start with the chicken coconut soup.

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    This is one of my favorite soups.  It has such a delicious variety of flavors, from coconut milk to lemongrass to lime.  It’s absolutely delicious.  We also got some steamed pork dumplings.

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    We ordered some sushi and Loren also ordered the ginger chicken.  We always ask that both items come out together, but they never do.  I was just about finished with my sushi before his entree came out.

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    I was disappointed in the sushi tonight.  The Lucky Roll wasn’t very good at all.  The Orange Dragon and spicy salmon were ok, but still not as good as sushi we’ve gotten other places.   Loren said the ginger chicken was ok.  The quality of the food just wasn’t up to expectations tonight.  Total bill with a drink was $60.

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

    Tom Yum Thai & Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food2/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.0/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Thai
  • Casa Tina


    It was a rainy Saturday and Mexican food sounded good for lunch so we headed over to Casa Tina in Dunedin.   We were reminiscing about our first visit here when they were just a narrow, one room restaurant.  It’s expanded and grown several times over the years, but the food is still tasty.  We just missed the lunch crowd and Loren was ready to dig into some chips and salsa.

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    He said the salsa had a definite kick to it.  Fresh and tasty, but a bit spicier than he remembered.  He ordered the carnitas which came with beans and rice.

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    I tasted the carnitas and couldn’t stop eating them.  They were so tender.  Perfectly cooked tasty bites of pork.  I figured I should stop before I got forked in the hand.  Besides, the chicken flutes were calling to me.

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    This is one of my favorite dishes here.  Shredded chicken deep fried in flour tortillas.  It also comes with beans and rice.  I’ve learned to get the salsa & guacamole on the side since they’re both too spicy for me, but Loren loves them.  Our taste buds were very happy by the time we were done.   Total bill with a drink was $34.

    Casa Tina’s 
    365 Main Street
    Dunedin, FL
    727-734-9226

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    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.4/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican