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Caracara


We were walking to a different restaurant in Dunedin for dinner, but saw Caracara and decided to try it instead. It’s an Asian Tapas & Taco restaurant that’s been open for about 3 weeks now. They had both indoor and outdoor seating and since it was a beautiful spring evening, we sat outside.

The menu is meant to be shared so we ordered three different things, the wild mushroom dumplings, the chicken sandwich, and the sticky pork ribs.

The mushroom dumplings were tasty little pockets of goodness in a flavorful sauce.

The chicken sandwich was my favorite of the three things we ordered. It was tender with a crunchy coating and had lettuce, avocado and a tasty mayo like spread on it. It also came with a small salad.

The sticky pork ribs had a hoisen type glaze on them. I would have liked them to be a little more tender, but they were easy to get off the bone and the glaze had just the right amount of sweetness.

When the waitress asked if there was anything else we wanted, we asked if there were any desserts on the menu. She said the chef, who is also a pastry chef, hadn’t come up with a dessert menu yet, but she’d go ask. Then she came out with this.

She said it was complimentary as the chef was trying out ideas and wanted opinions on the dessert. It was a take on a tiramisu, but with tea instead of coffee. It was creamy and had a very subtle Asian tea flavor to it. The orange part in the middle was tea soaked lady fingers with some crunchy lady fingers sprinkled on top. It was light and tasty, but our comment back to the chef was to add some sort of fresh fruit as another element and she agreed that maybe some fresh mango would go well with it.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable meal. The restaurant’s located on Broadway just off of Main Street in downtown Dunedin. I have a feeling they’re still working out the menu, so there may be different items to try next time we go back. Total bill with a drink was $46.

Caracara
730 Broadway St
Dunedin, FL
727-221-5444

Caracara Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5
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  • Filed under: Asian, Dunedin
  • Sunday Dinner


    We had dinner at Cafe Alfresco in Dunedin tonight. I think Sunday evening is a good time to go because they weren’t too busy.  Prime rib is their Sunday special, so Loren decided to try that.

    That was a big hunk of prime rib served with mashed potatoes and asparagus.  He said it had a good flavor and was tender.  I tried the eggplant Parmesan.

    The eggplant was good.  It had a little bit of crunch from the breadcrumb coating and plenty of cheese on top.  Total bill with a drink was $40.

    Cafe Alfresco
    344 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    813-736-4299

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



    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Dunedin
  • Casa Tina


    We hadn’t been to Casa Tina in a while, so we headed over there for dinner tonight.  We remember when it was just a small, cramped restaurant.  They’ve expanded several times now and the place was loud and crowded, but at least we didn’t have to wait for a table.

    We started off with the nachos minus the jalapenos.

    These are just bean & cheese nachos with a little sour cream.  They’re good, but there are a lot more chips than available beans & cheese.  Loren ordered the Tacos Guadalajara.

    He got one pork and one carne.  He said he liked the pork one better, but it’s all about the sauces.  There’s a jalapeno, a smokey one, and one that he said had a hint of habanero, but it wasn’t too hot.  I ordered the chicken flutes.

    I asked for the salsa & guac to be on the side, but that didn’t happen.  Otherwise, this is my favorite dish here.  The flutes are crispy on the outside, but the chicken and cheese on the inside is tender, flavorful and yummy.  We’ll definitely try to sit on the outside patio next time because it was so loud inside that you could barely have a conversation.  Total bill with a drink was $45.

    Casa Tina
    365 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    (727) 734-9226

    Casa Tina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican
  • We’ve been boycotting downtown Dunedin since they put in the parking meters, but it seems the city finally came to its senses and the meters are no longer in use.  To celebrate, we went back to one of our favorite places, Cafe Alfresco.  It looked like there were people waiting outside, but we were able to get a table for 2 without a wait.

    We started off with the pork eggrolls.

     

    Tasty little bundles of pork with a tangy little sauce.  They have a nice crunch and a flavorful filling.  Both of our entrees came with salads & rolls.  The rolls are served warm and they are so good.

    For his entree, Loren got the sesame crusted salmon.  He said the green beans weren’t anything to write home about, but the salmon was perfectly cooked and flavorful.

    Saturday is rib night at Cafe Alfresco, so I went for the rack of ribs with fries & cole slaw.  The ribs fall right off the bone and though they aren’t very smoky, the sauce is sweet & tangy.

    One of my favorite desserts here is the Devonshire chocolate cake. Layers of cake & mousse served with whipped cream.  It is so good.  We all but lick the plate clean.

    They have a great waitstaff here.  Very attentive, get things right the first time, and friendly.  Total bill was $55.

    Cafe Alfresco
    344 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    813-736-4299

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



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

    Tasty Seafood


    We had lunch at the Lucky Lobster Co in Dunedin today.  It was a bit too warm to sit out on the patio so we chose a seat inside and ordered some lobster bisque and prosciutto wrapped scallops to start off.

    The lobster bisque had an interesting taste to it.  It reminded me of tomato soup, but not quite.  It had some bits of lobster in it and you could taste some sort of wine or sherry.  It was a bit on the thin side and probably could have used some cream to thicken it up, but it was still tasty.   The scallops were melt in your mouth delicious.  They were perfectly cooked and seasoned and we both wanted more.

    For his entree, Loren got the crab cakes with mashed potatoes and a side salad.

    The dressing on the salad was a balsamic with bacon and he couldn’t get enough of it.  He really liked the crab cakes.  Not a lot of filler, lots of crab and lots of spices.  In fact, way too many spices for me.  I took one bite and my mouth was on fire.  I saw fried clams on the menu and when the waiter said they were whole bellied clams, I had to order them.

    They reminded me of New England, crunchy and tasty, but not enough of them on the plate.  I definitely wanted more.  The fries and cole slaw were good too.  We finished off the meal with the chocolate lava cake.

    It was rich and thick and chocolaty with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.  Overall, a really delicious meal, but on the expensive side.  Total bill with a drink was $71.

    Lucky Lobster Co
    941 Huntley Ave
    Dunedin, FL
    727-228-1222

    Lucky Lobster Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    3.9/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Seafood