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Tough Pork


Met some friends at the Dunedin Smokehouse for dinner tonight.  The restaurant moved into downtown Dunedin, right on Main Street next door to the Living Room. 

The last time I ate here, I wasn’t impressed with the food and unfortunately, this time didn’t change my opinion.  I got the pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries.

The fries were good, but a good portion of the pork on the sandwich was inedible.  It was very hard and dry.  I prefer a more tender and juicy pulled pork like what Eli’s BBQ serves down the street. 

They had live music tonight and the band was good, but the space really wasn’t big enough for them.  It was so loud in there.  Total bill was $7.50. 

Dunedin Smokehouse
680 Main St
Dunedin, FL
727-736-5202

The Dunedin Smokehouse (Coming in October) on Urbanspoon

Food2/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
2.8/5
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  • Filed under: BBQ, Dunedin
  • Always a Line


    We’ve been wanting to try Eli’s BBQ in Dunedin for quite a while, but every time we think about it, they’re closed.  They’re only open from 11am to 6pm on Friday & Saturdays, but we were determined to make it over there today.  It’s a small little shack with some picnic tables out back, but they make some mighty fine BBQ.

    We got there around 12:30pm and the entire time we were there, the line never got less than 5 deep.  People have learned to get there early before they run out of BBQ goodness.  We settled on some ribs and pulled pork and grabbed ourselves a bench out back.

    The ribs were very tender and the bbq sauces were both very good.  I really enjoyed the pulled pork.  It was so juicy and tender and there was a lot on the sandwich.  They only have 2 sides available, baked beans and cole slaw, and I enjoyed them both.   With 2 drinks, the total was $16.  Definitely a place we’ll eat at again.

    Eli’s Bar-B-Que
    360 Skinner Blvd
    Dunedin, FL
    (727) 738-4856

    Eli's Bar-B-Que on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value5/5
    3.7/5
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  • Filed under: BBQ, Dunedin
  • We ate dinner at Juan’s Mexican Grill in Dunedin tonight.  It’s a little place on Main Street with a very limited menu.  It’s definitely what you’d consider fast food.  Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and a taco salad make up the menu and all them use the same ingredients from behind the counter.  I guess the difference is what’s served with it. 

    I got the “Flamin’ Fajitas”, which was such an amusing title for what it was.

    The chicken (which would be the same chicken served in any of the other dishes) is served with onions & peppers, jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, cheese and flour tortillas.  For fast food, it was pretty good.  Definitely better than Taco Bell, but not what you’d consider fajitas in any sit down Mexican restaurant.  I actually liked the guacamole because it was very mild. 

    Loren got the grande burrito which came with chips & salsa.

    He liked it.  It was big and filled with rice, beans and most of the toppings they had.   With a drink, the total bill was $17.  If you’re looking for quick take out, this was pretty good for the price.

    Juan’s Mexican Grill
    1409 Main Street
    Dunedin, FL
    727-738-5826

    Juan's Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon

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

    Joseph’s Little Italy in Dunedin has changed their name to Julian’s Little Italy.  Looks like the exact same place and staff.  We went in with our Restaurant.com coupon and needed to spend $40 to get the $25 off.

    The restaurant was fairly busy for a Sunday night, but we should have known something was wrong when our waitress didn’t even come take our drink orders until we’d been sitting there for almost 15 minutes.  The service only got worse from there.

    This was a long night of waiting.  Our waitress would disappear completely from the dining room and when she would come out, she’d either walk right by our table or would be completely inefficient in what she would bring out at any given time. 

    We started off with the meatball appetizer.

    Flavor-wise, it was pretty good, but texture-wise, the outside was tough.  They were definitely overcooked.  Loren ordered a dinner which came with house salad, three bean appetizer and soup. 

    He really liked the dressing on the salad and even though he thought he didn’t want the three bean appetizer, he liked it so much that he scarfed the entire thing.  The garlic bread brought to the table was pretty good, except for the burnt pieces hiding at the bottom.

    After he finished his salad, we waited and waited for our soup to come out.  His drink glass was empty at this point at well. 

    Our waitress brought my bowl of soup out, but not Loren’s.  She also said she’d refill his drink, but then disappeared again. 

    The pasta fagioli was really good.  I didn’t realize I had ordered a bowl instead of a cup of soup, so I ended up with some leftovers.  It had good flavors and the veggies and pasta weren’t mushy, which was nice.  There were also pieces of sausage in it. 

    Eventually, Loren’s soup and another drink came out.

    His was a minestrone soup that had a lot of potatoes in it.  Again, nice flavors overall. 

    As we waited for our entrees, several other parties came into the restaurant and to our amazement, the host kept seating them in our waitress’ area.  I was stunned.  There was another waiter working and he spent the majority of his time clearing the table of a big party of his that just left.  I wanted to warn the new patrons to not expect much in the way of service, but I bit my tongue.  Instead we watched them get ignored as much as we had been. 

    Our entrees finally arrived and they were both lukewarm.  The mushrooms on mine were actually cold.  They had obviously been sitting in the kitchen for sometime before our waitress brought them out.  So disappointing.  Again, the flavors were pretty good, but I took the majority of it home so I could at least microwave it to a normal temperature.

    I ordered the chicken marsala and Loren ordered the chicken with artichokes.  Both came with a side of spaghetti.

    And then to top things off, when I asked for some boxes, our waitress walked off with my water glass.  Who does that?  I went to get a drink while we waited for her to bring our check and I realized it was gone. 

    When we went to pay, the host asked us how our dinner was and we told him how bad she was as a waitress.  He was completely unaware.  I told him the other patrons in her area were already deeply disappointed as one couple had been sitting there for a good 15 minutes and she had yet to stop by their table. 

    Total bill after the coupon was $27.  Unfortunately, the Restaurant.com coupons include an automatic tip for the wait staff, because otherwise, we wouldn’t have left her a dime.

    Julian’s Little Italy
    916-A Patricia Ave
    Dunedin, FL
    727-734-8989

    Joseph's Little Italy on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service1/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.8/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Italian
  • Spicy Rolls


    We were craving sushi tonight and went back to Tom Yum Thai & Sushi in Dunedin.  We both started off with some soup.

    Loren got the chicken and rice and I just couldn’t pass up the chicken coconut soup.  It’s one of the tastiest soups in the area.  The flavors all meld together wonderfully. 

    We decided on 4 sushi rolls, the Sea Monster, the Hamachi Lover, the Dragon Roll and the Rainbow Roll, plus some salmon.

    My favorite was the Dragon roll, shrimp tempura roll topped with avocado , mayo & eel sauce.  The shrimp was cooked perfectly and the avocado was fresh and tasty.   My next favorite was the Rainbow roll.   The other two rolls had spicy sauces on them that were a bit overwhelming.  Loren made a comment that all the flavor seemed to be in the sauces and that the rolls themselves were rather bland. 

    The rolls here are pretty big compared to other places.  We had leftovers even though we only ordered 4 rolls and that never happens.  At most other places, we know we’ve ordered too much when we get 6 rolls.  Total bill was $56. 

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

    Tom Yum Thai & Sushi on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Thai