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Mexican food sounded good for dinner tonight, so headed over to Casa Tina’s in Dunedin.  It wasn’t very busy tonight which was nice because it can get loud in there when there’s a crowd.

We started out with some chips and salsa.

The salsa is very fresh at Casa Tina’s.  Definitely not out of a jar.  Loren ordered the Carne Asada.

It came with rice, beans, and a cheese enchilada in a spicy red sauce.   Loren said it was yummy. 

I ordered the chicken flutes.

This is one of my favorite menu items.  It’s two deep fried chicken flutes with guacamole, sour cream, and salsa, plus rice and beans.   It has great textures and flavors.  Crunchy, yet with a nice smooth, tasty filling.

About half way through our meal, a loud soundtrack came on and there were two acrobats doing some incredible feats in the middle of the dining room. They’re from BB’s Dance & Circus Arts

We like Casa Tina’s.  The food is always fresh and has some wonderful flavors.  Two entrees and a drink ran us $31.

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

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  • Long Day


    I knew I was going to have a long day at work today so I didn’t even bother taking anything out to cook for dinner.  Instead, we headed over to Sea Sea Riders in Dunedin.

    Even though they had heaters on the porch, we opted for inside seating since it was a bit chilly tonight.  We’ve eaten here a few times and it looked like they changed their menu quite a bit.

    Our entrees came with a choice of salad or cole slaw and we got one of each.

    It’s a good thing our waitress warned me that their cole slaw is normally served with peanuts on top.  I’m not a fan of peanuts and would have been rather dismayed had they been there.  The cole slaw was ok.  Loren said the peppercorn ranch salad dressing was pretty good.

    I ordered the clam chowder.

    My first reaction was that it smelled more like a chicken soup.  It didn’t have the really creamy texture that I expect in a chowder and it also had some sort of spice in it that I couldn’t quite identify and didn’t particularly care for.  The clams also had some grit to them.   Definitely not the best chowder I’ve had and I probably wouldn’t order it again. 

    Loren order the Mahi Mahi.

    It had a nice presentation.  It had a spicy coating on it and was served over some sort of cold beans and a cilantro sauce.  He seemed to really enjoy it, his plate was clean when he was finished.

    I ordered the same thing I usually order, the blue crab crusted grouper.

    I have never finished this dish.  It’s two large pieces of grouper served over linguini with spinach, plum tomatoes and a lobster tarragon sauce.  I don’t even need the grouper, I’d be happy with just the pasta in that sauce any day.  The grouper is flaky with a nice crunchy outer crust.  I don’t think I would be able to tell you that it was blue crab in the crust if it wasn’t listed on the menu that way.  The sauce is very light, but has a nice flavor to it. 

    Two entrees, chowder and a drink ran us $52.  It does seem a little high to me, but the food is really good and I usually have leftovers for the next day.

    Sea Sea Riders
    221 Main St
    Dunedin, FL

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  • Given the choice between going to the grocery store or going out to eat, I’m choosing a restaurant every time.  Tonight’s choice was Cafe’ Alfresco in downtown Dunedin.  The patio was really loud, so we sat inside.

    Let’s face it, we both like soup.

    I got the Sicilian white bean soup and Loren got a cup of the creole.  The rice wasn’t quite done enough in his, but overall the flavor was good.  My bean soup was very tasty.

    We got the “must try” appetizer, the Feta Alfresco.

    It’s feta cheese, lightly breaded in panko crumbs, fried golden brown
    and served over red sauce with garlic cheese bread.  Neither of us had ever had feta cheese this way.  At first, the flavor seemed overwhelming, but the more you ate, the more it mellowed out.  The garlic bread was good too.  I doubt we’d order it again, though.  As usual, we were both pretty stuffed at this point, but then came the entrees.

    Loren ordered the salmon salad.

    It was a huge piece of blackened salmon over a salad of lettuce, olives, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and artichokes with a Greek dressing.  He said it was very good.

    I ordered the half portion of the chicken marsala.

    It had a very nice marsala sauce.  The chicken was very tender and the pasta was good.  Both meals came with rolls that were really tasty too.

    And because I just can’t pass up dessert, I got a slice of raspberry cheesecake to take home.

    It was a hard choice between this and the death by chocolate cake.  I’ll have to try the cake next time.

    Appetizer, two soups, two entrees, dessert and a drink for $38.  The food was fresh and had very good flavors.  The only downside was that our waitress wasn’t very good at refilling drinks.  Otherwise, it was a really nice dining experience.

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

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  • We’ve been craving breakfast for a while now, so looked for a breakfast place on our way to Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin.  Landed at Benedict’s Restaurant on Bayshore Blvd.

    Benedict’s is a small restaurant with a bit of kitzch going on.  Looks like a place where the locals hang out.

    We both opted for breakfast option #2, 2 eggs, 2 sausage or bacon, and 2 pancakes.  We ordered our eggs scrambled with cheese and a side of seasoned potatoes.

    The eggs were really cheesy and that’s a plus in my book.  I’m usually disappointed when I order scrambled eggs because most places cook them until they’re dry and rubbery.  Not these eggs though.  They were just the right texture with the cheese melted in.  The seasoned potatoes were very seasoned with garlic. 

    And though we’re no pancake professionals like our friends Andy and Marek of Tampa Bay Breakfasts, I gotta say, these pancakes were pretty darn tasty. 

    It took a while to get our food, but right on the table, it says every meal is made to order, so please be patient.  Our patience was rewarded.  All in all, a good, tasty breakfast for $16.50.

    Benedict’s Restaurant
    2676 Bayshore Blvd
    Dunedin, FL
    727-736-1600

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  • It was Friday night out with friends and we went to the The Living Room in Dunedin.  This was the first time I’ve been there.  It’s in Dunedin, right on the corner when you turn to go downtown.  Unfortunately, there’s a bunch of construction at that intersection and their parking area is really small, so some of us had to park in the hospital parking lot across the street.

    Since we didn’t have reservations, we ended up out on the patio, which under normal circumstances would have been fine, but it was one of the coldest nights we’ve had in Florida in a long time.  They have heaters and heavy vinyl drop curtains on the patio, but there was still a draft.  My feet and butt didn’t thaw out until well after I got home.

    I’m the only one in our group who doesn’t drink so while their cocktails kept them warm, I needed to find something else.  I wanted hot chocolate, but had to settle for tea.  It was an orange sanguine tea and helped warm me up.

    Four of us ordered the same thing, the Wild Mushroom Grilled Flatbread Pizza.  Flatbread grilled and topped with sundried tomato, wild mushrooms, artichokes, and Gorgonzola cheese.  It was really good and plenty for one person.  I also ordered the chocolate mousse for dessert.

    Dessert…  I love sweets, and if that sweet includes chocolate, then I am so there.  It’s a wonder that I don’t weigh 500 lbs given my weakness for pasta and chocolate.  But, let’s just say, I don’t usually pass up an opportunity to check out the dessert menu.

    As for the chocolate mousse, it was very thick and rich.  I should have taken a photo of it (I really will start doing that) because the presentation was pretty.  It was tear shaped with raspberry sauce, whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbs on the plate. 

    My bill was $15, and the mousse actually cost more than the flatbread. 

    The Living Room on Main
     680 Main Street
    Dunedin, FL
    727-736-5202

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