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Occasionally, our dinner destination is chosen based on a dessert craving, so tonight we were off to Cafe Alfresco in Dunedin.  We thought we were going to beat the dinner crowd, but it was packed when we got there right before 6pm.  Luckily, they still had a few tables remaining so we didn’t have to wait.  We started off with the potstickers.

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We’ve had these a few times and they’re very tasty.  They’re pork filled and have a sweet and spicy orange-ginger sauce on them.  Next up salad & rolls.

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The rolls were warm and delicious and the salad had a raspberry vinaigrette on it.  I was a little surprised that our waiter didn’t ask us what kind of salad dressing we wanted, but the house dressing was tasty.  For his entree, Loren ordered the steak Giovanni.

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He said the steak was cooked well, but under-seasoned.  However, since it was covered in prosciutto ham and provolone cheese, those both added the needed saltiness. I decided to try the lobster ravioli.

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This isn’t a dish I’d order again.  There was a garlic cream sauce with veggies under the ravioli, but not enough of it to make a difference.  It was thick and the whole dish was just dry.  The lobster in the ravioli, what little there was of it,  tasted like the leftover bits that you don’t know what else to do with.   But the whole reason we were here was for the chocolate mousse cake.

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Nom nom nom.  This is one of my favorite desserts in the area.  Layers of chocolate mousse and cake.  Absolutely delish.  Total bill with a drink was $53.

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

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

Carmelita’s Mexican Grill recently opened up where Spoto’s was in Dunedin.  We didn’t have any issues with parking, but there was a 30 minute wait when we got there.  I’m not sure exactly when they opened, but everyone seemed a bit frazzled and overwhelmed.  At one point, our waitress ended up giving up another table because she just couldn’t handle it.  We started with some chips and salsa and then both ordered combos.

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Loren likes their salsa.  For his entree, he got the Del Rey combo.  It comes with a beef taco, cheese with shredded beef
enchilada, and a smaller version of the Del Rey burrito along with rice and beans.  I ordered the pick three combo and got a chimichanga, Del Rey burrito, and a flauta.  We both liked the food, but it’s fairly generic and not overly flavorful or spicy.  As I mentioned earlier, our waitress was overwhelmed and we waited a long time for both our food and then our check.  Drinks were never refilled either.  The other thing we both noticed is that both the waitress and the food runners were less than graceful when delivering things to the table.  They both slammed the food and glasses down with audible thumps.  I was afraid they were going to break either the glasses or the dishes.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

Carmelita’s Mexican Grill
1280 Main Street
Dunedin, FL
727-240-4946

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Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican
  • We wanted something scrumptious for dinner so we headed over to Dunedin to Bistro Atlantis.  Surprisingly, there was only one other table of customers.  The last few times we were there, they were pretty busy.   This is one of those places where we’re tempted to eat everything on the menu, but after we scarfed down the fresh bread, we landed on the Shrimp Atlantis for an appetizer.

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    It’s shrimp and tomatoes and feta in this delicious cream sauce over bread.  I think we sopped up every last bit of the sauce on the plate.  The shrimp were cooked perfectly and the flavors made us both very happy.  Loren went for the salmon and asparagus for his entree.

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    It was served over rice with a tasty hollandaise sauce.  The salmon was cooked to perfection.  He also liked the added saltiness of the capers.  I went for the grouper topped with crab cake.

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    It was served with red potatoes and spinach and though I really enjoyed all the flavors, I wish there had been a little crunch to the crab cake.  There just wasn’t much of a texture difference between the fish and crab cake.  As usual, there was no way I could pass up dessert.

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    This was a delightful Limoncello cake with raspberry sauce.  The cake was moist and had a deep lemon flavor which paired perfectly with the raspberry.  Start to finish, it was an absolutely delicious meal.  Total bill with a drink was $67.

    Bistro Atlantis
    1140 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    727-733-1909

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    Food5/5
    Service5/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    4.6/5

    A friend of ours posted a photo of their dinner from Clear Sky Draught Haus in Dunedin, so we decided to head over there for dinner.  As far as I could tell, there’s no signage on the building and the only way we knew we were in the right place was a very small sign on the curb.  We’ve eaten at other restaurants in this space and the biggest issue with the location is the very small parking lot.

    They have a nice outdoor patio that’s pet friendly, but as we walked up to the hostess booth, we could tell the hostess was stressing.  I don’t think she was trying to be rude, but she came off that way.  She didn’t smile until she was ready to deal with us.  After we were seated, Loren said asking us to wait wasn’t a big deal, but the way she put her hand up in a “stop right there” motion was not a welcoming first impression.

    The space inside wasn’t very big and they had it open to the outside which was pleasant tonight, but will likely be sweltering come summer.  We looked over the menu and so many of the items sounded amazing.  Calamari was on the appetizer menu so I couldn’t pass that up.

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    It seemed like a small portion for the price and unfortunately, it was both chewy and flavorless.  The only redeeming thing on the plate was the lemon ginger dipping sauce.  The batter desperately needed some seasoning, even a little salt would have helped.  For his entree, Loren ordered the mushroom crusted salmon.

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    Loren’s a lot less picky than I am about food.  If this had been served to me, I’d have sent it back.  The salmon was fishy.  I’ve eaten a lot of salmon and it just shouldn’t taste that way.  The manager came by and asked how things were and I told him the fish was not fresh.  He ended up taking it off the bill and also gave us a $15 coupon to come back again.  The customer service was good; the food, not so much.   Another manager came by and said something to the effect of the salmon wasn’t his favorite dish on the menu.  Makes you wonder why it’s on the menu, doesn’t it?   I ordered the Tuscan Chicken.

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    It was served with cappicola, goat cheese, and a mushroom risotto.  I liked the chicken, but would have preferred that it was a little more tender.  That became very apparent as I was trying to cut it with a butter knife.  I will never understand why any restaurant wouldn’t give you a real knife when serving beef, chicken or pork. The cappicola and goat cheese added an interesting flavor to the dish.   The mushroom risotto was unevenly cooked.  Nice flavor, but would have been better without the crunchy pieces of rice.  We decided to try the banana bread pudding for dessert.

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    The menu described it as a banana bread pudding with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, whipped cream and a cherry.  I didn’t taste any caramel and there wasn’t cherry on top, instead it was a very unevenly heated dense banana bread.  The bottom was hot, the middle was cold, and the rest was lukewarm.   Overall, it was just a very disappointing meal.  Everything looked and sounded good, but the execution just wasn’t up to par.  Total bill with a drink was $37 after the salmon was removed.

    Clear Sky Draught Haus
    680 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    727-286-6266

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    Food2/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value2/5
    2.5/5
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  • Filed under: American, Dunedin
  • Blue Sake recently opened up in Dunedin, so we headed over there for dinner to try out their sushi.  The restaurant looks nice and was well lit.  I’m not a fan of mood lighting where it’s so dark that you can barely see your food.

    We started off with the Golden Silk Shrimp and a cucumber salad.

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    Loren liked the shrimp more than I did.  They’re wrapped in egg noodles and fried.  They had a nice crunch, but the shrimp was overcooked.  For our sushi, we got a tuna avocado roll, a salmon avocado roll, a Mexican roll and a Bonsai roll.

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    Plus this cute as can be dragon roll.

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    They definitely get points for creativity.  The little wasabi dragon head was just too cute.  Overall, the sushi was really fresh and tasty.  They had a large selection of rolls to choose from and their prices are in line with the other sushi restaurants in the area.  The funniest thing about the experience was when the waiter came to clear the plates, he said it was time to slay the dragon and then he squished it with another plate.  It made me chuckle.  Total bill with a drink was $61.

    Blue Sake
    1425 Main St, Ste I
    Dunedin, FL
    727-216-3699

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Sushi