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Just in Time


We drove over to Dunedin tonight and had dinner at Tom Yum Thai & Sushi.  We got there just before the crowd showed up.  Twenty minutes later and we’d have had to wait for a table.  I can never decide between Thai food and sushi, so tonight we had a little of both.  We started off with two sushi rolls, a California roll and the Green Dragon roll.

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The green dragon roll makes such a pretty photo.  It’s a shrimp tempura roll with avocado & eel sauce on top.  Yum!  Loren got the ginger beef and I got some Pad Se-ew for my entree.

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Fresh and tasty all around.  The veggies were crisp tender and everything melded well with each other.  I ended up with leftovers.  Total bill with a drink was $39.

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

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Sushi, Thai
  • We decided to give Bascetti’s in Dunedin another try for dinner tonight.  The restaurant was empty when we got there and after our experience tonight, I can understand why.  We started off with some calamari which was the best part of the meal.

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    The calamari was very tender with a nice crunchy coating on it.  The dish also came with artichokes, that I found to be too sour for my tastes.  The dipping sauce was a bit on the spicy side too.   Our dinners came with bread, soup or salad and we got one of each.

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    The noodles in my soup were mush and it desperately needed salt.  The bread was really good and the dipping sauce was tasty, but as I’ve mentioned on previous visits, I just think it would be better if it was warmed.  For his entree, Loren chose the stuffed pork chop.

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    They gave him a very large steak knife and I don’t think he would have been able to make a dent in this pork chop without it.  It was really tough.  It came with a red pepper mashed potato which we had to ask about since we couldn’t identify what it was.  I ordered the bolognese pappardelle.

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    I ordered this dish once before and had mixed feelings about, but thought I’d give it another try.  The first time I had it, it had a very thin white sauce to it.  The waitress said they had reformulated the recipe, but I could still get it with the white sauce.  After a bite or two, I kept tasting something very sour in the dish, which I assumed was olives.  It just had an odd taste to it, but Loren actually thought it was ok.  When the waitress came to clear our half eaten dishes, I asked her if there were olives in my dish and she said no, but I explained that there was a sour taste to it.  We also said how tough Loren’s pork chop was.  She took both dishes back to the kitchen & said she tried them.  She agreed that something was very wrong with both dishes & took them off the bill.  She kind of scolded us for not saying something earlier in the meal.   We ended up getting a slice of cheesecake to try to salvage something from the meal.

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    It was very creamy and had a nice raspberry filling.  Loren thought the raspberry was a little too tart, but otherwise it was ok. We appreciated the way our waitress handled things, but still question how food could come out of the kitchen like that.  Total bill without the entrees ended up being $18 and it’s doubtful we’ll be back.

    Bascetti’s
    1568 Main Street
    Dunedin, FL
    727-738-2808

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    Food1/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value1/5
    1.9/5

    Busy Sunday


    We went over to Cafe Alfresco in Dunedin for lunch today.  The restaurant was packed and we ended up with about a 20 minute wait.  It wouldn’t have been so bad except that they don’t have any place inside to wait and it was so hot & humid outside.  I was melting by the time our table was ready.  Loren decided on the buttermilk chicken sandwich and I went for a cheeseburger.

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    Both were tasty and the fries were nice and crunchy.  This is one of our go-to restaurants when we want simple, tasty food.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

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

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


    Always on the lookout for places we haven’t visited yet, we ended up at Pensare Italian Bistro in Dunedin for dinner tonight.  The place was packed and really loud.  We were seated in this little alcove and I felt like the sound just reverberated off the walls.  Our waiter came over and explained the specials and brought bread and oil to the table.

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    The bread was warm and crusty and the dipping oil was very flavorful.  We were optimistic about the rest of the meal only to be quickly disappointed when our appetizer arrived.

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    It was a fried platter of calamari, shrimp and zucchini.  The calamari was thin and like rubber.  The breading had no flavor whatsoever.  The shrimp were overcooked and the zucchini was burnt.  If our waiter had actually come back to the table in a reasonable amount of time, I would have sent it back.  Salads came with our meal and we both got the mixed greens.

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    Loren likes mixed green salads, I’m not a fan.  They also brought oil & vinegar to the table & you can have the waiter dress the salad or you can do it yourself.  Eventually, our entrees came out.  At this point, I felt like we had been there for quite a while. Loren ordered the Salmone Asparagi which was salmon in a lemon buerre-blanc sauce and asparagus.

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    He said it was pretty good.  I found the sauce to be a bit too tart and sour for my tastes. I went for the pappardelle bolognese.

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    This was not a good dish.  The pasta was undercooked and the sauce was flavorless.  It was just very uninspiring.  Our waiter disappeared at this point, I think he had tables out on the patio, so we didn’t see much more of him.  My expectations were so low at this point that I didn’t even bother with dessert.  We won’t be back.  Total bill was $59 with a drink.

    Pensare Italian Bistro
    799 Highland Ave
    Dunedin, FL
    727-786-2222

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    Food2/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.0/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Italian
  • Loren took me out to my favorite little Italian restaurant tonight for our anniversary.  I don’t know why we don’t go to La Trattoria more often, I really do love the food.  If you’ve never been, it’s quite the experience.  There’s no menu and the owner is this jovial Italian man who just makes you feel like you’ve walked into his home for dinner.  He’ll be wandering around the restaurant singing and it’s just a hoot.  There’s nothing fancy about this place, but the food is excellent.  We started off with some bread, little pizza pieces, and salad.

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    The little pizza pieces are almost identical in flavor to what my Italian grandmother used to make.  The dipping oil for the bread has huge chunks of garlic in it and the salad is just lightly dressed with oil & vinegar.  First off, you get shown the appetizers of the day.  Tonight there were artichokes, stuffed mushrooms, and stuffed eggplant.  Loren went for a mushroom and I tried the eggplant.

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    Both were tasty.  I liked the tomato sauce on mine.  Once you’re done with the appetizers, the owner wheels out the cart o’ seafood and meats and tells you all the different ways he can prepare it for you.  I have a favorite dish here, the pasta with crab in a pink amaretto sauce.  I just can’t make myself order anything else.  You can get chicken, pork, veal, steaks, fish, pasta, ravioli and who knows what else in a variety of preparations.  Loren ordered the grouper in a piccata sauce with artichokes and sundried tomatoes.

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    He said it was very tasty.  My pasta with crab was just divine.

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    There are huge chunks of crab in this dish.  Loren says the sauce tastes like dessert because it’s so sweet.  I just love it.  And even though we were both stuffed, I couldn’t resist some ricotta cheesecake.

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    If you’ve never had ricotta cheesecake, it’s more cakelike in texture and not as creamy as a NY cheesecake.  It’s somewhat dense with a little lemon flavor to it.  Overall, it was an excellent meal.  Total bill with a drink was $60.

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

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    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    4.1/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Italian