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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
  • Always on the look out for a Mexican restaurant, we stopped by El Texano in Palm Harbor tonight.  It’s in the space that used to be a Thai restaurant.   At first glance, we didn’t think they were open.  The parking lot & the restaurant were empty, but we ventured inside anyway.  They started us off with some chips and salsa.

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    Loren said the salsa was tasty and I couldn’t keep out of the chips.  They were warm and fresh with just the right amount of salt on them.  Very addictive.  For his entree, Loren chose the carnitas.

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    One bite and I was hooked.  They were very tender and very tasty.  I’m not usually a fan of carnitas, but I’d absolutely order these again.  I went for the chicken fajitas which also came with a side of rice and beans.

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    The fajitas were tender and had a good flavor to them.  The rice and beans were pretty generic and I was surprised that they wasn’t a dish of lettuce, cheese, tomatoes/pico de gallo included.  I did ask for a side of sour cream though.  Overall, the food was very good.   Our waitress was very nice, but maybe a bit too timid.  Overall a tasty dinner for $$25.

    El Texano
    35903 US Hwy 19 N
    Palm Harbor, FL
    (727) 934-7289

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5

    We were heading to Bradenton to see the DaVinci exhibit and had planned on eating at El Durango’s, but it was closed.  Alvarez Mexican Restaurant was across the street, so we ended up there instead.  It took a while before the waiter came by with menus and took our drink order.  In fact, while we were waiting, we watched another patron walk out due to poor service.  Loren liked the chips and salsa.

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    The salsa didn’t look like much, but he said it was fresh and tasty.  He ordered a #7 which is a taco, burrito and enchilada.

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    He said the enchilada sauce was more sweet than spicy.  Overall, it was just plain, inexpensive Mexican food.  I ordered the beef and bean chimichanga.

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    The cheddar cheese sauce tasted like Cheez-whiz and seemed like an odd choice. The chimi didn’t have the same crunch as I’ve had at other places.  The flavors were very plain.  There was just nothing memorable about any of the food.  Total bill with a drink was $19.

    Alvarez Mexican Restaurant
    1431 Eighth Avenue West
    Palmetto, FL
    941-729-2232

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    Food2/5
    Service1/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    1.7/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, Palmetto
  • We ate an early dinner at Casa Tina in Dunedin tonight.  We didn’t realize there was an art festival going on, so it was a bit crowded in downtown.  Loren ordered the carnitas and I went for the chicken flautas.

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    I had already started disassembling the flautas before I remembered to take a photo.  I had to scrape off the salsa and guacamole.  There was a time when I really liked the guacamole here, it was very mild.  Now, even just the little bit I left on the plate was too spicy for my tastebuds.  Loren was more than happy to have it though.  He said the carnitas were perfectly cooked and tender.  The flautas were nice and crunchy and the rice and beans were good too. Total bill with a drink was $35.

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

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican
  • We went over to Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant on East Bay for dinner tonight.  We haven’t eaten here in a long time.  Loren munched on the chips & salsa while I dug into the chili bean dip.

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    There was a bit too much jalapeno in the bean dip for me, but Loren liked the salsa.  He got some beef fajitas for his entree.

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    The meat wasn’t super tender, but he said overall it was ok.  I went for the crispy tacos.

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    I love crispy flour tacos, but there was no way you could actually pick this up to eat it.  This was a definitely a fork & knife kind of dish.  Neither of us liked the refried beans.  They just had an odd flavor to them.  Total bill with a drink was $30.

    Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant
    5042 East Bay Drive
    Tri City Plaza
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 524-8226

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican