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We haven’t been going to Poblano’s as much lately because I’ve felt the quality of the food has gone down.  This used to be our go-to place for Mexican food.  Loren said he ate here with some friends a couple of weeks ago and that it had gotten better, so we headed over there tonight.  I started off with the beef & cheese dip.

It’s funny, normally I complain about things being too spicy, but this had to have been one of the mellowest cheese dips I’ve had here.  I liked it, but it had no spiciness whatsoever.  I’ve had it here before where the jalepeno flavor is over the top.  Guess it just depends on who’s in the kitchen.   I was in the mood for fajitas tonight; but unfortunately, this meal did little to satisfy the craving.

I’m a firm believer that fajitas should come to the table sizzling hot.  There should be steam rising from the plate.  These were lukewarm and overcooked.  The chicken was tough.  I admit, I can be overly critical when it comes to food, but when Loren took a bite and kept chewing and chewing and chewing, I knew I wasn’t overreacting.  I’ve never had any luck with the fajitas here, so I guess I should have learned my lesson by now.  Loren went for one of his favorites, the carnitas.

He enjoyed them.  He also mentioned that he thought the restaurant was doing a better job with the presentation of the food.  Basically, they’re not slopping the rice & beans together on the plate anymore.   The plates may look better; but unfortunately, if the food doesn’t taste better then it’s just window dressing.  Total bill was $31 and I’ve pretty much crossed this restaurant off my list.

Poblanos Mexican Grill
245 McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
727-796-7080

Poblano Mexican Grill and Bar on Urbanspoon

Food2/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.6/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican
  • Fresh & Tasty


    We were going to eat lunch at the Gaelic Dish in Dunedin, but it didn’t look like they were open yet.  Or if they were, we couldn’t figure out how to get into the restaurant, so we ended up at Casa Tina instead.  Loren likes the fresh salsa here.

    He went for some beef tacos and I reverted back to my favorite dish, the chicken flautas.

    We both like the freshness of the food here.  Good flavors all around and I liked the fact that they didn’t put the guac, sour cream, and pico de gallo on top of my flautas.  This way they stayed crunchy instead of getting soggy.   Total bill with a drink was $23.

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

    Casa Tina on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican
  • We went over to Salsa’s in Oldsmar for a quick dinner tonight.  I wanted some queso and they had a spinach version on the menu that we decided to try.

    It was a bit on the addictive side.  I kept thinking I was done, then I had to dip just one more chip, and then another, and another.  Loren tried something different tonight, the Mole Poblano.

    He said it was ok.  It didn’t have a lot of spice to it, in fact, it’s something I’d probably order.   I decided to try the Pollo Ranchero tonight.  I admit, I’m a picky eater.  There are a lot of foods I just don’t like and I rely on the menu description in order to make sure none of those things end up on my plate.  So with this dish, I asked for it without jalepenos and cilantro, but the description neglected to mention the bell peppers and there were a lot of them.

    How hard would it have been to list them along with all the other ingredients in the dish?  After I managed to pick them all off, the dish was actually pretty good.  The chicken was tender and I liked the combination of mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and cheese.  Total bill with a drink was $29.

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant
    3970 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-749-7159

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, Oldsmar
  • Headed to Tampa tonight to the Straz Theater to see La Cage aux Folles and stopped at Guadalaja Mexican Restaurant for dinner before the show.  Loren usually goes through two baskets of chips and salsa here.

    For his dinner, he went for the beef fajitas.

    He said the beef was tender and tasty.  He had some leftovers, but since we weren’t heading right home, we didn’t take them.  I went for a beef chimichanga.

    It wasn’t very crispy and I didn’t realize it had pico de gallo inside.  I’m just not a fan of raw onions & cilantro, so the whole flavor profile was a bit off for me.  It’s strange because I ordered this same dish the last time & really liked it, so I’m not sure if they just changed the ingredients or they weren’t as strong the last time.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

    Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant
    4502 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-879-4096

    Guadalajara Mexican on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, Tampa
  • Ate lunch at Tijuana Flats in Oldsmar today.  They still have the same issue that they had the last time I ate here, too many people coming to the table to ask if everything’s ok.  I’m convinced that every time someone brings food out of the kitchen, they make the rounds to all of the tables to ask if they can refill your drinks.  There were at least four different people who stopped by our table more than once in the 45 minutes we were there.

    The chicken chimi was ok though.

    Total bill with a drink was $8.75.

    Tijuana Flats
    3687 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-749-8184

    Tijuana Flats on Urbanspoon

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