The first thing we noticed when we walked into Roosterfish Grill was the noise level. This is another one of those restaurants where it was difficult to have a conversation across the table. The second thing we noticed were the rolls of paper towels hanging above all of the tables suspended by coat hangers. The design flaw of this became very apparent every time the waiter came to our table and had to awkwardly bend down around it to talk to us.
We started off with a cup of clam chowder and a cup of crab chowder.
Both chowders were on the thin side and needed salt. We just both like thick, rich, creamy chowders and these had more of a soup consistency. Next up calamari.
The calamari itself was good. It had the right crunch and the pieces were tender. The marinara sauce that came with it tasted like canned tomato paste that hadn’t been cooked for very long. For his entree, Loren ordered the mango mahi.
He said the fish was ok. It was tender and the mango salsa on top was tasty. The broccoli was a mix of new green pieces and old brown ones that looked like they had been sitting in the kitchen all day. I decided to try one of the specials, the fried oysters.
The waiter told us this was the first night they were on the menu and from my first bite, I hope it was the last. They were completely inedible. There was so much salt in the breading that you couldn’t even taste the oysters. Just absolutely awful. The manager took it off our bill and offered us a free dessert. We got the black forest cake.
I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but the cake tasted like it had been recently frozen and improperly thawed because the cake was wet. Not moist, but wet. It actually had a good flavor to it, but the texture was wrong. Total bill with a drink was $35 and since there were issues with every plate of food, we won’t be going back again.
776 Missouri Ave
I’ve been searching for a restaurant to satisfy my Ipswich clam cravings. Having grown up in New England, it’s one of those tastes of my childhood that I miss and can’t find anywhere. That is until tonight when we ate at Rosie’s Clam Shack in Pinellas Park. But first, we had to try the clam chowder.
This was a thick, rich chowder with lots of potatoes and clams. It had a very mild flavor and needed a little salt, but otherwise, pretty tasty. Loren decided to try the stuffed grouper.
For his two sides, he chose the parsley potatoes and the pasta salad. He really liked this dish. He said the grouper was cooked perfectly and the stuffing had a nice flavor to it. The pasta salad had a little spicy kick to it that he liked as well. Loren said he wished he had taken a photo of the happy look on my face when I ate the first fried clam.
These were perfectly cooked. Crunchy, with tender bellies, just like I remembered them. I really liked the parsley potatoes too. Since everything else was tasting so good, we decided to try the apple blossom dessert.
I think if I had turned around this would have been gone before I was able to look back. The apple filling and tender crust were just yummy. It was a very simple dessert, but sometimes, those can be the best. My only complaint about the restaurant is that it took quite a while for the food to come out of the kitchen. We will definitely be back. Total bill with a drink was $52.
Rosie’s Clam Shack
6657 49th St
Pinellas Park, FL
If you’re heading out for dinner at the German Bistro II, you better be hungry. The food is hearty, delicious, and there’s so much of it. They start you off with some bread and cole slaw.
The bread is thick and served with an herbed butter. Loren even asked for seconds. The cole slaw is fresh and crunchy with a bit of a peppery dressing on it. For his entree, Loren went for the pork Jaegerschnitzel with warm potato salad and a house salad.
The pork is super tender with a savory mushroom gravy on top. He really enjoyed the vinegary flavor of the potato salad too. I went for the chicken schnitzel with a side salad and spaetzle.
I’m amazed at how tender they can get such a thin piece of chicken. The breading had a nice lemon flavor to it and the spaetzle was delicious, especially with gravy on top. The sides are unlimited and I was tempted to get another order of the spaetzle, but I knew I had to leave room for dessert.
Black Forest cake is one of our favorites and this was an amazing one. The cake was tender, the cherries had a nice tartness and it was served up with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. As you can see from the photo, Loren’s got his fork ready & telling me to hurry up and take the photo. This was an incredibly tasty and filling dinner for $45.
German Bistro II
1300 E Bay Dr Ste L
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1568 Main Street
We had a AAA coupon for Olive Garden, so that was our destination for lunch today. Luckily we just missed the Sunday lunch crowd. We started off with salad & breadsticks and one of their new appetizers, the Fried Cheese Risotto.
These were very cheesy, but the risotto inside was complete mush. Other than the outside crust, there was no texture whatsoever. Now, that’s not to say that I didn’t like them, because I did, but they were more like fried cheese, than fried rice balls.
Olive Garden was having a two for $25 deal that included dessert, so Loren & I both ordered off of it. He got the Parmesan Potato Crusted chicken.
He thought it was pretty good. The chicken was tender with a nice crunchy exterior. I ordered the bucatini formaggio.
It didn’t do much for me. It was just a fairly plain bowl of pasta and I didn’t really care for the taste of the sauce. The special also came with dessert. Loren got the dark chocolate with caramel dolcini and I got the chocolate mousse cake.
These were both yummy. My mousse cake was thick and creamy and had little chocolate covered krispie balls on top that added an interesting texture. I think Loren scooped every last morsel out of his plate. Good stuff. Total bill was $27 after our coupon.
29461 Us-19 N
After lunch, our friend took us over to Sweet Caroline’s and treated us to dessert. Loren got a chocolate salted caramel cupcake.
He made those nom nom noises that indicated that I wasn’t going to get more than one little taste of it. The cupcake was moist and the the frosting was thick and creamy without being overly sweet. He was in cupcake heaven. I couldn’t resist the French eclair.
Yeah, I made those same nom nom noises too. It was decadent and delicious, filled with a custard and whipped cream. Might have to make Sweet Caroline’s a more frequent stop on our travels through Palm Harbor. Yum!
3347 Tampa Road
Palm Harbor, FL
Johnny’s Italian Restaurant on a Friday night is a very crowded place. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table. Salads and bread started off the meal while we waited for our calamari.
The Johnny bread is one of the best things about this restaurant. The oil & garlic dipping sauce will have you warding off vampires for a week. The bread is just perfect and we ended up getting a second loaf. It’s hard to resist. Next up, calamari.
It was very tender and had a nice crunch. The dipping sauce that came with it was rather spicy with lots of red pepper flakes. I was feeling the heat for a while. Loren ordered the Tuscan Steak with Portabella Sauce.
The interesting thing was that he actually tried to order something else, but the waitress talked him out of it. I can’t remember what the other item was, but she said it didn’t have a lot of flavor and that he’d enjoy this one more. And he did. I went for the chicken marsala with a side of fettucine alfredo.
The chicken was tender and the marsala sauce had a really nice flavor to it. When they get their alfredo sauce right, it’s really good here. Tonight was one of those nights. I could have eaten an entire bowl of just that. I felt the need for chocolate tonight so we ordered the chocolate cake.
This was an incredibly rich and chocolately cake. It had thick ganache layers and just melted in your mouth. Perfect ending to a very good meal. Total bill with a drink was $45.75.
Johnny’s Italian Restaurant
2907 SR 590 #1
We were driving back from The Fringe in Orlando and stopped at Harry’s Seafood in Lakeland for dinner. We were seated very quickly in the back of the restaurant and then the waiting began. Once our server finally showed up, he was an extremely polite and friendly guy, but unfortunately that doesn’t make up for the continuous waiting and incorrect things that happened with our meal. Our waiter brought out some bread.
It was warm and crusty and the herbed butter was tasty. Good thing we had it because the wait was pretty long for our entrees. Loren ordered the redfish with a side of collards.
He enjoyed them both. The fish was cooked well and not overly spicy. I ordered the crawfish etoufee.
When the waiter took my order, he asked if I wanted green onions on it or not. I said no, but when it arrived it was covered in them. I sent it back and from what was returned back to me, I can only surmise that someone just took it back to the kitchen & picked them all off of the same dish. It was a bit spicier than I remembered from the last time I had it here. I ended up taking half of it home with me. We decided to try the chocolate bread pudding for dessert.
This was an unusual dish. It was brownie-yet-bread like and went very well with the sauce and ice cream. We both enjoyed it. It wasn’t overly chocolatey, but interesting. Here’s where the waiting started again. We actually watched another table get seated and then walk out when no one ever came to take their order. Loren’s drink order was wrong and the amount of time we spent just sitting there waiting was ridiculous. I don’t know if they were short staffed or what, but they definitely needed better coverage in the back area where we were seated. Total bill with a drink was $44.
Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill
101 N Kentucky Ave
The Sea Dog Brewing Co opened up recently in Clearwater. Though we’re not drinkers, their menu looked interesting enough to draw us in. The restaurant is big and open and a bit on the loud side. We started off with the calamari and some clam chowder.
Both were very good. The calamari had a nice crunch, but was also tender. I didn’t like the kalamata and caper aioli that came with it though. I’m not a fan of olives, but Loren liked it. The clam chowder was very creamy and had nice chunks of clam in it without any grit. Nothing worse than getting clam chowder with gritty clams. Loren thought it was a little too thick, but I thought it was perfect. For his entree, he got the pot roast dinner.
He said the pot roast was very tender and tasty. He liked the potatoes, but wasn’t quite as thrilled with the broccoli rabe. I saw whole belly clams on their appetizer menu and ordered that as my entree with a side of mac & cheese.
Unfortunately, I wouldn’t order either of these items again. The clams were very crunchy with very small bellies. The quality just wasn’t there. The mac & cheese is made with a beer cheese sauce that was very overwhelming. Not a flavor that I liked at all. Our waiter ended up taking it off the bill since he realized that I just didn’t like it. He recommended that I try the lobster mac & cheese next time as it’s made with a different cream sauce. We finished off the meal with the apple crisp.
When it came out, it was nothing like we had expected. It was more like a slice of apple pie than what I had imagined a crisp to be. The apples were very tart, but they actually blended well with the soft crust, ice cream and caramel. I expect that we’ll try the food here again. There were a lot of other things on the menu that peaked my interest. Total bill with a drink was $55.
Sea Dog Brewing Co
26200 US Hwy 19 N
I received a coupon in the mail for $8 off two entrees at Outback, so we headed out there for dinner tonight. They were also doing a 4-course special, so we both opted for that. The kitchen was backed up, so it took a while to get our bread and soup and salad.
We both chose the clam chowder which was quite a bit spicier than I had anticipated. It was creamy and had good flavors though. What we didn’t know, until the bill came out, was that there was an upcharge for the clam chowder. I’m always a little miffed for things to show up on the bill that we weren’t told about ahead of time. Our waitress said she didn’t know there was an upcharge.
There are a limited number of choices on the 4-course entree menu, but that wasn’t an issue for Loren. He got the 6 oz sirloin with a baked potato.
Though the presentation left a bit to be desired, he said the steak was cooked a perfect medium. He enjoyed it. Normally, I order the Alice Springs Chicken, but it wasn’t one of the options, so I tried their new Honey Mustard Chicken.
That was a mistake. There’s a distinct difference between lightly charred and burnt. This fell into the burnt category. I tried to eat around the crispy parts. The main reason I didn’t send it back is that Loren would have been finished with his meal before something new could come out of the kitchen for me. We’d already been waiting a long time so it wasn’t worth the effort. The waitress asked if I wanted to bring the leftovers home and I told her no, couldn’t she see how burnt it was? The manager came over and was very apologetic and took it off the bill. Let’s face it, something that looks like this never should have made it out of the kitchen. For our last course, we got one of each desserts offered, the cheesecake and carrot cake.
For me, the cheesecake was the best part of the meal. It was creamy and the raspberry sauce was good. Loren liked the carrot cake. Since we no longer had two entrees on the menu, I didn’t use my coupon and the final bill ended up being $21 with a drink.
31988 US Hwy 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
We went out to the Garden Grille Cafe for dinner tonight and had a waitress in training. Luckily, she had another waitress working with her whispering in her ear everything she forgot to do. We started off with some clam chowder and some calamari.
The clam chowder was a bit on the gritty side. They definitely needed to rinse the clams more. It needed some salt, but was ok otherwise. The calamari also needed some seasoning. Loren got a Greek salad with chicken.
He said the chicken was very tender and the salad was ok. I ordered a mushroom burger.
It was cooked way past medium and was pretty dry. They brought out the dessert tray and I was surprised at how many choices there were. We settled on a raspberry cake with cheesecake filling.
Unfortunately, this cake must have come frozen and was not thawed out properly. Parts of it were frozen solid, part of the cake was dry and the other part was wet. Not moist, but wet. The actually cheesecake filling was pretty tasty. Service was lacking in some areas as there were dishes left on our table way longer than they should have been. Total bill with a drink was $36.
Garden Grille Cafe
8425 Hillsborough Ave
Woodstock on 5th recently opened up in the space where Crepeology used to be in Safety Harbor. It’s a really small building and I’m amazed at the quality of food they were able to put out of that tiny kitchen. There aren’t a lot of tables, but there is a patio out back and they had live music tonight. The whole restaurant and staff are decked out in a 60′s music theme and the menu items are all named after musicians and bands of the era. We started off with some of the white chili.
When it came to the table, we both thought it looked like a bowl of cheese queso dip. And to be honest, it would have gone great with some tortilla chips. It was very thick, creamy, and cheesy. It had a nice flavor to it, just a hint of heat and overall very tasty. For his entree, Loren ordered the “Grateful Dead”.
It was two tri tip grilled steaks with potatoes and green beans. The steak was cooked a perfect medium, seasoned wonderfully, and was very tender. I ate some of it because it was actually too much food. Drop the price a little and just serve one steak and it still would have been enough for an entree. I ordered the “Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young”.
It was a pappardelle pasta with wild mushrooms. One bite and I was hooked. The cream sauce was amazing. The only thing I really didn’t like were the wild mushrooms. Some of them were really tough and chewy. The pasta was cooked perfectly and I licked every last bite of that sauce off the plate. We also decided to try the desserts. We got the citrus cake and a strawberry mousse tart.
They don’t make the desserts in house, but instead get them from a local bakery. Loren really liked the citrus cake. It was moist and had a wonderful orange flavor. I found the crust on the tart to be a little hard, but the strawberry mousse filling was tasty.
Overall, the food was amazing; however, other aspects of the experience weren’t as great. It did take a while to get our food, but, it was definitely fresh and homemade. They have a very young and inexperienced wait staff. They were very sweet and pleasant with bubbly personalities, but seemed a bit over their head when it came to actually keeping up with their tables. The other thing we found annoying was that the door to the patio is in the small dining room, so there was a constant opening & closing of the door as people went in & out.
They post their weekly menu specials on their website and also serve breakfast & lunch. We’ll probably go back again as the food really was delicious. Total bill with a drink was $61.
Woodstock on 5th
155 5th Ave N
Safety Harbor, FL
It was a dark and stormy night and sushi seemed like a perfect way to chase away the gloom. We headed over to Ocean Blue since it was close and I could hear the Super Crunchy calling to me.
Luckily Loren isn’t quite as enamored with it as I am, either that or he’s just afraid I’ll swat his hand away if he tries to eat too many pieces of it. I just love that roll. We also got a Mexican roll and a Rainbow roll. Both were delicious. Yeah, you didn’t think we stopped there, did you??
Loren had to have a spicy tuna and a Scott roll plus one more that I can’t remember. I think it was tuna or maybe salmon, either way, it was good. As always, everything was fresh and tasty. Loren also got a salad.
Oh, and remember that dark & stormy night? About the time we were finishing up, the sky opened up and a deluge of rain poured down. That could only mean that we had to order dessert, right?
Fried cheesecake is one of the strangest and tastiest desserts around. Soft and slightly frozen on the inside, crispy on the outside. Very tasty throughout. Finally the rain let up, our taste buds were happy, and our wallet was $62 lighter.
Ocean Blue Sushi Bar & Kaiko Japanese Restaurant
2475 McMullen Booth Road
We wandered around Universal Studios all morning and then decided to get lunch out on City Walk. We didn’t realize so many of the restaurants didn’t open until late afternoon. We finally ended up out on the patio at Pastamore. The waitress brought bread & dipping oil to the table first.
The bread was wonderful. Soft and warm and very tasty. The dipping oil, on the other hand was served in a rather large bowl and didn’t have any herbs in it. It was just odd. We started off with the fried calamari.
I felt the portion size was small for a $9 appetizer, but I had to remember we were in a theme park. Realistically, though, it was enough to share without totally spoiling our appetites for our entrees. The calamari was cooked well and had a nice crunchy exterior without being too chewy on the inside. The balsamic glaze and garlic aioli added a nice flavor, but the marinara sauce was pretty bland. Loren got the salmon salad.
He said the salmon was cooked perfectly and he enjoyed the salad. He likes olives and there were plenty in the salad. I went for the chicken marsala.
This was the lunch half portion, though to be honest, I didn’t realize that’s what I was ordering. Again, I had to remember theme park prices. The chicken was very tender and the pasta was just the right tenderness. The dish could have used a bit more of the marsala sauce, but overall, it was pretty tasty. I was also craving chocolate, so we settled on the chocolate sabayon for dessert.
It was a pretty little plate with a very tasty raspberry sauce. It was a light and fluffy sort of dessert, just what I was craving. Total bill with a drink was $47.
6000 Universal Blvd
The smell of cinnamon was just too much to pass up on our way through City Walk into Universal Studios.
I got a minibun, but Loren went for the Pecanbun which was more sugar and deliciousness than one person should eat first thing in the morning. But it was good. Total bill for the mini & the big bun was $8.50.
Universal City Walk
We’d already eaten at two new places for us this weekend, so I decided to try for a third. We ate dinner at La Bella Eva over in Clearwater. It’s a small Italian pizza place in strip mall on Belcher. It was nice and toasty inside which was perfect on this rather chilly evening. We decided to try the potato soup.
My first bite was very flavorful, but cold. We had to send it back to the kitchen to get heated up. After that, though, things went much better. The soup was really good. Thick & rich with a wonderful flavor. Loren kept trying to slide it closer to his side of the table. The bread was crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. You know it’s good when Loren reaches for more before I get a chance to. We also got some calamari.
The calamari was a little chewy and needed some salt, but otherwise pretty good. You can get a medium or spicy sauce to go with it and we chose the medium. It wasn’t really spicy, but definitely had some red pepper in it. At this point, we both realized we had already ordered too much food, and then the entrees came. Loren got the linguine with meatballs.
He liked it. It was a rich sauce. I though it tasted like there was wine in it that hadn’t been fully cooked off. I got the eggplant rollatini.
It was like lava when it came to the table. The eggplant was cooked very well. It still had some texture to it and the cheese and sauce were tasty. Too many places overcook the eggplant to mush, but this was a really good dish. We both had leftovers and decided to split a Manhattan truffle for dessert.
Vanilla and chocolate ice cream covering a cherry & almond center and completely enrobed in dark chocolate. It was delicious. They had several different varieties of these truffles and I think we may have to go back just to try some of the other ones. Total bill with a drink was $38.
La Bella Eva
1469 S. Belcher Rd
Always on the lookout for new places to eat, we ended up at Southern Fresh in downtown Safety Harbor for dinner tonight. They’re in the building across from the post office that used to house Brady’s BBQ, then Lulu’s. It’s a small space inside, but way too cold to eat outside tonight, though their patio area is very nice with a fire pit out front. The menu isn’t very big, though everything we tried was pretty tasty.
Loren started out with the BLT soup.
His first reaction was that it was a soup that tasted like a sandwich. He was really surprised and pleased with the taste. The combination of tomato, bacon, shallots, and romaine was completely reminiscent of a BLT sandwich. He’d definitely order it again. Everything is made fresh here, so there was a bit of a wait for our entrees. Loren got the salmon salad.
The salmon was cooked well and he liked the capers in the salad which added a unique little salty twist to the dish. He said it all mixed well with the candied lemon zest on top. I went for the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and roasted veggies.
The chicken was perfectly cooked. Nice & crispy on the outside and moist and delicious inside. My only criticism is that it could have used more seasoning. I found it to be just a little on the bland side. The mashed potatoes were peppery and could have really used some gravy. The veggies were a mix of carrots, brussel sprouts, onions, and zucchini. They had two desserts available tonight, so we got one of each.
The strawberry shortcake was on a sponge cake and had a fresh, not-too-sweet strawberry sauce on it. Loren scarfed the entire thing. I happily enjoyed my banana pudding. Overall, it was a very enjoyable meal. Total bill with a drink was $43.
122 3rd Ave N
Safety Harbor, FL
This is the third time we’ve eaten at Bascetti’s in Dunedin and after tonight, I’m not sure that we’ll be returning anytime soon. The restaurant does some things very well, but is severely lacking in others. My biggest complaint tonight was the service. For the most part, it was just non-existent. We ordered an appetizer and I assumed the waitress would bring out bread while we waited for it. No such luck. We just sat there for quite a long time waiting on the sausage and crab cake appetizer to arrive.
All the photos are pretty bad because it was so dark at our table. This dish was pretty tasty. Lots of crab and just a hint of sausage flavor. I probably wouldn’t have guessed that there was sausage in it because it was very mild. The sauce with it was sort of a tangy salad dressing. Once we had completely finished the appetizer, we sat and waited some more until our waitress brought out the bread.
The dipping sauce is usually the best part of the bread here, however, tonight, it was ice cold. It must have come straight out of the fridge and was not at all what I was expecting when I took my first bite. It was very disappointing and I would have asked the waitress to heat it up if we had seen her again before we had finished eating the bread. Once we were done with it, she brought out my chicken soup and Loren’s salad.
They really need to get smaller bowls or put more soup in them. The presentation of the soup just immediately made you think they were being skimpy with it. It had a nice flavor, but I found the chicken pieces to be overcooked and sort of dry/grainy tasting. Loren didn’t mind it as much as I did. Usually, I complain that restaurants are too quick to bring out the next course, but that was definitely not an issue here tonight. Service was painfully slow. At one point, our waitress said she was going to refill drinks and she didn’t return for at least 15 minutes. Eventually our entrees came out. Loren ordered the chicken piccata.
He really enjoyed this dish. The sauce was light and tasty, the pasta cooked well and the chicken was tender. He was all mmm, mmm, mmm, while I was less than enthused by my Vodka Princess pasta dish.
This had overcooked rubbery shrimp and minuscule pieces of crab meat in it. I had to really search to actually find any pieces of crab. The sauce just wasn’t anything special and in my mind, the dish wasn’t worth $18. It wasn’t smooth and creamy enough for me. When the waitress came by and asked how it was, I was less than complimentary about the dish and she went back and told the kitchen. They offered a free dessert so we tried the chocolate fig torte.
This was really tasty. I probably wouldn’t have guessed that there was fig in it, though every so often you did get some seeds. It was chocolatety without being overwhelmingly rich. For me, this was the best part of the meal. I just felt like we spent way too much time sitting around waiting tonight. Like I said, they do some things very well, but consistency and attention to the small details just seems lacking. There’s just no reason we should have been in there for over 2 hours. Total bill with a drink was $49.
1568 Main Street
I attended a luncheon at Oystercatchers with a group of about 20 people. The restaurant is very pretty, overlooking the bay, but the service was lacking and although the food was good, it seemed very overpriced for the quantity of food on each plate.
We started off with some calamari fries & crabcakes, though I forgot to take a photo. Both were very tasty. The calamari wasn’t cut in rings, but rather long, thick pieces. It was tender and the breading was good. The crab cakes had lots of crab in them.
For my entrée, I ordered the sautéed scallops and side salad.
I guess I was just a little surprised that there were only 3 scallops in the dish. They were tender and sautéed nicely in garlic and butter; but for the price, the serving size seemed rather small. They actually serve a single fried oyster with the dish, and I’d have been happy with a plate of those, though I didn’t see them on the menu. I also ordered the Godiva Chocolate mousse for dessert.
When I think of mousse, I imagine a very light, fluffy chocolaty dish. This was more like a piece of fudge. It was thick and rich and yummy, but not exactly what I was expecting.
As for the service, I think a lot of us were unimpressed. The wait staff for our table seemed very abrupt and unfriendly, even rude at times. When our entrees came out, they placed the wrong plates in front of several people and one lady had to send hers back because her salmon was undercooked. I believe every entree was $20+ each, so for those prices you expect better service. Several people told me they’ve enjoyed the Sunday brunch here, but many of them said they wouldn’t come back for lunch.
2900 Bayport Dr
We have a habit of getting out of the house later than expected for dinner on Friday nights and most places are just mobbed. We drove into Dunedin thinking we’d eat at Casa Tina, but there was a line out the door, so we walked down the street to Cafe Alfresco. The restaurant was busy, but not full, and pretty quiet which we kinda like. We started off with potstickers.
Yum! These were perfectly fried with a tasty, slightly spicy filling. I could just eat a plate of these and be happy. Loren’s dinner came with a salad and I went ahead and ordered one for $1 as well.
The rolls were warm and soft and very tasty. For his entree, Loren got the chicken piccata.
He tried to explain to me the difference between a good piccata and a not so good one. This was a good version, the chicken was perfectly cooked and the sauce was buttery and lemony, but not overly so, and the capers made the perfect accent to the sauce. He was a happy guy. I went for the Friday night fish & chips.
It didn’t have an overly crunchy batter on it, but it was good. The fries were nice and crunchy and the cole slaw had just enough tang and sweet to it. We were really bad tonight & got two desserts.
Loren wanted some carrot cake and I got the raspberry cheesecake. Both were delicious. He said his cake was moist and flavorful and mine was creamy and decadent. We were quite stuffed by the time we rolled ourselves out of there. Total bill with a drink was $49.
344 Main St