On our way to Tampa tonight to see “Shrek: The Musical” (great show, by the way) and we stopped at Cuenellis Rotisserie for dinner. The chicken smelled really good on the way in.
Loren ordered the 1/4 chicken white meat with red beans and a salad and I ordered the 1/4 chicken dark meat with black beans and rice.
Both were very tasty. The chicken was tender and had plenty of seasoning on it. It also came with two tasty dipping sauces, one a green chimichurri sauce, the other a mustard type sauce. I did think the chicken pieces were a little small, but they made up for it in flavor.
We got a couple of cookies for the road.
The cookie reminded me of a pecan sandie, but it also had a filling inside that I couldn’t identify. It didn’t really have a lot of flavor, but it was gooey, almost like a caramel. The cookies were very crumbly, but tasty. Total bill was $21 with a drink.
4801 W Hillsborough Ave
We were on our way to Tampa to see the musical “9 to 5″ and found a little Peruvian restaurant called Machu Picchu on Hillsborough Ave near Dale Mabry. It’s not a very big restaurant, set up like a diner, but the folks there were very friendly.
This being our first time trying Peruvian food, we asked the waiter what he recommended and he brought us out a mockup of their new menu which included photos of the dishes. He said seafood was the way to go, recommending a dish resembling paella. They also had a goat special that Loren ordered, but found out they had just run out, so he ordered another of the seafood dishes.
We started out with some calamari.
It was a little chewy for my taste. It also had a piece of fried yucca on the plate which was pretty good. Loren ordered the fried fish in a seafood bisque, Pescado a lo macho.
It was tasty. The batter on the fish went nicely with the sauce. It also had calamari, shrimp and mussels. He said he would have liked some veggies instead of all of the other seafood, but overall it was very good. They also gave him a hot sauce that added a little kick. I would definitely order this dish again.
The paella dish I ordered also had shrimp, calamari, octopus and a mussel in it. It was called arroz chaufa de Mariscos.
There was enough on this plate for at least two people. The flavors were very subtle, but everything was cooked perfectly. I ended up taking half of it home.
Total bill was $35. The dishes were very authentic and even as they were trying to close up for the night, more customers kept coming in, which is a wonderful sign in this economy.
3974 W Hillsborough Ave