Time for too much sushi as usual. This time around it was back to Ocean Blue in Safety Harbor. Loren wanted a salad and I wanted some egg rolls to start off with.
Now, you would think that we’d order less sushi since we got an appetizer, but sadly, that wasn’t the case.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, the Super Crunchy is my most favorite sushi roll around. Everything else was fresh & tasty as well. I really like the no rice cucumber roll too. I think what we both like most about this place is that they don’t drench all the rolls in mayo or sauces. They let the fish be the star. $60 later and we had to roll ourselves back out to the car.
Ocean Blue Sushi Bar & Kaiko Japanese Restaurant
2475 McMullen Booth Road
Panos Kouzina has changed owners and they’ve renamed it Bella Kouzina. It looks the same inside and the menus haven’t been changed yet, but there was definitely a difference in the food.
We both decided on the clam chowder to go with our entrees.
The chowder was pretty good. Not quite as creamy as other places, but it had a good flavor to it. The bread was tasty. I seem to remember it being a lot more garlicy here before though. For his entree, Loren got the Pork Medallions.
He said the pork were very tender and tasty. The dish was served with rice, but he sort of wished it was served with a vegetable as well to round out the meal. I ordered the chicken marsala with a side of fettucine alfredo.
My plate was very plain looking. The marsala sauce was very thin and looked like chicken stock, though it absolutely tasted like marsala. It had a nice sweet flavor, though I’d just never seem a marsala dish that looked that color before. (Here’s a photo of the last time I ordered it) The chicken was ok, though, very plain. It didn’t even have any sort of breading on it whatsoever. They also hit on a pet peeve of mine by not giving us steak knives to cut our food. I’m sorry, but butter knives just don’t cut it, literally.
Surprisingly, Loren liked the taste of the fettucine alfredo more than I did. There was just something off about it. I don’t know if it was the type of cheese in it or if they added some additional herbs. All I know is that it just didn’t do it for me.
Unfortunately, our waitress ignored our table quite a bit. We were done eating long before she ever stopped by again. And once she brought us boxes for our leftovers, she disappeared again. The owner ended up clearing the dishes off our table. We didn’t even get asked if we wanted dessert. Total bill was $30 with a drink.
3101 SR 580
Safety Harbor, FL
We ate dinner at Panos Kouzina tonight and found out the restaurant has been sold to the guy who used to own Alberto’s in Oldsmar. Tonight was the original owner Nick’s last night in the restaurant. He came over and chatted with us for a while when he noticed me taking photos and said he’d been reading my blog.
Tonight we tried the Mediterranean hand tossed pizza.
It was really good with a very fresh taste to it. It had chicken, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, feta, and garlic. I’m usually a fan of a deep dish crust pizza, but I enjoyed the hand tossed crust on this one. The last time we had pizza here we both got personal pizzas and the crust seemed a lot thinner on that one.
Since we’re not sure what’s going to change with the new owner, I figured I better get a piece of the chocolate cake while it’s still there.
It’s got the fudgey goodness. It’s such a thick, rich yummy chocolate cake. Total bill was $23. The name of the restaurant will likely change in the next few months so we’ll have to go back and check it out under the new owner.
3101 SR 580
Safety Harbor, FL
It’s been a while since we’ve eaten dinner at the Whistle Stop Grill in Safety Harbor and next time I need to make sure we ask for a table away from the bar. I didn’t realize they allowed people to smoke back there and by the end of our meal, it was getting a little hard to breathe and the folks at the bar were a bit loud.
Other than that though, the food was pretty good. We both opted for burgers tonight. Loren got the bacon cheeseburger and I got the angus burger with mushrooms and onions.
The burgers were both seasoned well and the sweet potato fries were tasty. Loren liked the homemade chips as well. Total bill with a drink was $22.
915 Main St
Safety Harbor, FL
We celebrated Loren’s birthday at Green Springs Bistro in Safety Harbor. We’d eaten here once before and enjoyed the food, but this time around it just wasn’t up to par with the prices they charge.
We were seated in one of the front rooms and it was really loud. For such a cozy little restaurant, you’d think they could figure out a way to dampen some of the noise in there. Our waitress brought over a taste of their potato and scallion soup.
It was creamy, but the first thing Loren did was grab for the salt shaker. That was the start of the relatively unseasoned food we had all night. Next up came our appetizer, Harold’s shrooms.
Roasted portobello mushroom caps with red peppers, olives and garlic goat cheese. I found the olives to be overpowering in the dish, though I really liked the taste of the goat cheese. The mushrooms were meaty, but a little tough to cut. Salads also came with our meal.
For his entree, Loren ordered the filet mignon which came with mashed potatoes and roasted veggies.
The filet was very tender and cooked medium, but underseasoned. The gorgonzola on top completely overwhelmed the taste of the meat though. As you can see from the photo, some of the veggies were a bit charred while others were a bit underdone.
I ordered the blue crab and lobster stuffed mahi.
The mahi was overcooked and tough. My first reaction was that the mahi I had recently at Cuban Breezes, for less than half the price mind you, was cooked way better than this piece of fish. The crab and lobster stuffing tasted like a crabcake. There was absolutely nothing textural, visual, or taste wise that would have indicated to me that it had any lobster in it whatsoever. The Key Lime white wine sauce had very little lime flavor ( I actually thought it was a lemon sauce) and there wasn’t much of it on the plate. My butter knife was also a bit inadequate to cut through some of the roasted carrots.
I’d heard good things about their black & blue cobbler so I got some to take home.
It was very sweet and there wasn’t enough of the crumb topping. It came with a tasty vanilla bean ice cream though. Our waitress was very friendly and kept plates cleared and drinks full. Overall though, we were fairly disappointed in the whole $73 experience. If I’m going to pay that much for dinner, I expect wonderful flavors and textures and to leave the restaurant wondering when I’ll be able to go back again. After this meal, I don’t think we’ll be returning anytime soon.
Green Springs Bistro
156 Fourth Ave North
Safety Harbor, FL