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Caracara


We were walking to a different restaurant in Dunedin for dinner, but saw Caracara and decided to try it instead. It’s an Asian Tapas & Taco restaurant that’s been open for about 3 weeks now. They had both indoor and outdoor seating and since it was a beautiful spring evening, we sat outside.

The menu is meant to be shared so we ordered three different things, the wild mushroom dumplings, the chicken sandwich, and the sticky pork ribs.

The mushroom dumplings were tasty little pockets of goodness in a flavorful sauce.

The chicken sandwich was my favorite of the three things we ordered. It was tender with a crunchy coating and had lettuce, avocado and a tasty mayo like spread on it. It also came with a small salad.

The sticky pork ribs had a hoisen type glaze on them. I would have liked them to be a little more tender, but they were easy to get off the bone and the glaze had just the right amount of sweetness.

When the waitress asked if there was anything else we wanted, we asked if there were any desserts on the menu. She said the chef, who is also a pastry chef, hadn’t come up with a dessert menu yet, but she’d go ask. Then she came out with this.

She said it was complimentary as the chef was trying out ideas and wanted opinions on the dessert. It was a take on a tiramisu, but with tea instead of coffee. It was creamy and had a very subtle Asian tea flavor to it. The orange part in the middle was tea soaked lady fingers with some crunchy lady fingers sprinkled on top. It was light and tasty, but our comment back to the chef was to add some sort of fresh fruit as another element and she agreed that maybe some fresh mango would go well with it.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable meal. The restaurant’s located on Broadway just off of Main Street in downtown Dunedin. I have a feeling they’re still working out the menu, so there may be different items to try next time we go back. Total bill with a drink was $46.

Caracara
730 Broadway St
Dunedin, FL
727-221-5444

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5
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  • Tin Drum AsianCafe just opened up Friday in Oldsmar.  It’s a chain restaurant serving up a variety of Asian dishes from street tacos, to noodle dishes to a few Indian offerings.  The atmosphere is supposed to make you feel like you’re in a street cafe.  There were some long communal tables, music rocking in the background, and a noise level that made us decide to get our food to go.

    They had already run out of several appetizers, so we settled on one of the crab & cheese spring rolls, a teriyaki stirfry for me and a spinach ginger salad for Loren.

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    The spring roll was basically a crab rangoon in a wonton wrapper.  It was crispy and tasty.  Loren was a little disappointed in his salad.  Although the ingredients were fresh, he expected much more of a ginger flavor since “ginger” was in the title of the dish.  There wasn’t any fresh ginger in the salad and the only ginger flavor came from the dressing.  He also said the chicken was underseasoned.

    The teriyaki chicken had a tasty sauce on it, but the veggies were few & far between.  It was supposed to have cabbage, mushrooms, carrots & onions but there just wasn’t much of it in the container.  Overall, it felt like a small portion compared to what you get at other restaurants in the area.  Don’t get me wrong, it was flavorful and fresh, and the chicken was tender, but there was nothing about the experience that completely wow’d us.  They have a different special going on every day this week since it’s their opening week and one our entrees was half price, so total bill with a drink was $18.

    Tin Drum Asian Cafe
    3689 Tampa Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-855-8819

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    2.9/5
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  • Filed under: Asian, Oldsmar
  • My sister & I were in Orlando this weekend and had lunch at Hawkers.  It’s an Asian street fare tapas restaurant  We ordered and shared four different items.  First up, the vegetarian spring rolls.

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    These were pretty standard spring rolls.  Next up were the curry meatballs.

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    These had a bit of spice to them, but the curry wasn’t overwhelmingly hot.  The meatballs had a good texture and flavor.  The last two items we ordered were the Bok Choy and Crispy Canton Noodles.

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    Both of these suffered from an overabundance of salt.  The bok choy was cooked well, but it was also supposed to have shitake mushrooms and I think there was one on the plate.  The veggies in the crispy noodles were tender crisp with some pieces of pork.  We kept dunking the crispy noodles into the sauce to soften them, but then they just got too salty to eat.  They have a large menu of different items, but these four were enough to fill us for the afternoon.  Total bill was $21.

    Hawkers Asian Street Fare
    1103 N. Mills Ave
    Orlando, FL
    407-237-0606

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: Asian, Orlando