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Lemon Wedge?


We went over to Rosie’s Clam Shack for dinner tonight.  There was only one other table of customers in there and the service was really lacking.  There was no one to greet us when we came in.  Luckily the waitress came out to bring something to the other table and saw us.  The whole experience was a little odd.  The other people there commented on it more than we did, but the waitress just seemed unhappy to be there.   One of the things that really stuck out to me though, was that with every drink or plate that we ordered she specifically asked if we wanted a lemon wedge with it.  I don’t know if they were just trying to save money or didn’t have a lot of lemons in the back, but after the first few times she asked, it just seemed weird.

We started off with the fried calamari.

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It had a good crunch, but it was a bit on the chewy side.  The tomato sauce served with it had a good flavor.  You could tell it had actually been simmered for a while.  For his entree, Loren got the bacon wrapped scallops with fries & pasta salad.

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He said the scallops were cooked perfectly and the bacon added a nice flavor.  But then again, doesn’t bacon do that to everything it’s added to??  He didn’t really want the huge plate of fries or the pasta salad for that matter, but the choice of sides is limited to fries, pasta salad, cole slaw or parsley potatoes.  I think he would have liked a green vegetable of some sort.  I ordered the Ipswitch clams with cole slaw and parsley potatoes.

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The clams are the reason I come here.  Perfectly crunchy and plenty of them on the plate. We enjoyed the apple blossom dessert the last time we were here, so had to get it again.

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Last time, the waitress added whipped cream to the plate, but not so this time.  This is a tasty little dessert though.  Very simple apple filling in a baked crust.  Total bill with a drink was $54.

Rosie’s Clam Shack
6657 49th St
Pinellas Park, FL
727-527-6700

Rosie's Clam Shack on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.1/5

Ipswich Clams


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
727-527-6700

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Food5/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.8/5

All Loren had to do was mention Cajun food and off we went down to the Cajun Cafe in Pinellas Park.  Fried okra, gumbo, and some crawfish etouffee and some whiskey bread pudding to take home.

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No photo of the bread pudding, it got devoured a few hours later.  The weather was nice enough that we were able to sit on the patio, watch the river and enjoy some delicious food.  This place is always consistent and always delivers wonderful flavors.  Total bill with a drink was $40.

Cajun Cafe on the Bayou 
8101 Park Blvd
Pinellas Park, FL
727-546-6732

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.4/5

On the Bayou


I wanted to go down to Weedon Island Preserve today, so we ate lunch at the Cajun Café on the Bayou.  No surprises in what we ordered, I got the crawfish etouffee and Loren got some gumbo with a salad.

I love the food here.  It’s always so flavorful and fresh.  As much as I tell myself I’m not going to eat the whole plate of food, there’s nothing left when the bill comes.  It was a bit on the spicier side today, but oh, so good.  This time of year it’s also cool out so you can sit on the patio.  Total bill with a drink was $32.

Cajun Cafe on the Bayou
8101 Park Blvd
Pinellas Park, FL
727-546-6732

Cajun Cafe on the Bayou on Urbanspoon

Food5/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value3/5
4.0/5

Spicy


We were in the mood for some cajun food, so we headed down to Pinellas Park to the Cajun Cafe.  The level of spiciness seems to vary depending on who’s in the kitchen and today’s food was a bit on the extra spicy side.  Loren started off with a bowl of gumbo and I got a side of okra.

The okra was really spicy today.  There was an extra bit of cayenne in that batter.  OoooEeeee!  I had to get some ranch dressing to try to cool it down some.   Loren tried something new today, the shredded pork with a side of jambalaya.

The pork was the only thing we had today that wasn’t spicy.  It was very tender and had an almost sweet flavor to it.  It’s something I’d order, but probably never will because I come here for one dish and it’s the crawfish etoufee.

I love this dish.  It’s so rich and tomatoey and the crawfish have a buttery taste to them.  The spiciness builds up as you eat it, but it’s so good that it’s hard to stop.  But, I ended up taking some of it home because I had to leave room for the whisky bread pudding.

When it comes to the table, you tell yourself that you’re not going to eat that much of it, then you take that first bite and all bets are off.  It’s comfort food with the taste of vanilla and butter and just goodness all around.  We did end up taking half of it home and wished we had more when we ate it later that night.  Total bill with a drink was $49.

Cajun Cafe on the Bayou
8101 Park Blvd
Pinellas Park, FL
727-546-6732

Cajun Cafe on the Bayou on Urbanspoon

Food5/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.8/5