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With so many Thai restaurants in the area, we decided to circle back to Ban Thai for dinner tonight.  They were crowded as usual, but had a few tables open so we didn’t have to wait.  I’m still on my “must have dumplings” kick, so that’s where we started.

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I think this is the first time we’ve ordered them here.  They were tasty little bundles of pork and veggies, but very dense.   Loren went for the ginger chicken.

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He said it was very good.  I find the flavors here to be on the dark side.  I don’t know if that makes any sense or not, but there’s just something about their sauces that don’t thrill my senses.  Loren likes it though.  For me, it’s all about the lobster roll.

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This one sushi roll is a meal in itself.  It’s huge, incredibly sloppy to eat, and oh so good.  Besides the actual rolls, there are also chunks of lobster piled up on the side.  It’s my favorite roll here.  We also shared a Rainbow Roll.

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This was very fresh and tasty.  It’s a huge contrast to the sauce drenched lobster roll, but perfectly delightful in its own right.  With sushi, simplicity can be quite awesome.  Total bill with a drink was $45.

Ban Thai Restaurant
2519 McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
727-724-2992

Ban Thai on Urbanspoon

Food5/5
Service5/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
4.4/5
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  • Sushi Sushi


    Back out to Mike’s Sushi tonight to order way more sushi than two people should eat at one sitting.  Ok, we did have some leftovers and they were pretty good too.

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    Tonight’s selection included some salmon, a make-your-own with salmon, tuna, avocado and cucumber, a Mexican roll, a Crazy Roll, a Yami Yami roll, a Pink Dragon, and a Blue Moon roll.  This was the first time we tried the Yami Yami roll.  The sauce on it was sort of like a bbq mayo.  I don’t know how else to describe it.  It was tasty though.  All the sushi is excellent here.  Total bill with a drink was $60.

    Mike’s Sushi 
    33855 Us-19 N
    Palm Harbor, FL
    (727) 410-3234

    Mike's Sushi on Urbanspoon

    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    4.1/5
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  • Filed under: Palm Harbor, Sushi
  • Mmmm… Sushi


    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.

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    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??

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    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.

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    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?

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    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
    Clearwater, FL
    727-953-9828

    Ocean Blue Sushi on Urbanspoon

    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    4.3/5

    Just kidding, it was a lot of sushi from Mike’s Sushi in Palm Harbor.

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    Well, you see, we have to get a “make your own roll” with salmon, avocado, & cucumber, as well as a Rainbow Roll and a Mexican roll.  Those are the basics.  Gotta have them, always delicious.  Then we decided to try the lobster roll, which was really good by the way.  Loren always needs something spicy so he got a Crazy roll.  We also decided to try a shitake roll this time.  It was ok, but probably not something we’d order again.  Loren also wanted some salmon.

    Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that we started off with some Shumai, which are shrimp steamed dumplings.

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    These were awesome.  Delicious little flavorful bundles of goodness.  I wanted more, but I knew there was an abundance of sushi coming, so I held back.  For me, I’m starting to favor Mike’s Sushi over Ocean Blue/Kaiko, mostly because of the variety at Mike’s.  Both have fresh, delicious rolls, and although nothing will ever top the Super Crunchy at Kaiko for me, the overall roll options at Mike’s bring me in more.  Total bill with a drink and a salad was $66.

    Mike’s Sushi 
    33855 Us-19 N
    Palm Harbor, FL
    (727) 410-3234

    Mike's Sushi on Urbanspoon

    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    4.1/5
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  • Filed under: Palm Harbor, Sushi
  • If you read this blog regularly, you know we’re incapable of ordering a little bit of sushi.  We tend to go overboard and I’ll admit, it’s always me that says, let’s order one more.  But, leftover sushi is good too.  😉  We went back to Mike’s Sushi tonight.

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    Let’s see, we got a Rainbow roll, a Mexican roll, Blue Moon roll, a scallop roll, a spicy tuna for Loren and a make your own with salmon, avocado and tuna.  The Blue Moon is a fried crab roll that’s really tasty.  There was something about the scallop roll that I didn’t like this time though, it had a strong vinegary flavor.  The waitress also forgot to bring it to the table, but I was sure we had ordered six rolls.  Overall, it was pretty good and we had some to eat the next day.  Loren also got a salad & a drink and the total bill ended up being $52.

    Mike’s Sushi 
    33855 Us-19 N
    Palm Harbor, FL
    (727) 410-3234

    Mike's Sushi on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Sushi