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We went over to Dunedin tonight and had dinner at Hog Island Fish Camp.  It was a little too warm to eat outside, but I wish they could do something to damper the noise inside.  It’s hard to have a conversation when the dining room is full.  It’s the same thing I said last time we were here.  We started off with the crab cake appetizer.

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The crab cake had a nice crunch on the outside and it was filled with crab.  One of the better crab cakes we’ve had around here.  Loren went for the mixed grill for dinner.

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He said the fish was blackened nicely and the kebab was cooked well.  The rice dish had a lot of fresh corn in it.  I went for the half portion of the shrimp & grits.

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The half portion was a bit too small for me for dinner.  It had shrimp and grouper cheeks over creamy grits.  The tomato gravy was ok.  It had a familiar flavor to it, but I couldn’t place it.  For dessert, we couldn’t pass up the orange cake.

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It tasted just like a creamsicle.  The cake was moist and the orange flavor was prevalent throughout the entire thing, in the cake, the filling, and the frosting.  We licked the plate clean.  Total bill with a drink was $55.

Hog Island Fish Camp
900 Broadway
Dunedin, FL
727-733-1179

Hog Island Fish Camp Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
3.6/5

Early Lunch


We went over to Thirsty Marlin for an early lunch.  We were the first ones in the restaurant, but it started to fill up quick.  We tried the pork nachos for an appetizer.

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The nachos are actually onion rings covered in shredded pork and cheese.  They were tasty.  The pork had a sweet BBQ sauce on it, so I liked it more than Loren did.  The only issue is that they are heavy handed with the salt here, so after a while it gets harder to eat.   For his entree, Loren got the salmon dill wrap.

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He liked the blackened salmon itself, but there was just too much of the dill sauce on the wrap.  He said after a bite or two all he could taste was the dill sauce.  He’d order it again, but with the sauce on the side.  I decided to try their Cuban sandwich.

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It didn’t thrill me.  The mustard was overpowering and there really wasn’t anything special about the sandwich itself.  The meats weren’t flavorful and the bread was pressed a bit too much.  I always have high hopes for the food here, but it seems to be hit or miss.  Total bill with a drink was $38.

Thirsty Marlin
1023 Florida Ave
Palm Harbor, FL
727-784-3469

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.0/5

So Loud


We went over to Hog Island Fish Camp in Dunedin for dinner tonight.  We got there around 5:45pm and there were a few tables left in the main dining area, but they filled up quickly.  The first thing we noticed was how loud it was in the dining area.  By the time it filled up, we could barely hear each other across the table.

Loren ordered the Mahi Mahi with a side of greens, which for some reason came out well before the rest of our meal.

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Even though the braised greens had bacon on them, they just didn’t have the unctuous flavor he was craving.  They were tender enough, but the vinegar was overpowering.  For his entree, he ordered the mahi mahi.

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He said it was yummy.  The fish was perfectly cooked and he liked the mix of zucchini, tomatoes and onions.  I went for the salt & pepper oysters which came with fries & cole slaw.  I also ordered the mac & cheese.

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The oysters had a good crunch and flavor and there were plenty of them.  The mac & cheese had an interesting flavor that I couldn’t quite place.  The sides are a shareable size, but paying $11 for the two of them seemed a little high.  They had a salted caramel mousse on the dessert menu that we couldn’t pass up.

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This was really tasty.  Smooth creamy mousse with Oreo cookie crumbles and whipped cream.  One of the best things about the meal.  Overall, the food was good, but we prefer to eat at places where we can actually have a conversation without having to shout at each other.  Total bill with a drink was $59.

Hog Island Fish Camp
900 Broadway
Dunedin, FL
727-733-1179

Hog Island Fish Camp Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Seafood
  • We had our last meal in Maine at the Portland airport at the Shipyard.  Bacon cheeseburger & lobster roll were on the menu.

    Bacon Cheeseburger

    Lobster Roll

    The lobster roll was a little small, but very good otherwise.  It had nice chunks of lobster.  The homemade chips were a little too crispy for my taste.  Loren liked his burger well enough.  Total bill was $37.

    Shipyard Brewpub
    Portland Jetport

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    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Maine, Seafood
  • We made the mistake of stopping at the first place we saw open for dinner, the Lighthouse Restaurant in Seal Harbor.  We should have known when the waiter didn’t even acknowledge us when we walked in that this was not the place for dinner.  The restaurant only had two other tables of customers and it took over 30 minutes for our appetizers to come out.  Our dinner came with salads and instead of bringing them and the bread out first, we just sat there & waited.

    Stuffed Mushrooms

    Lobster Stew

    The stuffed mushrooms were ok, but their version of lobster stew just didn’t compare at all to the others we’d eaten during our trip.  I don’t know what was missing, but it just wasn’t up to expectations. The bread was very herbaceous which overwhelmed the honey butter served with it.

    Bread

    Salad

    Loren ordered the peppercorn steak.  It was not quite the medium he ordered and not a very tender piece of meat.  I ordered the seafood alfredo.

    Peppercorn Steak

    Seafood Pasta

    This was awful.  The pasta was overcooked and the alfredo sauce was thin and watery.  The seafood all tasted like it had been boiled. We just couldn’t wait to get out of there.  Worst meal of the trip and $74 to boot.

    Lighthouse Restaurant
    12 Main St
    Seal Harbor, ME
    207-276-3958

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    Food1/5
    Service1/5
    Atmosphere1/5
    Value1/5
    1.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Maine, Seafood