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We planned to go to an Italian restaurant called Saimira European Grill in Palm Harbor tonight, but the “No Trespassing” sign out front led us to believe they weren’t open.  I’m not sure if the restaurant is closed for good or if they’re on vacation, but either way, we still needed to find some dinner.  We continued north on Hwy 19 and ended up back at The German Restaurant.

They weren’t very busy for a Friday night, but perhaps the crowd shows up for the early bird specials.  I enjoy dinner in a quiet restaurant though.  It’s always nice to be able to actually carry on a conversation without having to yell.

The bread came quick to the table.  It’s a dense bread, but pretty tasty.

For an appetizer, we ordered the potato pancakes.

Loren didn’t like them that much, but I thought they were ok.  It’s sort of like a hashbrown served with apple sauce.  He was very happy with the meatball soup though.

This is a soup with lots of flavor.  It’s obvious that it’s been simmering for long hours to get all the deep, richness that just warms you from the inside out.   Loren ordered the goulash with spaetzle.

He enjoyed it.  It had a vinegary, mustardy taste to the sauce and the beef was very tender.  He said the spaetzle was good to cut the tartness of the sauce.

I ordered the chicken schnitzel.  Ok, I admit, I didn’t read the menu all that closely and thought that schnitzel was always made with pork, so I was actually a little surprised when it was chicken.

I gotta say, though, this was some of the best chicken I’ve ever had.  It was pounded thin, but it was so tender and juicy inside and the crisp coating on the outside was outstanding.  There was way too much for me to eat in one sitting which is always a plus.  The leftovers were yummy too.  The spaetzle was good as well and the broccoli was a little overcooked and soft, which I’m sure a lot of people don’t like, but I prefer mine that way.

Even before we sat down, I already knew what we were ordering for dessert…. the Black Forest Cake.

Layers of chocolate cake and whipped cream.  Yummy!  The only issue with this dessert tonight is the homemade whipped cream on the plate didn’t have enough sugar in it.  Normally, I would never leave whipped cream on the plate, but this just wasn’t sweet enough.  Total bill was $50 and we both had leftovers.

The German Restaurant
2616 US Hwy 19
Holiday, FL
727-937-7400

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5
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  • Filed under: Dessert, German, Holiday
  • Drove into Dunedin tonight for some Mexican food at Casa Tina.  I’m still amazed at how much this place has grown in the last 10 years.  The first time we ate here, it was just a tiny little place.  You almost always had to wait for a table and it was really cramped.  Now, they have a much bigger space, it’s still crowded, and the prices have gone up, but it’s still one of our favorite places with fresh, tasty food.

    I’m never very original on what I order here.  I just love the chicken and cheese flautas.

    The guac is too spicy for my taste, so Loren and I trade, my guac for his sour cream.  The flautas are crispy and the filling is tender and flavorful.  Loren went for the beef fajitas tonight.

    He said the beef was tender and tasty.  Total bill was $35 with a drink.  Then we headed down to the pier and watched the sunset.

    Casa Tina’s
    365 Main Street
    Dunedin, FL
    727-734-9226

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican
  • Love Boat


    Another new sushi restaurant opened up in Palm Harbor, so of course we had to check it out.  Wasabi Japanese Restaurant is now in the space that used to be the Eagles Landing Restaurant in the Brooker Creek Shopping Center.

    As soon as we opened the door, the chemical smell was overwhelming.  It was like a combination of disinfectant, new paint, and other cleansers.  Totally and completely unappetizing.  Not a good first impression by any means.

    We ordered the vegetable tempura as an appetizer and then the Love Boat sushi combo.   Soup and salad came with the meal.

    Loren liked it more than I did.  Neither of us like miso soup, but he said it was better than others he’s tried.  I wasn’t a fan of the salad dressing either.  I prefer a sweeter ginger dressing and this one wasn’t very sweet.

    The vegetable tempura was one of the most bland appetizers I’ve ever had.

    It had the crunch, but not an ounce of seasoning.  The veggies were broccoli, potato, sweet potato, mushroom, and zucchini.  We left half of it because it just offered nothing to the palette.  Not to mention, our sushi came out very soon after the appetizer.

    There wasn’t much on the sushi menu that called out to us.  The specialty sushi roll menu was small, so we just decided to try the Love Boat, thinking we’d get some interesting things that perhaps we wouldn’t have thought to order on our own.   Sadly, there was no originality to what we got.  Salmon, tuna, and snapper, plus a California and Dragon roll.

    The California roll was ok, but the nori in the Dragon roll didn’t have the right texture.  It was hard to eat. 

    The ahi tuna and the salmon were ok, but neither of us was too keen on the snapper and I’m not a big fan of yellow tail.  Overall, the sushi was very bland.  Total bill with a drink was $49.  This entire experience was average at best.  If I’m going to drop $50 on sushi, I want it to be memorable and there are definitely better places around.

    Wasabi Japanese Restaurant
    36221 E Lake Road
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-784-6020

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    Food2/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.3/5
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  • Filed under: Palm Harbor, Sushi
  • Tasty Gyro


    We ate dinner at the Olympia Greek Restaurant over by Fresh Market on US 19 in Clearwater tonight.  There are so many of these little Greek places in the area and they all seem very generic.  It’s pretty much Greek fast food. 

    I’m a sucker for pastitsio, so I had to try that.  It came with a Greek salad.

    The salad had a little bit of everything in it and the dressing was tangy and tasty.  The pastitsio was ok, but both it and the sauce lacked in flavor.

    The sauce really tasted like it had just come out of a can.  It was tart and definitely needed to simmer a lot longer to give it any depth of flavor.  The pastitsio had a decent texture, but just didn’t have enough spices in it.  Unfortunately, the rice was a bit overcooked as well.

    Loren ordered the gyro platter.

    There’s a mound of rice under the gyro meat, but out of everything we had here, the gyro was the best.  It had a nice flavor and texture and tasted very fresh.   Both meals came with pita bread & tzatziki sauce and I also ordered a side of potato salad, forgetting that there’d be some on the salad.

    I like the pita and tzatziki.  It was creamy and had a good flavor without being overpowering with garlic.  The side of potato salad was way more than we could eat.  I was expecting one scoop, not four, so this is definitely a side to share.  I also ordered a cannoli to go.

    It was disappointing.  The shell was too thick and not crunchy at all and the the filling was also too thick.  It had the consistency of cookie dough.   After the $5 coupon from their website, the total bill with a drink was $23.  If I was in the area and wanted a quick gyro, I’d try it again, but otherwise, there wasn’t much that would draw me back in.

    Olympia Greek Restaurant
    25821 US 19 Hwy N
    Clearwater, FL
    727-724-0099

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    Food3/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5