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Casa Tina


We hadn’t been to Casa Tina in a while, so we headed over there for dinner tonight.  We remember when it was just a small, cramped restaurant.  They’ve expanded several times now and the place was loud and crowded, but at least we didn’t have to wait for a table.

We started off with the nachos minus the jalapenos.

These are just bean & cheese nachos with a little sour cream.  They’re good, but there are a lot more chips than available beans & cheese.  Loren ordered the Tacos Guadalajara.

He got one pork and one carne.  He said he liked the pork one better, but it’s all about the sauces.  There’s a jalapeno, a smokey one, and one that he said had a hint of habanero, but it wasn’t too hot.  I ordered the chicken flutes.

I asked for the salsa & guac to be on the side, but that didn’t happen.  Otherwise, this is my favorite dish here.  The flutes are crispy on the outside, but the chicken and cheese on the inside is tender, flavorful and yummy.  We’ll definitely try to sit on the outside patio next time because it was so loud inside that you could barely have a conversation.  Total bill with a drink was $45.

Casa Tina
365 Main St
Dunedin, FL
(727) 734-9226

Casa Tina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican
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    I had pizza on the brain, so we decided to try Big Roman’s Pizza on Drew St.  All the reviews I read said to order the meatball garlic rolls, so we did.

    These are truly a meal in themselves.  Tasty meatball wrapped up in a garlic roll.  They were good.  We ended up taking half of them home since we also ordered a large pizza.

    What can I say, I like leftover pizza.  We got meatballs & mushrooms with onions on half.  It was a good pie.  The crust & sauce were good and there was plenty of cheese and toppings.  I also got some cannoli to go.

    They were tasty little cannoli, though they weren’t quite filled all the way to the center.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

    Big Roman’s Pizza
    1719 Drew St
    Clearwater, FL
    727-441-3300

    Big Roman's Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Pizza
  • We were down in St Pete today to see the Star Wars Costume Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art.  Afterward, we had lunch at Stillwaters Tavern.  It was busy, but we were able to get a table without a wait.  We started off with the artichoke dip.

    It was tasty.  Smoked Gouda and Parmesan with kale & artichokes served with homemade crackers.  The crackers were a little odd.  Some had way too much salt on them, some didn’t have enough.  Loren got the F.L.T which is a fish sandwich with fried green tomato, lettuce and pickled veggies.

    He said it was good, but as you can see from the photo, a little awkward to eat.  I tried the Tavern burger.

    Though I liked the texture of the burger, it was desperately in need of seasoning.  Just a little bit of salt would have gone a long way.   It was tender and juicy with caramelized onions and a thousand island dressing.  Total bill with a drink was $43.

    Stillwaters Tavern
    224 Beach Dr NE
    St Petersburg, FL
    727-350-1019

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5

    Lebanese Food


    A coworker told me about Mizette Lebanese Grill out on Hwy 19.  How has this place been here for almost 2 years and I’ve never heard of it?  We went over there for dinner tonight and we’ll definitely be back again.  They have a platter for two so we got that so we could try a little bit of everything.

    The platter has beef and chicken shawarma, falafel, hummus, baba ghannouj, pickled veggies, tabbouleh, and pita.  It also comes with some tahini and a garlic paste.   Here’s a close up of the shawarma and falafel.

    Everything was fresh and flavorful.  The meat was tender and I’m a little embarrassed to say we ate the entire thing.  It was a lot of food, but we just couldn’t stop eating it.  The owners are very friendly and I would highly recommend coming here.  Total bill with a couple of drinks was $33.

    Mizette Lebanese Grill
    30051 US Hwy 19N
    Clearwater, FL
    727-223-4060

    Mizette Lebanese Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food5/5
    Service5/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value5/5
    4.9/5

    New Specials


    It’s time for the new specials at Craft Street Kitchen, so we had to go check them out.  Ok, so we would have gone there anyway, but it’s always fun to try something new on the menu and this one did not disappoint.  It’s called the Swamp Thing.

    When I read what was in it, I honestly didn’t know how they were going to pull it off.  It’s an open faced sandwich with brisket, calamari, scallops, crawfish, and shrimp with a spicy sauce on an Amoroso roll.  It was delicious.  The brisket was so tender and the seafood was all cooked perfectly.  I may need to have another one of these before the month is out.  Loren went for their Green Street salad with chicken.

    He gotten this one before for good reason.  Tasty chicken with a fresh salad including walnuts, dried cranberries, green apple, grapes and he substituted the gorganzola cheese for goat cheese.  Total bill with a drink was $34.

    Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
    3153 Curlew Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    727-314-4270

    Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar