On our quest to try new places, we set out to the Green Springs Bistro in Safety Harbor for dinner tonight. 

It’s an eclectic little restaurant.  Lots of bright colors and artwork in the three dining rooms and outside.  We wanted a quiet part of the restaurant and were seated on the back porch.  The restaurant is in a 1930’s house.  The live music was in the dining room in front of ours.  It was very soothing and we knew every song. 

Loren ordered an iced tea which turned out to be a raspberry blend that he really liked.  He normally doesn’t like fruity teas, but he was really impressed with this one.  We were served a complimentary taste of their potato soup.  It was tasty.  

Because we just can’t resist appetizers, we ordered the Saganaki,  an oven-roasted Greek Kefalograviera cheese, bathed in olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon.

It had a strong parmesean cheese taste to it.  I don’t think I’d order it again, but it was good with the bread.  The salad had a poppy seed dressing on it that was good, though the onions were really strong.

For my entree, I ordered the Roasted Duck with a blackberry orange sauce.  It came with mashed red potatoes and roasted veggies.

The duck was tender, but it had the skin still on and it was just the wrong texture.  The same with the blackberry orange sauce, great flavor, bad texture.  I kept getting blackberry seeds between my teeth.  The mashed potatoes were really good.  The roasted veggies were peas and sweet potatoes.  I thought it was odd to serve a roasted potato with mashed potatoes, but I liked them nonetheless.

Loren ordered the special, a swordfish in a Beurre blanc sauce with the same mashed potatoes and roasted veggies as mine. 

He really enjoyed the swordfish.  He joked about having leftovers, but there wasn’t anything left on his plate except a bite or two of mashed potatoes.

We were both pretty full by this point, but I kept hearing the waitress describe the desserts at other tables.  All I had to hear were the words “7 Layer Dark Chocolate Cake” and I was sold.

At first glance, and even in the photo, the cake doesn’t look all that appealing.  My first thought was that it was going to be really dry.  Boy, was I wrong.  It was one of the moistest, freshest cakes I’ve ever tasted.  One bite and I tried to steal the plate away from Loren.  It had a decadent thick chocolate frosting on top and rich, dark chocolate mousse between 7 layers of cake.  Even though we felt like we couldn’t eat another bite, we managed to finish the entire thing.  I’d go back for the cake alone.

The only downside was the bill.  This was not a cheap dinner.  $72 for the two of us.  We’re not likely to go back often, but this is definitely a place I’d recommend if you want the occasional special night out. 

Green Springs Bistro
156 Fourth Ave North
Safety Harbor, FL
727-669-6762

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