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Mexican food sounded good for dinner tonight, so headed over to Casa Tina’s in Dunedin.  It wasn’t very busy tonight which was nice because it can get loud in there when there’s a crowd.

We started out with some chips and salsa.

The salsa is very fresh at Casa Tina’s.  Definitely not out of a jar.  Loren ordered the Carne Asada.

It came with rice, beans, and a cheese enchilada in a spicy red sauce.   Loren said it was yummy. 

I ordered the chicken flutes.

This is one of my favorite menu items.  It’s two deep fried chicken flutes with guacamole, sour cream, and salsa, plus rice and beans.   It has great textures and flavors.  Crunchy, yet with a nice smooth, tasty filling.

About half way through our meal, a loud soundtrack came on and there were two acrobats doing some incredible feats in the middle of the dining room. They’re from BB’s Dance & Circus Arts

We like Casa Tina’s.  The food is always fresh and has some wonderful flavors.  Two entrees and a drink ran us $31.

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

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  • Headed over to Tijuana Flats in Oldsmar for lunch today.  Surprisingly, for a Friday at noon, they weren’t very busy. 

    I ordered the same thing I always get, a chicken chimichanga with rice and beans.

    I just get it with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream, but you can also get it with onions, jalapenos and black olives too.  There’s also the hot sauce bar, which I avoid completely.  I just don’t do spicy.   For the most part, it’s typical chain restaurant food, but I’ve never been disappointed eating here. 

    The staff checks on you constantly.  We had at least 4 different people ask if they could refill our drinks or get us anything else.  It’s nice to go somewhere and actually feel as though they make an effort to keep their customers happy.  And for $8.75, my tummy was content the rest of the day.

    Tijuana Flats
    3687 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-749-8184

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  • Brady’s Backyard BBQ is our go to place for BBQ.  They’re located on Main Street in Safety Harbor and we’ve never had a bad experience there.

    They were busy tonight, but we were lucky enough to find a small table when we walked in. 

    Loren ordered his usual, riblets with a side of collard greens and a “try” of baked beans.

    The riblets have a lot of meat on them and they give you a bunch of them.  He always has a few left over to take home.  He likes to dip them in their mango BBQ sauce.

    I ordered the BBQ pork sandwich with a side of corn bread pudding.

    I love their corn bread pudding.  It has a wonderful flavor and texture to it.  Their pulled pork is very tasty too.  They pile it on the sandwiches.  I got a small sandwich and there was easily enough pork on it for two people.

    We tried the apple pie for dessert.

    It was ok, but didn’t taste homemade, more like something you’d buy in a grocery store. 

    Two entrees, dessert and a drink ran us $29.  Brady’s smokes all their meats on site for 14-20 hours and you can definitely taste it.  Everything is fresh and flavorful.

    Brady’s Backyard BBQ
    340 Main Street
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-712-3727

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  • Didn’t feel like cooking tonight, so we headed over the Latin American Grill Argentine in Oldsmar.

    We’ve been here a few times.  It’s a small restaurant, but the food packs a lot of flavor.  They start you off with some cuban bread with a chimichurri sauce to dip it in.

    You know it has to be good when Loren eats more bread that I do.  The sauce is very garlicy and full of herbs.

    We split a chicken empanada for an appetizer.

    It was nice and crispy and the chicken filling was really tasty.  I’d be happy with just a couple of these for dinner.   My dinner came with 2 sides and I chose the chicken soup as one of them.

    It was chicken and rice with a lot of veggies.  It had a really nice flavor to it, but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was.  There was almost a sweetness to it, but I don’t know if it was just from the fresh vegetables or if something else was added.  In either case, it was a yummy bowl of soup on a rainy night.

    Loren got the roasted pork with yellow rice and beans.

    Inevitably, if there’s roasted pork on the menu, he’s going to get it. This one had a bunch of onions plus the chimichurri sauce mixed it.  He scarfed the entire thing.

    I went for the Milanesa de Pollo with mashed potatoes.

    There was enough chicken here to feed at least two people.  It was nicely pan fried with a lot of seasoning on it.  Maybe a little too much for my taste.  It sort of tasted salty, but maybe with a little lemon thrown in.  The chicken was very tender and the mashed potatoes were homemade, which is the way all mashed potatoes should be.

    For $35 we got an appetizer, two entrees and a drink, plus have of my chicken for leftovers.  Everything was really tasty and flavorful and the service was good too.  It’s one of those restaurants we enjoy whenever we go there, but we just keep forgetting that it’s there.

    Latin American Grill Argentine
    3780 Tampa Road
     Oldsmar, FL‎
    813-855-0332‎

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    I’ve been whining for weeks that I wanted to go see Wicked again (I’ve seen it twice), but that the ticket prices were way too high.  There’s no way I was going to shell out $180/ticket.  Then last night, TBPAC posts $49 tickets on Facebook.  Seriously, $49, 8th row, I’m so there.

    Since the show was in Tampa at 7:30pm, we needed to eat somewhere that was going to be quick, so we headed over to Cuban Breezes.

    They had their Havana burger on special, so Loren got one of those with the ultimate beans and rice.

    Cuban Breezes makes a pretty good burger.  He scarfed it.  I opted for the steak philly with beans and rice.

    Their steak philly is different than a cheesesteak you get other places.  It has it’s own special blend of spices, onions and peppers on their yummy Cuban bread.  I smother the whole thing in their Havana sauce.  Good stuff.  The rice and beans were a little dry this time, though. 

    We were in and out of there for $15 in about 45 minutes.  Got to Tampa in plenty of time.  The show was great.  The actress playing Elphaba had a fantastic voice and Richard Kline (yup, Larry from Three’s Company) played the Wizard of Oz. 

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL

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