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Carmelita’s Mexican Grill recently opened up where Spoto’s was in Dunedin.  We didn’t have any issues with parking, but there was a 30 minute wait when we got there.  I’m not sure exactly when they opened, but everyone seemed a bit frazzled and overwhelmed.  At one point, our waitress ended up giving up another table because she just couldn’t handle it.  We started with some chips and salsa and then both ordered combos.

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Loren likes their salsa.  For his entree, he got the Del Rey combo.  It comes with a beef taco, cheese with shredded beef
enchilada, and a smaller version of the Del Rey burrito along with rice and beans.  I ordered the pick three combo and got a chimichanga, Del Rey burrito, and a flauta.  We both liked the food, but it’s fairly generic and not overly flavorful or spicy.  As I mentioned earlier, our waitress was overwhelmed and we waited a long time for both our food and then our check.  Drinks were never refilled either.  The other thing we both noticed is that both the waitress and the food runners were less than graceful when delivering things to the table.  They both slammed the food and glasses down with audible thumps.  I was afraid they were going to break either the glasses or the dishes.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

Carmelita’s Mexican Grill
1280 Main Street
Dunedin, FL
727-240-4946

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Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican
  • We were heading to Bradenton to see the DaVinci exhibit and had planned on eating at El Durango’s, but it was closed.  Alvarez Mexican Restaurant was across the street, so we ended up there instead.  It took a while before the waiter came by with menus and took our drink order.  In fact, while we were waiting, we watched another patron walk out due to poor service.  Loren liked the chips and salsa.

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    The salsa didn’t look like much, but he said it was fresh and tasty.  He ordered a #7 which is a taco, burrito and enchilada.

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    He said the enchilada sauce was more sweet than spicy.  Overall, it was just plain, inexpensive Mexican food.  I ordered the beef and bean chimichanga.

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    The cheddar cheese sauce tasted like Cheez-whiz and seemed like an odd choice. The chimi didn’t have the same crunch as I’ve had at other places.  The flavors were very plain.  There was just nothing memorable about any of the food.  Total bill with a drink was $19.

    Alvarez Mexican Restaurant
    1431 Eighth Avenue West
    Palmetto, FL
    941-729-2232

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    Food2/5
    Service1/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    1.7/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, Palmetto
  • So Dry I Am


    We went over to Surf Shack for lunch today.  They were pretty busy, but we were able to get a table inside which was good because it was a bit warm out on the patio.  Loren tried the Hula Burrito again with a salad.

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    I love how colorful the salad is.  As for the burrito, just like last time, he had to put some of the salsa from the chips & salsa on it to give it some flavor.  I ordered the West Coast tacos and added avocado to them.  For some reason, I just think a West Coast taco should already have avocado as one of its main ingredients.

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    I did the upgrade for mac & cheese as my side and that was a mistake.  I’ve tried it here several times with mixed results, but the majority of the time, it’s just too dry.  There’s just not enough cheese sauce on it.  The tacos were ok.  They’re pretty plain, just chicken, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream.  Total bill with a drink was $22.

    Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
    12217 West Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 475-5916

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5

    We tried the Surf Shack when they first opened and went back again today for lunch.  The weather was gorgeous, so we sat out on the patio.  They had a good crowd for a Friday lunch and we both tried something different.  I opted for the Seafood Stack with a side of mac & cheese.

    The Seafood Stack was interesting.  I love fried flour tortillas and they added a nice crunch to the mix of shrimp, cod, and veggies inside.  The shrimp was a bit overcooked, but otherwise the dish was very tasty.  It was served over some rice, but really didn’t need it.  It was messy to eat though.  The cheese sauce on the mac & cheese was very thin, so it sort of settled on the bottom of the bowl, leaving the macaroni to be a bit dry.

    After munching on some chips & salsa, Loren got a Baja chicken burrito with a side salad.

    The ranch dressing on the salad had some spice to it.  The burrito, on the other hand, was a bit on the bland side.  Loren said it was just ok. With a drink, the total bill was $27.

    Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
    12217 West Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 475-5916

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value2/5
    2.9/5

    Quick Lunch


    We stopped in Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant for a quick lunch after going to see the new Muppet movie.  They had a buffet, but we ordered off the menu instead.  Loren got one of the three item combos with a taco, enchilada and burrito.

    He got them all with shredded beef.  He said the enchilada and burrito sort of blurred into one item, but otherwise it was pretty good.  I went for the chicken fajitas.

    The fajitas were cooked well and even after I filled three tortillas, there was still enough left over for another meal.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

    Vallartas Mexican Restaurant
    34718 US Hwy 19 North
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-400-6835

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5