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Casa Tina


It was a rainy Saturday and Mexican food sounded good for lunch so we headed over to Casa Tina in Dunedin.   We were reminiscing about our first visit here when they were just a narrow, one room restaurant.  It’s expanded and grown several times over the years, but the food is still tasty.  We just missed the lunch crowd and Loren was ready to dig into some chips and salsa.

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He said the salsa had a definite kick to it.  Fresh and tasty, but a bit spicier than he remembered.  He ordered the carnitas which came with beans and rice.

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I tasted the carnitas and couldn’t stop eating them.  They were so tender.  Perfectly cooked tasty bites of pork.  I figured I should stop before I got forked in the hand.  Besides, the chicken flutes were calling to me.

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This is one of my favorite dishes here.  Shredded chicken deep fried in flour tortillas.  It also comes with beans and rice.  I’ve learned to get the salsa & guacamole on the side since they’re both too spicy for me, but Loren loves them.  Our taste buds were very happy by the time we were done.   Total bill with a drink was $34.

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

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.4/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican
  • Always on the look out for a Mexican restaurant, we stopped by El Texano in Palm Harbor tonight.  It’s in the space that used to be a Thai restaurant.   At first glance, we didn’t think they were open.  The parking lot & the restaurant were empty, but we ventured inside anyway.  They started us off with some chips and salsa.

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    Loren said the salsa was tasty and I couldn’t keep out of the chips.  They were warm and fresh with just the right amount of salt on them.  Very addictive.  For his entree, Loren chose the carnitas.

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    One bite and I was hooked.  They were very tender and very tasty.  I’m not usually a fan of carnitas, but I’d absolutely order these again.  I went for the chicken fajitas which also came with a side of rice and beans.

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    The fajitas were tender and had a good flavor to them.  The rice and beans were pretty generic and I was surprised that they wasn’t a dish of lettuce, cheese, tomatoes/pico de gallo included.  I did ask for a side of sour cream though.  Overall, the food was very good.   Our waitress was very nice, but maybe a bit too timid.  Overall a tasty dinner for $$25.

    El Texano
    35903 US Hwy 19 N
    Palm Harbor, FL
    (727) 934-7289

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5

    We ate an early dinner at Casa Tina in Dunedin tonight.  We didn’t realize there was an art festival going on, so it was a bit crowded in downtown.  Loren ordered the carnitas and I went for the chicken flautas.

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    I had already started disassembling the flautas before I remembered to take a photo.  I had to scrape off the salsa and guacamole.  There was a time when I really liked the guacamole here, it was very mild.  Now, even just the little bit I left on the plate was too spicy for my tastebuds.  Loren was more than happy to have it though.  He said the carnitas were perfectly cooked and tender.  The flautas were nice and crunchy and the rice and beans were good too. Total bill with a drink was $35.

    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
  • We haven’t been going to Poblano’s as much lately because I’ve felt the quality of the food has gone down.  This used to be our go-to place for Mexican food.  Loren said he ate here with some friends a couple of weeks ago and that it had gotten better, so we headed over there tonight.  I started off with the beef & cheese dip.

    It’s funny, normally I complain about things being too spicy, but this had to have been one of the mellowest cheese dips I’ve had here.  I liked it, but it had no spiciness whatsoever.  I’ve had it here before where the jalepeno flavor is over the top.  Guess it just depends on who’s in the kitchen.   I was in the mood for fajitas tonight; but unfortunately, this meal did little to satisfy the craving.

    I’m a firm believer that fajitas should come to the table sizzling hot.  There should be steam rising from the plate.  These were lukewarm and overcooked.  The chicken was tough.  I admit, I can be overly critical when it comes to food, but when Loren took a bite and kept chewing and chewing and chewing, I knew I wasn’t overreacting.  I’ve never had any luck with the fajitas here, so I guess I should have learned my lesson by now.  Loren went for one of his favorites, the carnitas.

    He enjoyed them.  He also mentioned that he thought the restaurant was doing a better job with the presentation of the food.  Basically, they’re not slopping the rice & beans together on the plate anymore.   The plates may look better; but unfortunately, if the food doesn’t taste better then it’s just window dressing.  Total bill was $31 and I’ve pretty much crossed this restaurant off my list.

    Poblanos Mexican Grill
    245 McMullen Booth Road
    Clearwater, FL
    727-796-7080

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    Food2/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.6/5
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  • Wanted something quick for dinner, so we headed out to Poblanos.  I felt the need for some chips and queso.

    I know it doesn’t look like much, but it’s darn tasty.  I got the queso with taco meat in it instead of just plain cheese.   I should know better than to order queso, it just means I’ll fill up on chips and not have room for my dinner.  Though, tonight, that really wasn’t an issue since the chicken in my fajitas was a bit overcooked.

    Some of the pieces were ok, but a good portion of it was tough.  It’s a shame since I don’t order fajitas very often, it would have been nice to actually enjoy them.  Loren got the carnitas.

     

    It’s one of his favorite dishes.  A bit on the spicy side and totally yummy.  Total bill with a drink was $32.

    Poblanos Mexican Grill
    245 McMullen Booth Road
    Clearwater, FL
    727-796-7080

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican