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Loren & I both ate out a lot this week, not always with each other.  I know I ended up spending about $35 at Barwachi, Salsa’s and Cuban Breezes.  He went to Tilted Kilt, Smokey Bones, and Rumba Island.  We did manage to eat together at Amarit Thai for lunch one day and Poblano’s one night this week.

Some bean and cheese dip, carnitas, and a taco salad for $25. 

All tasty and filling.  Figured we’d have Mexican food before Cinco de Mayo to avoid the crowds.

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

We ate dinner at Hacienda Mexican Grill over on Drew Street tonight.  It wasn’t very busy for a Friday night, but I’m all for not having to wait for a table.

They started us off with some chips and salsa.

Loren said the salsa tasted very fresh, though it wasn’t very spicy at all.  He ordered the carnitas.

He really enjoyed the dish.  Said everything tasted very fresh and flavorful.  The pork was very tender.  The guacamole had a little kick to it.  The rice and beans were standard fare.

I ordered the shrimp chimichanga.

It was rather disappointing.  The shrimp tasted as though they had been frozen and quickly defrosted.  They just had a taste to them that was not fresh and flavorful.  Definitely not good eats.  

They had live music tonight, but I’m never sure what the proper etiquette is when they come to your table and play.  Should you let your food get cold while you watch and listen or is considered rude to continue eating?  Don’t get wrong, they were very good, but I’d just rather not have them focus directly on our table while we’re eating.  

Total bill was $24. 

Hacienda Mexican Grill
2551 Drew St, Ste 104
Clearwater, FL
727-286-6113

La Hacienda Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
3.3/5
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  • Labor Day


    The plan was to head out to Los Mexicanos in Tarpon Springs for dinner, but when we got there, we discovered they were closed for Labor Day.  Bummer.  So, we headed back down US 19 and since we were craving Mexican food, we stopped at Aunt Chilada’s instead. 

    They had the weekday buffet set up, so that’s what I ordered.

    Some things were definitely better than others on the buffet.  The tortillas were kind of hard, they’d definitely been sitting out too long.  Same with the refried beans and rice, they were in need of being refreshed.  The meatballs had a little bit of spiciness to them and there was a Mexican lasagne, for lack of a better description, that was pretty good.  Rounding out the buffet, was some taco meat and chopped chicken that weren’t anything special, plus a tomato based chicken dish which was pretty good. 

    Loren ordered the tacos carnitas.

    He liked it.  Lots of cilantro on top and the meat was tender and tasty.  Total bill was $23.

    Aunt Chilada’s
    34718 US Hwy 19 North
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-789-4979

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

    Poblano’s is another one of those local places we eat at a lot.  It’s close, it’s inexpensive, and we’re usually pretty happy with the food.  We’ve been having some issues with the service lately though.  I don’t know if they’ve hired new staff or what, but they definitely need some more training.

    Loren ordered the Carnitas Verdes.

    Tender pork in a tomato based sauce.  He enjoyed it.  I ordered one shrimp chimichanga with refried beans.

    It was really good.  The chimichanga was crispy this time (last time I ordered it, it was more like a burrito).  It had some queso on it and a layer of onions and peppers on the plate, plus lettuce, guacamole, and sour cream. 

    Our waitress never came back to check drinks and Loren’s glass was empty for a while.  She was really slow about bringing the check and then coming back to take the payment.  She had also asked if I wanted rice or the salad with my meal, I said rice, but got the salad.  I don’t think it was actually an option.  Total meal was $22.  We like the food, so we’ll definitely be back, but hopefully the service will improve.

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

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    Food0/5
    Service0/5
    Atmosphere0/5
    Value0/5
    0.0/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican
  • Having not satisfied our Mexican food craving from Friday night, we headed out to Los Mayas in Clearwater.  This used to be a Los Mariachis, but they changed the name.

    Started off with some chips and salsa.

    The chips were fresh, warm and crispy.  They definitely didn’t taste like they’d been sitting around for too long. 

    I ordered the Pollo en Crema (Mayan Style).

    It didn’t have a lot of flavor, but it was still pretty good.  The chicken was cooked with onions and mushrooms and it came with some tortillas and refried beans. 

    Loren ordered the carnitas.

    Plenty of big chunks of fried pork, plus rice, beans, onions, jalepenos, guacamole and tortillas to wrap it all in. He had plenty of leftovers for tomorrow too.  For $25, this was much better than what we had Friday night. 

    Los Mayas
    1200 Cleveland St
    Clearwater, FL

    Los Mayas Mexican on Urbanspoon

    Food0/5
    Service0/5
    Atmosphere0/5
    Value0/5
    0.0/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican