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Looking for a new Mediterranean restaurant and ended up at Mirage Restaurant in Clearwater on Gulf to Bay.  Normally, we’re not too keen on buffets, but this one was surprisingly fresh and tasty.

The buffet had a variety of salads and dips, my favorite being the babaganoush.  There were several different rice and vegetarian options, stuffed grape leaves, plus chicken and beef kababs.  We tried a bunch of different things and the meats were all very tender and everything had a good mix of flavorful spices.  The baklava for dessert wasn’t too sweet and had a warm cinnamon flavor to it.  The restaurant itself is just a big open dining room, plus a patio out front.

Total bill was $47 and we’ll definitely be back again.

Mirage Restaurant
2284 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL
727-724-3604

Mirage Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.9/5

One of the reasons we enjoy going to Craft Street Kitchen is you never know what sort of tasty concoction will be on the menu.  They change the specials board and brunch menu often and there’s always something new & yummy to try.  Tonight’s new addition was Aunt Sally’s Drunken Chicken.

Half a chicken with potatoes, carrots & mushrooms in a delicious red wine sauce.  The veggies were all perfectly cooked and the chicken was tender.  There was more than enough food there for two meals, aka, lunch tomorrow.  Loren went with the shrimp & grits which is on the regular menu.

While not spicy overall, the sausage has a nice kick to it.  The shrimp are cooked just right and the grits and sauce have a tasty flavor to them.   For $40, it was a very filling and enjoyable meal.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL
727-314-4270

Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5
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  • We stopped by Mother’s in Westchase for lunch today.  They have an outside patio and the weather was perfect for it today.  The menu had some interesting choices and we started off with the smokey Chipotle Gouda mac & cheese bites.

    These were tasty.  Crispy on the outside, cheesy & gooey on the inside and the cheese sauce on the side had lots of flavor.  A little smokey with crispy Pancetta.  $8 for 4 of them seemed a little high to me, especially since I could have eaten a dozen and not thought twice about it.  For his entree, Loren got their grilled chicken sandwich with fries.

    He was a happy camper.  It had arugula, tomato, pepper jack cheese, bacon and an avocado ranch sauce.  The chicken was very tender and tasty.  I went for their Citrus Duck Flatbread.

    It’s a rare occurrence when I like every single ingredient in a dish.  This flatbread was perfect for me.  The flatbread itself was thin & crispy with duck confit, goat cheese, Mandarin oranges, Asian pears, and a Ponzu reduction.  It was delicious.  All of the flavors blended together just right.   Total bill with a drink was $36.  The food and service were both great and we’ll definitely be back to try some other things on the menu.

    Mother’s
    12227 W Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-814-1533

    Mother's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    4.3/5

    We decided to check out Cafe Mezze Mediterranean in Oldsmar for dinner tonight.  It’s at the other end of the parking lot from Flamestone and the food was tasty.  They started us off with some bread & we ordered the fried calamari.

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    The bread was thick and good for dipping in the oil.  Loren thought both the oil and calamari needed a bit more salt.  The calamari was perfectly cooked in a light batter.  It was served with a taratora sauce.  It had sort of a mayonnaise consistency, but not a strong flavor of any kind.  We both ordered kebab combos.  Loren got the adana & kofte and I got the lamb & chicken.

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    They were all very flavorful and delicious.  The meats were tender and it was served with some veggies, a cabbage type slaw and rice that neither of us could stop eating.  Although we were both pretty full, I couldn’t pass up the kanefe.

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    We’d had it at a different restaurant before. It’s crispy shredded phyllo dough with a soft cheese in the middle, pistachios and a honey sauce.  It’s not overly sweet, but has a bunch of different textures to it.  It’s so good.  It does take 15 minutes to cook, so either order it early or let your meal settle first so you have room for it.  So good.  Total bill with a $10 off coupon (check their website for latest coupon) was $40.  We’ll definitely be back again.

    Cafe Mezze Mediterranean
    4013 Tampa Road, Ste 19
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-510-4080

    Cafe Mezze Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.0/5

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    We made our way back to Craft Street Kitchen tonight, but had to wait about 30 minutes for a table.  This place is hopping on the weekends.  Unfortunately, that does mean it gets pretty loud inside, but the food makes up for the noise. Tonight we tried the short rib tots for an appetizer.

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    Thai chili braised short ribs and sweet potato tots make for a tasty, tangy, sweet and spicy combination.  It was interesting.  I couldn’t stop eating it even though it was a bit on the spicy side.  Loren decided to try the Ziggy sandwich with a side of collard greens.

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    Though he liked the flavors in the sandwich, there was way too much bread going on there.  I went for the dish he had last time, the Belgium Clucker.

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    These are hands down the best waffles we’ve eaten. The chicken was tender and tasty, but the collard greens were a bit too strong for me.  They really overwhelmed all of the other flavors on the plate.  Total bill with a drink was $42.

    Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
    3153 Curlew Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    727-314-4270

    Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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