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Drove into Dunedin tonight for some Mexican food at Casa Tina.  I’m still amazed at how much this place has grown in the last 10 years.  The first time we ate here, it was just a tiny little place.  You almost always had to wait for a table and it was really cramped.  Now, they have a much bigger space, it’s still crowded, and the prices have gone up, but it’s still one of our favorite places with fresh, tasty food.

I’m never very original on what I order here.  I just love the chicken and cheese flautas.

The guac is too spicy for my taste, so Loren and I trade, my guac for his sour cream.  The flautas are crispy and the filling is tender and flavorful.  Loren went for the beef fajitas tonight.

He said the beef was tender and tasty.  Total bill was $35 with a drink.  Then we headed down to the pier and watched the sunset.

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

Casa Tina on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican
  • Quick Lunch


    Loren was out of town all weekend, so we didn’t go out to eat, but we got caught up with lunch today at Daddy’s Grill. 

    I got an old standby, the mushroom & swiss burger with some macaroni salad.

    They do a pretty good burger here.  It was medium, just like I ordered and very juicy.  Their macaroni salad is one of my favorites.  Loren was being good today (since he pigged out all weekend) and got a grilled chicken salad.

    He said the chicken was tender, but didn’t offer a lot of flavor.  The ranch dressing took care of that though.  Total bill with a drink was $16.

    Daddy’s Grill
    3682 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    (813) 891-6556

    Daddy's Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.2/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • How Dry I Am


    Ate lunch at Cody’s up on Hillsborough today.  We weren’t sure if they were open for lunch, but looks like they are on Sunday.  This is one of those places where I shouldn’t even bother ordering an entree.  Fill me up on salad and yeast rolls and I’ll be happy.  In fact, I was most of the way finished eating those two things before I remembered to take any photos. 

    The yeast rolls were right out of the oven.  When these are fresh, they are definitely my favorites in town, even winning out over the rolls at Boston Cooker.  The cinnamon butter melts in and gives them a sweet, warm deliciousness that makes me crave more.  I like the salad here as well.  The dressing is very good.  While I pigged out on rolls and salad, Loren dug into some peanuts.

    For lunch, he got a buffalo chicken sandwich & fries.  It was a huge piece of chicken, but he said it didn’t have much spice to it. 

    I got the chicken fried chicken with a baked potato. 

    I ate the potato, but just a few bites of the chicken.  It was so dry.  They pounded it so thin that it just didn’t hold any juices or moisture whatsoever.  Completely inedible in my book.  I should really learn to read my past reviews.  I didn’t like the chicken fried chicken the last time either.

    One of the desserts not on the menu is their humongous chocolate cake.

    There’s enough here for 4 servings.  We got a piece to go, but I it wasn’t as moist as it’s been in the past. Still lots of fudgy goodness, but I just don’t think it was very fresh this time.  Overall, the meal was just ok.  The rolls & salad were the highlights by far.  Total bill with a drink was $31.

    Cody’s Original Roadhouse
    11202 West Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-855-2787

    Cody's Original Roadhouse on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Dessert, Tampa
  • We ate dinner at the House of Enchiladas in Clearwater tonight.  It used to be Carambas.  They weren’t busy tonight, but then again, we were there around 8:30pm, so a bit after the dinner crowd.  The waitress brought over some chips and salsa, which Loren enjoyed. 

    He said it wasn’t very spicy, but it was fresh and had lots of flavor.  Though there were a lot of choices for enchiladas on the menu, we both opted for something else.  Loren got the chicken fajitas.

    He said they were good.  Tender chicken and plenty of it.  He brought enough home for another meal.  I can’t help but order chimichangas if they’re on the menu.

    This one was crispy on the outside (so many restaurants miss this key component) and the filling was abundent and tasty.  The chicken was moist and had been cooked in a lot of mellow, but tasty spices. Total bill was $23.

    House of Enchiladas
    1840 Drew St
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 286-6208

    The House of Enchiladas on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.6/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican
  • We were headed to the Sprint store on Gulf to Bay and since there was a coupon in the last Val-Pak envelope for a BOGO at Diner Sixty West, we decided to stop there for dinner.

    They weren’t very busy tonight and our food came out pretty quick.  Loren decided to try the chicken fajitas.

    He said it was ok, but lacked flavor overall.  The chicken was tender and the food was actually sizzling when it came to the table  (it’s just not fajitas if it you can’t hear it sizzling as the waiter brings it to the table).

    I went for the meatloaf with mac & cheese and a baked potato.

    The meatloaf also lacked flavor.  Even with the onion straws and gravy it was still rather bland.  The baked potato needed to stay in the oven a bit longer as well.  It wasn’t quite soft enough.  The mac & cheese, however, was very good.  It was a buttery flavor to it.  It was the only thing on the table that actually tickled my taste buds. 

    After the coupon, the total bill with 2 drinks was $16.  The prices here are really good even without any coupons, but unfortunately, the food is just very generic and lacks flavor.

    Diner Sixty West
    2525 Gulf to Bay
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 437-0255

    Diner Sixty West on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.2/5