We’ve lived in Florida long enough that hunger wins out over rain any day. We had just gotten out of a movie and even though it was pouring out, we braved the weather and ended up at the Marathon Grille for lunch. Loren tried the chicken keftedes (at least I think that’s what it was) which came with a Greek salad and potatoes.
They were little chicken patties of tastiness. Lots of Mediterranean type spices in a flavorful little package. He really liked them along with the salad. I got a gyro with Greek salad.
It was very good. There were cucumbers & tomatoes on it (I had them hold the onions) and the tzatziki sauce was tasty. Most of the places that I get gyros from have lettuce on them, but I kinda liked the cucumbers. My only complaint was having the Greek salad served on the same plate. The dressing just went everywhere and I had to save my gyro was getting soggy. Since the rain decided to whip up to a frenzy about the time we were finished, we decided to try some dessert.
It was a tasty chocolate cake which we ate slowly to savour every bite and avoid getting drenched by Tropical Storm Debby. Total bill with a drink was $26.
33675 US Highway 19N
Palm Harbor, FL
We planned to go to an Italian restaurant called Saimira European Grill in Palm Harbor tonight, but the “No Trespassing” sign out front led us to believe they weren’t open. I’m not sure if the restaurant is closed for good or if they’re on vacation, but either way, we still needed to find some dinner. We continued north on Hwy 19 and ended up back at The German Restaurant.
They weren’t very busy for a Friday night, but perhaps the crowd shows up for the early bird specials. I enjoy dinner in a quiet restaurant though. It’s always nice to be able to actually carry on a conversation without having to yell.
The bread came quick to the table. It’s a dense bread, but pretty tasty.
For an appetizer, we ordered the potato pancakes.
Loren didn’t like them that much, but I thought they were ok. It’s sort of like a hashbrown served with apple sauce. He was very happy with the meatball soup though.
This is a soup with lots of flavor. It’s obvious that it’s been simmering for long hours to get all the deep, richness that just warms you from the inside out. Loren ordered the goulash with spaetzle.
He enjoyed it. It had a vinegary, mustardy taste to the sauce and the beef was very tender. He said the spaetzle was good to cut the tartness of the sauce.
I ordered the chicken schnitzel. Ok, I admit, I didn’t read the menu all that closely and thought that schnitzel was always made with pork, so I was actually a little surprised when it was chicken.
I gotta say, though, this was some of the best chicken I’ve ever had. It was pounded thin, but it was so tender and juicy inside and the crisp coating on the outside was outstanding. There was way too much for me to eat in one sitting which is always a plus. The leftovers were yummy too. The spaetzle was good as well and the broccoli was a little overcooked and soft, which I’m sure a lot of people don’t like, but I prefer mine that way.
Even before we sat down, I already knew what we were ordering for dessert…. the Black Forest Cake.
Layers of chocolate cake and whipped cream. Yummy! The only issue with this dessert tonight is the homemade whipped cream on the plate didn’t have enough sugar in it. Normally, I would never leave whipped cream on the plate, but this just wasn’t sweet enough. Total bill was $50 and we both had leftovers.
The German Restaurant
2616 US Hwy 19
When we were driving down Gulf to Bay Thursday night, we noticed Pappas Ranchhouse had finally opened, so we headed over there for dinner tonight. It’s a large restaurant and they were pretty full when we arrived. We waited about 15 minutes for a table.
The first thing we noticed was how loud it was in the dining area. This is definitely not a peaceful and quiet restaurant. Turning down the music would help some, but they also need to find some way to damper the overall noise level in there.
I had read some other reviews that said if you wanted bread you had to ask for it, but our waiter brought us some without us having to say a word.
The bread had a nice flavor, texture and crispy crust, but either it needed to be warmer or the butter needed to be softer. Trying to spread rock hard butter on barely warm bread is not an easy task.
We decided to get the artichoke and spinach dip.
This is definitely an appetizer for more than 2 people. The crock was huge! We ran out of chips way before we ran out of dip. Hands down, this was the best part of the meal. Loren said the key to a great spinach dip is garlic and this one had plenty. It was cheesy, creamy, and full of flavor. We’ll go back just for it.
Loren ordered a 6 oz sirloin with mashed potatoes and a salad.
They didn’t quite get medium right on his steak. The majority of it was medium well, with just a small bit of the thicker piece of the steak anywhere close to the medium range. He said it was tender, but just a bit dry from being overcooked.
I ordered the prime rib sandwich with sweet potato fries.
The prime rib was very tender and juicy. The sandwich also had grilled onions and mushrooms on it. I think they need a thicker bread to put it on though because the bottom slice was extremely soggy. The au jois was a bit salty to me, but overall, the sandwich was really good.
We also got a piece of chocolate cake to take home.
It was a very moist cake and the mousse layers had chocolate chips in it. I could have done without the chocolate chips though as they ruined the smooth texture for me. Total bill was $41 which was pretty good for the amount of food we got.
Pappas Ranch Steakhouse
2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd
I wanted pizza tonight, so we decided to try the ones at Panos Kouzina. Since Loren and I don’t agree on pizza toppings, we ended up getting two personal pizzas.
Loren got a thin crust deluxe and I got a hand tossed Hawaiian with mushrooms.
As far as I could tell, there was absolutely no difference in the crust between the two. They were both as thin as could be, which for me, is not how I like my pizza crust. Loren liked it better than I did. I get that this is a small pizza, but the ham and mushrooms on mine were cut into very tiny pieces, yet the pineapple was left in fairly big chunks. It just didn’t do it for me.
I did need some chocolaty goodnees though, so I ordered a piece of the chocolate lovin’ spoonful cake.
This is an extremely fudgey cake. It has a nice texture and more filling than cake. Good stuff. Total bill with a drink and a side salad was $25.
3101 SR 580
Safety Harbor, FL
We ate lunch at the Olde Schoolhouse in Palm Harbor today. Specials are written on a blackboard at the front of the restaurant and the menus come in 3-ring binders with little kid drawings on them.
The menu is huge. There are way too many items plus today they also had Sunday brunch. We finally narrowed down our selections and decided to start off with some calamari.
Unfortunately, though, we didn’t start off with calamari. The waitress came by our table to say it would be just a few more minutes, and I said, “For the calamari?” and she got this deer in the headlights look on her face that said she’d forgotten to put the order in. However, she did go back to the kitchen and they quickly fried up some calamari and she also offered us a free dessert for her mistake.
I’m really glad we got it because it was actually pretty good. It had a lemon/lime drizzle on it that complemented the calamari well. I guess because they cooked it so quickly, they didn’t have time to overcook it, so it was crisp and light and not chewy at all.
At the same time, our entrees came out. Loren got the open faced roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes.
He said it was ok, but nothing to really write home about. Not a lot of seasoning, but it was tender. I ordered the foxy pasta.
It had chicken, squash, zucchini and sundried tomatoes in a creamy alfredo sauce. It was ok. The sundried tomatoes gave it that burst of flavor that it was otherwise lacking.
For dessert, we chose the chocolate cake.
The cake was pretty yummy. It was thick and rich and chocolatey. A little on the dense side, but the whipped cream and mousse layers helped even it out. Total bill was $32.
3419 Alt 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
We were going to eat at Bonefish tonight, thinking we could get there before the crowd, but even at 5:30pm, they already had a 30 minute wait. So, instead we drove into Dunedin to see if Walt’s Seasonal Cuisine was busy. At it turned out, we were the first customers there for the evening.
Let me preface this review by saying the food tonight was absolutely better than we get at most places; however, my expectations when I end up paying $73 for dinner are a lot higher than if I’ve spent $30. I didn’t feel that the experience tonight was worth the price. Granted, it’s a lot of little things that added up to that feeling, but because my expectations were so high and we’ve had wonderful experiences here before, I just left somewhat disappointed.
We sat down, ordered our water and iced tea and were served some bread and oil.
I know this is silly, but this was the first thing I thought was off tonight. The bread was just served in this little bowl. No napkin or cloth under or around it to help keep the warmth in. It just came across as tacky to me. Don’t get me wrong, the bread was warm and tasty, it was just the presentation that turned me off.
Another couple came in at this point and sat at the bar. I overheard their conversation with the waitress to discover that Walt had the night off. Later in the evening, I heard the couple ask the chef if he was calling for help when he had his phone out and he said no, he was just looking up a recipe. So, maybe the key to dining at Walt’s is knowing that Walt is in the kitchen.
Loren started out with a house salad and I got the soup which was butternut squash with blue crab.
Loren liked the ginger dressing on his salad. He said the nuts on the salad were both sweet and spicy. My soup had very subtle flavors, in fact, too subtle for my tastes. It was very thin and the crab was overcooked. It was a little rubbery.
At this point, we heard the waitress telling the other customers what the special was tonight. Don’t you hate it when you’re not told the specials and you get to overhear them at another table after you’ve ordered?
For his entree, Loren chose the surf and turf which is steak and scallops and he ordered asparagus as his side.
The steak is where the chef shined tonight. It was perfect. A nice sear on the outside, cooked a perfect medium and was incredibly tender. Loren loved it. The scallops were sliced thin and had a mango vinaigrette on them that completely overpowered the flavor of the scallop.
I ordered the crab crusted grouper with garlic mashed potatoes.
It had a sherry butter sauce on it that I couldn’t taste at all. It was a thick grouper filet that basically had a crab cake on top of it. Individually, each piece was pretty good, but the crab cake had very strong flavors that overwhelmed the grouper.
For dessert, we tried the chocolate cake.
Let’s face it, first bites are everything and this one just didn’t wow. The cake was very dense, but not overly moist. It was good, but I’ve had better. And since I’ve been picky all night, I just felt like some homemade whipped cream would have been much better than stuff out of a can.
Service tonight was also lacking. My water glass was completely empty for quite a while and Loren’s iced tea also got down to the bottom. Plates weren’t cleared as quickly as they should have either. Again, it’s all about expectations. If I’m spending $73, I want the entire experience to feel worth the money.
Walts Seasonal Cuisine
1140 Main St
After dinner, we walked over to the Tilted Kilt for some dessert and to play some pool. Chocolate cake and whipped cream, what could be better?
Yum, yum, yum! Very moist, fudgy cake with lots of whipped cream. For $6, a tasty end to a nice evening. As for the pool playing, we were both really, really bad, but it was still fun.
2571 Drew St
I’m sure it’s wrong to choose a restaurant for dinner based on dessert, but sometimes you just gotta follow your sweet tooth. Tonight, I was craving chocolate cake and I remembered the cake at Cody’s is fantastic.
But, first, there’s the yeast rolls and salad.
Cody’s has some of the most delicious yeast rolls around. You know they’re good when Loren eats more than one. Spread on some of the cinnamon butter and they just melt in your mouth. Loren said he thought the salad dressing was a little weak this time, but I thought it was ok. I ordered the salad without onions, so that may have been the flavor he was missing.
For our entrees, Loren ordered their NY select special with a baked potato.
He said he was cooked just right and tasty. He ended up taking half of it home for lunch tomorrow. I ordered the chicken fried chicken with mashed potatoes.
One bite of the mashed potatoes and I asked our waiter if he could bring me a baked potato instead. I just didn’t like them. They were garlic mashed, but I wasn’t tasting garlic. The white gravy on the chicken and potatoes was really peppery. It overpowered everything. The chicken needed to be a little more tender as well.
But, who are we kidding, we came here for the cake, which isn’t on the menu by the way. I was about to be really sad when I didn’t see it on the menu, but Loren asked the waiter and he said they always have the chocolate cake and carrot cake, but for whatever reason, they’re not listed on the menu. We got a slice to go.
Yeah, and when I say “slice”, I mean enough for 4 people to eat. It’s huge, but incredibly moist and delicious. Tasted wonderful sitting in front of the TV that night, plus there’s still some in the fridge.
Total bill was $38 and Loren had leftovers for lunch and I’ve got plenty of cake.
Cody’s Original Roadhouse
26210 US 19
We hadn’t been to Molly Goodheads in Palm Harbor for quite a while, so we headed out there tonight. They were busy, but we were able to get a table on the air conditioned patio without a wait.
We started out with some He Crab soup and a salad.
This was some tasty soup. Sadly one of our “spoons” was a small crab fork, but we played nice and shared. The soup had a lot of crab in it and a very nice texture and flavor. There was definitely some cheese in the soup as well. As for the salad, the ranch dressing was really good.
Loren ordered the mahi dinner with garlic mashed potatoes.
Two nice sized pieces of mahi mahi and some of the best mashed potatoes we’ve had in a long time. I say “we” because I ate quite a bit of them. I couldn’t help myself, they were that tasty.
I ordered the fish tacos which came with rice and beans.
The dish came with three tacos, but I ate one and just ate the fish out of the other two. Both the tacos and rice and beans were ok, but it’s probably not something I’d order again.
And when it comes to dessert, I have a hard time passing up anything called chocolate decadence.
This was one very fudgy cake. It could have used some whipped cream on the side, but otherwise it was rich, thick, and decadently chocolate.
Total dinner ran us $40 and was one of the better dining experiences we’ve had recently. The service and food were both good.
400 Orange Street
We didn’t feel like driving too far for dinner tonight, so we headed over to Panos Kouzina. On my quest to try new restaurants, we haven’t been back to our old favorites for a while.
The food here is consistently good, they give you plenty of it, and their prices aren’t bad at all. Both our entrees came with either soup or salad and some bread. We both opted for salad tonight.
My only complaint was that the salad had chopped onions on it. I’m not a fan of raw onions on anything and it took a while to pick all these off the salad. The ranch dressing was very thick, but tasty, and the bread was thick and warm. I’d forgotten how good it was.
Loren got the chicken souvlaki with a side of fries. He said the chicken was very tender. The tzatziki sauce here is really garlicy.
I ordered the chicken marsala with a side of fettucine alfredo.
The marsala sauce here is very sweet. Loren said it tasted like molasses, but I didn’t think it was that harsh of a flavor. I enjoyed it. The dish came with two good sized chicken breasts that were incredibly tender. This is how chicken should be cooked. The fettucine alfredo was thick and creamy with a nice flavor. I had plenty of leftovers and yet, I still ordered dessert.
How was I possibly going to pass up this chocolate lovin’ spoon cake? The waitress described it as a “prison dessert” because you eat it huddled over with your arms around it ready to poke anyone with a fork who tries to get too close to it. It was pretty darn good. It had a thick, rich mousse and tender chocolate cake. What’s not to like?
Total dinner was $33 and I’ve got leftover chicken and even a little cake for tomorrow.
3101 SR 580
Safety Harbor, FL
We went to see the movie “Killers” this morning (not great), and decided to just drive up US 19 until we found a restaurant for lunch. We didn’t have to drive far before we saw a sign for the Marathon Grille in Palm Harbor.
The restaurant is at the end of a shopping plaza in the back away from the highway. We never knew it was there and just drove around the parking lot until we found it.
Loren ordered the Panini Italiano with fries.
He said it was like an Italian Cuban sandwich. Good flavorful meats on a lightly pressed roll.
I ordered a gyro with potato salad.
This was a really good gyro. Very fresh and the tzatziki sauce was flavorful without being overwhelming. Too many have so much garlic that it’s all you taste. This sauce complemented the meat and didn’t steal the show.
As for dessert, how could I pass up a chocolate mousse cake?
This was yummy. It was covered with a chocolate shell and inside were moist layers of cake and chocolate mousse. Total lunch was $20 and it was way better than the movie.
33675 US Highway 19N
Palm Harbor, FL
We had front row tickets to the 7:30pm showing of Mary Poppins in Tampa tonight, so needed somewhere quick to stop for dinner. Cody’s is on the way and they weren’t too busy for a Tuesday night.
My favorite thing about Cody’s is the yeast rolls.
Even when they’re not cooked perfectly (which they weren’t tonight), they’re still yummy. The cinnamon butter is really what makes them awesome. The salad is really good too. You get a big bowl to share & they’ll bring you more if you want it. Salad and rolls, that’s all I need.
And yet, I still order an entree. We were there early enough to order off of the early bird menu, so I got the steak chunks with a sweet potato.
The steak was tender and served over grilled mushrooms and onions. The only complaint I had is that it didn’t have much flavor. The menu said the meat had been marinated, but it didn’t absorb any of the flavor of what it was marinated in. The sweet potato wasn’t that great tonight even with gobs of cinnamon butter on it.
Loren got their sirloin special with a loaded baked potato.
He said it was adequate, nothing to write home about. He said they normally make a smaller, thicker steak and he prefers that to what they served this time.
Since we had some time to kill before the show, we ordered a piece of chocolate cake. The waitress warned us that it was big.
She wasn’t kidding. It was easily enough for three people to share. The cake was moist and the frosting was very thick and rich. This was a very enjoyable dessert and we had leftovers. It’s not often that we have leftover dessert.
Total bill was $34 and we made it to our show on time.
Cody’s Original Roadhouse
11202 West Hillsborough Ave
On Saturday, we were heading up to Hawi to go ziplining and drove though Kamuela to eat breakfast at the Hawaiian Style Cafe. This is a cash-only restaurant that gives you a ton of food for the money.
I ordered a loco moco, but it wasn’t as good as the other ones I had on the island.
I didn’t like the hamburger patty and my over-easy eggs were a bit overcooked. There was plenty of it though.
Loren ordered their Kalua Pork omelet special which came with hashbrowns and pancakes.
This was a breakfast made to be shared. The pancakes alone were enough to feed at least 2 people and the omelette was stuffed full of pork. The whole breakfast was under $20 and there were plenty of leftovers.
After ziplining, we hiked down to Pololu Beach. Beautiful views from the trail as you head down.
Then we stopped for some Tropical Dreams Ice Cream in Hawi. Loren had the Coconut cream and the Ginger White Chocolate. I got the Tahitian Vanilla and chocolate. They were all wonderful. The only thing I didn’t like was that my chocolate ice cream had M&M’s in it and ice cream as good as this really didn’t need anything extra.
We stopped to watch the sunset before stopping for dinner.
Huli Sue’s BBQ in Waimea was our dinner stop tonight.
We split the BBQ Sampler which had pork, ribs, chicken, sausage and brisket plus two sides. We got cole slaw and corn bread pudding and ordered a couple of extra sides as well, an Oriental Bok Choy dish and some black beans.
Again, lots of food (this seems to be a theme in Hawaii). The BBQ sauce had a tang to it and all the meats were pretty good. The black beans were ok, but the other sides were better. The Bok Choy completely did not go with the meal, but it was still tasty.
And I had to get a piece of their famous banana cream pie to go.
I understand why it’s famous. It was soooo good. I took it out to take a bite and almost finished it right there. Smooth and creamy with a nice crust and topping. Total dinner was $47 and there were plenty of leftovers.
We actually went back to Huli Sue’s later in our vacation after a very disappointing meal at Manago (I’ll get to that later). We were just going to get dessert, but ended up getting some BBQ nachos as well as a slice of chocolate cake.
The nachos were good, but I just wanted some sweetness.
Thick, rich, chocolatey goodness, in a moist delicious cake. Huli Sue’s makes good BBQ, but their desserts are amazing. Our little snack run cost us $17.
By Sunday, day 5 of our vacation, we were completely whooped. But that didn’t stop us from doing some spelunking in Kaumana Cave. It was a very cool walk through an old lava tube.
For lunch, we headed over to Pahoa to Kaleo’s Bar and Grill. We ordered the Tempura Ahi roll for our appetizer.
It was absolutely amazing. This was one of the best things we ate on the island. Crispy on the outside, with Ahi, rice and veggies on the inside. I should have just ordered a second one for my entree.
I ordered the Chicken Katsu, but wasn’t too impressed.
The rice wasn’t cooked well, and the chicken was a little dry. It definitely needed a dipping sauce, but the one that came with it was a bit too spicy and when I asked for a sweeter sauce, I ended up with an even spicier chili Thai sauce.
Loren was much happier with his meal. He ordered the Mahi BLT and just raved about it.
And, what did they have for dessert? Lilikoi cheesecake! My new favorite dessert in the whole wide world.
It was so good. Light and creamy with a wonderful passionfruit flavor. I have got to find a recipe for this pie. $46 for lunch and we left with happy tastebuds.
We spent the afternoon walking around the Lava Tree Park, McKenzie Park, and East Point, then headed back to Hilo for dinner at Pescatore’s.
If there’s calamari on the menu, we usually order it.
Normally, the calamari we get is in rings and not quite as thick as these pieces were. The batter didn’t have a lot of flavor, but the marinara sauce was good.
I’m always happy when they bring out the bread basket.
Loren started with a salad and I got some pasta fagioli.
They were both ok. The soup had a nice flavor and lots of veggies in it.
I ordered the fettucine alfredo with shrimp for my entree.
It was ok, but there was a flavor in it that I didn’t care for. I don’t know what it was, but it just wasn’t one of my favorite alfredo dishes. Loren ordered their mahi ahi fish special.
He really enjoyed it. There were two different sauces on the fish and it came with a pesto spaghetti. I had heard they had a killer chocolate truffle cake here so I got one to go.
Talk about disappointing. I don’t know how to describe the texture, it wasn’t smooth at all. Sort of crumbly. The flavor was ok, but overall, it was not as good as I had been led to believe. This was our most expensive meal on the island at $72. We had much better meals for a lot less money elsewhere.
We emptied out the fridge in preparation for our vacation, and Loren was craving a steak so we headed to Longhorn Steakhouse in Palm Harbor.
I’m always happy when fresh, warm bread is brought to the table.
Loren started off with a salad, I just kept munching on bread.
I ordered the Citrus Grilled chicken with a baked potato. It was one of the items on their specials menu.
The chicken was cooked a little too much on the outside, but the inside was perfect. It had a slight citrus flavor to it, but it wasn’t overwhelming. Loren got the bacon scallops with a 7 oz filet.
He was a very happy guy. The steak and scallops were both cooked just right. Plus, how can you go wrong with anything wrapped in bacon?
And then came the dessert sampler.
This had a lot of awesome going on. Strawberry cheesecake, a caramel apple cobbler with ice cream and chocolate cake. I was in heaven. The cheesecake was light and fluffy with sweetened strawberries and whipped cream. We both dove into that one. Loren finished off the caramel apple cobbler and the chocolate cake was soft, fresh and yummy.
From start to finish, this was a really good experience. Our waiter was really good. Kept drinks filled and cleared away dishes quickly. Total bill was $48 and worth every penny.
35645 US Highway 19
Palm Harbor, FL
It’s a cozy little restaurant with a big menu of Italian dishes.
Loren ordered one of the dinners which came with a homemade three bean salad, a tossed salad, bowl of Minestrone soup, and garlic bread. I ordered a cup of the pasta e fagioli soup and a side of meatballs.
The meatballs and tomato sauce were really tasty. They were definitely homemade with a good Italian recipe. Loren liked the three bean salad and said the house salad dressing was really good too. Same goes for both soups and the garlic bread. We hadn’t even gotten our entrees and our tastebuds were already quite happy.
Any restaurant that brings me a big ol’ basket of garlic bread gets a high rating in my book. The bread was soft with a nice garlic taste.
Then came the entress. Loren ordered the Cannelloni a la Joseph.
Homemade cannelloni stuffed with a sausage and cheese filling, then covered in mozzarella cheese and sauce. It had a nice texture and the sausage and cheese blended well together. The sausage wasn’t overpowering.
I ordered the fettucini alfredo.
The sauce had mushrooms and prosciutto in it but it wasn’t as light and creamy as I prefer my alfredo sauce. This was a thicker sauce and just didn’t have the flavors I was looking for.
But, then came the 3D Chocolate Cake.
I wasn’t sure I wanted to share. The cake was soft and fudgy with layers of chocolate mousse and whipped cream on the side. Good stuff.
Total bill was $40 and this is definitely a place we’ll go back to. The food was authentic and the atmosphere was pleasant.
And here’s that sunset…
Joseph’s Little Italy
916-A Patricia Ave
What used to be the Happy Greek in Palm Harbor is now Little Greek. We asked the guy at the counter why they weren’t happy anymore and he said well, the economy’s rough right now. He then went on to explain that they didn’t own the Happy Greek name and they’re part of the Little Greek franchise.
Today was a gyro day for both of us, one chicken and one with gyro meat.
I also got a side of potato salad. It was typical gyro fare. Nothing out of the ordinary. The tzatziki sauce had me tasting garlic the whole rest of the day though.
I saw this is the dessert case and had to have one.
It was chocolate sponge cake with layers of chocolate mouse and some chocolate sprinkles. It was pretty good. Not a deep down rich chocolate, but rather a lighter, fluffier chocolate dessert. Total lunch was $20.
320 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL
On our quest to try new places, we set out to the Green Springs Bistro in Safety Harbor for dinner tonight.
It’s an eclectic little restaurant. Lots of bright colors and artwork in the three dining rooms and outside. We wanted a quiet part of the restaurant and were seated on the back porch. The restaurant is in a 1930′s house. The live music was in the dining room in front of ours. It was very soothing and we knew every song.
Loren ordered an iced tea which turned out to be a raspberry blend that he really liked. He normally doesn’t like fruity teas, but he was really impressed with this one. We were served a complimentary taste of their potato soup. It was tasty.
Because we just can’t resist appetizers, we ordered the Saganaki, an oven-roasted Greek Kefalograviera cheese, bathed in olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon.
It had a strong parmesean cheese taste to it. I don’t think I’d order it again, but it was good with the bread. The salad had a poppy seed dressing on it that was good, though the onions were really strong.
For my entree, I ordered the Roasted Duck with a blackberry orange sauce. It came with mashed red potatoes and roasted veggies.
The duck was tender, but it had the skin still on and it was just the wrong texture. The same with the blackberry orange sauce, great flavor, bad texture. I kept getting blackberry seeds between my teeth. The mashed potatoes were really good. The roasted veggies were peas and sweet potatoes. I thought it was odd to serve a roasted potato with mashed potatoes, but I liked them nonetheless.
Loren ordered the special, a swordfish in a Beurre blanc sauce with the same mashed potatoes and roasted veggies as mine.
He really enjoyed the swordfish. He joked about having leftovers, but there wasn’t anything left on his plate except a bite or two of mashed potatoes.
We were both pretty full by this point, but I kept hearing the waitress describe the desserts at other tables. All I had to hear were the words “7 Layer Dark Chocolate Cake” and I was sold.
At first glance, and even in the photo, the cake doesn’t look all that appealing. My first thought was that it was going to be really dry. Boy, was I wrong. It was one of the moistest, freshest cakes I’ve ever tasted. One bite and I tried to steal the plate away from Loren. It had a decadent thick chocolate frosting on top and rich, dark chocolate mousse between 7 layers of cake. Even though we felt like we couldn’t eat another bite, we managed to finish the entire thing. I’d go back for the cake alone.
The only downside was the bill. This was not a cheap dinner. $72 for the two of us. We’re not likely to go back often, but this is definitely a place I’d recommend if you want the occasional special night out.
Green Springs Bistro
156 Fourth Ave North
Safety Harbor, FL