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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.

Longhorn Steakhouse
35645 US Highway 19
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 781-9300

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Cozy Italian

I wanted to catch a sunset off the Dunedin Causeway tonight, so we searched for a place in Dunedin that we hadn’t been to before and ended up at Joseph’s Little Italy on Patricia Ave.

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
Dunedin, FL

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  • 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.

    Little Greek
    320 East Lake Road
    Palm Harbor, FL

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  • 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

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