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End of 2012

We went down to Dunedin to take an end of year sunset photo and ended up at Casa Tina for dinner.  We got there fairly early and they were too busy.  Loren munched on the chips & salsa while we waited for our nachos to arrive.




The Monterrey nachos definitely were appealing to look at when they arrived at the table.  All of the chips around the edges were burnt to a crisp.  As far as I’m concerned, it never should have left the kitchen.  We ate around the burnt parts and when our waiter finally stopped by the table to ask if we wanted to take the rest home, I showed him how burnt it was and he took it off the check for us.

For his entree, Loren got the chicken fajitas.




The fajitas were tender, but the veggies, especially the onions, weren’t cooked enough.  For $18, it also seemed like a rather small portion.   I got the chicken flutes.



They were less than great this time.  They just weren’t crispy enough.  The guac was really spicy this time too.  Overall, the prices just seem to be getting higher here, but the food quality isn’t.  Total bill with a drink was $36.

Oh, and here’s that final sunset of 2012.  Good eatings to all for 2013!


Casa Tina’s 
365 Main Street
Dunedin, FL

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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican
  • Cafe Adobe

    After a long day hiking through Zion & Bryce Canyon, we stopped at Cafe Adobe in Hatch, UT for dinner.  Loren started off with some chips & salsa.

    The salsa was a bit more spicy than he anticipated, but he said it was fresh and tasty.  He ordered some fajitas and I went for a chimichanga.

    Both entrees tasted fresh and homemade.  They had wonderful flavors and there was way more on the plate than either of us could eat, and yet, I couldn’t pass up the mini apple pies.

    These were addictive.  The crust on them was perfect and with the ice cream and caramel sauce, this was one yummy dessert.  I’d definitely order it again.  I believe the restaurant is only open seasonally, so check before you go.  Total bill with a drink was $35.

    Cafe Adobe
    16 North Main
    Hatch, UT

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  • Filed under: Dessert, Mexican, Utah
  • Sizzling Hot

    Since my fajita craving wasn’t satisfied last week at Poblano’s, we went over to Salsa’s for dinner tonight.  While Loren munched on chips & salsa, I went for some spinach queso.

    He said the salsa was really good today.  The queso was a bit on the greasy side, but tasty nonetheless.  Our fajitas came out a little too soon, but they were sizzling hot right to the table which is the way they’re supposed to be.

    I gravitate towards the chicken and Loren goes for the beef.  The chicken was very tender with just the right amount of seasoning.  We both ate two fajitas and still had enough left over for another meal.  Total bill with a drink was $29.

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant
    3970 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL

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  • Filed under: Mexican, Oldsmar
  • We haven’t been going to Poblano’s as much lately because I’ve felt the quality of the food has gone down.  This used to be our go-to place for Mexican food.  Loren said he ate here with some friends a couple of weeks ago and that it had gotten better, so we headed over there tonight.  I started off with the beef & cheese dip.

    It’s funny, normally I complain about things being too spicy, but this had to have been one of the mellowest cheese dips I’ve had here.  I liked it, but it had no spiciness whatsoever.  I’ve had it here before where the jalepeno flavor is over the top.  Guess it just depends on who’s in the kitchen.   I was in the mood for fajitas tonight; but unfortunately, this meal did little to satisfy the craving.

    I’m a firm believer that fajitas should come to the table sizzling hot.  There should be steam rising from the plate.  These were lukewarm and overcooked.  The chicken was tough.  I admit, I can be overly critical when it comes to food, but when Loren took a bite and kept chewing and chewing and chewing, I knew I wasn’t overreacting.  I’ve never had any luck with the fajitas here, so I guess I should have learned my lesson by now.  Loren went for one of his favorites, the carnitas.

    He enjoyed them.  He also mentioned that he thought the restaurant was doing a better job with the presentation of the food.  Basically, they’re not slopping the rice & beans together on the plate anymore.   The plates may look better; but unfortunately, if the food doesn’t taste better then it’s just window dressing.  Total bill was $31 and I’ve pretty much crossed this restaurant off my list.

    Poblanos Mexican Grill
    245 McMullen Booth Road
    Clearwater, FL

    Poblano Mexican Grill and Bar on Urbanspoon

  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican
  • Headed to Tampa tonight to the Straz Theater to see La Cage aux Folles and stopped at Guadalaja Mexican Restaurant for dinner before the show.  Loren usually goes through two baskets of chips and salsa here.

    For his dinner, he went for the beef fajitas.

    He said the beef was tender and tasty.  He had some leftovers, but since we weren’t heading right home, we didn’t take them.  I went for a beef chimichanga.

    It wasn’t very crispy and I didn’t realize it had pico de gallo inside.  I’m just not a fan of raw onions & cilantro, so the whole flavor profile was a bit off for me.  It’s strange because I ordered this same dish the last time & really liked it, so I’m not sure if they just changed the ingredients or they weren’t as strong the last time.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

    Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant
    4502 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL

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  • Filed under: Mexican, Tampa