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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

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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican
  • 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

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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

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    We ate dinner at Juan’s Mexican Grill in Dunedin tonight.  It’s a little place on Main Street with a very limited menu.  It’s definitely what you’d consider fast food.  Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and a taco salad make up the menu and all them use the same ingredients from behind the counter.  I guess the difference is what’s served with it. 

    I got the “Flamin’ Fajitas”, which was such an amusing title for what it was.

    The chicken (which would be the same chicken served in any of the other dishes) is served with onions & peppers, jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, cheese and flour tortillas.  For fast food, it was pretty good.  Definitely better than Taco Bell, but not what you’d consider fajitas in any sit down Mexican restaurant.  I actually liked the guacamole because it was very mild. 

    Loren got the grande burrito which came with chips & salsa.

    He liked it.  It was big and filled with rice, beans and most of the toppings they had.   With a drink, the total bill was $17.  If you’re looking for quick take out, this was pretty good for the price.

    Juan’s Mexican Grill
    1409 Main Street
    Dunedin, FL

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    We’ve eaten at the Tia’s on Fowler Ave a few times and both times that we’ve sat in the bar area, the service has been terrible.  If you go in and the hostess starts to seat you to the right in the bar area, ask to be seated in the main dining room instead. 

    Once we finally got some menus, drinks, chips and salsa, we ordered some queso supremo, which is really the only reason I ever come here to eat.

    Mind you, we waited for a very long time before our waiter brought it out.  I don’t know what it is about their queso, but I just love it.  It’s the combination of cheese and taco meat that’s just so yummy.

    Because it took him to long to bring it, our entrees came out soon after.  Loren ordered the beef fajitas.

    He said they were pretty good, but it was more than enough food for him.  We should have just split them.  Instead, I ordered a pick three and got a chicken and beef empanada and a chicken taco.

    There really wasn’t anything on this plate that was very good.  The rice didn’t taste good and the refried beans were dry.  The beef empanda was extremely cheesy inside, but still better than the chicken one.  The taco was pretty bland.  Next time, we’ll just split something and I’ll stick with the queso.  Total bill was $34.

    Tia’s Tex Mex
    2815 E Fowler Ave
    Tampa, FL

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  • Filed under: Mexican, Tampa