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Tasty Lunch


We went back to Cafe Mezze Mediterranean in Oldsmar for lunch today.  We were surprised that there wasn’t anyone else in the restaurant.  I guess people haven’t found it yet; but the food is definitely worth a visit.  For lunch, they have a appetizer & entree special for $10.

Loren got a salad with the vegetable stew with lamb and I got the gyro with babaganoush.

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This was a lot of food for lunch and I had leftovers.  Everything was very flavorful and cooked perfectly.  I really liked the babaganoush.  It was creamy and light with a subtle smokey and lemony flavor.  The gyro was delicious and Loren said the lamb was tender in the stew.  For $21, it was a very tasty lunch.

Cafe Mezze Mediterranean
4013 Tampa Road, Ste 19
Oldsmar, FL
813-510-4080

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.4/5

Greek Lunch


We stopped at the Greek City Cafe on SR 580 for lunch today.  We ordered at the counter and then grabbed a booth and waited for our food.  We could see the folks prepping the food behind the counter and knew they had no idea what was going on.  They brought out a configuration of food that had parts of our order and parts of someone else’s.  Then they came back & grabbed it all and eventually brought us out what we had ordered.

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For Loren, it was a Greek salad with chicken and a bowl of lentil soup.  He said the soup was good.  The lentils still had some texture to them instead of being complete mush and the flavors were there.  He liked the Greek salad, but the chicken was pretty plain.   I ordered a gyro with feta fries.

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The gyro meat was cut into very thick pieces instead of shaved.  The feta fries were interesting.  I would have never thought to put feta cheese on French fries, but they were tasty.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

Greek City Cafe 
2518 SR 580, Ste C
Clearwater, FL
727-726-9600

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • Loren was in the mood for a salad tonight so we headed over to Largo and had dinner at Athenian Garden.  It had been a while since we’ve eaten here, but I remembered the Greek salad was tasty.  We started off with some bread and dolmades.

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    The bread is crusty and soft and  would be even better if it was served warm.  The dolmades had a flavorful filling and the lemon sauce on top was good without being overwhelmingly lemony.  Loren ordered the tabouleh and hummus salad.

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    It looked like a small volcano, but he enjoyed it.  I ordered the gyro platter which also came with a Greek salad.

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    The gyro meat was served with grilled onions and peppers and a side of very garlicy tzatziki sauce. It also came with rice and pita.  I really like the Greek dressing and potato salad here and the gyro was very good.  I’d order it again.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

    Athenian Garden
    12670 Starkey Rd
    Largo, FL
    (727) 518-8888

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • We went over to the Little Greek on Linebaugh for lunch today.  It’s almost identical to the one over at Boot Ranch.  We both got Greek salads and Loren also got some dolmades.

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    I always forget that the mini-Greek is plenty of food.  Loren had ordered the mini with chicken and I got the regular with gyro meat.  I think the main difference is that there’s two scoops of potato salad and some more lettuce in the regular one.  The gyro meat was very fresh and tasty today.  Total bill with a drink was $24.

    Little Greek
    12117 W Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-852-9898

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Quick Lunch


    We went for a quick lunch at Athen’s in downtown Safety Harbor today.  Luckily, we got there before the crowd because it was standing room only by the time we left.  Loren got a Greek Salad with chicken and I got a gyro.

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    He said the chicken was flavorful and tender.  My gyro was good, but I think I would have liked a little lettuce on it.  It needed a little crunch since I get it without the onions.  Total bill with a drink was $17.

    Athens Restaurant
    226 Main St
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-726-3471

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