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Got some quick takeout from Mizette Lebanese Grill.

Falafel, hummus and baba ghanoush.  Yum!  The falafel were crispy on the outside and tender in the middle without being mushy.  The hummus and baba ghanoush are delicious.  It was a tasty $14 lunch.

Mizette Lebanese Grill
30051 US Hwy 19N
Clearwater, FL
727-223-4060

Mizette Lebanese Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
4.1/5

After visiting the Irish 31 at Westshore Mall, I discovered it has another location in Westchase which is much more convenient for us.  We’ve actually been there twice in the last few weeks and the weather’s been so nice that we were able to sit outside.

We started off with some hummus.

The hummus was tasty.  Not too much garlic and it was served with both pita and sliced cucumbers which was a nice change.  Loren got the corned beef and turkey club.  It was piled high and he ate every last bit of it.

I went for the Forest Mushroom chicken.  This has 3 chicken breasts plus fingerling potatoes and veggies.  I definitely had leftovers.  The chicken was very tender and the port wine mushroom sauce was yummy.

We both wanted something sweet, so he got a root beer float and I went for the chocolate lava cake.

Both satisfied our sweet tooth. The root beer float was huge and the chocolate cake with thick and fudgey.  Good stuff.  Total bill with a drink was $52.

We went back again and had a quick lunch of appetizers.

This time we got the hummus again, plus the pot pie bites and the gyro flat bread.

All of them were delicious.  The pot pie bites were “burn the roof of your mouth” hot, so those had to be eaten last.  The flat bread had a very flavorful Greek dressing along with the chicken, lettuce, tomato & tzatziki sauce.  Loren also got another root beer float.  Truth be told, that’s the reason we went back so soon.  Total bill was $29.

Irish 31
10102 Montague St
Westchase, FL
813-510-3931

Irish 31 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5

Lebanese Food


A coworker told me about Mizette Lebanese Grill out on Hwy 19.  How has this place been here for almost 2 years and I’ve never heard of it?  We went over there for dinner tonight and we’ll definitely be back again.  They have a platter for two so we got that so we could try a little bit of everything.

The platter has beef and chicken shawarma, falafel, hummus, baba ghannouj, pickled veggies, tabbouleh, and pita.  It also comes with some tahini and a garlic paste.   Here’s a close up of the shawarma and falafel.

Everything was fresh and flavorful.  The meat was tender and I’m a little embarrassed to say we ate the entire thing.  It was a lot of food, but we just couldn’t stop eating it.  The owners are very friendly and I would highly recommend coming here.  Total bill with a couple of drinks was $33.

Mizette Lebanese Grill
30051 US Hwy 19N
Clearwater, FL
727-223-4060

Mizette Lebanese Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food5/5
Service5/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value5/5
4.9/5

Tucked away in a little strip mall on East Bay Drive in Clearwater, you’ll find the flavors of the Mediterranean.  The East Bistro is a small, casual restaurant where they definitely know how to marinate and season tender cuts of beef and chicken.  We started off with the baba ghanoush and pita and then split the trifecta plate.

The Baba Ghanoush had a wonderful smoky flavor with just the right amount of garlic, tahini, & lemon juice.  The pita was fresh and perfect for dipping.  This was a small order and just the right size for the two of us.  The Trifecta place normally has beef kebabs, but they had run out, so they gave us beef shwarma instead.  It was so tender with just the right blend of Mediterranean spices.  The chicken was also incredibly tender and tasty.  The plate also came with Kibbeh, rice, salad, and hummus.

Everything we ate was amazing and there were a few other things on the menu we wanted to try, but that’ll have to wait until next time.  And there will definitely be a next time.  The restaurant is small and there aren’t a lot of tables.  The food is fresh and takes a while to come out of the open kitchen and it was certainly worth the wait.  Total bill with a drink was $24.

East Bistro
4100 E Bay Drive, Unit B34
Clearwater, FL
727-798-4567

East Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food5/5
Service5/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value5/5
4.7/5

Back Again


We can’t help it, we love the food at Craft Street Kitchen.  There’s always something new to try and it’s usually pretty darn tasty.  Tonight was no different.  We started off with the avocado hummus.

I’m not usually a big fan of hummus, but this was good.  The only thing I didn’t like about it were the chunks of bell pepper.  Other than that, it was rich and creamy and had pickled radish, mandarin oranges, and a corn relish.  We ran out of crackers before we ran out of hummus.  For his entree, Loren decided to try the SS Minnow.

It’s a mahi sandwich with a jalenpeno kraut on it.  He said it was reuben-esque and quite tasty.  I decided to try the crafty pasta.

I’m surprised I hadn’t tried this one before.  It was creamy and peppery from the arugula in it.  It had chicken and mushrooms, tomatoes & onions in a Madeira cream.  I would definitely order it again.  We also got a red velvet lover’s sundae to go.  No photos, but it was red velvet brownie cake with strawberry ice cream, whipped cream and two chocolate covered strawberries.  So good!  Total bill with a drink was $47.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL
727-314-4270

Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
4.3/5
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