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We timed our dinner just right at Johnny’s Italian in Clearwater.  This place gets busy on the weekends but we were able to get in & get a table without a wait.  Loren started off with a salad and I went for the New England clam chowder, but let’s face it, we come here for the fresh baked Johnny bread.

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That bread.  It’s warm and soft and you just don’t care that you’re going to smell like garlic for the rest of the night because that dipping oil is just so delicious.  The clam chowder was creamy, thick and rich and hit the spot.  We decided to try the crab cakes tonight.

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They were quite good.  Very little filler, just lots of crab.  The sauce on the plate had a bit of a zing to it.  Loren tried the chicken Briscante for his entree.

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The chicken was very tender and the pasta cooked perfectly.  It had a light cream sauce that was quite tasty.  I went for my favorite dish on the menu, the chicken marsala with fettucine alfredo.

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I had lots of leftovers tonight.  The chicken was tender and the alfredo sauce is so creamy and delicious.  And since I took half of my entree home, we couldn’t pass up a slice of the chocolate dream cake.

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This cake is so rich and chocolatety.  The frosting is a fudgey ganache and the cake is quite moist.  So good.  Total bill with a drink was $47.

Johnny’s Italian Restaurant
2907 SR 590 #1
Clearwater, FL
727-797-2940

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

We’re staying in Bar Harbor, Maine for the week and went downtown for dinner.  It was crazy busy and we ended up at Poor Boy’s Gourmet for dinner.  We had about a 30 minute wait and then got seated in an awkward table behind the bar and in front of the stairs.

They brought out some rolls and then we started off with the clam chowder and the crab cake appetizer.

Rolls

Clam Chowder

Crab Cake

The rolls were hot and fresh and tasty.  We’re fans of a thick, creamy chowder and this one was very thin and soupy.  It had a good flavor though.  We were a bit surprised that the $9 crab cake appetizer only had one crab cake.  This is when you know you’re in a tourist trap town.  The crab cake was delicious though.  Full of crab, very little filler and a nice mix of spices.  The restaurant was packed, so it took a while for our entrees to come out.  Loren ordered the surf & turf which came with mashed potatoes and peas.

Surf and Turf

Garlic Mashed and Peas

The lobster on top was perfectly cooked and the steak was amazingly tender and flavorful.  I stole a few bites and it was very good.  The side dishes; however, were not.  I ordered the lobster Poor Boy pasta.

Lobster Poor Boy

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The lobster was tossed in a creamy sherry wine sauce over farfalle pasta.  The flavors were perfect in the sauce.  The lobster was cooked ok.  I thought the tail pieces were a little too chewy.  Overall though, a tasty dish.  Mine also came with a side dish and I chose the broccoli.  It was a cold dish and tasted like the dressing on pasta salad.  Let’s just say side dishes are not their specialty. We also got a piece of the white chocolate blueberry cheesecake to take back to our cabin and it was divine.

White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake

Creamy and delicious with a good graham cracker crust.  Service was ok, but there were times when I felt as though we had been forgotten.  Total bill with a drink was $88.

Poor Boy’s Gourmet
300 Main St
Bar Harbor, ME
(207) 288-4148

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

We went over to Stonechase for a late lunch today.  The place was deserted at 2:30pm and the waitress on duty was very new and inexperienced.  They really should have had someone else on the floor with her.  We ordered some calamari for an appetizer, but either she didn’t put the order in or forgot to go pick it up because it never arrived.

Loren ordered the Stone Chase salad.

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It had chicken, apples, grapes, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese on it. He said it was pretty good.  I went for the orecchiette mastandrea pasta.

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The menu said it had passion and family secret in it, but I found neither.  The pasta wasn’t cooked quite enough and the sauce was a bit too tart for my tastes.  The meatballs were ok.  Not a dish I would order again.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

Stone Chase
12227 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
(813) 818-8000

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
2.2/5
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  • We decided to give Bascetti’s in Dunedin another try for dinner tonight.  The restaurant was empty when we got there and after our experience tonight, I can understand why.  We started off with some calamari which was the best part of the meal.

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    The calamari was very tender with a nice crunchy coating on it.  The dish also came with artichokes, that I found to be too sour for my tastes.  The dipping sauce was a bit on the spicy side too.   Our dinners came with bread, soup or salad and we got one of each.

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    The noodles in my soup were mush and it desperately needed salt.  The bread was really good and the dipping sauce was tasty, but as I’ve mentioned on previous visits, I just think it would be better if it was warmed.  For his entree, Loren chose the stuffed pork chop.

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    They gave him a very large steak knife and I don’t think he would have been able to make a dent in this pork chop without it.  It was really tough.  It came with a red pepper mashed potato which we had to ask about since we couldn’t identify what it was.  I ordered the bolognese pappardelle.

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    I ordered this dish once before and had mixed feelings about, but thought I’d give it another try.  The first time I had it, it had a very thin white sauce to it.  The waitress said they had reformulated the recipe, but I could still get it with the white sauce.  After a bite or two, I kept tasting something very sour in the dish, which I assumed was olives.  It just had an odd taste to it, but Loren actually thought it was ok.  When the waitress came to clear our half eaten dishes, I asked her if there were olives in my dish and she said no, but I explained that there was a sour taste to it.  We also said how tough Loren’s pork chop was.  She took both dishes back to the kitchen & said she tried them.  She agreed that something was very wrong with both dishes & took them off the bill.  She kind of scolded us for not saying something earlier in the meal.   We ended up getting a slice of cheesecake to try to salvage something from the meal.

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    It was very creamy and had a nice raspberry filling.  Loren thought the raspberry was a little too tart, but otherwise it was ok. We appreciated the way our waitress handled things, but still question how food could come out of the kitchen like that.  Total bill without the entrees ended up being $18 and it’s doubtful we’ll be back.

    Bascetti’s
    1568 Main Street
    Dunedin, FL
    727-738-2808

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    Food1/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value1/5
    1.9/5

    Two for $25


    We had a AAA coupon for Olive Garden, so that was our destination for lunch today.  Luckily we just missed the Sunday lunch crowd.  We started off with salad & breadsticks and one of their new appetizers, the Fried Cheese Risotto.

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    These were very cheesy, but the risotto inside was complete mush.  Other than the outside crust, there was no texture whatsoever.  Now, that’s not to say that I didn’t like them, because I did, but they were more like fried cheese, than fried rice balls.

    Olive Garden was having a two for $25 deal that included dessert, so Loren & I both ordered off of it.  He got the Parmesan Potato Crusted chicken.

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    He thought it was pretty good.  The chicken was tender with a nice crunchy exterior.  I ordered the bucatini formaggio.

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    It didn’t do much for me.  It was just a fairly plain bowl of pasta and I didn’t really care for the taste of the sauce.  The special also came with dessert.  Loren got the dark chocolate with caramel dolcini and I got the chocolate mousse cake.

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    These were both yummy.  My mousse cake was thick and creamy and had little chocolate covered krispie balls on top that added an interesting texture.  I think Loren scooped every last morsel out of his plate.  Good stuff.  Total bill was $27 after our coupon.

    Olive Garden
    29461 Us-19 N
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 787-3988

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5