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We’ve been boycotting downtown Dunedin since they put in the parking meters, but it seems the city finally came to its senses and the meters are no longer in use.  To celebrate, we went back to one of our favorite places, Cafe Alfresco.  It looked like there were people waiting outside, but we were able to get a table for 2 without a wait.

We started off with the pork eggrolls.

 

Tasty little bundles of pork with a tangy little sauce.  They have a nice crunch and a flavorful filling.  Both of our entrees came with salads & rolls.  The rolls are served warm and they are so good.

For his entree, Loren got the sesame crusted salmon.  He said the green beans weren’t anything to write home about, but the salmon was perfectly cooked and flavorful.

Saturday is rib night at Cafe Alfresco, so I went for the rack of ribs with fries & cole slaw.  The ribs fall right off the bone and though they aren’t very smoky, the sauce is sweet & tangy.

One of my favorite desserts here is the Devonshire chocolate cake. Layers of cake & mousse served with whipped cream.  It is so good.  We all but lick the plate clean.

They have a great waitstaff here.  Very attentive, get things right the first time, and friendly.  Total bill was $55.

Cafe Alfresco
344 Main St
Dunedin, FL
813-736-4299

Cafe Alfresco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5

Mainely Meat


We stopped at Mainely Meat for some BBQ.  We ordered a sampler and a pulled pork sandwich.

BBQ Sampler

Pulled Pork Sandwich

The ribs were very tender with a spicy rub on top.  The chicken and pulled pork were both cooked well and the sausage was a bit on the spicy side.  The sides, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, and cornbread, were all tasty as well. Total bill with a drink was $25.

Mainely Meat
15 Knox Rd
Bar Harbor, ME
(207) 288-9200

Mainely Meat Barbeque Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • BBQ


    When we’re looking for a meal that will yield leftovers, there’s nothing better than the Boss Hog Special at Ozona Pig.

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    It’s enough food for way more than 2 people.  Ribs, pulled pork, chicken & brisket, plus two sides and deviled eggs.  They do a really tasty job with their BBQ.  The ribs were smoky and tender.  None of those made it home.  The pulled pork was also very tender and we just kept nibbling until we forced ourselves to put the rest away.  If you want to taste a little bit of everything, this is the way to go.  Total bill with a drink was $31.

    The Ozona Pig
    311 Orange St
    Ozona, FL
    727-773-0744

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • 12 Bones


    It was time for some BBQ so we headed over to 12 Bones in Asheville.  The line was out the door when we got there and still out the door after we were finished.  The place was packed, but the tables seemed to be turning over quickly.

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    We were able to order and get a table and the food came out pretty quick.  We split 12 bones of the blueberry chipolte ribs with mac and cheese, collard greens, and a side of corn pudding.

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    Those ribs were spicy!  You could absolutely taste the blueberry, which I thought would sweeten them up, but they tingled my taste buds.  The meat was smoky and tender.  Not quite fall off the bone, but very good.  The sides were all pretty tasty too.  It didn’t take long for our plate to look like this.

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    I did feel very crowded and rushed while in there.  It felt chaotic and noisy and the tin plates they serve the ribs in don’t have a flat bottom, so it kept spinning while we tried to eat.  Overall, the food was good, but the atmosphere left me feeling anything but relaxed.  Total bill with a drink was $26.

    12 Bones
    5 Riverside Drive
    Asheville, NC
    828-253-4499

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5
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  • BBQ for Two


    BBQ was on the menu for dinner tonight, so we headed over to the Ozona Pig.  It was fairly early, so they weren’t too busy yet.  Since we wanted some leftovers for tomorrow, we went ahead & ordered the Boss Hog special.

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    It had ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket plus two sides.  All of the meats were tender with a nice smokey flavor.  We had plenty to eat and enough for another meal for both of us.  Total bill with a drink was $32.

    The Ozona Pig
    311 Orange St
    Ozona, FL
    727-773-0744

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