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Looking for a new Mediterranean restaurant and ended up at Mirage Restaurant in Clearwater on Gulf to Bay.  Normally, we’re not too keen on buffets, but this one was surprisingly fresh and tasty.

The buffet had a variety of salads and dips, my favorite being the babaganoush.  There were several different rice and vegetarian options, stuffed grape leaves, plus chicken and beef kababs.  We tried a bunch of different things and the meats were all very tender and everything had a good mix of flavorful spices.  The baklava for dessert wasn’t too sweet and had a warm cinnamon flavor to it.  The restaurant itself is just a big open dining room, plus a patio out front.

Total bill was $47 and we’ll definitely be back again.

Mirage Restaurant
2284 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL
727-724-3604

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.9/5

Out for a quick lunch today and Andy’s on the Bay was the place to be.

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Two small orders of roasted pork, rice and beans and a drink for $16.  The pork is so juicy and tender and the rice and beans are just delectable.  You never leave this place hungry.  They’re only open weekdays for lunch and there’s usually a crowd.

Andy’s on the Bay
472 East Douglas
Oldsmar, FL
813-855-8166

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Food5/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value5/5
4.1/5
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  • Filed under: Cuban, Oldsmar
  • We went to Lowry Park Zoo this morning and ate lunch at La Pequena Colombia on the way home.  We’d eaten here once before and really liked the food.  This visit was more of the same homemade goodness.

    Empanadas were first on the list.

    They have a very creamy, tasty filling with a nice crunch on the outside.   I wasn’t going anywhere near the sauce served with it though.  Loren said it was spicy and tasty.

    He went for the chicken fajitas with a side of chicharron.  That fried pork skin is one of the main reasons we’re back here.

    He says it’s addictive.  Crunchy, porky goodness.   I liked the taste of his fajitas.  They had this carmelized flavor to them.  A little bit of sweetness and spiciness.  Much better than I’ve had at a lot of the Mexican restaurants around.  The chicken was very tender and there were plenty of leftovers.  I got the Arroz con pollo which came with chicken stew.

    This also had great flavors and there was way too much of it for one meal.  The chicken was flavorful and tender and mixed well with some of Loren’s red beans.  I ended up ordering an extra side of red beans to take home with my leftovers.   Everything just has that homemade, authentic scrumptiousness.  Total bill with a drink was $32.

    La Pequena Colombia
    6312 N Armenia Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-876-8338

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    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value5/5
    4.4/5
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  • Filed under: Colombian, Tampa
  • We ate lunch at Andy’s By the Bay today and both ended up ordering the same thing, a small roasted pork, rice & beans.

    I don’t know how anyone could eat a large bowl.  The pork is always super tender and the rice and beans are yummy.  Plus, the prices are really cheap.  Two orders and a drink ran us about $14.

    Andy’s on the Bay
    472 East Douglas
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-855-8166

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value5/5
    3.7/5
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  • Spicy Lunch


    Craving some etouffee, so that meant a trip down to Pinellas Park to the Cajun Cafe.  We really enjoyed sitting on the back patio watching people drift by in their kayaks.  Loren got Mama Lynn’s supper with okra and a side salad.

    The Mama Lynn’s supper is just their etouffee sauce with rice.  The okra was a bit mushy this time.  I usually like it with a little more crunch.  My crawfish etouffee was mighty tasty though.

    They definitely don’t skimp on the crawfish.  Sometimes the sauce is fairly mild, sometimes it has a bit of a kick to it.  Today was one of those days where it had a spicy kick, but it was soooo good.  $31 with a drink and so worth the drive.

    Cajun Cafe on the Bayou
    8101 Park Blvd
    Pinellas Park, FL
    727-546-6732

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    3.6/5