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We went back to Pico Rojo tonight because we had a $10 coupon only to find out they’re no longer accepting any coupons. 

We ordered the whole chicken meal which came with 4 sides.

The rice and beans were good, the fried cheese, not so much.  It was rubbery and didn’t have any flavor whatsoever.

I liked the cole slaw, it had a nice tangy flavor.  I didn’t like the plantains though.  They were kind of tough.  The chicken, however, was as good as we remembered it from the last time we were here.  It has a nice texture and flavor.  And we also had to get the chicken empanadas.

This is just one of the tastiest empanadas around.  So many different flavors going on inside.   Total dinner was $30, but we had quite a bit of leftovers.

Pico Rojo
2475 McMullen Booth Rd, Ste E
Clearwater, FL
727-474-3826

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

Thai Again


Sometimes I just don’t want to go grocery shopping, so it makes it difficult to bring my lunch to work.  Today it just seemed easier to grab something from Amarit Thai.

I really enjoyed the mussamun curry I had last time, so I wanted to try it again, this time with shrimp instead of chicken.

You definitely get more chicken than shrimp.  There were only 4 shrimp in the dish and a bunch of onions.  I really enjoy the flavors though.  It’s almost sweet with a wonderful coconut and lemongrass flavor. 

Loren got his usual, the ginger chicken.

It’s one of his favorite dishes.  For $20, it was a warm and tasty lunch and kept me from having to go to the grocery store for another day.

Amarit Thai
328 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 789-9186

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Food4/5
Service5/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.3/5
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  • Poblano’s is another one of those local places we eat at a lot.  It’s close, it’s inexpensive, and we’re usually pretty happy with the food.  We’ve been having some issues with the service lately though.  I don’t know if they’ve hired new staff or what, but they definitely need some more training.

    Loren ordered the Carnitas Verdes.

    Tender pork in a tomato based sauce.  He enjoyed it.  I ordered one shrimp chimichanga with refried beans.

    It was really good.  The chimichanga was crispy this time (last time I ordered it, it was more like a burrito).  It had some queso on it and a layer of onions and peppers on the plate, plus lettuce, guacamole, and sour cream. 

    Our waitress never came back to check drinks and Loren’s glass was empty for a while.  She was really slow about bringing the check and then coming back to take the payment.  She had also asked if I wanted rice or the salad with my meal, I said rice, but got the salad.  I don’t think it was actually an option.  Total meal was $22.  We like the food, so we’ll definitely be back, but hopefully the service will improve.

    Poblanos Mexican Grill
    245 McMullen Booth Road
    Clearwater, FL
    727-796-7080

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  • We got out of work early today for the holiday weekend and bought tickets for the 2pm showing of Eclipse.  Yeah, my friend Cathy and I are Twilighters.  It was raining so we wanted something warm and cozy for lunch so we headed over to Amarit Thai.

    We both got curry dishes.  She got the peanut curry and I got a yellow curry.  I can’t remember the name of it, something like massaman, but it came with potatoes and onions.

    This has probably been one of my most favorite curry dishes so far.  I got it mild, but it had a wonderful, almost sweet coconut, lemongrass flavor.  It was awesome.  I will definitely be back and order this dish again.  For under $10 each, we were warmed from the rain and ready for an afternoon at the movies.

    Amarit Thai
    328 East Lake Road
    Palm Harbor, FL
    (727) 789-9186

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  • No, really!

    On our way home from the track today, Jeff and I stopped in Ocala for dinner.  Jeff popped up Urban Spoon and picked out a well-ranked place in the appropriate price range, and off we went.  I used to live very near Ocala when I was younger (in the early 80’s!), imagine my surprise to see that Ocala now has an “old town” district with a bunch of nice restaurants!  After a little circling and some odd right-turn-from-the-left-lane action from Jeff, we found a place to park and we walked across the street to this place called Harry’s Seafood.

    Just as we were crossing the street, at least 3 parties of 4-6 people walked in the door right ahead of us!  But, it was 5:30, so they weren’t packed yet, and we didn’t have to wait for our table for two.  A quick look at the menu revealed that Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grill has the tagline of “A New Orleans Style Restaurant”.  Cool!

    We figured out why the crowd was rolling in at 5:30, too.  They have a 4-6pm “early bird” menu (they call it something else, but that’s what it is) with some very reasonable prices on it!

    So, we ordered some typical cajun fare with not a lot of great expectations, this being Ocala and all.  Our waiter was quick with our drinks and did a good job of keeping them topped up and taking care of us in general.  While we were waiting for our entrees, we got bread.  Now, I’m not a huge bread fan.  I often don’t even bother tasting it, but if it’s good and/or has something good to dip it in, I’ll enjoy it.  This bread was AWESOME!  Very fresh, just a little crispy on the outside, and oh-so-tasty with a spread of their delicious herbed butter.  We had to get a second loaf, it was so good!

    Our entrees arrived VERY quickly.  Jeff’s comment was “did I order yet?”  But, there it was.  His steaming plate of Crawfish Etouffe, which looked and smelled great!  He commented on it being a bit spicy… of course he dumped some of the Harry’s-branded hot sauce that was on the table on there, anyway.  I ordered the Jambalaya, which had ample portions of shrimp, smoked sausage and chicken and was pretty darned tasty, if I do say so myself!  Not “hot”, but definitely spicy.  We both ordered off of the “early” menu, which is smaller portions than what’s on the regular menu, and neither of us could imagine needing more food than we got.  I even boxed up about 1/3 of mine to take home. (could have eaten it… just wanted to enjoy it later)

    I guess Jeff picked up from Urban Spoon that this place is supposed to have an incredible mud pie, and he couldn’t live without trying it.  It’s like a coffee-flavored ice cream cake with a crisp layer of chocolate on top and who knows what else.  I was kinda turned off by the coffee (not a fan) and wasn’t going to try it.  But, it was HUGE, and Jeff didn’t get too far past half-way with it.  Being ice cream, he couldn’t take it home… so, I tried a bite.  To my pleasant surprise, the coffee flavor was very mild and with the giant mound of whipped cream on the side… well, let’s just say there wasn’t a lot left on the plate!

    We got out of there for about $35 with extremely happy tastebuds and full bellies.  Too bad it’s so far away, I’d go back here often!

    Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grill
    24 SE 1st Ave
    Ocala, FL

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