We went over to Taverna Skara for dinner tonight. It was really empty for a Saturday night and you could almost feel the disappointment in the staff as they continually looked out the windows to see if any customers were heading toward the door. We’ve been here a couple of times before and every time, they bring something different to the table. Today it was bread and an olive spread.
The bread was thick and dense. Loren liked the olive spread. I’m not a fan of olives and even the smell was too strong for me. For so few customers in the restaurant, it seemed to take a really long time for our entrees to come out of the kitchen. Loren ordered the salmon salad.
He said the salmon was cooked well, but needed seasoning and his salad wasn’t dressed properly. It lacked flavor. I ordered the chicken lemonati.
With a name like “lemonati”, I expected an amazing burst of lemon flavor and to be honest, I almost didn’t order the dish, thinking the lemon may be overwhelming. Boy, was I wrong. There wasn’t even an inkling of lemon flavor in the chicken or mushroom sauce. The only thing that had any lemon flavor were the potatoes. I liked the mushrooms, but the chicken could have been a bit more tender. My salad was heavily dressed with vinegar. Loren ended up mixing some of it into his salad to try to get an even balance of dressing. Service was also a bit on the hit or miss side. Our waitress would disappear and someone else ended up clearing plates, getting our check and doing a lot of the customer service. We keep trying to give this place the benefit of the doubt, but they tend to underwhelm each time we visit. The loud thumping background music was also a bit on the annoying side and did not fit the atmosphere either. Overall, it was just a very mediocre meal for $31.
2454 McMullen Booth Rd
Always on the lookout for places we haven’t visited yet, we ended up at Pensare Italian Bistro in Dunedin for dinner tonight. The place was packed and really loud. We were seated in this little alcove and I felt like the sound just reverberated off the walls. Our waiter came over and explained the specials and brought bread and oil to the table.
The bread was warm and crusty and the dipping oil was very flavorful. We were optimistic about the rest of the meal only to be quickly disappointed when our appetizer arrived.
It was a fried platter of calamari, shrimp and zucchini. The calamari was thin and like rubber. The breading had no flavor whatsoever. The shrimp were overcooked and the zucchini was burnt. If our waiter had actually come back to the table in a reasonable amount of time, I would have sent it back. Salads came with our meal and we both got the mixed greens.
Loren likes mixed green salads, I’m not a fan. They also brought oil & vinegar to the table & you can have the waiter dress the salad or you can do it yourself. Eventually, our entrees came out. At this point, I felt like we had been there for quite a while. Loren ordered the Salmone Asparagi which was salmon in a lemon buerre-blanc sauce and asparagus.
He said it was pretty good. I found the sauce to be a bit too tart and sour for my tastes. I went for the pappardelle bolognese.
This was not a good dish. The pasta was undercooked and the sauce was flavorless. It was just very uninspiring. Our waiter disappeared at this point, I think he had tables out on the patio, so we didn’t see much more of him. My expectations were so low at this point that I didn’t even bother with dessert. We won’t be back. Total bill was $59 with a drink.
Pensare Italian Bistro
799 Highland Ave
My dining experiences at Rumba Island in Oldsmar have been going downhill for a while and tonight was no exception. They remodeled the interior since the last time we were there and now the entire restaurant is open to the bar area which made it a bit louder inside. Not sure how that’s going feel once the summer heat sets in. We started off with some grouper fritters and corn muffins.
The corn muffins were yummy as usual. That’s about the only consistent thing I’ve found here. The grouper fritters were ok, but a bit on the spicy side for me. Loren ordered a bacon cheeseburger.
He liked it. In fact, he usually has a pretty good experience with the food here. I’m the one that ends up with the wonky entrees. Tonight, I went for something I’ve had before with relative success, the BBQ salmon.
One bite was enough to tell me that the salmon was not fresh. I eat enough salmon to know that it shouldn’t have a fishy taste to it. And just to be certain that I wasn’t being overly critical, I had Loren taste it and he agreed. When the waiter finally came back to our table, I told him the fish wasn’t good. He said salmon is a very fishy tasting fish and I politely disagreed. If that’s what he thinks, then he’s obviously never had fresh salmon. They took it off the bill and the manager came out as well, but I sort of got the impression from him that he didn’t think there was anything wrong with the fish either. Total bill with a drink was $19.
Rumba Island Bar & Grill
3687 Tampa Road
We went back to Woodstock on 5th tonight in Safety Harbor. They were really busy and we ended up at one of the high top tables right next to the kitchen. It was really uncomfortable sitting on bar stools, the table was small and we could see & hear everything going on in and around the kitchen. I just felt cramped and crowded. We started off with the white bean chili again and Loren got a salad.
They also served it with pita bread and apple butter this time, which they didn’t the last. The chili was thinner this time, which was good. It was really thick the first time we had it. It seemed to have a lot more chicken in it as well. For his entree, Loren got the Molly Hatchet, which was a grilled swordfish.
It was served with arugula and a spicy tomato puree, but Loren didn’t think it was spicy at all. He wasn’t a big fan of the arugula, but said the swordfish was cooked perfectly. I went for the Janis Joplin.
This was a seared salmon on top of spinach, zucchini, corn, & red peppers. It also came with a potato pancake that was really dense and flavorless. I didn’t care for the tomato vinaigrette on it either. Too much vinegar and was way too sour for me. The salmon was perfectly cooked though.
Overall, I just found the experience to be very uncomfortable. There seems to be a lot of people working there which made it feel even more crowded in such a small space. Though we both enjoyed the fish, the items served alongside didn’t impress. Total bill with a drink was $54.
Woodstock on 5th
155 5th Ave N
Safety Harbor, FL
It was a dark and stormy night and sushi seemed like a perfect way to chase away the gloom. We headed over to Ocean Blue since it was close and I could hear the Super Crunchy calling to me.
Luckily Loren isn’t quite as enamored with it as I am, either that or he’s just afraid I’ll swat his hand away if he tries to eat too many pieces of it. I just love that roll. We also got a Mexican roll and a Rainbow roll. Both were delicious. Yeah, you didn’t think we stopped there, did you??
Loren had to have a spicy tuna and a Scott roll plus one more that I can’t remember. I think it was tuna or maybe salmon, either way, it was good. As always, everything was fresh and tasty. Loren also got a salad.
Oh, and remember that dark & stormy night? About the time we were finishing up, the sky opened up and a deluge of rain poured down. That could only mean that we had to order dessert, right?
Fried cheesecake is one of the strangest and tastiest desserts around. Soft and slightly frozen on the inside, crispy on the outside. Very tasty throughout. Finally the rain let up, our taste buds were happy, and our wallet was $62 lighter.
Ocean Blue Sushi Bar & Kaiko Japanese Restaurant
2475 McMullen Booth Road
We wandered around Universal Studios all morning and then decided to get lunch out on City Walk. We didn’t realize so many of the restaurants didn’t open until late afternoon. We finally ended up out on the patio at Pastamore. The waitress brought bread & dipping oil to the table first.
The bread was wonderful. Soft and warm and very tasty. The dipping oil, on the other hand was served in a rather large bowl and didn’t have any herbs in it. It was just odd. We started off with the fried calamari.
I felt the portion size was small for a $9 appetizer, but I had to remember we were in a theme park. Realistically, though, it was enough to share without totally spoiling our appetites for our entrees. The calamari was cooked well and had a nice crunchy exterior without being too chewy on the inside. The balsamic glaze and garlic aioli added a nice flavor, but the marinara sauce was pretty bland. Loren got the salmon salad.
He said the salmon was cooked perfectly and he enjoyed the salad. He likes olives and there were plenty in the salad. I went for the chicken marsala.
This was the lunch half portion, though to be honest, I didn’t realize that’s what I was ordering. Again, I had to remember theme park prices. The chicken was very tender and the pasta was just the right tenderness. The dish could have used a bit more of the marsala sauce, but overall, it was pretty tasty. I was also craving chocolate, so we settled on the chocolate sabayon for dessert.
It was a pretty little plate with a very tasty raspberry sauce. It was a light and fluffy sort of dessert, just what I was craving. Total bill with a drink was $47.
6000 Universal Blvd
Always on the lookout for new places to eat, we ended up at Southern Fresh in downtown Safety Harbor for dinner tonight. They’re in the building across from the post office that used to house Brady’s BBQ, then Lulu’s. It’s a small space inside, but way too cold to eat outside tonight, though their patio area is very nice with a fire pit out front. The menu isn’t very big, though everything we tried was pretty tasty.
Loren started out with the BLT soup.
His first reaction was that it was a soup that tasted like a sandwich. He was really surprised and pleased with the taste. The combination of tomato, bacon, shallots, and romaine was completely reminiscent of a BLT sandwich. He’d definitely order it again. Everything is made fresh here, so there was a bit of a wait for our entrees. Loren got the salmon salad.
The salmon was cooked well and he liked the capers in the salad which added a unique little salty twist to the dish. He said it all mixed well with the candied lemon zest on top. I went for the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and roasted veggies.
The chicken was perfectly cooked. Nice & crispy on the outside and moist and delicious inside. My only criticism is that it could have used more seasoning. I found it to be just a little on the bland side. The mashed potatoes were peppery and could have really used some gravy. The veggies were a mix of carrots, brussel sprouts, onions, and zucchini. They had two desserts available tonight, so we got one of each.
The strawberry shortcake was on a sponge cake and had a fresh, not-too-sweet strawberry sauce on it. Loren scarfed the entire thing. I happily enjoyed my banana pudding. Overall, it was a very enjoyable meal. Total bill with a drink was $43.
122 3rd Ave N
Safety Harbor, FL
Loren was craving a steak tonight, so we headed out to the Longhorn in Palm Harbor. The wait was about 40 minutes, but we figured anywhere we went on a Friday at 6pm was going to be busy. The Longhorn currently has a Steakhouse Dinner for Two deal going on. It includes an appetizer or dessert, salads, and two entrees for $25. While we waited on our appetizer, we dug into the bread.
This is the way bread should be. It was warm and slightly chewy and oh so yummy. We just kept eating more & more of it. Luckily, our calamari appetizer arrived before we completely stuffed ourselves on bread.
The calamari was cooked pretty well, but any longer in the fryer and it would have been tough. It had a nice crunch and the smoky tomato ranch dipping sauce was awesome! I need to figure out how to make that at home.
They really had the timing down perfectly tonight. As soon as we finished our appetizer, the salads came right out and our entrees were served just as the waiter was clearing the salad plates. As busy as they were, I was happily surprised to not be sitting around wondering where our food was. Loren went for the Renegade steak & baked potato.
He said the steak wasn’t quite tender enough, but was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The 6 oz size was just the right amount for him too. I went for the salmon with a side of sweet potato bites.
I’ve found my new favorite side dish. These things were amazing. They had a sweet, maple syrupy aroma, but had the texture of a tater tot. It was almost like a butterscotch candy, but not overly sweet. Yummy! The salmon was perfectly cooked and very good. The only thing I didn’t like was the rice. It was way too spicy for me. I don’t know what kind of peppers were mixed into it, but I took one bite and my mouth was not happy.
We don’t go to too many chain restaurants, but we both agreed that this was one of the better dining experiences we’ve had recently. The restaurant was large and crowded, but they’ve figured out how to control the noise level so we could carry on a conversation. The service was attentive, but not intruding. Each course was served and plates were cleared in a timely manner and the food was very good. Total bill with a drink was $30.
35645 US Highway 19
Palm Harbor, FL
We went to a holiday dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Westshore Plaza with about a dozen people. The only reservation they could get was at 4:30pm, but we didn’t get out of there until around 8:30pm. I didn’t take any photos during the meal, but still wanted to comment on the food.
The bread on the table was soft and chewy and very good. We also got the fried calamari, fried zucchini, stuffed mushrooms and mussels for appetizers. I didn’t try the mussels, but the people who did seemed to really enjoy them. The zucchini was very good. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I’d definitely order it again. Both the stuffed mushrooms and calamari were good too. I think everyone at the table was full before our entrees came out.
Loren got the salmon oscar and really liked it. The salmon was cooked well and the crab and sauce on top had some wonderful flavors. I ordered the mushroom ravioli with braised veal in a marsala cream sauce. It was delicious. From the first bite to the last, the textures and flavors just danced in my mouth. It was yummy. Everyone at the table seemed to really enjoy the food. We also got dessert which I ended up taking over half of it home because it was huge.
This is what was left after Loren & I ate some and we gave some to another person at the table. It was a huge piece of chocolate cake with a Sambuca mousse. It was moist and rich and very chocolatety; however, I probably wouldn’t order it again. I didn’t know what Sambuca was before I ordered it (an anise flavored liqueur), but it seems that both Loren & I had the same reaction to it. It numbed the roof of my mouth and my tongue. It was a very odd feeling.
There were a few issues with the evening. There was one entree that didn’t come out until almost everyone was halfway through eating. I guess it got overcooked in the kitchen, so they had to prepare a new one. The restaurant is very loud and parking is a small nightmare, but granted this was the Friday before Christmas. I don’t know what the final bill was, but it wasn’t cheap. The prices are a bit on the high side, but the food was really good. We don’t get over to that part of Tampa very often, but we’d definitely eat at Maggiano’s again.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
203 Westshore Plz
We ate dinner at Rumba Island in Oldsmar tonight. When the waiter came to our table, he told us we were his first customers ever. At first I was a little scared, but I gotta say, he did better than most of the wait staff we’ve had recently. Have I mentioned that I love the corn muffins here?
I ordered off of the early bird menu and got the BBQ salmon with mashed sweet potatoes and rice.
I really enjoyed this dish. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the BBQ sauce was sweet and tangy. Loren got the blackened hogfish with greens and mashed potatoes. It also came with a salad.
He said it was a bit on the spicy side, but cooked very nicely. I felt the need for something chocolatey, so we split the smores brownie.
Loren thought the chocolate sauce was overkill, but I liked it. It had toasted marshmallow on top the brownie. This was probably one of the best meals I’ve eaten here. Total bill with a drink was $34.
Rumba Island Bar & Grill
3687 Tampa Road
We decided to give Bella Kouzina another try, but unfortunately, this visit wasn’t any better than the last. It started with the fried calamari.
We order calamari almost every place that has it on the menu, so I think I’m a pretty good judge of how it should taste. This was just beyond chewy and had no flavor whatsoever. When the waitress stopped by and asked how it was, I told her it was chewy. She looked at me and said, “But, it’s calamari.” I’m guessing she’s just never had calamari cooked the right way before. She took it back to the kitchen and we heard someone say “drop another order of calamari”. Since nothing else was said as to cooking it differently, we ended up sending the second batch back as well & they took it off our check. The waitress said they must have just gotten a bad shipment. Personally, we both thought they just didn’t have the oil at the right temperature, so it was getting overcooked. But, on to the soups.
Loren got the clam chowder and I got the pasta fagioli. His had a decent flavor, but it wasn’t thick and creamy. My first bite tasted like baked beans and each subsequent bite had sort of a metallic taste when it hit my tongue. Loren said he could taste what I was tasting as well. The bread, however, was the highlight of the meal for me.
Loren ordered the salmon Cleopatra which had artichokes, celery and mushrooms in a white wine lemon sauce.
He said it was ok. At first, he didn’t like the sauce on it. I tasted it and thought it just tasted like olive oil with a little bit of lemon in it. His dish also came with pasta. He said it was overcooked and the sauce wasn’t great. I decided to try the pastitsio.
Again, this is a dish I order at most Greek restaurants, so I expect certain flavors. This one didn’t deliver. Instead of being cooked as one large dish and portioned out, it looks like an individual serving was made. The pasta wasn’t drained properly, so there was water in the bottom of the bowl. The meat filling had no flavor and the pasta sauce was tart. It hadn’t cooked anywhere near long enough to develop any decent flavors. This was a pretty disappointing meal for $29.
3101 SR 580
Safety Harbor, FL
Believe it or not, I think we actually ordered the right amount of sushi from Mike’s Sushi this time. Either that or we were both really hungry. The “Ooops” came when I tried to pick up a piece of the Rainbow roll only to discover the roll hadn’t been sliced. We both started laughing and when the sushi chefs saw it, they started making jokes about how it’s a new way to eat sushi, just pick it up like a candy bar and bite off the end. I think the whole restaurant got a good chuckle out of it.
As for the sushi, everything was really fresh and tasty.
The shrimp in the Mexican Roll was fried perfectly and the fish in all of the other rolls was very good. Besides the Rainbow & Mexican rolls, we got a scallop roll, a Pink Dragon which is a California roll topped with salmon, a Crazy Roll which is spicy tuna with avocado, crunch & smelt roe, and a “make your own” with tuna, salmon, avocado and cucumber.
I know I say the same thing every time we come here, but it’s just worth noting that we really enjoy those sushi restaurants that don’t drench everything in sauces. It’s those pure, clean flavors that tickle the taste buds and at least with this visit, tickled the funny bone a bit too. Total bill with a drink & a salad was $57.
33855 Us-19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
Loren & I headed over to MecaFresh for lunch today. They had a chicken and portobello special that sounded good to me, so I gave it a try with a bowl of lobster bisque.
The description of this sandwich was chicken and portobello mushrooms with onions and a mayo aioli. Unfortunately for me, there was a rather important key word left out of that aioli description… horseradish. After a few bites, I realized there was horseradish in the sauce, but by then, the damage was already done. That burning sensation built up in my sinuses and grew into a lovely headache that lasted for the next 6 hours. Did I mention that horseradish is evil? I don’t mind the taste of it at all, the panini was actually very tasty and I did eat it all. There was no point in stopping after those first few bites, but I did regret it for the rest of the day. And though the lobster bisque here is quite tasty, they’ve been surpassed by the bowl we had at La Trattatoria in Dunedin.
Loren got a half roast beef sandwich & salmon salad.
His had the same mayo aioli on it, but he likes it and doesn’t have the reaction that I have to horseradish. He said the salad was a little wilted, but overall it was good. MecaFresh is also now offering free frozen yogurt with the purchase of an entree.
My guess is they’re now competing with the Green Market Cafe that also offers free yogurt with a meal. They only had vanilla, but for frozen yogurt, it was pretty good. Total bill was $19 with a drink.
3235 Tampa Road
Palm Harbor, FL
I was off work today for MLK Day, so we headed into Dunedin and ate lunch at Tom Yum Thai & Sushi. This is one of those places that I really like. The service and food are both very good.
Our lunches started off with a little salad and soup.
I liked the dressing on the salad and the chicken & rice soup had a nice flavor. They even brought mine out without scallions since I had asked them not to put scallions on my pad thai. I really like places that make that connection.
Loren got the spicy tuna bowl for lunch.
It was a beautiful color and he liked the dish. He said it wasn’t killer spicy, which was good and there was plenty of tuna on the plate. I ordered the Pad Thai bento box.
Besides the Pad Thai, it had an egg roll, California roll, three pieces of sushi & three pieces of sashimi. The fish, tuna, salmon & escolar, was really fresh and tasty. Everything on the plate was good and it was definitely too much for me to eat in one sitting. For $23, definitely one of the tastier lunches we’ve had in a while.
Tom Yum Thai & Sushi
104 Patricia Ave
Rumba Island Bar & Grill finally opened in Oldsmar. It was really busy for a Saturday night with a 40 minute wait when we called. We asked to get our name on the waiting list only to find out when we got there that they weren’t supposed to take call ahead seating. Luckily, they went ahead & seated us right away though.
Our waitress was very friendly and promptly took our order and brought drinks & corn muffins.
I found it odd that our drinks were served in cheap plastic cups. Definitely doesn’t match the vibe of the place. The corn muffins were addictively warm & tasty. Though they have some hot peppers in them, I hardly got any heat at all (which is a good thing for me). My dinner came with a salad which was really skimpy by most standards.
It was a sad looking salad plate, but the dressing was tasty. We also ordered calamari for an appetizer.
The calamari desparately lacked seasoning. My first bite was terribly bland. Once we salted it and started dipping it in the sauce, it was much better. It was actually cooked very well with just the right amount of crunch and texture.
Loren ordered the Salmon Rumba Salad.
He ordered the salmon slightly blackened and really enjoyed the dish. I ordered the Mahi Ochos Rios.
The mahi was cooked very well; however, the hollandaise sauce on top was too spicy for me. The menu only said hollandaise, so I was expecting a very mild sauce. The crabmeat stuffing underneath was pretty tasty. I also got coconut rice and sweet potatoes for sides. Both of which were tasty. Overall, we enjoyed the experience. Was it perfect? No, but they haven’t been open very long and there were enough good things to outweigh the bad. Our waitress was great about filling drinks and keeping track of things at the table. Total bill was $39.
Rumba Island Bar & Grill
3687 Tampa Road
On our fourth day of vacation we headed over to Brevard to see some waterfalls and stopped for lunch at The Falls Landing. The downtown area of Brevard had lots of little shops and cafes and I’m glad we ended up where we did. The food, service and atmosphere were wonderful here. This is another one of those restaurants that “gets it”.
We started off with a bowl of clam chowder.
It had a wonderful creamy texture and flavor. One of those dishes where after the first bite, Loren kept trying to slide it closer and closer to his side of the table. For his entree, he ordered the salmon BLT with a side salad.
He immediately declared that bacon and salmon are a wonderful combination. The salmon was cooked perfectly and he was one happy guy. I ordered the French Dip with fries.
This was also very tasty and the au jus was perfect. So many places make it way too salty, but this was just right. The fries were addictive. Once I heard the list of desserts, there just wasn’t any way that I was passing up the molten chocolate lava cake.
Warm, moist chocolate cake oozing with chocolate sauce, plus some vanilla ice cream and whipped cream and I was one happy gal. I definitely needed to do more hiking to walk off this lunch. If you’re in Brevard, definitely give this place a try. Total bill with a drink was $35.
The Falls Landing
18 East Main St
We’ve driven by Mike’s Sushi in Palm Harbor quite a few times, but never went in because of the name. We just couldn’t picture a guy named Mike making awesome sushi. What we didn’t realize, until we looked up the website, is that Mike is a Japanese gentleman whose name is just difficult to pronounce so he goes by Mike instead. I’m so glad we decided to give it a try because the sushi and atmosphere were both great.
From the moment we walked in, we were greeted with friendly hellos and smiles from the entire staff. It’s not a very big restaurant, but they had quite a few people working there which meant drinks were kept filled and empty plates were removed quickly.
Loren started off with a salad and they also brought over some sprouts.
For sushi, we ordered a Rainbow roll, a Mexican roll, a Special Scallops roll, a Spicy Salmon roll, a Lobster roll, and a “make your own roll”, plus two pieces of salmon. Surprisingly, we ate every last bit of it.
I liked being able to create my own roll. I chose salmon, tuna, avocado, cucumber and mayo. It was tasty.
The fish on all of the rolls was very fresh. One of the things I really liked about this place is that they didn’t drown everything in goopy sauces, so you could actually taste the freshness of the fish. Another nice touch is that they had a bottle of eel sauce on the table, which I like way more than soy sauce. Loren said the spicy salmon was spicy enough to be enjoyable but not overpowering. Both the lobster & shrimp were cooked perfectly.
We’ve been to a few places where they slice the rolls very thick, making them difficult to eat in one bite. Here, you got 10 thinner pieces which were much easier to just pop in your mouth. There really wasn’t anything about this experience that I didn’t like. It’s definitely on our list of sushi places to try again. Total bill with a drink was $58.
33855 Us-19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
We ate dinner at Currents in Tarpon Springs tonight. It’s a little restaurant on the corner of Tarpon Ave and Safford. We had made reservations for 6:30pm, but the restaurant wasn’t very busy when we arrived.
They have a very small menu and had a few specials tonight as well. The waitress started us off with some bread.
I liked it, but as always, I would have preferred that it had been served warm. It was a very dense bread, but soft. Our entrees came with salads with a very tasty balsamic vinaigrette on it.
We ordered a cup of the crab/lobster bisque and a cup of the soup of the day, a mushroom soup. There’s no photo because we never got the soup. I’m pretty sure the waitress wrote it down when we ordered, but it never made it to the table and I really find that inexcusable. The restaurant was not very busy, and as far as I could tell, our waitress only had one other table. She apologized, but didn’t bother to mention it to the owner, who stopped by our table as we were paying the check and was surprised when we mentioned it.
For our entrees, Loren ordered one of the specials tonight, which was wahoo with rice and asparagus and a mustard sauce.
He said the fish was slightly overcooked and overall, the entire dish was very bland. He said he forgot he was eating a mustard based sauce since it had very little mustard flavor. I ordered the salmon with mashed potatoes, roasted corn, mushrooms, and spinach.
Though my fish was cooked fine, overall, my dish lacked seasoning as well. Whenever we go to a restaurant with a small menu, we hope for wonderful, flavorful things out of those few dishes. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t the case here. It was ok, but for the $44 we spent, we would have been much happier with the flavorful dishes at Cafe Zante across the street and we would have received everything we ordered.
200 E Tarpon Ave
Tarpon Springs, FL
We were in the mood for sushi tonight, so we headed over to Ban Thai on McMullen Booth. Even on a Sunday night, the restaurant was pretty busy, but we were able to get a booth without a wait.
Since it was pretty darn cold out, we both got some soup; Loren got the chicken and rice, I got the wonton.
Both of them were tasty. Mine had a lot of sprouts in it that I ate around, but the wontons were very flavorful.
Did we order too much sushi? Of course we did.
This behemoth is the lobster roll. In the rolls, there’s tempura lobster, avocado, lettuce, and cucumber. There’s also half a lobster tail on top. I love this roll. It’s enough for a meal in itself. It also has some mayo and eel sauce on it, so Loren doesn’t like it all that much, but that just means more for me.
We also got a Mexican roll, a California roll, and a Rainbow roll, plus some salmon. The spicy mayo on the Mexican roll was just a bit too spicy for me this time. The California roll was very fresh and flavorful. Loren even commented on how we get that roll at most sushi places and that it’s so refreshing when it really stands out. The Rainbow roll was also very good. The salmon and tuna were very fresh.
Total bill was $56. I do think the sushi is a bit more expensive here, but it’s usually well worth it.
Ban Thai Restaurant
2519 McMullen Booth Road
Went to Boston Cooker for dinner tonight. Hmmm… guess what I was in the mood for? Sure, the yeast rolls are awesome, but it’s the Ipswich clams that keep me coming back for more.
They’re just so yummy. Crunchy on the outside, soft and flavorful on the inside. The batter doesn’t detract from the taste of the whole belly clams. It’s a taste of my childhood in New England.
Loren got the cedar plank salmon special.
It was on a bed of spinach with a lemon sauce on top. He enjoyed it. The fish was cooked just right, light and flavorful.
The only downside to the meal was where we were sitting. We were in the path to the kitchen and everytime someone passed by Loren’s chair, they ended up hitting it.
We tried their chocolate silk pie for dessert.
It was ok. Not the best I’ve had, but it finished off a yummy meal nicely. Total bill was $46.
3705 Tampa Road Unit 6