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If you haven’t been to Nauti-Nancy’s in Clearwater, I highly recommend that you head on over there and give your taste buds a treat.  The place looks like a little bar, but the food that comes out of that kitchen is just awesome.  Let’s face it, I’m a picky eater, but they manage to put a smile on my face every time we eat there.

We started off with the crab stuffed mushrooms.

Six little bundles of tasty crab and cheese.  Loren liked the horseradish dipping sauce, but I wasn’t going anywhere near it.  When we were looking at the specials tonight, I asked how spicy the shrimp creole was and the waiter brought out a sample.  It was tasty, but a little too spicy for me.  Loren ended up changing what he had planned to order and got it instead.  We were thinking that’s a great way to get people to order a dish.

The shrimp were cooked perfectly and the dish had a wonderful blend of flavors.  He cleaned his plate, but then again, so did I.  I got the Crab Stuffed Tilapia with spinach and hollandaise.

I’m always a bit leary about ordering fish because so many restaurants over cook it.  This was cooked perfectly.  The tilapia was tender and served over rice and a vegetable mix that I loved.  Eggplant, squash & mushrooms, plus the creaminess of the hollandaise.  It was delicious.  I all but licked the plate.

Then to top it off, there are the complimentary beingets.

Yum!  And here’s the kicker.  With a drink, the total bill was $34.  We spend more than that at so many restaurants and don’t leave near as satisfied.  Another thing I like is that they post their specials on their Facebook page.

Nauti-Nancy’s
700 Eldridge St
Clearwater, FL
(727) 446-3717

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
4.3/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Seafood
  • On a Whim


    Outback Steakhouse seems to always have a wait, but as we were driving by this afternoon on our way to another restaurant for lunch, the parking lot looked fairly empty so we made a quick U-turn and pulled in.  We were just ahead of the Sunday lunch crowd and able to get a table right away.

    The bread & salad make me happy here.  There’s just a touch of spice in their ranch dressing which I like especially mixed with the cool of the cucumbers.

    Loren went for one of their specials, a mixed grill with a 6 oz sirloin.

    The steak was cooked very nicely and the shrimp & scallops were also pretty good.  It came with a mango salsa that he seemed to enjoy as well.  I went for my tried & true favorite here, the Alice Springs chicken.

    I’m sure I’ve said it before, but it’s the honey mustard that really makes this dish for me.  The chicken was tender and the baked potato was good.  Even though I get this dish without the bacon, it’s still about a zillion calories of goodness.  No room for dessert today, so the total bill with a drink was $38.

    Outback Steakhouse
    31988 US Hwy 19 N
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-789-6283

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

    We went to the Botanical Gardens in Largo tonight to see the holiday lights display and stopped at Los Mariachis on the way home for dinner.

    Loren got the two taco dinner & I got the shrimp chimichangas.

    Both dishes were ok.  Pretty standard Mexican fare around here.  I would have preferred beans to rice with my dish, but I just stole some of Loren’s.  The chimichangas were cooked pretty well, though could have used just a little more crunch.  Overall, a pretty filling meal for $23.

    Los Mariachis
    9100 Ulmerton Rd
    Largo, FL
    727-584-9739

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: Largo, Mexican
  • We ate dinner at Cody’s in Clearwater tonight.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I should just order rolls and salad here and not bother with an entree anymore.  The last few times we’ve eaten here, it’s just been disappointing.

    Loren munches out on peanuts and I devour the yeast rolls.  Ok, he devours them too.

    These were fresh out of the oven and so delicious.  The cinnamon butter just puts them right over the top.  The salad is also yummy minus the onions.

    Loren ordered their 7 oz sirloin steak & shrimp special.

    He said it was ok, not great.  It lacked seasoning, but was cooked ok.  The garlic shrimp were also just ok.  I thought I ordered something that couldn’t be screwed up, a mushroom burger with baked potato.

    The bottom bun on this was soggy, not juice running off of the burger juicy, but actually soggy.  It was just gross.  By the time our waitress came back to the table, Loren was finished eating, so they just took it off the bill and instead charged me for a side salad.  Total bill was still $22.

    Cody’s Original Roadhouse
    26210 US 19 Clearwater, FL
    (727) 726-6800

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    Food2/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.0/5

    They Get It


    Always wanting to try new restaurants, we headed over to Dunedin tonight to eat at Bistro Atlantis.  It’s in the space where Walt’s Seasonal Cuisine used to be.  The menu is mostly Greek with a flair all their own.  Our waiter dropped off some bread and convinced us to try the Shrimp Atlantis appetizer.

    The bread was good, slightly warmed and the oil had a hint of herbs and garlic.  The appetizer was a great recommendation, their signature dish as it were.  The shrimp was placed on toast points with a creamy, garlicy white wine sauce.  We would have been happy just to have a bowl of the sauce to dip bread in.  It was yummy.  I could do without the shrimp tails as it made it difficult to eat, but overall, a win in the appetizer category.

    My first visit to any Greek restaurant, it’s a gimme that I’m ordering the pastitsio.

    It came with sauteed veggies, rice, and a potato wedge.   It didn’t wow me, so I’d probably order something different next time, but it was ok.  It was a fairly big piece and I ended up with leftovers.

    Loren tried the chicken Atlantis.

    The very tender chicken was in a creamy, garlicy sauce, similar to the appetizer, but with artichokes, capers, sun dried tomatoes, basil and served over angel hair pasta.  He really liked it and ended up with some leftovers too.

    Service was really good at the beginning, but sort of waned by the end of the meal.  The space could really use something to dampen the noise level.  It’s not a big room, has tile floors,  and when there’s a couple of big groups, it gets difficult to have a conversation.  Overall, though, this is one of those restaurants that, as Loren would say, “gets it”.  The food was fresh, had delicious flavors, was well seasoned, and they served some unique dishes you don’t see everywhere else.   Definitely a restaurant we’ll go back to.  Total bill with a drink was $49.

    Bistro Atlantis
    1140 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    727-733-1909

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.6/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Greek