Had lunch at Little Greek in Palm Harbor today. Normally I get a gyro, but decided to try something different so I ordered the moussaka which came with soup or salad. I opted for the lemon soup.
I’ve tried the Greek lemon soup at several places, and this one’s pretty good. It’s not so tart that you pucker when you eat it. It has just the right amount of lemon flavor and the rice was cooked to a good texture as well.
The moussaka had great flavor, but not a lot of curb appeal.
The bechamel sauce had a grey tinge to it. It just didn’t look good, but it tasted great. I liked that they served the sauce on the side, so the dish didn’t get buried in it. The rice wasn’t cooked enough for me.
Loren ordered the lite chicken souvlaki with Greek salad.
He really enjoyed it. The chicken was tender and had good flavors. We really got a lot of food for $20.
320 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL
We headed over to Dunedin tonight to Tom Yum Thai & Sushi on Patricia Ave. We’re seeing some of the effects of Tropical Storm Bonnie right now and there’s nothing better on a rainy night than some soup.
Loren ordered the rice soup and I got the chicken coconut soup.
I think I’ve found my new favorite soup. It was a very thin soup, but had amazing depth of flavors. It had coconut milk, lemongrass, galanga, kaffir leaves and lime juice with fresh mushrooms and chicken. I’ll definitely be back for the soup again.
Loren ordered the siam chicken at the recommendation of the waitress.
It was four pieces of chicken in a mild Thai chili sauce plus some veggies and rice. He ate half of it and took the rest home. This was definitely enough for two meals.
I ordered some sushi. A Mexican roll, a dragon roll, and some salmon.
The sushi was really good. I especially liked the dragon roll. The avacado was very fresh and tasty. Total dinner was $45.
Tom Yum Thai & Sushi
104 Patricia Ave
If you haven’t checked out www.Restaurant.com, you’re missing out on some great discounts at local restaurants. We found a $25 coupon to Lonzalo’s on there today and headed out for some Italian food.
We’ve eaten here a few times. They didn’t seem very busy for a Saturday night, but not having to wait for a table is always a good thing. We had one waitress come by the table and say that she’d be right with us, but then she never came back. Eventually, another waitress took over our table and brought us some bread.
The bread was warm, but it was very dense and a little chewy. There was just something about it that wasn’t quite right. It had a little too much elasticity for my taste.
Our meals came with soup or salad, so we got one of each.
The pasta fagioli had a nice tomato flavor to it and lots of beans. There were definitely more beans than pasta in it. We also got the calamari.
The calamari had a good texture and the batter was nice and crunchy; however, the plate had a lot of small pieces on it, some of it just fried batter. I just felt as though I spent a lot of time searching for the actual calamari pieces.
Loren ordered the Salmon Lonzalo, which was one of the specials tonight.
Salmon with artichokes and capers in a lemon sauce. He enjoyed it and even had some leftovers. Both our meals came with a side order of pasta that was enough for a meal in itself.
Unfortunately, neither of us liked the tomato sauce. I don’t know how to describe it, just that it had an odd flavor to it. I kept thinking along the lines of nutmeg or allspice, but I’m not sure that’s it. It just didn’t wow us.
For my entree, I ordered the chicken portobello.
The flavor wasn’t much different from their chicken marsala though this was supposed to have a sherry sauce on it. It was tasty. Two big pieces of chicken and plenty of portobellos covered in mozzarella cheese. The mushrooms were a little chewy, but overall it was a good dish. I had leftovers as well.
After the $25 coupon, the total bill was $20.
Lonzalo’s of Oldsmar
3970 Tampa Road
Went to Miami to run the “12 Hours of Miami” race at Homestead International Raceway this weekend. On the way there from Tampa, we had brunch at a Cracker Barrel. It was good, but it’s Cracker Barrel… you either like Cracker Barrel or you don’t, but I ain’t blogging about it! We also ate at the same Cracker Barrel again on the way home Sunday, it was good then, too. Saturday, we had an early breakfast at Denny’s (conveniently next door to our hotel, which was curiously not a “La Quinta”, which I was sure was Spanish for “next to Denny’s”), and it was pretty good… it’s about the only thing that Denny’s does well. Somebody made a Wendy’s run for chicken sandwiches during the race… any food is awesome after 2 hours behind the wheel of a race car, and that was no exception. And late, late after the race Saturday night, we ate dinner at Denny’s… which was marginal at best, but what else are you gonna do when you’re hungry at 11pm?
Ah, but there was one meal that stood out! Friday night, we had time to kill, it was early, and we were hungry. We made our way to a seafood joint down the street from the hotel after searching for some Puerto Rican place that apparently burned down and was nowhere to be found. The place was a tad fancier than we were dressed for, but it’s Florida, and we figured we probably wouldn’t be the only t-shirt wearing racers to stroll in there this evening. (and we weren’t)
The menu was loaded with awesome-sounding seafood dishes. Lots of fresh fish, some steaks, just all-around good stuff. But, it was all a little pricey. Not much under about $16-18. But, then the waitress reminded us of their $9.99 specials. While a nice bronzed Mahi sounded really good… for about half the price, steak and shrimp sounded better. Two of us went with that. Everyone else got seafood dishes.
Of course, the two of us who did the $9.99 steak special also bit on the conch chowder without realizing that it was a $7 bowl of soup! So, we ended up spending $17 on dinner, anyway. But, let’s back up a little. First, there was bread…
It was really good bread! A light crunchy crust on the outside, soft, warm and delicious on the inside. As you probably know from reading this blog, if *I* bother to comment on the bread, it’s GOOD bread. Then our conch chowder showed up in these neat little pewter pots that kept it piping hot. We both agreed that we could have just eaten the soup and some bread and been good for the night. It was a good-sized bowl of soup and very hearty.
The entrees came without too much of a wait. Seeing the $9.99 special next to the other entrees made it clear what the difference was. Our steak and shrimp came with fries rather than a choice of two fresh sides, and didn’t have that “gourmet” look about it. I should have passed the camera around the table to get photos of the other dishes, as they all looked very good. The specials weren’t bad, but to be fair, they’re not what I would judge this restaurant on.
The shrimp were well-cooked, good crunchy batter and with a decent sauce. The fries were fries. Absolutely nothing special about those fries. The steak was surprisingly good, even though they overshot “medium” and went right into “medium well”. The beef was tender and juicy, can’t complain for the price.
I just looked this place up on Urban Spoon to find some weak reviews and a low “like” percentage. All I can say is, if you go here, plan on spending $20-25 per entree. You can get cheap here, but you get what you pay for. Spend the money and you won’t be disappointed!
11 SE 1st Ave
A couple of guys at work have been raving about the Grandma’s pizza at Corteo’s in Palm Harbor so it was time for me to check it out and see what all the fuss was about.
We started out with some soup, salad and bread.
The pasta e fagioli was good, but needed a little salt. It had two kinds of pasta in it, a small tube pasta which I normally see in the dish as well as some noodles like you’d see in chicken noodle soup. The veggies and beans were a little mushy, but I kinda like it that way. The bread had a wonderful flavor to it, but would have been so much better fresh out of the oven instead of reheated.
We settled on a Grandma’s pizza with mushrooms and meatballs.
It only comes in one size, a 16″ x 16″ square. My hats off to the guys at work, this pizza was awesome. The crust was crispy and the chunky tomato sauce was amazing. You tasted basil and garlic and the meatballs had a wonderful flavor too. Everything had a homemade, fresh taste almost as if my Italian Grandma was back there in the kitchen with them.
We had plenty of leftovers which will make for an awesome lunch tomorrow. I also ordered a cannoli to go.
It was a little disappointing. The filling was good, but the shell wasn’t crispy enough. Overall though, a wonderful meal for $30. We’ll definitely be back to visit Grandma again. It’s going to be hard to not order a pizza every time we go, but I’d love to try to the pasta too.
Corteo’s Pizza and Pasta
32922 US Hwy 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL