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We ate lunch at Moe’s in Oldsmar today.  I’d never eaten at Moe’s before and I gotta say, I don’t anticipate eating there again anytime soon.  I definitely prefer the food at Tijuana Flats over what we ate today.

Loren got two tacos and I got a burrito, plus some chips and queso.

The queso was pretty good.  Just a little hint of jalapeno.  All the ingredients in my burrito were lukewarm at best.  For that matter, even our “Welcome to Moe’s” greeting when we walked in the door was rather lukewarm too.  There just wasn’t a lot of freshness going on here.  Total bill with a drink was $17.

Moe’s Southwest Grill
4011 Tampa Rd
Oldsmar, FL
(813) 891-6637

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  • Filed under: Mexican, Oldsmar
  • Quick Dinnner

    We just wanted something quick and inexpensive for dinner, so we headed over to Poblanos.  For a Saturday night, they weren’t very busy at all.  The last few times we’ve been here, they’ve sat us in the same booth.  We’re beginning to think of it as our booth.

    Loren dug right into the chips and salsa.

    Even though the salsa here isn’t chunky, he says it’s very flavorful.  They have a nice blend of ingredients that keeps him dipping until the entrees show up. 

    They are definitely fast moving food out of the kitchen.  This is probably one of the shortest waits we’ve had for food in a while.  Loren got a combo with a tostata and taco and I got the burrito deluxe.

    The food is just buried on the plate.  Mine had a shredded chicken burrito and a beef burrito under a mound of lettuce and sour cream.  It was ok.  You don’t really get any distinct flavors in a dish like this here.  It just all blends together.   Like I said, we came for quick and inexpensive.   Service wasn’t great tonight.  After dropping off our food, we never saw the waiter again.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

    Poblanos Mexican Grill
    245 McMullen Booth Road
    Clearwater, FL

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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican
  • Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant recently opened up in the space that was once Albertos and then Lonzalos in Oldsmar.  I am so happy now to have a Mexican restaurant close to work. 

    The menu had the typical fare with lunch specials under $10.  I went for the shrimp chimichanga which came with rice and beans.

    I enjoyed it.  It could have been fried a little longer to make it crispier, but the filling was very tasty.  It was covered with a white cheese sauce and all mixed together made for a tasty lunch.   I forgot to get a photo of my friend’s lunch.  She got a combo with a soft taco and chile relleno.  She said they tasted good, but didn’t realize the chile relleno had meat as well as cheese in it.  She thought it would just be cheese.  She also said the salsa was good.

    The service wasn’t that great though.  Our waiter spoke very softly, so it was difficult to understand him and once he dropped off our food, we didn’t see him again until we were finished.  Total was just under $10.  I’ll definitely be back to try some of the other dishes.

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant
    3970 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL

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  • Filed under: Mexican, Oldsmar
  • Labor Day

    The plan was to head out to Los Mexicanos in Tarpon Springs for dinner, but when we got there, we discovered they were closed for Labor Day.  Bummer.  So, we headed back down US 19 and since we were craving Mexican food, we stopped at Aunt Chilada’s instead. 

    They had the weekday buffet set up, so that’s what I ordered.

    Some things were definitely better than others on the buffet.  The tortillas were kind of hard, they’d definitely been sitting out too long.  Same with the refried beans and rice, they were in need of being refreshed.  The meatballs had a little bit of spiciness to them and there was a Mexican lasagne, for lack of a better description, that was pretty good.  Rounding out the buffet, was some taco meat and chopped chicken that weren’t anything special, plus a tomato based chicken dish which was pretty good. 

    Loren ordered the tacos carnitas.

    He liked it.  Lots of cilantro on top and the meat was tender and tasty.  Total bill was $23.

    Aunt Chilada’s
    34718 US Hwy 19 North
    Palm Harbor, FL

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    We had our Friday lunch meeting in our Conference Room, known to some as the Gulf Coast beaches of Pinellas County.  Cathy tells me I’m supposed to take photos of my food.  Meh.

    So, we got our lunch from the Kooky Coconut (which used to be the Tacky Turtle, for those of you who have been around here for a while).  Nice little sandwich and ice cream kinda joint.  They carry Working Cow ice cream, which is pretty awesome stuff, but we didn’t have any.  They do Cuban sandwiches and other types of sandwiches.  Fritz had a Cuban and didn’t like it because it wasn’t “authentic” enough for him.  They tried to jazz it up with better mustard, better pickles and fancy cheese.  Everybody knows a Cuban is all about plain ol’ mustard and crappy pickles!  I think they also buttered the bread, making it kinda greasy.  Idunno, I’m not a big fan of Cuban sandwiches, anyway.

    They recently expanded to include some Mexican fare on the menu, which is what Ash and I went with.  I got chicken tacos, Ash got a beef burrito.  Both came with chips and salsa.  I went with crispy corn tacos because that’s the way a taco should be.  “Soft tacos” are burritos!  The chicken tacos were very good.  I got them loaded, which included beans, cheese, black olives, salsa and who knows what else.  Nothing spectacular, but the chicken was freshly grilled and well-seasoned, and it put a smile on my face.  Ash wasn’t quite as wowed with his burrito, but seemed quite satisfied with it.  Looked good to me.  It was fat and stuffed with beef, rice, beans and stuff.  The chips were not fresh made, nor was the salsa, but they were adequate.

    All in all, we all ate for something like $6.95 each plus a drink.  There’s no way you can complain about what we got for the price!  Oh, and the Kooky Coconut now offers their patrons beach seating in their 6 “key lime green” chairs ON the beach, just inches from the water.  Perfect!

    Their website is dead, but they’re on Facebook! And Twitter!

    Kooky Coconut
    760 Gulf Blvd
    Indian Rocks Beach, FL
    (727) 517-1300

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