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Quick lunch at Craft Street Kitchen.  We’re here almost every weekend.  Today Loren tried one of this month’s specials, the Nashville chicken tacos and I went with the knife & fork BLT.

The chicken tacos had a bit of spice in the batter, but the vinegar sauce that comes with it was very spicy.  The waitress recommended getting it on the side and it’s a good thing she did.  He put a little bit on the chicken and that was plenty.  The knife & fork BLT has fried green tomatoes, bacon, corn, avocado, onions and a little bit of red peppers on it.  It was a tasty lunch for $22.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL

Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • Casa Tina

    We hadn’t been to Casa Tina in a while, so we headed over there for dinner tonight.  We remember when it was just a small, cramped restaurant.  They’ve expanded several times now and the place was loud and crowded, but at least we didn’t have to wait for a table.

    We started off with the nachos minus the jalapenos.

    These are just bean & cheese nachos with a little sour cream.  They’re good, but there are a lot more chips than available beans & cheese.  Loren ordered the Tacos Guadalajara.

    He got one pork and one carne.  He said he liked the pork one better, but it’s all about the sauces.  There’s a jalapeno, a smokey one, and one that he said had a hint of habanero, but it wasn’t too hot.  I ordered the chicken flutes.

    I asked for the salsa & guac to be on the side, but that didn’t happen.  Otherwise, this is my favorite dish here.  The flutes are crispy on the outside, but the chicken and cheese on the inside is tender, flavorful and yummy.  We’ll definitely try to sit on the outside patio next time because it was so loud inside that you could barely have a conversation.  Total bill with a drink was $45.

    Casa Tina
    365 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    (727) 734-9226

    Casa Tina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican
  • Blaze

    After a day of hiking, we stopped at Blaze in downtown Bar Harbor for dinner.  The restaurant was crowded, but lucky for us there was an open table on the patio near the entrance that no one wanted because it was a bit chilly out.  We started off with some clam chowder and poutine.

    Clam Chowder


    This was the clam chowder we’ve been looking for.  Thick and creamy with a nice flavor.  Blaze is famous for their duck fat fries, so we had to try them with the addition of gravy and cheese curds to make it a poutine.  You could feel your arteries hardening as you ate it, but it was worth every bite.  I really don’t know that the fries cooked in duck fat tasted that much different from any other well cooked french fry, but add gravy and cheese and it’s just delicious.  Loren went for the haddock tacos and I decided to try the duck menag a trois.

    Haddock Tacos

    Duck Menagatrois

    The tacos weren’t really anything to write home about.  They were pretty plain and the fish was just ok.  My duck dish didn’t quite satisfy the way I had hoped it would.  The grilled duck was a little tough in places, but otherwise tender.  It was served with a sweet berry compote that complimented the duck well.  The white part of the sunny side up egg was very overcooked and like rubber.  The hash had duck, brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes but the brussel sprouts were way overpowering.  They just didn’t play well with everything else on the plate.  We decided to stick it out for dessert and ordered the chocolate cake.

    Chocolate Cake

    This was quite delicious.  Creamy and mousse like with a deep rich chocolate flavor.  This and the poutine were the highlights of the meal, especially when the bill for $73 came.  Service was slow throughout the meal.  I was pretty sure the waiter had forgotten we were even one of this tables.

    198 Main St
    Bar Harbor, ME
    (207) 801-2755

    Blaze Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


    Loco Gringos

    We were in Lakeland around dinnertime and after walking around Kentucky Ave and checking wait times, we ended up at Loco Gringos.  There was no wait and we quickly discovered why.  They brought chips & salsa to the table which was probably the best part of the meal.


    Loren got the chicken curry tacos which were rather on the bland side and I tried the chicken chimichanga which was also nothing to write home about.  Everything tasted very generic and processed.



    Service was slow and somewhat neglectful.  Definitely not a place we’d go back to.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

    Loco Gringos
    126 S Kentucky Ave
    Lakeland, FL

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  • Filed under: Mexican
  • Sazon

    We were heading through Sylva on the way back to the cabin and stopped at Sazon Mexican Restaurant for dinner.  It’s a small, out of the way place that served up some really tasty Mexican food.   Loren got the carnitas chimichanga and I went for one of my favorite dishes, puffy tacos.





    Loren thought the salsa was fresh and tasty and really liked the chimichanga.  Everything was flavorful.  I love crunchy flour tortillas and you don’t see them at too many restaurants.  It’s such a light crunch compared to corn tortillas.  The tacos were simply meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream, but it all came together in a perfect little bite.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

    2040 Old Cullowee Rd
    Sylva, NC
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  • Filed under: Mexican, NC