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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

Poutine

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.

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

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Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.4/5

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.

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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.

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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
863-603-4040

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

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    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.

    Sazon
    2040 Old Cullowee Rd
    Sylva, NC
    828-293-2343
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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, NC
  • Mac & Cheese


    I love mac and cheese and don’t often find too many that I like.  The steak & onion mac & cheese at Surf Shack is one of those dishes that I’ll order again and again.

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    It comes to the table bubbling hot, so you better have a good conversation going because it’s going to be a few minutes before you can actually put any of it in your mouth.  The steak is tender and the french fried onions on top give it a nice crunch and flavor.  Loren had the tuna tacos.

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    He’s had them before and he liked them.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

    Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
    12217 West Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 475-5916

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Tampa
  • We went over to Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant on East Bay for dinner tonight.  We haven’t eaten here in a long time.  Loren munched on the chips & salsa while I dug into the chili bean dip.

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    There was a bit too much jalapeno in the bean dip for me, but Loren liked the salsa.  He got some beef fajitas for his entree.

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    The meat wasn’t super tender, but he said overall it was ok.  I went for the crispy tacos.

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    I love crispy flour tacos, but there was no way you could actually pick this up to eat it.  This was a definitely a fork & knife kind of dish.  Neither of us liked the refried beans.  They just had an odd flavor to them.  Total bill with a drink was $30.

    Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant
    5042 East Bay Drive
    Tri City Plaza
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 524-8226

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican