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Suggestions for the best Greek restaurant in or near Tarpon Springs?

Agreed Costa's is my first pick and Mykonos second.

Feb 02, 2010
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Sweet Potato Home-y Fries

This is too funny, I make a similar dish with Yukon gold and sweet potato (both cut to a fine dice) with onion, garlic and I use shredded smoked duck wings. Then top with a fried egg fresh parsley and side of creme fraiche.

Nov 12, 2008
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Ruths Chris Tampa - Disappointed

Been there a few times and it's always the same. Service is good, not great; food is usually overcooked by the time it reaches the table (sizzling hot plates); sides are nothing to speak of; too pricey for what you get. Charley's down the street is much better with a citrus wood fired grill and more contemporary side offerings too. Shula's is also much better than Ruth's. In Tampa there are a lot of better options for a good steak.

Nov 09, 2008
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Braised Fresh "Bacon"

I made a similar recipe recently and it was fantastic. I used home made hard cider as the braising liquid, and i salt cured it over night. This is a must try.

Oct 05, 2008
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S.FL: Duck, Duck...Goose!

In Ft Lauderdale Johnny V's has a dish called Duck, duck, duck. It consist of seared duck breast, duck confit and a stuffing made with duck liver.

Oasis herbs and spices in largo

It looks like they also have a store in Tarpon Springs down in the Sponge Docks. I might have to check it out soon. Thanks.

Jul 29, 2008
robiyaki in Florida

Why Did My Riedel Wine Glass Turn Red?

The crystal has a million little imperfections on the surface (gives champagne all those little bubbles) I tend to rinse mine out after drinking anything especially red wine. The best thing to do with it once it has become stained is to put a touch of oxyclean in the glass and fill with water and let it soak a while, then clean as usual.

Jul 27, 2008
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Tampa Near USF - HELP!!!!

I haven't been by there in a while, but my wife and I were regulars for lunch for the longest time until they changed everything (they even started serving the yellow rice in little pyramid shapes to make it fancier). It seemed as though they got a new chef and none of the food tasted as good as it did before and they also got rid of the lunch menu so you go for lunch and pay dinner prices. It was a bad move considering the location . It used to be jam packed with college students, proffesors, and workers from all over that area during lunch, the last few times we went it was almost dead and that was a while ago too. It's a shame I used to realy like them, now for Cuban we go to Rubens Cubans on Busch Blvd.

Jul 23, 2008
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Lil' Taqueria in Tarpon Springs...

I finally made it to the taqueria today and it was great. I tried the carnitas tacos and chorizo sope. It's very small with only 3 tables but they are very friendly and tastey food. I will be going back again!

Jul 23, 2008
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Slow Cooker Duck Confit

I don't see why not, but you're going to have it submerged in dack fat anyway. The skin left on will render out while cooking and when you use your confit later you can crisp up the skin and it taste great.

By the way I just tried the slow cooker method yesterday and it worked great, no heating up the oven for one pan and you can leave the house if you must while it cooks. Great tip!

Jul 21, 2008
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Your favorite vegetable dishes

Grilled anything, zucchini is great cut off the ends cut long wise in half season with s&p lightly oil and grill for a few minutes on each side. I also like a mixed veggie grill of zuchs, red pepper, onion, sweeet potaoes, beets, eggplant or anyoter veggie you have on hand season with, oil and if you want mix in some herbs.

Jul 16, 2008
robiyaki in Home Cooking

Need Tarpon Springs Rec's

Mykonos is my second favorite place in the docks, they have really good food but the atmosphere leaves a little to be desired. But overall they have good and authentic Greek food and the service is usually pretty good too.

Jul 10, 2008
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Sushi in Tampa Bay

Bonsia on Bearss Ave near USF or their other store on BBD and SR 56. They have good variety and great quality.

Jul 08, 2008
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Need Tarpon Springs Rec's

I agree for authentic Greek go to Costa's they're address is: 521 Athens St Tarpon Springs, FL 34689. They have great octopus, their fried eggplant is the best around, I've been eating there for years and have never had a bad dish. Just up the street is National Bakery it's not touristy at all and they make great traditional deserts you can buy to send back home if you'd like (I don't think they ship, but there is always a UPS Store somewhere). Also across the street is Halki Market if you're in the need for any Greek groceries.

Jul 08, 2008
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Favorite restaurants in the Tampa Bay area...

It's at 13 N Safford Ave, if you are coming west from Hwy 19 you would turn right at the Pinellas Trail then make your first left and left again into a parking lot. Once parked walk back toward Tarpon Ave and it's in about the middle of the building. Don't get scared of the decor, it looks like a junk shop, but the food is excellent. Chef Brad is from Louisiana and specializes in cajun but is an artist with all types of cuisine that is featured on their menu. I belive they are closed Sunday and Monday open for lunch 11-4(?) the rest of the week and dinner on Friday and Saturday (not sure the times) reservations are reccomended. Please keep in mind that when you go not to be on a tight schedule, it does take time for everything to be ready. They have a small kitchen with a 4 burner you would find in an average home and only 1 or 2 people cooking at a given time. Ask for a peak in the kitchen to check it out, you will appriciate what they can do much better after taking a peak.
I didn't know Ballyhoos in Tarpon closed, I think the one in Citrus Park is still open.
I might have to try Dominick's next time I'm in Oldsmar.

Jun 30, 2008
robiyaki in Florida

Favorite restaurants in the Tampa Bay area...

Zante Cafe in Tarpon for the best eclectic meal and ambiance.
Costa's in Tarpon for home style Greek.
Ruben's Cubans on Busch Blvd. Tampa.
The Majestic in Brandon (another cuban place).
The German Restaurant in Holiday.

Jun 23, 2008
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Slow Cooker Duck Confit

There are a couple of stores on line that I know of Hudson Valley Foie Gras http://www.hudsonvalleyfoiegras.com/f... and Grimaud Farms http://www.secure-kew.com/grimaud/mai... ; or you could just render your own. I trim excess fat when I buy a duck and then render the fat on low heat in a sauce pan.

Jun 15, 2008
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Nashville: Great Mexican Popsicles at Las Paletas

I had high hopes for this place after all the recomendations online and they surpassed my expectations. These are the best popsicles around. I was in town for two days and went both days to so I could maximize my experience. Had the cantelope, honeydew, hibiscus, and avacado. My only regret is I didn't have more time to try the rest. Now they cost about $2.50. Also Bobby Flay challenged them to a "Throw Down" recently so keep your eyes open for that one.

What's your best carbonara recipe?

A good subsitute is salt pork if you don't want the smoke flavor or can't find pancetta, etc.

May 25, 2008
robiyaki in Home Cooking

Great Eats in Fort Lauderdale.....

Yeah but you got to eat Johnny V's at least once while down there. But a lot of the places on the same street look promising too.

Gelato in Florida

I agree La Casa Dolce is a great spot and was the best I've had outside Italy. The sad news is they just closed their doors in SOHO. They did say they plan on opening another location sometime in the future, we'll see. I hope they do and this time make it a little further North, like in New Tampa or down by the university. Their wine and gelato tastings were good, but always real crowded.

May 23, 2008
robiyaki in Florida

Lil' Taqueria in Tarpon Springs...

That sounds great! I love small hole in the wall taquerias, I'll keep my eyes open next time I'm in Tarpon. Do you know if they take credit cards or only cash?

May 23, 2008
robiyaki in Florida