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Green Springs--Safety Harbor--report

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Green Springs--Safety Harbor--report

Coyote | Jan 13, 2003 03:06 PM

This spot was recommended by several locals in Safety Harbor, and got good reviews on Chowhound.

We split a Caesar with roast chicken and a blackened mahi mahi sandwich.

The bread in the sandwich was a whole grain with sunflower seeds which seemed an unusual choice to go with blackened fish (which was terrific) but it worked. (Bread not made on premises but available for purchase.) Tomatoes and greens ripe and crisp respectively. Side of chickpea salad with red onion. Very nice. I wish there had been a little more of it, however, side and sandwich.

The Caesar, by contrast, was a large bowl of fresh Romaine, with lots of crunchy croutons, and a nice portion of roast chicken. I struggle with grilled chicken in many restaurants--can't get past the taste of the scorched black stripes--so roast chicken on a Caesar was a nice change. Loved the dressing--light and lemony and medium bold on the garlic. I'd have liked the salad even better if it had been served with some bread. Mushroom soup going to the next table looked good and had a large crouton or slice of toast balanced on the rim of the bowl.

Hearing we were new to the neighborhood, the partners joined us at our table, chatting about the area, happily giving pointers about other local spots to dine, could not have been more welcoming.

The rap on the place from locals I talked to was that the food is very good, no argument, but that the portions are more suited to the "ladies who lunch" crowd than to diners with big appetites. Also no argument. At about $20 for lunch for two am not complaining about the value, but let's just say am moving my dinner plans up by an hour or so! Dinner menu shows entrees $15 to $21. Would be interested in checking out portion sizes then.

The restaurant is a colorful mix of brightly painted chairs/tables/artwork/walls, outdoor dining is available, live music lunch and dinner very enjoyable.

122 Third Avenue North, Safety Harbor, 727 669 6762.

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