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Cafe 105 North at the Spa at Safety Harbor

Coyote | Oct 10, 200308:16 AM

Needed some pampering after a very bad week, and suddenly realized my Entertainment Club book was going to expire shortly, so decided to give the Cafe now also called 105 North a shot. The restaurant, like much of the spa, looks like it needs renovating. Perfectly clean, of course, just like it hasn't been updated in too long. The walls in the restaurant and bar area are varying shades of light blue, and much of the room has large glass windows and so is VERY bright until sundown. Curiously, in the focal part of the room, where one might expect, say, a fireplace, there is a rotisserie where chickens were slowly spinning.

We passed by the option of the spa menu, with all portion sizes and calories and carbs spelled out, in favor of the bartender's recommendation of the Honey 5 Spice Duck and the Beef Filet on the regular menu. Had feared skimpy portions, that spa thing again, but was delighted to encounter a delicious steak house style thick filet, perfectly medium rare, slight char and nice grill marks on outside. Simple, not fancy, good basic mashed potatoes and a small serving of baby vegetables arived on the side. The duck was also wonderful. Expected a few rare slice fanned across a plate but received half a fair sized duck, that had done time on the aforementioned rotisserie IN the sauce, which permeated the meat. Accompanied by duck fried rice which was not at all greasy, very pleasant, and vegetables. Nice roll basket, sesame and hard white. Would have preferred a ramekin of butter to the foil butter packets but no big deal. Bartender had mentioned that at the staff tasting of dishes on the new menu, the duck was the staff favorite.

Spent a few minutes after dinner reviewing the "Munchies" menu, available in the bar OR at the dining room tables, and careful questioning of staff revealed the hamburger at about $8 is excellent and that they consider the crab cakes the be the house specialty. Told to skip the pizza.

Will happily return, definitely to check out bar menu, or for a special occasion. Brunch is another option--buffet.

Service just fine, very attentive. Entrees about $15 to $24. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 North Bayshore Drive Safety Harbor, FL 34695.


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