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new restaurant Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar, Clearwater

LJBTampa | Dec 22, 201009:15 AM

Carmel Cafe is a new restaurant on McMullen Booth Rd in Clearwater. We've been there twice so far and really love it. Lots of small plates to choose from. Hummus, flatbreads, meatballs, lamb chops, seafood. A real variety. We've tried the Muhamarra (roasted red pepper hummus), Caesar salad w/ black olive dressing, meatball lollipops, margarita flatbread and spinach dip. All very good.

They have an extensive wine list. Most wines offered by the glass with a choice of a 3, 6 or 9 ounce pour. A really nice selection of wines, too. The reds are chilled, which I can't believe more restaurants don't do these days. A modest selection of beers by the bottle. No liquor.

Great service. Water is served in smallish glasses but you're left with a wine bottle full of water to refill your glasses. The water bottle was replenished without asking. The food comes out super quick. Apparently, they have state-of-the-art equipment that cooks the food faster than you might expect. We just ordered one or two things at a time.

The environment is kind of cozy. A not-large-enough bar, a few high-top community tables, a few couches, lots of tables and booths.

Chris Sullivan of OSI fame is an owner.

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