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Paul's in Tarpon Springs?

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riverman2166 Jan 30, 2008 10:12 AM

Hi All,

I'm in town for a couple of days and someone recommended Paul's Shrimp House for supposedly great boild shrimp and Greek salad. Any thoughts or other suggestions? Thanks.

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    kmills9408 Jan 30, 2008 12:40 PM

    Here's a recent thread about Tarpon. Not sure about Paul's in particular, but if you do a search you will find lots on Tarpon and the Greek food there.
    Have a great time.
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/466827

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      riverman2166 Feb 1, 2008 06:50 PM

      Thanks for the help. We went to Paul's and it was mediocre at best. I wouldn't recommend it. Probably should have gone to Costa's or Plaka. Hellas bakery was really good though.

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      bron white Jan 30, 2008 04:37 PM

      Hi! Lived in the area for many years & visit there often. Paul's is fabulous. Definitely known for their shrimp. Better still just around the corner on the main drag, Dodecanese Blvd, is Plaka, a comfortable hole in the wall. Highly recommend the souvlaki/gyro combo and a greek salad. Even if there are 4 hungry adults, the greek salad for 1 is plenty-unless salad is all you're eating. They're huge! Must get w/ potato salad it is a Tarpon invention. The potato salad is on the bottom and the greek dressing sinks down into it. To be fully enjoyed it must be sopped up w/ the house anise bread. The grilled octopus is out of this world. After you've feasted there, walk 2 doors down to Hellas Bakery and have a coffee and a sweet or take a few treats home to be eaten later. Hellas also has excecllent food! Walk across the street to the sponge exchange or to the Museum Store. A few doors down they make homemade fudge!

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        riverman2166 Feb 1, 2008 06:51 PM

        I wish we had gone to Plaka instead of Paul's. They nickel and dimed us to death. It's clearly a tourist place and I wouldn't recommend it. Hellas was really good for dessert though. Thanks.

        1. re: riverman2166
          scubadoo97 Feb 2, 2008 07:26 AM

          Interesting the St. Pete times still lists it as a recommended restaurant. It's been years since I was last there. The shrimp were good but then how hard is it to make good boiled shrimp, yet so many screw it up. My wife ordered tuna and asked for it rare. A 1/4 inch fillet of tuna came out gray through and through. My only comment to her was, honey this is not the place to order rare tuna. You have to look for their strengths and focus there.

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