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Tampa (Dunedin) going to check out The Living Room, anyone been?

askdrtodd Mar 19, 2010 03:45 PM

I hear good things, hopefully it's worth the trek & the loot! I'll try to snap some pics for you guys while I'm there.

  1. sweet_polly Mar 19, 2010 04:06 PM

    I was there a few months ago. I was really excited about trying it, but left feeling disappointed. Service was absolutely awful, and I didn't think the tapas were nearly as good as they sounded on the menu. There was some kind of festival going on downtown (wine tasting, movie in the park, etc.) so maybe they were overwhelmed that night. I like Pincho y Pincho in downtown St. Pete much better (although I've never been wowed by the service there, either). I'll be interested in hearing how it goes.

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    1. re: sweet_polly
      askdrtodd Mar 19, 2010 06:20 PM

      Here now, so far:
      service: miserable
      ambiance: nice
      bread/eggplant slop: weak
      charred tomato soup: not bad but nothing campbells can't beat
      mussels: rubber
      Brie fajita: never showed up
      nicose salad: yummy
      chicken tajine: dry and mediocre
      beer selection:C+
      wine selection:B

      1. re: askdrtodd
        sweet_polly Mar 19, 2010 07:27 PM

        That pretty much mirrors my experience.

        Go to Pincho y Pincho for lunch tomorrow. Sit in the sun in lovely downtown St. Pete. Have the Patatas Bravas, the Fritura di Mariscos, the Piquillos Rellenos...and, most importantly, the cava sangria! But the Tres Leches Cake is the coup de grace! My hub and I agree that it's the best we've ever experienced...and we've tried it in Spain, Argentina, and Mexico...so save room. There are recent pics near the top in my little food blog (check my profile). SO good. Crappy service, though...always.

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      laboheme Mar 19, 2010 04:38 PM

      You will love it. Imaginative food, great vibe, helpful staff that go out of their way to make you feel welcome and great entertainment. You should have a great time. If they are still in season, try the blood orange margarita...yummy!

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      1. re: laboheme
        askdrtodd Mar 22, 2010 09:58 AM

        unfortunately laboheme, this was pretty far from accurate :(

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        ruready Mar 22, 2010 10:01 PM

        i'm not very thrilled with what i'm reading here......we were planning to go with another couple this saturday, but now perhaps we'll reconsider......i had a good, actually very good, meal back in the fall......i thought the small plate dishes were rather creative and tasty......can someone provide more details about recent visits to the Living Room......thanx

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        1. re: ruready
          askdrtodd Mar 23, 2010 05:40 AM

          ABORT! it had all the potential in the world, live guitarist, cozy scene, cool decor, etc. it failed miserably, some of the food I felt like sending back, some of it was just really lacking, and some was just OK. In retrospect I would much rather have an empty stomach and a full wallet.

          1. re: askdrtodd
            sweet_polly Mar 23, 2010 06:03 AM

            Agree. When the OP first started this thread, I didn't want to be too much of a Debbie Downer since it was apparent that he was already practically on his way...but the evening was pretty much an epic fail the night we went (and an expensive one, at that). My husband and I both agreed - never again.

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