I’ve been feeling pretty lucky to have moved over to Pinellas where so much great food is close to home. It makes a quick, but satisfying, lunch easy to accomplish during the regular work week. Besa Grill is literally a few blocks from my house, nestled in a plaza with some of my other favorites. It’s like Safety Harbor’s restaurant row, except it’s technically Clearwater. Well, never mind. It’s two doors over from Another Broken Egg, and between one of the Carmel locations and one of the Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza locations. Listen, there is a Starbucks in the same parking lot and I’m pretty sure that THAT means you could live at this plaza for at least a week before you’re sick of the food.
We rolled up about noon, earlier than most other lunchers. There was only one other party there, although the place started to get busier toward the end of our meal. We were seated immediately in a booth near the bar and the bartender/our server got to us promptly. I was a little surprised by the menu. I had expected a more Latin fusion menu, but found offerings more eclectic than that.
We ordered the guacamole appetizer (choose 3 guacs out of 5 or 6 options). We got traditional, mango, and corn & bean. It came with very good tortilla chips. It was plated well and tasted good.
For an entree I ordered the Parisian Chicken (chicken breast on a bed of arugala, brie and sundries tomatoes, with a side of mashed and corn on the cob. My husband ordered a salad with a side of rice and beans (vegetarian), and I added a side of yucca fries (with aioli, which I do not eat). The food looked great when it came out.
The food was good.The portions sizes were good. The atmosphere was very good. And the service was excellent. I will definitely visit this restaurant again.
Food Originality: 5/10
Food Quality: 7/10