My family trekked west to Dunedin for Father’s Day Sunday. Reservations were made at Mezze On Main, a local Mediterranean restaurant and our table was promptly ready upon arrival. We sat outside so we could enjoy the live music (family favorite Cleo Heart was in the house) and the beautiful blue skies that Florida was lucky to have this past weekend.
My family first encountered local Tampa Bay jazz singer Cleo Heart at jazz nightclub The Fox and then again at That’s Amore on Harbour Island. She is now a regular at Mezze on Main on Wednesday nights from 6-9PM for Ladies Night which features red and white wines 6 oz. by the glass for $2.00 and cosmopolitan world famous cocktails for $3.00. Her brunch routine was a switch from her usual set and was an enjoyable backdrop to our meal, my personal favorite was her cover of “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones.
Mezze offered a special brunch menu for Father’s Day, but also kept the regular menu available for diners. Since it was my first time, I wanted to try more things from their standard menu, but still tried a few things off the brunch specials. I decided to split the mushroom pizza (after hearing good things about the pizza at Mezze) and chicken slider with my Mom. What is brunch without drinks though? I decided to start my meal off with a white wine sangria.
The sangria was great and easy to drink down. All the fruits inside were fresh and the white wine made it a nice, lite choice for brunch.
Next came some complimentary bread and olive oil with feta cheese. The bread was excellent with smoky edges on the bottom and increased my excitement for my pizza.
The feta cheese was amazing. I found myself picking at it with my fork even after all the bread was gone because it was that good. The olive oil was standard, but that cheese made this opening special.
Next came the appetizer which was amazing and included with brunch. Rhone Valley Ruby Red Cammembert, Saint Marcellin, Ossau-Iraty, Figs, Comte, and Red Grapes. I honestly cannot describe half of those things as a professional, but I can say that they were all completely delicious and grapes and gourmet cheese for brunch is always a win in my book. If you love wine and cheese make sure to checkout Cru Cellars in South Tampa as well for some excellent selections.
The pizza was quite good. Not as good as Wood Fired Pizza, but certainly better than a slew of other choices in Tampa Bay. The crust had smoked black edges and was a crunchy thin-crust creation. The pizza sauce was different from what I am used to and all the mushrooms were great. Despite being a thin-crust pizza, it was still rather filling and I was glad I shared it with others. I could not see myself eating this pizza alone.
The owner dropped off some Italian truffle oil and Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes which added a new edge to the pizza. Recently I am in love with truffle everything, whether it is the truffle popcorn at Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club or the truffle macaroni and cheese at Ocean Prime. I would recommend some of this truffle oil for your pizza.
The chicken slider arrived. It came with two, but I split the other one with my Mom. The chicken inside was great, but what really made this dish interesting was that Mezze used what tasted like curry powder to enhance the slider. Overall, it was great and I would have it again. The french fries could most closely be associated with Five Guys fries, which I normally dislike. However the superior taste of these fries made it a winner.
When I heard Mezze served tiramisu, I was immediately sold on what my dessert choice would be. I was a little concerned when I saw it in this dish, but no worries after having the first bite – this tiramisu is authentic and savory down to the last bite. Mezze has a wide range of dessert choices and I look forward to trying their gelato in the future.
Overall, Mezze on Main has plenty of interesting and flavorful dishes and I plan to have many future visits as I begin to explore more of Pinellas this summer. Our waiter was satisfactory and the owners were friendly as well. I will be interning with local online newspaper Patch as their Weekend and Events Editor in North Pinellas and am looking forward to all the food finds in the area.
Restaurant Name: Mezze on Main
Cuisine: Mediterranean, European
Address: 680 Main Street, Dunedin, FL
Phone Number: (727) 216-6222
After brunch we headed over to Casa Tina for some drinks. I have visited Casa Tina in the past, but was sadly camera-less during my first visit and thus have not covered it yet online. I had their Baja Breeze mixed drink which is similar to a Pina Colada. After my drink I had some chips and salsa which was great and some horchata which was fresh, but a little milky for my liking. Look for a full review of Casa Tina in the near future.
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