Dinner at The Lime

On Thursday night, my boyfriend and I checked out The Lime in South Tampa.

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One of our favorite things to do is check out local restaurants that you can’t find anywhere else. We especially like to do this on vacations. Since The Lime is next door to one of our favorite weekend brunch location (Daily Eats), it has been on our radar for quite some time. With the big win at work on Wednesday, we decided it was time for a nice night out.

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We arrived just before 8 pm so that I could be a dutiful blogger and take a few pictures of the outside before the sun set. I am all about the manual settings on my DSLR camera and absolutely hate using the flash unless it is necessary.

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When we finally went inside, we didn’t have to wait long for a table at all. The interior of The Lime had a really interesting feel to it. There was a definite feeling of fun with the DJ playing a great mix of music. I didn’t necessarily feel like dancing but it definitely added a club feel to our meal. I really enjoyed the décor inside as well. The exposed brick and the open ceiling gave an industrial feeling to the restaurant. The light fixtures and the paintings on the wall gave the interior a very modern feeling.

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After we sat down, we ordered the Trio Dip to start. This appetizer with warm tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa and queso blanco. In my opinion, you can’t go to a Mexican restaurant without ordering chips and salsa. My boyfriend, who doesn’t eat avocados, really enjoyed the guacamole and even commented about how fresh the dips tasted. And if you just order the guacamole with your chips, the server will make it fresh for you at the table. Now that is fresh guacamole!

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Since we celebrating a major project win at my work and because we were at a Mexican restaurant, I decided to have a margarita with my dinner. I chose the Skinny Margarita and it was quite delicious. A little on the strong side for me but I truly enjoyed it.

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While we were enjoying our chips and dip, our dinner arrived. I ordered one of the daily specials while my boyfriend ordered the grilled skirt steak fajitas. My meal, the Feliz Trent Bowl, was a deliciously light and refreshing meal. It was grilled chicken with a jicama-cucumber slaw, avocado, tomato and roasted garlic lemon aioli over brown rice and shaved lettuce.

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My boyfriend’s steak fajitas were quite delicious as well. He used some of the leftover queso blanco from our chips to give them a little cheesy kick. The dish came with the usual fajita toppings (tomato, lettuce, cheese, sour cream and guacamole) and he thoroughly enjoyed piling his tortillas high with all of the fixings! I could barely snap a photo before he started diving right in.

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After dinner, we enjoyed some delicious desserts. We both agreed that the homemade flan was by far some of the best we have ever had. It wasn’t overly sweet and had a great balance between the vanilla custard and the caramel flavoring.

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We also tried the cocoacappuccino cake, which was also very delicious. The chocolate cake was light and moist. The frosting was also light and not too sweet but it was missing the coffee flavoring. We are both serious coffee lovers and expected to have a little more of the flavor we love. As just a chocolate cake, it was definitely one the better ones we have had.

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Disclosure: Our meal was provided by The Lime for my review. As always, my thoughts and opinions are entirely my own (with some input from my boyfriend).

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