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Where do the locals eat in Florida Keys?

From what I had heard/read, the parent location in Seattle closed, but the location in Key West was still open.....at least as of Thursday.

Dec 14, 2014
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Florida Breweries?

Funky Buddah......and Wakefield should be opening fairly soon I think.

Dec 08, 2014
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Dining in Key West

I was wandering about that place. We were supposed to go try it on our trip last week, but the trip was cancelled due to an upcoming surgery. We will definitely have to go there next time!!

Dec 01, 2014
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Dining in Key West

Personally, well relaxing down there I like a real causal breakfast......normally get a breakfast sandwich pressed on Cuban bread at either Sandy's or Cuban Coffee Queen.....if at CCQ Is nice to enjoy the sandwich and a cafe con leche while sitting by the harbor enjoying the view. Last trip down we really enjoyed great burgers and tacos for lunch at Cayo Mexican Cantina.....then again, lots of times I just walk down to Old Town Bakery and grab a warm baguette for breakfast to go with some good cafe con leche (if not having cuban toast or cheese toast with it).........very cheap but delicious breakfast!

Nov 23, 2014
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Dogfish 120, Holy #$%^^

Had a vertical tasting at a beer fest last Saturday.....2009, 2011, 2012. The 2009 was the most interesting. It was very dark in color and had morphed into what I would almost call a barley wine. Really sweet, almost no alcohol flavor and no hops. Maybe I will let my 2013's sit for a few years in my beer cellar!

Nov 07, 2014
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What happened to the Buca di Beppo in Tampa?

I know what you mean about that......I first moved to Brandon in 1976 and lived there until 1980........it's barely recognizable compared to back then. Heck, I lived there again from 1987-1992, and it has changed drastically even since then.

Sep 08, 2014
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Orlando & Clearwater/St. Pete choices

The owners are the original owners of Taste of Saigon.

Aug 09, 2014
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Orlando & Clearwater/St. Pete choices

Don't know about around Disney, but there are some good Vietnamese places not far from Treasure Island....Pho Kien Giang has about the best Pho and iced coffee in Pinellas County. It is at 8730 49th St N in Pinellas Park.....Ben Thanh has good Banh Xeo, Beef Fondue, Banh Hoi and Banh Beo and other dishes. It is at 4200 62nd Ave N in Pinellas Park....and Pho Quyen has good spring rolls and Nem Nueng. It is at 4505 Park Blvd in Pinellas Park. I go to 4 or 5 different Vietnamese rstaurants depending on which particular dish I want to eat. Those I mentioned are very good for the dishes I mentioned.

Aug 07, 2014
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Molson Ale

I'm in Florida and they carry both Molson Canadian (lager)and Molson Golden (ale) here

Jun 08, 2014
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Summer Beer Rundown 2014 -- What are you drinking this year?

Loading up on sours.....NB LaFolie, Jacobins Cuvée Rouge, Bruery Oude Tart, etc. But I also drink my normal favorites year round......that would be stouts, porters, doppelbocks, quads, etc. Weather it's hot or cold out those styles (as well as the sours) are my go to beers.

Jun 06, 2014
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Best Pho in Tampa Bay

Would also suggest Pho Kien Giang on 49th St in Pinellas Park (right near 87th Ave N on the west side in little strip center). Is the original owners of Taste of Saigon....very good Pho and good chicken wings.

Mar 29, 2014
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2 Suggestions Needed for Tampa & Surrounding Area

They could just go downtown St Pete and hit Three Daughters, Cycle and Green Bench all in one side trip......no food like at Peg's, but the same beer at Cycle.
It's tough to hit so many breweries and places to eat with a limited amount of time. There are so many breweries in the Tampa Bay area now.....can think of at least 12-16 off-hand.

Feb 08, 2014
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2 Suggestions Needed for Tampa & Surrounding Area

Willard's is a cool craft beer bar, but I would probably stick to visiting the local breweries' tasting rooms. A lot of what Willard's has on tap you may be able to get back at home. You can always check their website to see what they have on tap that night and swing by if there is something that really interests you. It is very close to Rapp and Pair O Dice

Feb 08, 2014
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2 Suggestions Needed for Tampa & Surrounding Area

Yeah, the beer festivals are great. Too bad the next one won't be until May.

Feb 07, 2014
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2 Suggestions Needed for Tampa & Surrounding Area

Pho Kien Giang on 49th St is open until 10:00pm on weekends and has excellent Pho and chicken wings. Pho Queyen on Park Blvd is open until 10:00pm and has good Nem Nuong, Broken Rice dishes, Bun dishes and very good springrolls. There is ABC Seafood (good authentic Chinese restaurant) on 54th Ave North that is open until 12:00am or 1:00am.

Feb 06, 2014
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2 Suggestions Needed for Tampa & Surrounding Area

Don't have any really good suggestions on the food, although there are some really good southeast asian (mainly Vietnamese options) in the St Pete area if you are interested. Most within 10 min or less the of Rapp/Pair O Dice area. Suggestions on which Vietnamese restaurant would depend on what type of dishes you were interested in.
Am glad to see you have Rapp Brewing on the agenda....that is the best microbrewery in the area IMHO....definitely allot some time for there, as he has 20 of his own beers on tap and they are all good. I like the other breweries in the area, but none have compared so far in terms of variety and quality across the board.

Feb 04, 2014
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Key West eateries for 7 days?

Would definitely second Garbo's Grill and El Siboney.....we also sometimes grab breakfast sandwiches and coffee at Cuban Coffee Queen and enjoy breakfast down by the harbor. Duetto has some good pizza for a quick, reasonable meal.

Jan 06, 2014
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Chinese Food - Pinellas County

As far as Vietnamese I would suggest the following places: Pho Kien Giang (8730 49th St N, Pinellas Park) for Pho; Ben Thanh (4200 62nd Ave N # C, Pinellas Park) for dishes such as banh xeo, banh hoi, beef fondue, etc; Pho Quyen (4505 Park Blvd N #10, Pinellas Park) for the best springrolls in the area plus dishes such as nem nuong, beef with lemongrass and some decent broken rice dishes; Thang Long (4648 Park Blvd N, Pinellas Park) has some pretty good roast duck noodle soup.

Oh yeah.....Pho Quyen opened a location north on US 19 called Pho Queen at 29000 US 19 N, Clearwater

Dec 23, 2013
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Dining in Key West

Thanks for the pointer on the royal red shrimp at Conch Republic......had a bad dinner there years ago and haven't really eaten there since. Will have to give them another try, and will definitely call ahead to see if they have the royal reds. Will also try 2cents.....have been wanting to try there and Grunts, but we just never seem to make it there. Will be down again shortly though and hope to remedy that!! :)

Oct 31, 2013
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The Grasshopper Mexican Restaurant

Any indication on where it is?.....city?

Sep 03, 2013
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Key West suggestions

Rent bikes or scooters.....though you can walk all of Old Town.....most restaurants I know to hit are more to the other end. I would say Grunt's Island Grill, Garbo's Grill (food cart) , and Conch Shop (on Petronia) for a Nasty Burger. Will post other ideas if I think of them......know I'm forgetting a couple at the moment.
If you go to Garbo's Grill check out Pepper's (hot sauce shop) across the street. They allow you to sample a large variety of the sauces (as well as other items) in the store. Though they will not give out samples of anything over 600,000 scoville units. They provide tortilla chips, but you can also bring in your own food and some beer to try out the wares.

Aug 02, 2013
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Magic Hat in cans

Cigar City also sells several different of their beers in cans and is expanding the selection in the future. I know you can currently get Florida Cracker White Ale, Hotter then Helles, Jai Alai, and Maduro.

Jul 15, 2013
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Amelia Island update

What is the actual name of David's? I cannot seem to find anything about it when searching.

Jul 10, 2013
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Mercel's Bake Shop (Pinellas Park)

Sounds great.....I've been wanting to try this place for somewhere around a year and a half to two years.....and I drive past it a couple of times a week. Now I have no more excuses not to try it......will have to give up one of my twice a week Vietnamese meals and try some Filipino

Jun 10, 2013
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Bizarre eats in Tampa, St. Pete, Plant City, Orlando, Sarasota or just Florida

You can find Durian and Balut at many of the asian markets/stores in the Tampa Bay area. I don't think you're going to find a restaurant that serves either one. You can get Durian flavored drinks. You might even be able to find some frozen insects at some of the asian stores.

May 22, 2013
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Tampa area oriental grocery stores and nurseries

You can also go to the Mustang Fleamarket on Park Blvd in Pinellas Park. Its the outdoor section of Wagon Wheel Fleamarket..... lots of asian vendors selling produce and plants

May 16, 2013
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Good Chinese and Asian anywhere in Florida???

Totally agree with Mild Bill.....specifically in regard to Southeast Asian fare.....I haven't really found that much great Chinese around the Tampa Bay area, but there are a couple in Tampa that I'm sure people more experienced with them will point out. I think that there is a good amount of very good Vietnamese in the Pinellas County area.
Let us know what your favorite Vietnamese and Thai dishes are....then it would be easier to point you in the right direction. I routinely go to 2-3 different Vietnamese restaurants a week depending on what I feel like eating that night.....one for Pho, one for Banh Xeo (or Banh Hoi, beef fondue, etc) and yet another for my favorite spring rolls or Nem Nuong....

Mar 12, 2013
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Key West: Havana 1 or El Siboney?

I have also always enjoyed El Siboney. Have been eating there for years and rarely ever had any complaints. I have been meaning to try Havana 1, but for some reason never made it there on the last three or four trips. I guess that isn't much help, but there have been some so-so reviews lately on El Siboney and most reviews on Havana 1 have been very good. That probably isn't much help.

What I am trying to say (I think) is I guess if you have been to El Siboney before I would suggest you go to Havana 1 first. What the hell, you should have time to go both places unless you're only going to be there one day (couldn't even imagine that!! :) ......I will be back down at least two time this year, so I will definitely try Havana 1 this year!!

Whatever you do avoid most of the restaurants in the major tourist section of Duval.....except for maybe La Trattoria. Grab breakfast sandwiches and cafe con leche at Sandy's or Cuban Coffee Queen. Maybe a fish taco or one of the other good offerings at Garbo's (food cart).....and if you're looking for a laid back bar hang out at Schooner's Wharf in the afternoon to enjoy some drinks and listen to Michael McCloud. For craft beer (if you're into that) stop by The Porch and Krawl Off Duval. The only half-way decent asian on the island is at Kojin Noodle Bar. If you have the time stop by the Conch Shop on Petronia (only open maybe four days a week) for some conch fritters, cracked conch, conch ceviche, souse, or a really good Nasty Burger. Don't be scared by the only outside seating and the "rustic" appearance.

Feb 01, 2013
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Keys Trip-need recs

FYI: The Square Grouper is on Cudjoe Key.

Nov 26, 2012
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Best butcher shop in St. Pete

I haven't seen a real butcher shop anywhere in Pinellas County recently......used to be a little one up by me in Northern Pinellas, but they closed down years ago. I would love to find an actual butcher shop and would be willing to drive a decent distance to be able to get quality meats and custom cuts.

Nov 19, 2012
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