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What are your personal faves in the Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater area?

Many good replies so far. Three near that beaches (where we live) that I have not seen in this thread are:
E&E Steakhouse, Belleair Bluffs - fresh, high-quality steak & seafood - try the ahi tuna
Al & Stella's, IRB - awesome N. Italian; bake their own bread; service scattershot but worth it
Snapper's, St. Pete Beach, crowded in season, but excellent seafgood & reasonably priced.
Enjoy!

Feb 09, 2008
leadnbari2 in Florida

St. Pete Beach / Tampa recs . Thanks & a follow up report

Ddin't see the recs your received, but before we moved here we stayed at the Sirata - nice place, good beach bars - but didn't even think to eat there. You were just a few blocks from Snappers, a great place for fresh seafood and the best restaurant in SPB, IMO. Beverly's LAs Croisette, a diner about 10 blocks north of Snappers, has good, hearty, and reasonably priced breakfasts. Habana's, over the causeway in Gulfport, is a good cuban joint, and there's also the Black Palm in Pass-A-Grille. Think of those places the next time you're in SPB.

Apr 05, 2007
leadnbari2 in Florida

Salt Rock and its Progeny: Is thisTrifecta of Star Gulf Beach Restaurants Slipping??

Salt Rock has slipped since last year, no doubt. Through late '05 it was great; then it seemed more uneven (and slower) but still very good in several visits in '06. The last time there (this past winter) I felt it was no longer worth the $. As a relatively recent emigree to FL, I've been to Island Way twice and wondered what all the fuss was about - uneven/OK food quality each time. Perhaps it was the first to start slipping. Marlin Darlin is still new; haven't been there in a month or so but have enjoyed all my meals there so far.

Apr 05, 2007
leadnbari2 in Florida

Law School graduation in St. Pete

All good suggestions. As you're going with your parents, another option is Bob's Beachcomber in Clearwater Beach. Very good traditional American, country-club style menu, excellent bar, nice wine list, and a terrific pianist Friday & Saturday nights. A bit pricey, but worth it, if your parents enjoy this type of food and atmosphere. More beachy suggestions - spicy, fresh seafood in a semi-bohemian atmosphere at Keegan's in IRB, and good northern Italian at Al & Stella's, also in IRB. My favorite local breakfast (sit down, diner style - not a buffet brunch) is Beverly's La Croisette in on Corey Ave. in SPB - the best home fries in Pinellas.

Apr 05, 2007
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