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    Columbia Restaurant on Sand Key: Spanish & Cuban - Guaranteed to please!

    by HotelMan Updated Jun 21, 2005

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    Dining Room

    The Columbia on Sand Key is outstanding. The menu consists of a mix of Spanish & Cuban fares, ranging from traditional tapas to wonderfully prepared steaks and paellas. The management & staff take special care to ensure an "out of this world" dining experience. The presentation & quality of food served here is top-notch!

    Favorite Dish: Filet Chacho, of course! It's a perfectly prepared filet, flambeed tableside with bourbon. Beautiful presentation, especially late in the evening, when the lights are dim.

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    Frenchy's Saltwater Cafe: The Classic Grouper Sandwich

    by Erin09340 Written Apr 4, 2006

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    The Frenchy's establishments on Clearwater Beach are well known for their food. Especially their grouper sandwiches. They've won the hearts and tastebuds of locals and tourists alike. Additionally, they usually win or place second in the annual "Best of the Bay" competitions. Frenchy's Saltwater Cafe isn't directly on the beach, but it's no more them two or three blocks from it, an easy walking distance.

    Favorite Dish: When we make a trip to Florida, my husband usually insists on coming here for lunch one day. We inevitably order the conch fritters to start. Just try finding conch in Colorado! Anyway, they make fantastic fritters with a nice sauce to go with them. Chris always orders the classic grouper sandwich and slaw. I usually do too, but the last time we were there it was stone crab season, so I ordered a pound of those instead. They're a lot of work, but so deliciously worth it ($16.99/lb).

    Frenchy's also has $2.00 beer specials to take advantage of. Service is usually adequate, but nothing to get overly excited about. I tip 15-20%.

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    columbia: cuban/spanish

    by doug48 Written Mar 21, 2009

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    columbia restaurant sand key

    the columbia clearwater is a branch of the famous columbia restaurant in ybor city. the original columbia was established in 1905 and is one of the best cuban/spanish restaurants in florida. i have visited several columbia restaurants around the state and found the food and service consistant at each location. very good cuban/spanish fare moderately priced.

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    Mugs 'N Jugs: A good sports bar

    by ATXtraveler Written Oct 29, 2008

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    ** As of September 2008, this restaurant participates in Rewards Network **
    Thanks to my good friends at Rewardsnetwork.com , Mugs 'N Jugs won my business for the evening to watch some sports while eating alone on a business trip. I like to go to places where I feel I am not inconveniencing anyone when I sit in a table for hours on end watching sports and enjoying less than healthy portions of chicken wings or what ever pub fare is available.

    When you enter into this location, you know you are in a sports bar, with kitschy beer calendars and special advertisements splitting time on the wall with other sports paraphernalia. Since Clearwater is closely located to Tampa Bay, the requisite Buccaneers and (Devil) Rays posters and neon signs are in full force. I choose to sit in the back of the restaurant, as they can accommodate me with power there. At 5pm on a Wednesday, the place is already pumping with business. I was pleasantly surprised with the clientele. Quite a few families were in there, despite the name Mugs 'N Chugs which hearkens back a little to the title of a less than family friendly establishment.

    Once seated, there are plenty of television screens, all on different sporting events. One channel is dedicated to curling, others to ESPN and ESPN news. Rodeo is even playing on one set. They have even put on one of the fiercest sporting events out there these days, the Presidential election, after all this is a swing state.

    The menu recommends the "giant wings", of which I can not resist. I choose to get 5 with Hot BBQ, and 5 with Garlic Hot Sauce. The garlic wings tasted a little too vinegary to me, but the Hot BBQ was delicious, and warranted me to order another 5 and some fries. They live up to their name, being sizeably larger than other wing locations. I would not call them giant, but I thought the name was appropriate in comparison to other wing places.

    The waitstaff is definitely attentive, asking if everything is alright and keeping my tea refilled. Overall, I would rate the food very well for what it is (pub food). I would also definitely come back, if another round of giant wings is what I craved.

    Open
    Sun-Thu 11am-11pm
    Fri-Sat 11am-12am

    Favorite Dish: Giant Hot BBQ wings are the go here.

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    island way grill: steak & seafood

    by doug48 Written Mar 21, 2009

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    island way grill

    the island way grill is a very good restaurant located off of the US 60 causeway between clearwater and clearwater beach. this excellent restaurant specializes in prime steaks and seafood with an asian accent. one of the better restaurants in the clearwater area. moderately priced.

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    bob heilman's beachcomber: steak & seafood

    by doug48 Updated Apr 13, 2009

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    beachcomber restaurant

    established in 1948 bob heilman's beachcomber restaurant is in my opinion the best restaurant in clearwater beach. the beachcomber specializes in steaks and local seafood. bob heilman's is a florida trend hall of fame rated restaurant. well worth a stop for better dining in clearwater beach. reservations recommended.

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    hella's: great Greek food

    by spyrofan Updated May 16, 2008

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    Hella's was first and only Greek restaurant I went to in town north of Clearwater called Tarpon Springs. is on tourist street but fun. is a must stop even though it's about 10 miles north of Clearwater on Alt. 19. website is http://www.hellas-restaurant.com.
    Hella's is very clean and happy, upbeat place. with Greek food being naturally filling, their portion sizes are more than adequate. pricing for the authentic dinners is approximately $10.s
    it's located across from a parking lot next to where boats launch on a river that leads to the gulf.

    Favorite Dish: my favorite dish is Pastitsio, which is a casserole of ziti, ground beef, eggplant, potatoes, blended and baked with a creamy sauce. topped off with baklava that is a diabetics worst nightmare sweet.

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    Bascom's Chop House: Flagler's Helper

    by grandmaR Updated Dec 10, 2005

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    This was a very fancy restaurant with cloth napkins and multiple waiters. It also appeared to cater mostly to business travelers and meeting groups.

    The website says:

    When the original Bascom came to Florida at the turn of the last century to help Henry Flagler build the Key West Railroad, he brought with him his love for thick cut chops and juicy steaks. During his travels he also discovered the bounties of fresh native Florida seafood

    Favorite Dish: Bob had a dozen raw oysters (and complained that they weren't opened properly because they weren't cut free of their shells - he had to operate on them to eat them) for $7.95, and a cup of lobster bisque for $3.95. I had a lobster tail dinner for $15.95. I thought the prices were reasonable.

    Hours:
    Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 10pm
    Sat: 5pm - 10pm
    Sun: 4pm - 9pm

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    House of China Restaurant: Near the Airport

    by grandmaR Written Feb 18, 2005

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    House of China Restaurant

    I did not eat here because I didn't feel like Chinese, but this restaurant is right near the Sleep Inn and the airport. They have carry-out in addition to eat-in.

    Favorite Dish: Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 11:00Am-10:00Pm Friday 11:00Am-10:30Pm Saturday 12:00Noon-10:30Pm Sunday 3:30Pm 10:3

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  • Favorite BBQ: Fred Flemming's...

    by MelindaW Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Favorite BBQ: Fred Flemming's (several locations).
    This is a casual table-service restaurant. Shorts/jeans and t-shirts are fine. Good value for dinner. No reservations needed, and service is quick. Take-out available.

    Favorite Dish: Chopped (or 'pulled') pork sandwich/platter is made with very lean roasted pork, finely chopped, then lightly coated with BBQ sauce. Reliably excellent.

    Spoon Corn Bread - a signature dish here, this is a very moist corn bread, with whole kernel corn in it, topped with melted cheddar cheese. This is a true side dish - not just a bread item. Like a corn fritter, somewhat.

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  • Tonya and Matt's Ice Cream...

    by MelindaW Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Tonya and Matt's Ice Cream (take-away only)
    Unique flavors, very good quality (nice and rich/creamy).

    Favorite Dish: Khalua Crunch ice cream - chocolat ice cream, with a hint of Khalua flavor, fudge chunks, and chocolate syrup swirled in....

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    RESTAURANTSGreat...

    by fga Written Aug 24, 2002

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    RESTAURANTS

    Great Food?
    Florida's Beach serves it up in waves!
    There's nothing like great restaurants to make your visit complete. Throughout the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area you can find pallet-pleasing cuisine to suit every taste. It also means that no matter where you stay, it's all nearby - from a quick, casual breakfast, to elegant seaside dining. You'll find establishments that are a destination unto themselves, from casual bistros to family dining, to a romantic evening for two.
    While you're here, you'll have to try the wealth of dishes that make our dining so unique. Famous for our seafood - from our cracked steamed crab, to blackened grouper and smoked mullet, to our native Caribbean, Spanish, and Greek dishes, you'll find dining that will give you plenty to tell others about when you get back home.
    Not only will you find a wide range of appetizing dishes; you'll also find a range of prices to suit every pocketbook. Many restaurants offer discounts to early diners, children and seniors.

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    For the best breakfast in the...

    by HiOnH20 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    For the best breakfast in the state with a touch of Key West atmosphere check out Kelly's. They have a many items on their menu which range from vegitarian to a big fresh ground cheeseburger in paradise. I recommend the muffin of the day. spinach and turkey eggs benidict cajun homefries and coffee out on the back patio. Enjoy!
    For the best breakfast in the state with a touch of Key West atmosphere check out Kelly's. They have a many items on their menu which range from vegitarian to a big fresh ground cheeseburger in paradise. I recommend the muffin of the day. spinach and turkey eggs benidict cajun homefries and coffee out on the back patio. Enjoy!

    Favorite Dish: I recommend the muffin of the day. spinach and turkey eggs benidict cajun homefries and coffee out on the back patio. Enjoy!

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    Britt's Beachside Cafe,...

    by cobrioc Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Britt's Beachside Cafe, features both indoor and outdoor dining that offers a view of the Golf of Mexico. A variety of seafoo, burgers!
    201 S. Gulfview Blv.Clearwater, FL.
    Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant offers an unique dining experience featuring mouth-watering cheese soundues and a wide selection of flambed chocolate desserts.
    Open daily at 5pm.
    Reservation highly recommended!!

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    Tommy Duff's Irish Aviation Pub: Irish Aviation Pub

    by tampa_shawn Updated Apr 11, 2007

    Food is good and reasonable but the atmosphere is a lot of fun. Mosltly bar type food - winds, skins, quesadillas, chicken fingers - but does have a soup of the day, chili, salads'

    has a coupon (for beer or well cocktail) on their website for first time visitors

    Favorite Dish: SHEPHERD’S PIE 7.95

    SHRIMP ‘N CHIPS 8.95

    MEATLOAF DINNER 7.95

    FISH ‘N CHIPS 7.95

    FRIED SHRIMP, CLAMS &
    FISH W/CHIPS 9.25

    BLACK & BLEU BURGER 6.35

    REUBEN 6.95

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