Tampa Bay has become known for it's local specialty "Cuban Sandwiches" - although they're Cuban influenced, I highly doubt they were derived from there.
Tangelo's has an extensive Cuban Sandwich menu, with the original (Roast pork, ham, mayo, mustard, swiss cheese, pickles, on pressed cuban bread) as well as varieties, i.e. chicken cubans, grouper cubans.
Their lunch specials are always a great deal; the cuban of the day as well as side dishes and soup for 6-7 dollars.
Favorite Dish: Cuban sandwich.
This restaurant is actually in Tarpon Springs, which is just a few miles north of Dunedin. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge divers back in the day, and so the area has a variety of Greek restaurants, shops, and bakeries.
It's family owned, so yes actual Greeks work there. The food is wonderful, and you can even check out their bakery selection for dessert if you're not stuffed.
This is a good place to take a family or go on a hot date.
Favorite Dish: I'd say, stick to the greek specialties or any of their seafood. Don't go order fried shrimp baskets. Yes, I'm actually related to people who go to a Greek restaurant to eat shrimp baskets. Can you believe that? Go to Red Lobster, fools.
Thirsty Marlin, one of the most well known establishments in Palm Harbor, serves an array of typical Floridian/Caribbean foods. The extensive menu is full of tasty seafood dishes like cracked conch and grilled fish. The restaurant's large patio hosts live music 5 days a week, and considering that Florida's weather is usually pleasant at night, it's the perfect place to sit and dine. Oddly enough the restaurant also has a sushi bar, it didn't originally strike me as a place that would serve sushi.
I spent my New Year's Eve here, much to my dismay originally, but I must admit it turned out to be a memorable night after all. The problem is that we ran between about 10 different restaurants before settling at this one about an hour from midnight, and we were all cranky and bickering with each other. The tasty food certainly shut us up.
Favorite Dish: anything with conch, ahi, scallops, grouper (local specialty)
Beach Side. Fab Beach View with Picnic table Casual Ambiance meets Fried Food Disaster! Okay I admit: the fried calamari looked fresh prepared, but that's about the only thing. Everything else was either overly deep fried or just uninspired from the Smoked Fish Dip to the bland house salads to the Broiled Bay Scallops (I ordered - trying to be somewhat healthy!) to the undercooked baked potato. Just Pass! You could do better at a 7/11!
Favorite Dish: My Favorite dish? Some of the bus boys, I guess. (Yeah - that's how BAD... Smile...)
Server was sweet (but slow... and yet there were 25 in our party, so I won't even GO THERE!)
the maritana grill is located in the don cesar resort hotel on saint petersburg beach. this excellent gourmet restaurant is known for it's florida-caribbean cusine. a florida trend golden spoon winner it is considered one of the best restaurants in florida. they offer steak and florida seafood with a caribbean accent. if you are looking for fine dinning in the saint petersburg area the maritana grill is well worth a visit. expensive. reservations recommended.
the venue is a combination nightclub and restaurant. at the venue are the takara sushi bar and the viaggio spanish restaurant. the venue is a florida trend golden spoon winner for a hot new restaurant in florida. the viaggio is one of the best tapas restaurants in the state of florida. expensive. reservations recommended.
the salt rock grill is a very good steak and seafood restaurant located in indian shores. they specialize in crab, shrimp, lobster, and steak. they also offer a raw bar. one of the better seafood restaurants in the st. pete beach area. expensive.
the brewmaster steakhouse is a fun moderately priced restaurant located on the intercoastal in indian rocks beach. they offer american fare, steaks, and local seafood. they also have a nice deck that over looks the intercoastal waterway. a fun place to eat and drink in indian rock beach.
sculley's is located in the johns pass shopping area in madeira beach. they offer american fare and local seafood. because of it's location at johns pass it gets a tourist clientelle. a fun place to visit when visiting the johns pass shopping and entertainment area.
the black palm is a very nice cafe style restaurant located in pass-a-grille. they offer american, caribbean, and south american fare. they have a nice outdoor patio for cafe style dining if the weather is nice. one of the better restaurants in pass-a-grille.
If you like food on sticks - even better if you can dunk it ---- then HEY --- "THE MELTING POT" is THE place to come.
Here fondue becomes a memorable four-course dining experience, where you can really dip into something different. Enjoy a choice of four flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of tasty entrees, including tender beef, boneless breast of chicken, duck, lobster, shrimp, scallops, salmon and much more. All are available in many different combinations with a variety of special dipping sauces. Cheese fondues can be ordered separately and are included with the purchase of any combination dinner. Along with every entrée, you’ll get breads, savory vegetables, and even a choice of three different fresh salads. As if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, you’ll also love the Melting Pot’s wide selection of creamy, mouthwatering chocolate fondue desserts. In addition to the Melting Pot’s ever expanding fondue menu, there’s also a growing list of fine wines. So come, relax and dip into an exciting new experience at the Melting Pot.
Favorite Dish: CHEEEEEEEESE FONDUE! ola la --- and not to forget desert !!!!!!! Chocolate dipped strawberries and grapes!
crabby bill's is a local chain of seafood restaurants in the st pete area. they serve local seafood and american fare. the crabby bill's st. pete beach is located right on the beach and offers an excellent gulf view. a nice place to eat and drink and watch the sunset over the gulf. moderately priced.
the hurricane is located just across the street from the beach in pass-a- grille. this touristy restaurant and bar offers american fare and local seafood. a fun place to eat and drink in pass-a-grille.
Crabby Bills is downright awesome. If I were ever going to own a restaurant I would want it to be exactly like this one. It is a seafood place located right on the beach with great views. They have picnic tables inside that are laminated in plastic to aid in the post-meal wash down of lobster and crab messes. Their menu is simple, on their placemats, and features every imaginable kind of local seafood cooked any way that you want. The prices here are really good, too. Oh, and check it out, they have 2 for 1 draft beers before 6 PM.
Favorite Dish: The conch fritters are really excellent. I was skeptical at first about eating something that is essentially made from giant, slimy snails, but they are really good. The crabs as well as the shrimp are great, too.
Generally, I try and stay away from eatteries with the word "Bistro" in their name. I just think it's weird - I mean, you're not in freaking France, dude.
Anyway, I should have stayed clear of this place. We sat on the patio, the staff was rude to us, and then about half way through our dinner, we noticed something - BUGS. Freaking caterpillars were falling from the tree above us into our food. It was totally disgusting. I would never go back - even though their sign does have a cute hedgehog on it.