Perkins: Great baked goods and breakfast 24/7
This is a chain restaurant so maybe not worthy of mention in the minds of many others but it is special to me because it used to exist in my home town of St Louis but all of the locations closed down here about 20 years ago. I think that they lost out in the market to Denny's and IHOP. I have always thought that they make the best breakfast out of the three and the fact that they are 24 hours makes it an ideal place to go after a night of drinks and clubbing.
Favorite Dish: Perkins makes the best pancakes of any chain restaurant in my opinion. Really you can't go wrong with any baked goods here.
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China Buffet: Lots of great food cheap
This is a buffet restaurant located near the University of South Florida. It is pretty typical of these types of places in the US in that they have a mixture of traditional Chinese American dishes like Sweet and Sour chicken, General Tsao's, beef and broccoli, fried rice etc but they also have fried chicken, fried shrimp and fish, pizza, and other asian treats including Korean Barbecue, Mongolian pork, and a full sushi bar. I stuffed myself to the gills here and could hardly walk when I left for about $10. The crowd is young and extremely diverse.
Favorite Dish: Just about everything is good here but definitely plan a trip to the gym or a long walk on the beach after lunch.
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Angithi: Good East Indian Cuisine
This is a small restaurant located across the street from a shopping mall and near the University of South Florida. The food here is good and there is a lot of it. I was really impressed with the lunch buffett. The waitstaff was not the greatest and the service was a little bit lacking but luckily this isn't so important in a serve yourself setting so I would recommend coming here for lunch or on Monday nights when the buffett is active.
Favorite Dish: I think that this is either a South Indian place or that the owners are from Pakistan. I really enjoyed the Sag Paneer and the fluffy nan.
Crabby Bill's: Don't Worry, Be Crabby
Although not on Treasure Island (on St. Pete Beach, just south of Treasure Island), Crabby Bill's is an excellent place to eat. It sits right on the beach and one can watch the sunsets while eating. Often, they play a game called, "Look Who's Here!", where they get the dinning room's attention over the PA and tell them that the next time they say, "Look Who's Here!", we are to whistle, cheer, and clap. Of course, the unsuspecting victims (those being seated next) walk into the dinning room with "Look Who's Here!" and everyone cheers for them...the customers usually don't know what's going on which makes it very funny.
The restaurant is decorated with sings announcing the specials and crazy sayings like, "Kids, control your Parents!" and "Free Beer! Yesterday."
Favorite Dish: If you are looking for great sea food, Crabby Bill's is the place. Everything is fresh and their Grouper is excellent. Their menus look a page from the Yellow Pages. And make sure you save room for their famous Key Lime Pie.
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