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Palm Harbor / Clearwater help please!

I'm a newbie so please forgive me in advance and don't flame me.

I have friends who just moved out of state to Palm Harbor. As a welcome gift I would like to mail them a gift certificate to a nice restaurant there. Seafood would seem logical but if there is something better I am all ears. I am assuming that something in Clearwater would be fine too, as it seems (on a map) to be closeby. But I don't want to cause them to drive far if there is something just as good in Clearwater.

Any help out there?

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  1. Does no reply mean I posted wrong or that no one has recs?

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    1. re: bamabelle

      Glad Bubba Gump's love bumped this thread, in a way! I'm actually going for a short trip to Dunedin tomorrow. In past visits I've done several of the Main St restaurants, and some have been pretty good in the past - Kelly's, Black Pearl, Casa Tina (except for the sangrita with my shot of reposado, hope it's different) and Pensare were very good. Any other recs in Dunedin? Also interested in places in Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs. Love all kinds of food, especially seafood, and I'm solo so good bar dining is appreciated.

      PS - Is Eli's BBQ in Dunedin worth it as well? Thinking about Friday lunch there.

    2. What a nice friend you are! There are several nice options in the area. A few ideas: Red Fish Blue Fish; Mystic Fish; Island Way Grill (Clearwater Beach).

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      1. re: laurie

        Thank you for the recs! I'll look into all of them. Is Clearwater Beach an easy drive from Palm Harbor?

      2. Clearwater - Palm Harbour. Right next to each other. You can't even tell the difference when you move between the two. Nothing in the general area is very far in distance though the traffic can be a problem at rush hour.
        Anyway -

        You should consider Cafe Ponte. It is on Ulmerton Road in Largo (just to the south of Clearwater) Very highly reguarded. Do a Google and check out the reviews. Chris Ponte has opened another spot a little further north in Clearwater. Italian - called Ponte's Tuscan Grill. I have not been there but I wouldn't hesitate. I really enjoy Vincenzo's. Located on McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. A cut above casual. Busy and a little noisy but excellent Italian fare.
        None of these places are any more than 20 minutes from Palm Harbour.

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        1. re: Wineman

          Thanks so much, Wineman. Obviously I am not familiar with the area, so this helps. I'll check in to all of these places.

        2. Excellent Thai and very reasonable at Ban Thai in Northwood Plaza on N. side of Enterprise Road, E of McMullen Booth.
          Also Bonefish Grill, same plaza, upscale/yuppie.
          Agree on Mystic Fish and Island Way Grill - not so much on Red Fish Blue Fish.
          Sam Selzer's in Palm Harbor, excellent alternative to Outback - often a better experience.
          Probably best in Palm Harbor area and one of best in Tampa Bay area is in same shopping center as Mystic Fish - about 3 doors down from them (NOT the one about 6 doors down from them)- name excapes me at the moment. Expensive.

          1. Hey, I just joined this site, but it it's not too late, let me give you some favorite restaurants in the area. I live in Palm Harbor and eat out at least 3 times a week.

            CATCH 23, across from the Countryside Mall Seafood, etc
            GRILLSMITH, same shopping center as CATCH 23. Seafood, etc

            VINCENZOS for Italian. In Safety Harbor, but closeby

            ISLAND WAY GRILL. EarlyBirds are great, must be there by 5 PM
            (about 30 mins away)

            KELLY'S (for just about anything), Dunedin (not far) has
            great goumet-quality eclectic food.

            GREENSPRINGS (downtown Safety Harbor, off Main St) not far.
            Very interesting gourmet-type food, live guitar music
            on weekends

            CELLO'S CHARHOUSE downtown Safety Harbor. nearby. Tiny little place, WWII decor. Limited menu, but delicious. Very reasonable. Most expensive item (filet mignon) is around $15.00. All meals come with salad, beer-cheddar soup, perogies, and the entree selection. BRING YOUR OWN WINE OR BEER. They usually have salmon, pork chops, chicken breast, filet mignon, vegetable pasta. RESERVATIONS NEEDED.

            Hope this helped.

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            1. re: HERPEPPINESS

              Avoid Cello's like the plague. Food/service is overall bad and not worth the money. Soup was cold, and my medium well filet mignon was so tough, that my food actually ended up flying off the plate while I was trying to cut the steak. We asked for no sauce, and they put it on the steak anyway==after trying to cut it, I saw why. My boyfriend's salmon was the same way. See my posting on this.