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? Tampa/St Pete's Best Eats

I'll be in Tampa/St Petes for a few days in April. Looking for some ideas at all levels, from crab shack to fine dining, something(s) I cannot get anywhere else. Ideas? thanks

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  1. Here are three threads that will give you a lot of information and ideas for the Tampa Bay area (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and other small towns in those vicinities.)

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/368294

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/129768

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/129646

      1. Just in case those posts don't mention it, the Crab Shack is on Gandy Blvd. in St. Petersburg less than a mile from the Gandy bridge. It's an old place with lots of atmosphere.

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        1. re: Tandoori Girl

          Crab Shack has one of my favorite blue moon indulgences. Fried seafood. My favorite is the shrimp, grouper, and scallop combo with potato salad and cole slaw.

        2. thanks. I noticed you (TG) have some favorite places for Cuban sandwiches...want to tell me more about them?

          1. don't know where yur staying but tampa has better cuban than st. pete. Places that win the contests in Tampa are Castellano and Pizzo deli or Wrights Gourmet, both in south tampa. For great atmosphere and more of a local twist to your cuban try La Ideal in West Tampa. It looks like a dive on the outside but inside it is true tampa latino. Be sure to order your cuban pressed (hot and toasty).

            there's this local chowguy that goes all the way to homosassa to get his cubans :) but we love him anyway. you should search the site for some of the cuban sandwich threads. you'll discover more than you've ever wanted to know about cuban sandwiches.