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Jul 1, 2007 11:21 PM

ISO Clearwater / St. Pete's Cheap Eats!

Looking for cheap eats in the Clearwater / St. Pete's area. We'll be staying in Treasure Island for the last 2 weeks of August.

I hear that's gulf shrimp season, and I love lobster anytime so make your recommendations for great lobster that won't break the bank, but I'm also looking forward to finding those hidden gems, (like Dockside Dave's and Guppy's, etc.).

So, what do you recommend and why?

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  1. A good and inexpensive seafood place is Mid-Peninsula Seafood on 49th St. S. around 6th Ave. They don't have lobster as that is not their crowd. But everything is excellent and will be grilled, fried, blackened, etc. Very good!

    Another inexpensive place that I like is Coney Island Hot Dog Stand on 9th St. N. around 4th Ave. Coney dogs for $1.50 and the place looks like it is stuck in the 1920s.


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    1. re: RibDog

      Dockside Dave's has delish fried shrimp, but I actually prefer the fried shrimp at Philthy Phil's on St. Pete Beach as the batter is somewhat lighter and not as greasy. Their lunch and early bird menu provides a generous portion at a reasonable price. In fact, if you're budget-conscious, many of the local restaurants offer "early bird" or "sunset" menus before 6 p.m.--a good way to get good food at a reasonable price. Caddy's is a beach bar in Treasure Island that serves what I think is the best reuben sandwich in the area--plus you can eat it in your swim suit on a picnic table on the beach, if that's your preference. I do like Guppy's as well, but it's not exactly a "cheap eats" locale.
      Finally, if you venture into St. Pete, you MUST go to Ted Peters in South Pasadena for smoked mullet and other smoked fish. It's a local institution. They take cash only.

      1. re: laurie

        Hey Kids!
        Yeah, we're going back... looking for more ideas, and especially great Lobster - at ANY price! :-)
        I am planning on at least one big crustacean-feast, but I've been hearing really mixed reviews about the Lobster Pot.
        ... any other suggestions?

        1. re: TorontoTips

          the only lobsters I have eaten in this area in the las 5 years have been cooked to a rubbery consistency, so I've stopped ordering it. i love lobster so I hope that you get a good recommendation or two.

    2. Try the Conch Republic. Everything there is great.The food,service,seafood,drinks. Well worth the trip.

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      1. re: mama

        Thanks, Gang... my trip has been pushed back to Sept. 18th, due to work & weather, so there's still more time for Clearwater - St. Pete tips!
        Give me your best suggestions, and I'll share my tips when I get back.
        Best Grouper Sandwich?
        Gulf Shrimp?
        Stone Crabs?
        Best Burger?
        Blues Club?
        Best Bar with a water view?
        ...Bring it on!

        1. re: TorontoTips

          One quick response on stone crabs. You will be a little for them as the season does not open until October 15th.