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Visiting the the St. Petersburg/Orlando area next week and looking for some good food. Prefer local/organic or at least local food..Have been looking at the postings thus far and happy to see we won't have to eat at Applebees or McD!

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  1. Hard to know how to direct you without some guidance about where you'll be staying or what type of food you like.

    If you're adventurous, try Walt's in John's Pass over towards the Gulf for the freshest seafood and coolest location you could ever imagine!

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    1. re: PDeveaux

      I agree! We love Waltz Fish Shack. Very cool place, awesomely great food! We also really liked Leatherbacks too, up the road a bit in I think Redington Beach. We'll be on Treasure Island the end of the month...can't wait to try Keegans! (Saw it on the Food Network) One of our all-time faves for cheap eats is Caddy's :) And then the local boat tour man told us of a place the locals frequent, The Wharf Seafood Restaurant. It's like an old wood and tin-roofed building, on a waterway. You can sit outside or in. It's in Pass-A-Grille, not in the main downtown area.

    2. If you like fish, I would strongly recommend hitting Ted Peter's in S. Pasadena. Excellent smoked fish and a St. Petersburg institution.

      John

      1. I don't know where the organic places are other than Whole Foods in Winter Park (north of Orlando). But here are some local non-chain places that are really good:

        St. Pete: Moon Under Water

        Lakeland (off I-4 between St. Pete and Orlando, if you're driving): Cafe Roti Indian/Pakistani food, near the hospital in Lakeland

        Orlando: Midnight Blue; Bill's Elbow South for the best green beans (they come with the perogis, an all-around great lunch or dinner); Seasons 52 is very fresh and everyone except me loves it, so maybe you'll have luck there; Graze may be something you'd like too, in Orlando's Thornton Park; Columbia or Samba Room for upscale Cuban; IL Pescatore for homemade Italian; Greek Taverna Opa is supposed to be outstanding, I haven't been there yet.

        The Ravenous Pig is the latest and greatest in Orlando (actually in Winter Park). I have been there and it lives up to the hype.

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        1. re: starbucksbrew

          There is infusion tea ( they serve food ) on edgewater in College Park