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Help! Food-stranded in Clearwater Beach this w/e

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ff.boston Apr 18, 2008 01:20 PM

Fellow foodies,

I _really_ need help. I just arrived in Clearwater Beach for a long w/e at the Sandpearl, and have my two meals so far here - breakfast at the Caretta and lunch at Tate Island Grill (by the pool). So far, very underwhelming – esp. lunch. I will have dinner at Caretta tonight, but if the previous experience is an indicator, I am in for a disappointment. We walked around the hotel, but could not find any decent place, at last from looking at menus.

Since I will be her until Monday, I was wondering if you guys could help me with three things:
- a place where I can have simply grilled fresh fish (no sauces, no “covering”- if it’s fresh, the best way to taste fish is either raw or quickly grilled. No qualms with eating whole fish, actually many times that’ better)
- a place that does great, simple, seasonal, local food (a la’ Blue Hill in NYC, that is)
- a brunch recommendation – I have a particular passion for crudo & raw seafood, esp. oysters.

No need for he places to be exactly in Clearwater Beach - vicinities are fine.

I really hope you can save the rest of my vacation. Thanks!!!

FF

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  1. sweet_polly RE: ff.boston Apr 18, 2008 02:54 PM

    Island Way Grill (just over the bridge) has both your fresh seafood and your Sunday brunch with oysters on the half-shell. http://www.islandwaygrill.com/

    1. scubadoo97 RE: ff.boston Apr 18, 2008 04:28 PM

      Don't consentrate on the food when you have a first class beach to look at. Kikus sushi bar is one of the best in the Tampa Bay area http://www.clearwaterbeachkiku.com/. Get a grouper sandwich at Frenchy's http://www.frenchysonline.com/. Island Way Grill is good. Not one of my favs but okay. Guppys in Indian Rocks is good http://www.3bestchefs.com/guppys/ . Head to Dunedin and try Walts Seasonal Cusine http://www.waltscuisine.com/

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        RibDog RE: scubadoo97 Apr 18, 2008 07:04 PM

        I would second the recommendation on Guppy's

        John

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          sunkissedbabe43 RE: RibDog Apr 18, 2008 09:12 PM

          third that recommendation.

          --I would avoid Jimmy's Fish House too.

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