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Hey guys and gals,
I've just moved to St. Pete from Texas and love good food at decent prices. I'll spend a little more on special occasions, but really can't afford much (moving costs TONS!). Do you have any suggestions I know nothing about the area and have nobody to ask (except for you...)
Thanks!

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    1. re: rikkikm

      Thanks so much!!! The local faves post for the Tampa area is FANTASTIC. I'll be sure to try them

    2. Welcome to the area. I'm new to Pinellas County as well, and have been scouring the boards looking for advice myself.

      1. I've heard that there are some fabulous places in st pete, i've only been to a few (so far) and they're rather expensive...chateau france omg it's wonderful, and columbia at the pier is also great (fabulous white sangria). for a nice "jewish deli" kind of a place, toojay's has the best rye bread on the planet, hands down, and it's not pricey, come to think of it. have fun exploring. i've heard ceviche isn't as good as it used to be, but i plan on trying it out anyway...

        1. I'd recommend Ceviche. It's downtown, around 2nd st and 1st ave, I think. Great Tapas, decent sangria. It's a little spendy. I'm open for exploration, if you discover anything good.

          1. If you can eat early, look for Happy Hour specials. Lots along St. Pete Beach.
            There are beach newspapers with lots of reviews and coupons that can save too.

            The restaurants along Gulf Blvd in St. Pete's Beach seem, to me, to be a bit more expensive than the ones off of Gulf Blvd. Woodies, Philthy Phils, Oyster Shuckers have happy hour specials and generally decent prices. Shuckers dinners are a bit expensive relatively speaking, but they have nice happy hour items.
            I haven't been to John's Pass in a while, but those restaurants seemed to be reasonably priced too.

            If you want to go another way, check out Mazzaro's on 22nd Ave N.

            http://www.mazzarosmarket.com/

            Italian market with loads of food. We get pizza by the slice, freeze it and bring it out whenever. We'll by the lasagna and bake it in the oven. Lots cheaper than going out. They have a nice wine room with lots of specials there. Lots of food and pastries to choose from

            1. ZGrille on Central is good and fairly inexpensive. I really like their pork tacos. Also, they have lots of interesting beers to choose from.

              1. Parkside Grill on Central just a few doors down from two other great places, The Kitchen and Bella Brava.
                Parkside is really cheap. I was shocked at how cheap they were.

                http://www.culinarysherpas.com/

                1. I'm new to Pinellas county as well but have found a really REALLY good Indian, Taste of Punjab in Pinellas Park. I do not eat seafood, fish etc so finding food that I like anywhere in coastal Florida can pose a challenge.