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emergency foodie excursion tomorrow from Tampa/St Pete?

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rebecca.kukla May 19, 2009 06:17 PM

OK, so 3 of my friends and I were supposed to go boating on Monday, and it rained. So we rescheduled for tomorrow - and it will rain. We need to have a fun day tomorrow - we can't have our hopes of fun deflated twice in a row! But what can one do in the rain in the middle of a weekday around here? Once you've gotten yourself in the mood for a day out on a boat with a six pack, a wake board, and some tunes, another round of the Dali museum really doesn't hit the spot.

I'm thinking a serious food excursion would be fun. Can any of you think of a place that would be a reasonable drive from Tampa/St Pete that would be a food adventure? It could either be a really great splurge restaurant, or - even better - some strange local fabulous place that would feel like an adventure. But just going out for yet another local lunch somewhere decent in St Pete or Tampa is not going to make up for two days of lost boating, so I need ideas! Creative ideas are welcome.

Thanks for any help!

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    laurie RE: rebecca.kukla May 19, 2009 06:45 PM

    How about a drive north to Cedar Key for some of that area's seriously incredible clams? On the road up or back you can stop at Weekie Wachee for the mermaid show (the viewing area is underground, so there's likely a show rain or no rain). I can't think of better rainy day Florida kitch than the mermaid show.

    I'd suggest Apalachicola, but that's really an overnight trip. Still, DH and I were there last week and enjoyed some SERIOUS good eatin'. The local oysters are like none other.

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      rebecca.kukla RE: laurie May 19, 2009 07:06 PM

      Hmm - this is just the kind of idea I like but google maps lists it as a 3 hr drive each way ... more than we will manage... but I need to do that some day soon so thanks for the tip!

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        rhnault RE: rebecca.kukla May 20, 2009 05:15 AM

        Kafe Kokopelli or Lunch on Limoges in Dade City?

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          burntderice RE: rhnault May 20, 2009 07:48 AM

          I second rhnault: Both Kokopelli's and Lunch on Limoges delicious and lovely places to eat. Kokopelli's has great organic steaks and Lunch on Limoges serves amazing sandwiches, pecan catfish, and custard apple pie. The town, Dade City, is quaint and full of antique shops, jewelry shops, and gift shops.

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            triff RE: burntderice May 20, 2009 08:55 PM

            Been to Tarpon Springs yet? Fun, funky food places and a myriad of shops - just take an umbrella!

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              rhnault RE: triff May 21, 2009 05:37 AM

              I think the sponge docks area floods pretty easily when we get a lot of rain. But I love TS and we head out to Costa's for Greek about every 6 weeks or so.

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                rebecca.kukla RE: rhnault May 22, 2009 11:52 AM

                My boring friends wimped out on me and we went for lunch locally, even though I *loved* the Lunch on Limoges idea. I need to try that really soon.

                Tarpon Springs is always fun but I was in the mood for something new.

                Thanks for the suggestions people! I didn't get to use them for my 'emergency' but clearly I have some excursions in my future...

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                  rhnault RE: rebecca.kukla May 22, 2009 12:19 PM

                  I like Lunch on Limoges for a group of girlfriends and Kokopelli for the husband. They have the best white chicken chili and nice wine pours of the proper temperature.

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