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St pete for a vacation

Junika Oct 8, 2009 07:06 AM

My husband and I are coming to St Pete for a 3 week holiday. We would like to dine out some of the time and would like some rec for some good restaurants
We will be staying near the Pink hotel
Thank you in advance

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    TampaNativeThatLovesNYC Oct 9, 2009 09:17 AM

    I hvnt eaten there in years but the restraunt located in the Don Cesar used to be very good, its the one where you can eat inside or outside. I'm guessing its still the same, they served a great bread w a yummy orange dipping sauce. A little north of the Don Cesar is Middlegrounds, pricey but good seafood.

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    1. re: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC
      joan Oct 10, 2009 05:10 AM

      I was wondering if you meant the Don Cesar in St. Pete Beach, although the Vinoy in downtown St Pete is also pink...

      If it is the Don, then I agree with both recs by Tampa Native. The restaurant described is called the Sea Porch. They also have the Maritana Grille, which is much more upscale and expensive, but perhaps worth the splurge (the kind of place where they greet you by name as you arrive).

      I would also recommend, for breakfast, Beverly's (Corey Ave at the north end of SPB) and Sea Horse (almost walking distance south of the Don) - for both lunch and dinner. See a sunset from the top porch of the Hurricane (but don't eat dinner there). Also love the Pearl on Treasure Island - both tapas and full menu, but make a res if it's the weekend - we've been turned away without one before.

      For good pizza, try Vito and Michael's on Blind Pass Road. Others like Snapper's and Mad Fish, but I haven't been to either in years, they were good when I went.

      Have a lovely trip!

      P.S. If you go to Middlegrounds, what we like to do is sit in the bar and listen to the live music and people-watch. We usually just order several appetizers when we do this, but the atmosphere is more interesting than in the regular restaurant. Get the spring rolls, can't go wrong!

    2. askdrtodd Oct 12, 2009 01:36 PM

      Eat at:

      Bowled (get the meatloaf bowl!)
      Z Grille (everything is great)
      Cappy's (amazing chicago style pizza)
      Savannah's (comfort food)
      Queenshead Eurobar (creative and unique food)
      Ceviche (it's fun, food is decent)

      1. j
        Junika Oct 13, 2009 02:40 PM

        Thank you everyone you have given us some great places to try.

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        1. re: Junika
          joan Oct 13, 2009 02:48 PM

          So...which hotel is it exactly?????

          1. re: joan
            Manderley Oct 13, 2009 04:30 PM

            even though the Vinoy is pink, i've only heard Don Cesar referred to as "the pink hotel". both are beautiful. the bar in the Vinoy reminds me of the Overlook in Stephen King's "The Shining". :)

            1. re: Manderley
              joan Oct 15, 2009 10:59 AM

              LOL Manderley, now that you mention it....
              But the Vinoy does have a great jazz trio in that bar on the weekends, and wonderful ceviche selection. We like to go for happy hour once in a while.

            2. re: joan
              Junika Oct 14, 2009 09:28 AM

              sorry we have always called the Don Cesar " the Pink Hotel"

              1. re: Junika
                joan Oct 15, 2009 10:53 AM

                Junika, don't be sorry....I just wanted to mention that while I agree with most of askdrtodd's suggestions, they are for downtown St. Pete (walkable from the Vinoy) but about 10 miles from the Don CeSar.

                Enjoy your stay!

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            RibDog Oct 15, 2009 12:15 PM

            A new place is opening on St. Pete Beach tomorrow night called WildWood BBQ. While I am sure they will a few kinks to work, the overall quality of the food was pretty good. I was at a friends and family meal last night and had a great time. If you want some que, you might want to try them out.

            Also, just off SPB on the north end is Ted Peters Smoked Fish stand. Ted's has been there forever and produces an excellent smoked fish.

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            1. re: RibDog
              RibDog Oct 15, 2009 12:18 PM

              One other thing. When you are here, it will be stone crab season. You should try some if you like crab. Keep in mind that they only serve the stone crab claws as the crabs will grow back a new one after one has been taken off.

              1. re: RibDog
                askdrtodd Oct 16, 2009 05:11 AM

                Good point Ribdog! Junika I don't know if you'll be in town this weekend, but if you check out local newspapers (Tampa Tribune, St. Pete Times) or local news stations (Bay News 9) you should be able to get a list of the stone crab festivals at area restaurants, I heard of at least 3 or 4 on the news a couple nights ago.

              2. re: RibDog
                joan Oct 15, 2009 03:07 PM

                Ooh, thanks for the headsup, Rib Dog. What location?
                Junika, check it out and get back to us ! :)

                1. re: joan
                  RibDog Oct 15, 2009 05:07 PM

                  The old Travelodge is being renovated and opened as the Postcard Inn. And Wildwood BBQ is the primary restaurant in it.

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                laboheme Oct 17, 2009 05:59 AM

                Speaking of stone crabs...Middle Grounds Grill in Treasure Island (right next to St. Pete Beach) has the best stone crabs I've ever had. Also, Fetishes on Gulf Boulevard has spectacular crab cakes.

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                1. re: laboheme
                  Boots55 Oct 17, 2009 06:31 AM

                  Totally agree about Middle Grounds and Fetishes. I get up that way to visit my cousin on Treasure island and always enjoy those restaurants. We have a restaurant down hereThe gulf View Grill in Englewood that we enjoy with the food and sunsets.

                  1. re: Boots55
                    Manderley Nov 13, 2009 11:54 AM

                    I've lived in Florida for just over 3 years and believe it or not i've never had stone crab. bought some once from publix but the claws weren't split and i couldn't open them once i got them home. smashed 'em as hard as i could with a hammer, nothing but dents on my countertop, so the whole pound went into the trash.

                    now i've got relatives visiting from maine, where lobsters are the best. they're staying on treasure island. after some poking around on this board, i made reservations at Middle Grounds for this evening. looking forward to my first stone crab experience, as well as cheating on my diet for the first time in months. ;)

                    1. re: Manderley
                      rhnault Nov 13, 2009 12:58 PM

                      I wrap them in a towel and "pop" each joint with a real hammer.

                      Enjoy your dinner tonight!

                      1. re: rhnault
                        Manderley Nov 13, 2009 07:59 PM

                        hi rhnault! i DID use a "real" hammer, that's how i got dents in my mica countertop!!!

                        so we went to Middle Grounds Grille...

                        ordered the stone crab claw appetizer, 1.25 lbs...was $24....for 4 claws; one tremendous one and three big ones

                        okay so now i finally see what all the fuss is about! meaty and sweet with that tangy mustard dipping sauce. oh mama! just what i needed, another obsession!

                        for dinner, i had the crabcakes, two tiny ones with yummy risotto and the most incredible fresh veggies (zucchini, carrots, sugar snap peas, asparagus, barely cooked, still nice and crisp oh delish). after dieting for so long, and the one gigantic crab claw, part of a nice spring greens salad with balsamic vinagrette and a glass of sam adams...i could only eat ONE of the crab cakes!

                        my cousins had the mahi mahi and the meatloaf. i didn't taste the mahi mahi (susan said the salsa with it was too spicy for her) but i tasted steve's meatloaf; it was wrapped in bacon and had a wonderful smoky undertone. giant portion. he was a happy camper!

                        all in all we were very pleased with the place. i'm so full i'm ready to pop. definately worth the cheat on the diet. thanks for the idea, fellow foodies!

                        1. re: Manderley
                          rhnault Nov 14, 2009 05:51 AM

                          I have tile counters so I have a giant boos board I use for everything.

                          Your dinner sounds fantastic. I love the mustard sauce

                      2. re: Manderley
                        Little T. Nov 14, 2009 11:06 AM

                        Don't feel bad. I've lived here for close to 30 years and have only had it once:-)

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