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Mar 18, 2010 01:02 PM

Where to Eat in Clearwater or Tampa Near Phillies Bright Field House Stadium?

Hello Chowhounds!

My friend is going down to Florida this weekend for his birthday to see some of the Phillies spring training at the Bright House Field and I told him I'd help find some great places to eat! He is staying in Clearwater at the Windgate by Wyndham. Do you know of any good places he could go in either of those areas or anywhere in between?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. If he is a Phillies fan ( and to be honest even if you aren't my recommendation still stands) you must go to Lenny's for breakfast or lunch. It is a a great place and has fun kitchy decor with a heavy amount of Phillie's baseball memorabilia. They give you a yummy complementary danish basket with food, and omelets are to die for. Really good kosher deli type food is available too for lunch. It's been there on US19 forever and is a local institution.

    Other good Clearwater stops which you can further research on Chowhound or elsewhere are Cristino's Coal Fired Pizza (downtown CW on Ft. Harrison) and La Cabana Del Tio which is an awesome Mexican Taqueria which offers amazing homemade corn tortillas.

    For more elegant dining options, Cafe Ponte is near by and is a winner in my book. It is in the Icot Center off Ulmerton and features world inspired New American plates. And closer to your hotel you may want to try Sushi Fune in the Bardmoor Plaza off Bryan Dairy for exceptional Sushi ( if you are both into that).

    Enjoy your trip down for Spring Training, and hope you eat well while you're here.

    Cafe Ponte
    13505 Icot Blvd. Suite 214, Clearwater, FL 33760

    Sushi Fune
    10801 Starkey Rd Ste 18, Seminole, FL 33777

    La Cabana
    8303 N Armenia Ave Ste 1, Tampa, FL 33604

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    1. re: fepey

      Seconds on the Lenny's rec, esp. for breakfast. Very close to the stadium, it's basically a Jersey Diner in Clearwater. Scrapple, dude! I'm not a local, but when in the bay area, I go here for my Jersey diner fix.