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Staying in St Petes, looking for top chow places to eat at ?

We will have kids in tow so we are not looking for fine dining but not fastfood chain restaurants. We like good people watching atmosphere so patios are nice. We will be looking for dinner requests and happy hour places are good too.

We will have a kitchen at our hotel so even a take out lunch one day would be great .

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  1. Where in St. Pete?

    1. We visited a few months ago, went to Agave for mexican on a chowhound recommendation. So good, we went two days in a row! (casual, the dining area is small and feels homey. friendly service) Reasonably priced, with good margaritas. Would have driven right by it if it weren't for fellow chowhounders. If you go, check out the mole sauce, it's got a kick!

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      1. re: MCFAC

        I read about the Agave on Trip Advisor.. Sounded familiar as i thought there was in San Diego as well but probably not the same place.. We LOVE mexican.

        Staying at the Sirata Beach resort.

      2. Agave is not to be missed. Sea Critters on Pass-A-Grille has outstanding smoked fish spread and good local seafood. You might also search the board for other recommendations. Enjoy your trip!

        Sea Critters Cafe
        2007 Pass A Grille Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

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        1. re: laboheme

          I had searched the board but since Florida is all one I didnt see much in the way of St Petes area after pages of looking. So i posted this one.

          1. re: palmtree38

            Try searching for St. Petersburg. You'll find lots of stuff. No such thing as St. Petes.

        2. Villa Gallace Gulf Blvd Indian Rocks Shores 9.95 up

          Los Mariachio's Gulf Blvd Indian Rocks Shores
          4.95 up
          Salt Rock Grill I Gulf Blvd ndian Rocks Beach from 10.00 and up

          Cottage Cafe of Largo-- Open Wed- Sun 8-3 Serving breakfast and Lunch its an old antique house with Resturant combined 727 581-3663 Just off of West Bay Drive, and 1st Street SW from 7.95 up

          Faith in Angels Tea house 7301 1st Ave So. St. Pete 727 345-1873 from 5.00 and up
          Great little tea house open during the day ask for specials and teas they use the finest Harney and Sons tea. DeAnn is a wonderful chef, Suzanne and Linda both work hard at this tea house

          PJ's Seafood on Indian Rocks Road Chicken wings, lobster great prices open for lunch and dinner 3.95 up

          Jimmy Iguanas At the Holiday Inn Indian Rocks Road Indian Shores From 4.95 and up

          Marlin Darlin from 10.00 and up for entire meal... open after 4:30 m-friday Sat 5-pm-11
          West Bay Drive, just off of Indian Rocks Road----- Bellair

          E& E Steak Out, Same place around the corner of Marlin Darlin

          Cody's Steak House Across the street from Marlin Darlin- Bellair

          Also for those who cook at home Surf and Turf great thick steaks and best Chicken ever all natural no fillers!

          Bonefish on the same roads at Marlin Darlin Bellair

          IF I find out more I will write more this is the ones we all take family when they are down
          Seafood house

          Salt Rock Grill
          19325 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL 33785

          Cottage Cafe of Largo
          607 1st Ave SW, Largo, FL 33770

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          1. re: Moonlight Skywriter

            thanks so much for taking the time to write the above.. when you say up do you mean this is the minimum price on a menu or a happy hour item?

          2. If you like smoked fish then you absolutely must go to Ted Peter's. It's a very rustic fish place that has THE BEST smoked mullet!! We used to go there often growing up and living in the area. I'm now in my 40's and it's still there.

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            1. re: hopebuilder

              Wow!!! I can't WAIT to hit Ted Peter's...
              I've never been...
              'Diner's, Drive Ins, & Dives' did a show there!


              1. re: Mild Bill

                Now that surprises me, Bill. Come on over and I will got out there with you.

            2. If you think the kids are into nostalgia, take them to the Coney Island Hot Dog Stand on 9th St. N. in St. Pete. I have had better coney dogs but the place looks just like it did back in the 1920s when it first opened. It is a real piece of history.

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              1. re: RibDog

                I remember as a kid getting smoked kingfish and I believe it was in St Petes area. Do they still do smoked kingfish?

                WE love Diners and drive ins. Will have to go here then ..

                1. re: palmtree38

                  Has anyone tried Los Mexicanos for mexican on golf blvd???? Someone tried it and liked it over Agave and less $$$ ok and a few others if you could make comment please :)

                  Ted Peters as mentioned

                  Dock Side Daves (gouper sandwiches/onion rings)
                  Habanna Cafe or Bella Habana
                  Walts fish Shak
                  Sea Hags bar and grill
                  Ceviche for Tapas

                  Habana Cafe
                  5404 Gulfport Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707

                  Los Mexicanos
                  38954 US Highway 19 N, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

                  1. re: palmtree38

                    Just back from St Pete. Bella Habana was closed up.

                    Mid-Peninsula Seafood across the bridge in St Pete was wonderful. Melt in your mouth cracked conch, which we found surprising as we'd been told conch is tough and requires lots of work to be edible. Also great grilled scallops and shrimp scampi.

                    Ted Peters - I swear the place had people there at all hours every time we passed it and the food was just excellent.

                    Paradise Grille Upshaw Beach - great coffee, great breakfast, great view. Really nice home fry potatoes. We were blown away by the great breakfast as the place looks like a beach snack shack with picnic tables with beach umbrellas on a little deck.

                    Ceviche - If anyone knows the recipe or even just the name of the sauce on the escargo wrapped in chicken, PLEASE share. That stuff was so good I swear I want to bathe in it. The sangria was really good, too.

                    Palm Court at the Tradewinds Island Grand - if you go just to eat, be sure to ask for a two hour free parking pass. The Sunday Brunch buffet was exceptional.

                    Skidders - If you are looking for a taste of old Florida, to me this was it. Place is a diner, basically. Best coffee we had in Florida. The breakfast was very good.

                    Beverly's La Croisette - My Florentine Benny was very good. Nice slices of ham, flavorful spinach and onions, nicely toasted English muffin. The place was wall-to-wall with locals and we heard a lot of discussion of local gossip without any need to try, which was really quite amusing, as they sat in big groups chattering and the place is quite small. My husband said his omelet at Paradise Grille was much better.

                    Larry's Ice Cream - ended up going twice, first time part of our group got some really tiny portions, but the second time things were more in line with what was pictured on the menus. Everything was very tasty and fresh.

                    La Croisette
                    7401 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

                    Habana Cafe
                    5404 Gulfport Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707

                    Paradise Grille
                    6850 Beach Plz, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

                    Tradewinds Restaurant
                    6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

                    Skidder's Restaurants
                    5799 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

                    1. re: TexanGert

                      Is Ceviche the same places as Ceviche for tapas???

                      Thanks for letting me know bella habana closed..

                      1. re: palmtree38

                        just ate at Bella Habana a week ago - not closed.

                        Habana Cafe
                        5404 Gulfport Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707

                        1. re: pie girl

                          and how was it??????????????

                          1. re: palmtree38

                            Have eaten there again since my last post...still open! It was delicious, as always! In addition to the very good food, they have fantastic sangria.

                            1. re: pie girl

                              thanks pie girl... is the best place for cuban food? as I have the Floridian as well on my list

                              1. re: palmtree38

                                Palmtree, the Floridian is indeed the best Cuban sandwich in the area, in my Cuban-loving opinion!

                                Across the street from the Floridian is the Pearl, also wonderful - more special, for dinner not lunch. And two blocks away is Middle Grounds. I love to eat in the bar there, rather than the restaurant, and listen to mellow live music and watch the bar crowd. Try the creole egg rolls and any fresh fish they're offering and you can't go wrong. I think they still have half price Wine Wednesdays?

                                1. re: joan


                                  Agave (dinner)
                                  Sea Critters
                                  Ted Peters
                                  Floridan (lunch)

                                  Is Ted peters or Sea Critters more suited for lunches or dinner?

                                  We would like to leave the car at the hotel to walk to some good happy hours around Sirata Resort or for dinner so we can have a few drinks. Anything on this list walkable or other recommendations?

                                  Dont need breakfast recomendations as we will make breakfast at the hotel as we have a kitchenette.

                                  Sea Critters Cafe
                                  2007 Pass A Grille Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

                                  1. re: palmtree38

                                    Ate at Cassis Brasserie today and loved it. My kinda place.

                                    1. re: palmtree38

                                      Ted Peters for lunch, Sea Critters for dinner.

                                      Agave is walkable from the Sirata (north). You can also walk the beach northward and many of the hotels have beach bars - that would be a fun walk. There is now a "free" open air four person vehicle (kind of like a grown up ATV) that cruises all over the beaches. I believe you will see it - just hop on (or maybe call them) and pay whatever. If you get to do that, I'd go to the trio of bars: Philthy Phil's, Woody's, and Sloppy Pelican on the water at 75th Street.. Sirata at 53rd means a 20 block walk - not sure what that would be like for you, but it is fun to pass all the shops (walk north on Gulf Blvd then head to the water for two blocks at 75th).

                                      Oh, and I almost forgot! Go to the revolving rooftop lounge a block away from you some evening (or some stormy afternoon) for a foo foo drink. This is quite fun, takes about an hour for the thing to revolve - just don't put your purse on the windowsill like I did! Note: they want you to eat to sit in the resto (the revolving part) so order a bit of food, otherwise you'll be seated in the non-revolving bar area.

                                      Snappers and Mad Fish are also walkable from the Sirata - good dinner choices.

                                      Have fun!

                                      Sea Critters Cafe
                                      2007 Pass A Grille Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

                                      1. re: joan

                                        perfect!! We will have kids in tow so not sure if these ATV would work for a family of four??

                                        I will make ressies then for Sea Critters.. Is it buisy on Friday or Saturday night ? as we will be there for one weekend leaving on a wednesday so want to go to more happening places on the weekends.

                                        Sea Critters Cafe
                                        2007 Pass A Grille Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

                                        1. re: palmtree38

                                          Here is the free taxi website - looks like they actually hold six. Give them a call.

                                          Sea Critters is busy I'm sure on the weekends - parking is a pain, but there is an overflow lot across the street. We never make ressies so can't guide you there. But be sure to sit outside so the kids can watch/feed the fish.


                                          Sea Critters Cafe
                                          2007 Pass A Grille Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

                                          1. re: joan

                                            thanks joan! What a great idea and free!! kids will love it..

                                            Sea Critters is on their advertisement so looks like they will take us there.. Have you tried their happy hour specials? (3-6pm) daily
                                            sloppy pelican is there as well and read about this on Trip advisor..

                                            Anyone been to Sloppy pelican??

                                            thanks again joan!!!

                                            Sea Critters Cafe
                                            2007 Pass A Grille Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

                                            1. re: palmtree38

                                              Mad fish I read has a incredible mon-thurs happy dinner with good selection.

                                              1. re: palmtree38

                                                Which is more chowhound worthy red Mesa or agave for mexican? Also mid penisula , Ted peters and sea critters are on our list fir must try,s

                                    2. re: joan

                                      I have eaten at Bella Habana numerous times and still think it is fantastic..much better cuban sandwiches than the floridian; this is real roasted pork right out of the oven and into the sandwich. The music on the weekends is excellent as well as the staff. Oh and they also have an outdoor deck with tvs...enjoy.have mojito

                                      Habana Cafe
                                      5404 Gulfport Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707

                        2. re: palmtree38

                          the hurricane on passa grille beach for grouper sandwiches