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Need Help For St. Petes Island

rlcole4346 Aug 29, 2010 05:45 AM

A relative from Sarasota is meeting four Ohio friends in the St. Pete Island for one evening. She wants good seafood, moderate pricing (say, average $20 entrees), with a good water view. From going through the board it seems there are a few places which fit the good seafood/moderate pricing--Cafe Luna, perhaps Sea Critters. I can't seem to determine what the view is from these two.

Is Crabby Bills a chain? I have an aversion to chains but I am occasionally proved wrong.

I thought Middle Grounds Grill would fit, but it is apparently on Treasure Island and not St. Pete.

Okay, I would not concern myself with the distance but my sister-in-law worries about driving up and back at night. I was in your area last February, stayed on Treasure Island, and ate from there to Tarpon Springs, loved it all, especially Frenchy's on the beach (pardon me if I got the name wrong). I will definitely be back.

The Hurricane seems to have a great view. However, I see few comments on the food.

Are there others on St. Pete you would recommend? I hope I've given you sufficient information. It is a bit difficult when you are looking for someone else. Thank you, rlc

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

Frenchy's Cafe
41 Baymont St, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Middle Grounds Grill
10925 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706

Crabby Bills
7675 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747

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  1. rhnault RE: rlcole4346 Aug 29, 2010 09:05 AM

    We ate at Middle Grounds last Sat night and it was really good. Treasure Island is not that far from St Pete Beach. I am not clear on what you are referring to as St Petes Island. Do you mean Tierra Verde? St Pete Beach?

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      rlcole4346 RE: rhnault Sep 1, 2010 12:26 PM

      Whoops! Xin Loi. It's St. Pete's Beach. I got confused somewhere along the line. My wife and I were in your general area last February. We stayed on Treasure Island, and ate for a week from there north along the water. Absolutely loved it.

      I agree, Treasure Island is not that far. But, sigh, I'm dealing with a wonderful, sweet sister-in-law who seems very nervous about driving from Sarasota, meeting old school friends from Ohio for dinner, and then driving back that night. She seems to have decided that St. Pete's Beach is as far as she can go.

      Is there any good seafood you might recommend on St. Pete's Beach? Again, sorry about my mistake.


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        UptownKevin RE: rlcole4346 Sep 2, 2010 06:53 AM

        St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island are next to each other. Like, literally 3-4 minutes down the road.

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          joan RE: rlcole4346 Sep 2, 2010 07:08 AM

          OK, so you basically want to stay on St. Pete Beach.
          To answer your original questions, Cafe Luna has good food, fine wines and no view. It is located on the main road, Gulf Boulevard. Sea Critters is on the water, but on the bay side. I like this restaurant and take out of town guests there. You can sit inside or outside, I much prefer outdoors if it's not too hot. There are catfish that come up to the dock and you can throw them bread etc. Guests LOVE doing this. The food is pretty good in my opinion, sandwiches etc, and they have a full bar.

          Crabby Bill's is on the beach, but the food is so-so. Fried fish and Alaskan crab legs, tourist central.

          Hurricane definitely is a great cocktail at sunset kind of place, but the food has gone way downhill over the last decade. Not much else on St. Pete Beach with an actual view, actually, unless you're willing to consider the three beach bars at the north end, all waterfront: Philthy Phil's, Woody's, and Sloppy Pelican....beach bars with live music, Philthy's has the best food and atmosphere of the three.

          Two more places to consider (neither with a view): Mad Fish and Snapper's. I haven't been to either in ages, but they both have a very good reputation. Do not be put off by the silver diner look of Mad Fish, it's actually quite nice inside, not diner like at all.

          My last thought is, go to Middlegrounds! It's maybe five minutes from any hotel on St. Pete Beach, you could tell your SIL it's still St. Pete Beach, she might not realize since the towns are back to back.

          Have a great trip!

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

          Cafe Luna
          467 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102

          Crabby Bills
          7675 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747

          1. re: rlcole4346
            Manderley RE: rlcole4346 Sep 6, 2010 11:43 PM

            psssst....it's St Pete Beach, not St Pete's. :)

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          jeepster40 RE: rlcole4346 Sep 2, 2010 08:38 AM

          It's funny that some of the better seafood restaurants on St Pete Beach do not have a water view. Snappers and Middle Grounds both have great menus and food to match. Sea Critters food is good but the water view is of a canal with most of the view blocked by a bridge. I would not recommend the Hurricane, the restaurant is very dirty which makes me question the cleanliness of the kitchen. When we have guests in town we usually take them to Seahags. It's on the water, although the view is mostly of boats in the dock, but still has the water front atmosphere. The food is consistently good and moderately priced, there is usually some type of live music in the evenings, and they serve a tasty sangria.

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

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            Manderley RE: jeepster40 Sep 6, 2010 11:42 PM

            i loved Middle Grounds, had the most incredible stone crab there last year. Crabby Bills? UGH. seriously.

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              stevenpol RE: jeepster40 Sep 7, 2010 12:12 AM

              ate at mad fish last year, and thought it the best food in the area.

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              rlcole4346 RE: rlcole4346 Sep 8, 2010 06:01 AM

              Thank all of you for your responses. I realize that the location was very restrictive. I've sent all of this to my sister-in-law. I would personally choose Middle Grounds and then a sunset drink at The Hurricane, or perhaps just a walk on the beach.

              My wife and I had such a wonderful time when we were in your area in February. It was a first visit for us. We got great recommendations from the board and enjoyed ourselves for a week. We will return.

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                palmtree38 RE: rlcole4346 Oct 28, 2010 06:42 PM

                Is middle grounds still offering their 4 dinner course and 4 wine pairings? $25......

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