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erikschwarz Oct 5, 2010 03:32 AM

Traveling this Wednesday from New Orleans to St Pete for the first two games of the Rays-Rangers playoff series and staying at the Renaissance Vinoy on 5th Street NE in St Pete.

What is the best 1) breakfast 2) lunch and most important 3) dinner nearby? I eat seafood and veggies, but other members of the party - including one of the Rays owners - are omnivorous.

The featured restaurant at the Vinoy is Marchand's. Any good? Also, how about the food concessions at the Trop? Not so great, I hear, Though they have lobster rolls, which I love.

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    ospreycove Oct 5, 2010 11:27 AM

    Tip o' the day......BERNS TAMPA "ART IN STEAKS"

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    1. re: ospreycove
      erikschwarz Oct 5, 2010 11:33 AM

      Tx. I am not a beef-eater, but Bern's menu shows lots of interesting fish and veg dishes.

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      ambroziak Oct 5, 2010 11:23 AM

      There are plenty of places to choose from nearby in the downtown area, but it depends on what you are after.

      Coney Island Hot Dogs is a great old OLD establishment if your craving a couple chili dogs or just for a baseball theme.
      (http://www.tampabay.com/features/food/restaurants/article654598.ece

      )

      Ceviche is a nice tapas place with a huge list to choose from.
      (http://www.ceviche.com/

      )

      Moon Under Water is a very interesting restaurant with fancy english/indian dishes
      (http://www.themoonunderwater.com/

      )

      Bella Brava for italian also near the red mesa (actually never had it but it is on my list to try
      (http://bellabrava.com/

      )

      The downtown branch of the Red Mesa has great outdoor seating and very good duck tacos.
      (http://redmesacantina.com/

      )

      Most of these have menus online, check 'em out. There are plenty more to choose from too. Especially if you are willing to drive.

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      1. re: ambroziak
        erikschwarz Oct 5, 2010 11:27 AM

        Tx. Look like some great choices.

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        Little T. Oct 8, 2010 06:11 PM

        If you stay at the Vinoy again . . . Parkshore Grill is right down the road - http://www.parkshoregrill.com/ - They do a nice job.

        If you like Mexican/American fusion, then check out ZGrille - http://www.zgrille.net/menuz.html - Best fish tacos and the rib eye is awesome!

        BTW, did ya'll get a chance to dine at Marchand's?

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        Parkshore Grill
        300 Beach Drive NE Ste 104, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

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          erikschwarz Oct 8, 2010 06:27 PM

          Parkshore looks great. The brunch and particularly the picnic menus seem to be bargains. As for ZGrille, I am a big fan of fish tacos. Speaking of which, I ordered 'em at Alfresco's, the Vinoy's poolside restaurant, and they were quite good. Did not make it to Marchand's. Maybe next time. I really like the grand old dame of a hotel and the whole St Pete scene. If only the Texas Rangers had cooperated...

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            Little T. Oct 8, 2010 06:35 PM

            Yep, the Vinoy is very cool.

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            saacnmama Jul 4, 2011 11:42 AM

            Ate at the Parkshore Grill yesterday, but don't have enough to say to make a complete review.
            I got the salmon breakfast--smoked salmon, a few drips of mango/red onion sauce, some capers, red onion rings, and endive leaves with a couple scraps of toasted something. It was yummy, but I was so spoiled by the huge brunch platters at our old favorite where we used to live that I wasn't terribly impressed. I think we paid extra for the bread basket. My son's grilled cheese sandwich was done creatively--bread wedges lined up overlapping with cheese melted on top--but the basic white bread and orange cheese were the same as everywhere.
            We might go back if we're looking for brunch in that area, but I certainly wouldn't call it a must-do

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            Parkshore Grill
            300 Beach Drive NE Ste 104, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

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