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Please help... need to bring out the big guns for mother-in-law's visit!

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greennikkidog Aug 6, 2011 05:31 PM

I haven't been back to Tampa/St Pete in a couple of years, so I am completely out of the loop when it comes to good restaurants. My MIL is visiting on Sunday, and I need a good restaurant that serves great lunch! I'm thinking seafood, French, or any standard American fare around the Tampa bay area. I really liked the view at Castaways on Courtney Campbell a few years ago, but I don't remember being wowed by the food. Can you please help an anxious daughter-in-law out and suggest something "classy"(for lack of a better term)? Thanks so much!!

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    ospreycove Aug 7, 2011 05:14 AM

    Heilman's beachcomber for a very good traditional dinner with excellent service.
    see reviews:
    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/30/342392...

    1. sweet_polly Aug 7, 2011 07:00 AM

      You could always take her to the Columbia...it's almost always a crowd-pleaser. The one in Ybor is gorgeous, and the two others (on Sand Key and the St. Pete Pier) have water views if that's what you're looking for.

      http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/

      Parkshore Grill in downtown St. Pete has that "classy" flair you seek, with mainstream taste appeal.

      http://www.parkshoregrill.com/lunch.html

      If you really want to pull out the big guns, the food at Mise en Place in Tampa is always wonderful and beautifully presented...and both venue and menu have a "fancy" feel.

      http://miseo

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

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        Miss E Aug 7, 2011 01:23 PM

        Consider Cafe Dufrain on Harbor Island. Lovely view of the channel and downtown, especially if you sit outside, and a nice seasonal menu.
        http://www.cafedufrain.com/
        Good luck!

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