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Sarasota & Clearwater recommendations please

RAGHOUND Feb 14, 2012 07:48 PM

I'm on my annual trip to Orlando and have decided to head over to Sarasota for a day of exploring in the parks and gardens. I'll be staying overnight in Clearwater and heading to Honeymoon Island the next day for some more adventures, then back to Orlando. I've never been to the west coast of Fl (other than to take in a couple of Phillies spring training games) so I'm looking for some help with lunch & dinner. I'm good with just about anything except Indian cuisine.

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  1. RAGHOUND RE: RAGHOUND Feb 16, 2012 01:15 PM

    C'mon, NO ONE eats in Sarasota or Clearwater!

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      Mother of four RE: RAGHOUND Feb 16, 2012 04:46 PM

      Excuse me????

    2. deet13 RE: RAGHOUND Feb 16, 2012 03:40 PM

      I am going to suggest that you check this thread from January.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/822166

      It covers the Tampa bay area, and the restaurants listed are all good.

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        RAGHOUND RE: deet13 Feb 16, 2012 06:06 PM

        Great suggestion Thanks deet13!

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          deet13 RE: RAGHOUND Feb 16, 2012 11:32 PM

          Of course while you're in Clearwater, and crawfish season is back, you could always hit Cajun Cafe on the Bayou...

          http://www.cajuncafeonthebayou.com/1....

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        freshlycured RE: RAGHOUND Feb 16, 2012 04:26 PM

        Keegan's Seafood in Indian Rocks Beach (next door to Clearwater) is the perfect, casual seafood spot. It's in a completely nondescript strip mall, but don't let that scare you away. The fish is fresh and delicious. Their blackened grouper sandwich is as good as i've had anywhere.

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          RAGHOUND RE: freshlycured Feb 16, 2012 06:09 PM

          Nondescript strip malls in Fl have some great food places. I had a really good lunch last year at Mid Peninsula Seafood on the way to a Phillies spring training game in Clearwater. This time I'm just exploring state parks and beaches. Is Keegan's a good dinner spot?

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            freshlycured RE: RAGHOUND Feb 16, 2012 06:58 PM

            Definitely good for dinner. It's open till 10 during the week and 11pm on the Fri/Sat night.

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              Veggo RE: RAGHOUND Feb 17, 2012 01:16 PM

              If you liked Mid Peninsula, you will also like Rosies Clam Shack in Pinellas Park. Mostly New England seafood.

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            sparkareno RE: RAGHOUND Feb 17, 2012 01:07 PM

            Can anyone recommend a good Cuban place in Clearwater please?

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              Veggo RE: sparkareno Feb 17, 2012 01:20 PM

              There's a Columbia restaurant on Clearwater Beach, also. Good paella.

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