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Oct 27, 2012 06:14 AM

Recos needed for Indian Rocks Beach area

Two Chowhounders from Toronto will be staying here early December. Looking for recos on interesting and tasty places to eat within a 30 minute drive range or so.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Just had a fabulous dinner at:
    Villa Gallace--Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach

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    1. re: irwin

      That's great to hear. How about other meals in the past?

    2. I think Salt Rock Grill is within 30 minutes

      It's very popular, nice fresh seafood

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      1. re: redfish62

        Thanks Mr. Red! We'll be there for a week or so and will be dining out a fair bit.

        1. re: redfish62

          Went to Salt Rock last week. Food was disappointing and pricey. Waiters were quite obviously wigged out on some sort of substance and not very helpful at all. Ask specifics about some of the dishes and received vague answers and was directed to an expensive steak which in ordered. It was not good at all.

        2. Do you have any type of cuisine in mind? I would say the Floridian for a Cuban sandwich, a local specialty, beans and rice, stone crabs are in season so you have to try them I would go to PJ's a little family place near St Pete beach or Billy's a bit of a drive in Tierre Vierde but near Ft DeSoto Park which has a great beach. There is Tapas Garden Bistro near crabby bill's (don't go to Bill's) also Frenchy's in Clearwater there are 4 now I think but I would try the original. Guppy's and Keegan's are two more great seafood places. A lot of people rec Salt Rock Grill but I much prefer Middle Grounds. I would try to get to Ted Peters for smoked fish( mullet is the local specialty) and a good home style burger. A fun bar up that way is Mahuffer's a true dive. Also if you're flying into TIA just a few miles away on Columbus is La Teresita a great way to say hello or goodbye to Tampa's unique Cuban food.

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          1. re: floridaeater

            No particular cuisine in mind, lol. We are omnivores. And thanks for your recos!!

            I am going to take everyone's suggestions and see where they all are in relation to Indian Rocks Beach as well.

          2. Don't miss Lighthouse Donuts (215 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks).

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            1. re: cavandre

              I second Lighthouse Donuts. We like Maggie Mae's on the Bluffs for breakfast (haven't been to the one on Sand Key). Also second P.J.'s for grouper and fried shrimp. Haven't been to Guppy's in a while, but used to be quite good. Remember to go early - most places get crowded by 5 or so during the season.

              1. re: suemac

                I highly recommend Keegan's Seafood Grill after about 10 visits. I haven't had a good experience at Lighthouse Donuts yet so we've given up on them. I'm amazed how many recommend them. Also agree with the Villa Gallace recommendation as they do a great Grouper Florentine and it's a true locals' place. Red Lion Pub is fun for drinking beer and playing pool. You can't beat Maggie Mae's for cheap, tasty food.

                1. re: Podie1956

                  Don't give up! I haven't had a bad experience yet at Lighthouse. My only negative experience is an occasionally poorly constructed sandwich with my lettuce sliding off my tuna sandwich. I sneak over that way some mornings from Largo to grab a key lime or pb&j doughnut!

                  1. re: Podie1956

                    We won't go back to Keegan's after years of loyalty including our birthdays and bringing our of town guests there. When they were sold right after Diners, Drive-In, and Dives aired, IMHO the quality went way downhill. We gave them numerous tries over the past few years, and there is just no comparison to how good they were and are now. They "tried" to copy the old menu and recipes, but we feel don't hit the mark. The last time I went, my daughter and I were served fish with a rancid nut crust - never again!

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