Eats and Treats
Restaurants, ice cream shops and snack shacks that will please your pallate
One thing everyone has in common while at the beach: we gotta eat! Below are some of our personal favorites and/or popular spots on the beach. I tend to prioritize food quality over ambiance, and usually dive restaurants have the best food. If you like these types of restaurants, feel free to give me a buzz or shoot me an email. I pretty much know all of the hidden gems on the beach. The money bag 💰 indicates how much you can expect to pay for a dinner for two with one drink each. Let us know your favorite spots. Madeira Beach has more quality restaurants per capita than any other beach town in Tampa Bay, and four of my top ten of all the beaches. Gulf Bistro. Gulf Bistro offers a wide variety of cuisine with French-­inspired flare. It’s not quite Cafe Largo [my absolute favorite restaurant in Tampa Bay], but it’s really, really good. The service is awesome, and somehow, every time I visit, I end up in a conversation with another couple, then nearly the entire dining room ends up in the conversation – very friendly atmosphere. 💰 $75 📌Across from Archibald Park. Mario’s. I rarely order anything except the lobster ravioli. It’s sent directly from heaven. Fresh pasta in a neighborhood atmosphere [I assume this is what a little Italian restaurant would like like in Italy if it were in a strip mall]. Great service, but limited seating, so get here early. 💰 $50 📌Next door to the 711 across from Brown Boxer Thai Star Sushi Bar. This is my girlfriend’s favorite restaurant because of one dish: beef noodle soup. While I agree, the fresh ingredients are excellent, I’m not that big of a soupl fan to make it my favorite of all-time. But it is really, really good. Everything has HUGE portions and fresh ingredients. Dianne and her staff are super friendly – and fast. 💰 $35 📌Across from Archibald Park. Pirates Pub N Grub. Outstanding fresh food that seems to be better each time! One of the few places where nearly everything on the menu is excellent. Prime people watching spot directly on the John’s Pass boardwalk. 💰 $40 📌John’s Pass Boardwalk
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One thing everyone has in common while at the beach: we gotta eat! Below are some of our personal favorites and/or popu
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One thing everyone has in common while at the beach: we gotta eat! Below are some of our personal favorites and/or popular spots on the beach. I tend to prioritize food quality over ambiance, and usually dive restaurants have the best food. If you like these types of restaurants, feel free to give me a buzz or shoot me an email. I pretty much know all of the hidden gems on the beach. The money bag 💰 indicates how much you can expect to pay for a dinner for two with one drink each. Let us know your favorite spots. Side Note: I have eaten at nearly every St. Pete Beach restaurant, and it owns two records: the most restaurants of any Pinellas beach and the lowest amount of recommendable restaurants per capita. There aren’t a lot of bad restaurants, but most are just OK or are over-priced. If you are here for more than a night or two, I recommend driving north to find better bites for your belly. That being said, a few are worth a visit. 1200 Chophouse. This is my personal favorite in St. Pete Beach. It has a small seating area, so be prepared to wait, but it is WORTH. THE. WAIT. The service is also very good; not pretentious like other restaurants of similar quality and ambiance. 💰 $75 📌Block north of the SPB Publix shopping center Maximo Marina Seafood Shack. OK, this technically isn’t St. Pete Beach, but SPB lacks an excellent dive restaurant [sorry Willy’s, you’re 4 stars of flavor, not 5]. Maximo fills this niche better than most. They pull the fish off the boat, filet it right in the shack right front of you, and you eat it on some picnic tables in front of the kitchen shack. Very few know about this hidden gem. They close at 7pm, so get there early. 💰 $30 📌4801 37th St S – behind Beef O’Brady’s Spinners. The food is average, but the view is amazing. 💰 $75 📌Grand Plaza Hotel. TIP: they are open for lunch; you might go up for an appetizer and drink vs. spending a ton on dinner.
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One thing everyone has in common while at the beach: we gotta eat! Below are some of our personal favorites and/or popu
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One thing everyone has in common while at the beach: we gotta eat! Below are some of our personal favorites and/or popular spots on the beach. I tend to prioritize food quality over ambiance, and usually dive restaurants have the best food. If you like these types of restaurants, feel free to give me a buzz or shoot me an email. I pretty much know all of the hidden gems on the beach. The money bag 💰 indicates how much you can expect to pay for a dinner for two with one drink each. Let us know your favorite spots. Redington has a very local feel; not too touristy, but just enough tourism to give us some great amenities. The restaurants in this area follow that same ambiance. Nothing too flashy; just good food. Redington has three of the best niche places you will find on the beach. Wahoo’s is my #1 overall restaurant. Shubee Shack has the sandwich market cornered. All Wrapped Up Wraps and Salads offers outstanding wraps, salads and soups [as well as beer and ice cream] at the best price you’ll find anywhere. Wahoo’s. You need to know where Wahoo’s is before you get close if you’re coming from the north; there is no longer a sign outside the restaurant. Worse than that; where the sign should be is a sign for the dog grooming place next door. Don’t expect to be greeted as you walk in. In fact, move out of the way if it’s busy, you’ll get plowed over by the fast-moving waitresses. The service is usually slow and borderline rude, but don’t be offended, food this good has to have a trade-off. I recommend arriving early and sitting at the bar. The fresh cooked fish is trimmed just over your left shoulder by Jimmy, the owner, and it is cooked perfectly by one of two chefs. This is the way seafood should be. Don’t stop at the seafood. I LOVE their ribeye, fried ribs and Caesar salad. This food is better than any of the usual suspects that do-gooders mention [e.g. Salt Rock Grill, Guppy’s, Shor, Castile]. I’ve only met one person that said Wahoo’s was “OK”, and that guy was wearing a tie and talking about his portfolio. If you’re a prude, don’t visit. If you are offended by four letter words, don’t visit. If you love fresh food cooked with passion, then Wahoo’s is your spot. 💰 $50 📌1/2 block south of Seabreeze; next to Thai Prajaam; free parking across the street Shubee Shack. Awesome, awesome, awesome sandwiches. If you don’t appreciate a good sandwich, then skip Shubee’s. If you know a good stack of meat and all the fixins, then stop by this little Shack that operates out of something a little smaller than your walk-in closet. The chef, Pat “Shubee” Bearry, is not your average shack chef. He’s played NFL football. He’s been in law enforcement. He’s been a celebrity chef. His latest project is Shubee’s Coastal Grill in Kissimmee, then he’s off to do his own reality cooking show. Lucky for us, we have the original Shubee Shack! 💰 $25 📌Across from Double Tree; located behind Sporty’s in North Redington Beach All Wrapped Up Wraps and Salads. Since coming on the scene a couple of years ago All Wrapped Up [my dog Riley’s favorite stop for treats] has steadily improved. It’s now one of the best spots for lunch, early dinner or a picnic out on the beach. Like Shubee Shack, this is most carry-out, though there are a half-dozen tables inside and a nice high-top bar outside to sit down if you like. All the wraps on the menu can be made into a salad [a nice touch if you’re on a diet]. The personal pizzas are really good and fill you up for under $5! Their homemade soups are some of the best you’ll find; never mind the low price! You can also get your beer fix with a fairly extensive carry-out offering [cheap and good – hard to beat!]. They’ve been so successful, they are soon opening another location downtown next to Tropicana Field – good luck to Mary and Kevin. Oh, one last thing. If you got this far, remember this. Around Thanksgiving [and again around February], they have one of the best plates of food you’ll ever get. Anywhere on earth. It’s called the Thanksgiving Wrap. Jesus of Nazareth left a review on Trip Advisor giving All Wrapped Up 5 stars for this wrap; he called it, “Something Dad would approve of.” After eating this wrap, Gordon Ramsey commented that every wrap he has eaten across the world has been, “dreadful. Bland. No flavor.” I waited outside with 100 other locals like it was black Friday shopping at Walmart to get my teeth on this wrap. It’s pretty good. 💰 $25📌Across from Redington Long Pier
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After dodging the world’s biggest forklift and finding a parking spot amongst all the boats at the marina, a beautiful view of the harbor appears. Out at the end is the restaurant and market. This restaurant is the perfect combination of a dive with the niceness you can appreciate (e.g. five new faux wood tables on the dock that seat six each). Inside the tidy market, slightly bigger than a walk-in closet, are three high top tables, fresh seafood for purchase and local sauces. We had the smoked grouper fish spread as an appetizer – smokey taste with a firm, flakey texture, and a generous portion (we had enough to take home). For the main course, I had the 1/2 pound grouper sandwich; fluffy, succulent fish with fresh toppings. She had the grouper Caesar salad, and it was even better than the sandwich. Two suggestions: if this is to be considered as the best grouper sandwich, than it needs to be great top to bottom; the bun was off-the-shelf, not fresh baked. Also the fries suck; hand cut fried would be great. With two drinks each, $50. We will be back!
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After dodging the world’s biggest forklift and finding a parking spot amongst all the boats at the marina, a beaut
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One thing everyone has in common while at the beach: we gotta eat! Below are some of our personal favorites and/or popular spots on the beach. I tend to prioritize food quality over ambiance, and usually dive restaurants have the best food. If you like these types of restaurants, feel free to give me a buzz or shoot me an email. I pretty much know all of the hidden gems on the beach. The money bag 💰 indicates how much you can expect to pay for a dinner for two with one drink each. Let us know your favorite spots. IRB [and Indian Shores] has a lot of solid restaurants, and they’re excellent when drinking is mixed in heavily. Some others besides my picks to consider: Crabby Bills’ menu took a dump a few years back, but they are the best for drinks. JD’s is so-so, but a super-cheap early-bird – and great [old] people watching. Aqua Prime barely misses the recommendation list, and might make it upon my next visit; they’re just a little too pricey for my liking right now. Salt Rock Grill. True, I don’t like the fancier type restaurants, but Salt Rock [and its sister restaurant Island Way Grill] is an exception. Great food, reasonable prices and friendly staff. Don’t worry if you see the parking lot packed, they find a way to make room [or you can sit at the bar]. The food is outstanding, and no one dish stands out. The menu is solid throughout from steaks to seafood to [one of my faves] pork chops. There is also an extensive wine selection if that’s your thing. You won’t go home saying “you MUST go to Salt Rock Grill,” but you will recommend it to friends. 💰 $85 📌Indian Shores, just north of Park Blvd, next to Indian Shores Town Hall Keegans. I’m not a big fan of Keegan’s, but my girlfriend and several others really like it, so I have to put it on here. And, Guy Fieri [ahem, “Fietty”], of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives featured it, so I don’t want to seem like I don’t know the area [though somehow he has missed Wahoo’s – the best dive restaurant on the beaches].💰 $75 📌Sits back from the road in a strip mall beside TJ’s Kooky Coconuts. I’ve heard mixed reviews on consistency, but I’ve eaten here over a dozen times [always the Cuban], and they are always consistently good in my belly. The Cuban is the best I’ve had. This includes the place out by the PIE airport [I’ve had two sandwiches there that tasted like a deli sandwich]. The place isn’t anything fancy, but a solid, well-priced spot to grab a sandwich and a beer while you’re on the way to or from the beach. 💰 $30 📌Gulf side, just north of Walsingham Rd Villa Gallace. Gluten Free Pasta. Hiring Dishwashers. Homemade Gnochi. I haven’t taken notice of the sign in awhile, but I’d bet you’ll see that on the marquee. Not only are the signs consistent, the food is consistently great. Villa Gallace is my favorite restaurant in IRB; fresh home made pasta with great seafood preparation is tough to beat. If you like Mario’s in Madeira Beach, you’ll love Villa Gallace. This place is always packed, so make sure to get there early. 💰 $75 📌South end of IRB just before the road gets super narrow
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