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Seafood and more seafood! We're talking fresh off the boat. Lobster, Mahi Mahi aka Dolphin (the fish, not flipper) Grouper, Shrimp, Oysters. It's all here, you just have to know where to find it. OK, so you're looking for a fare of a meat & potatoes ? It's not Texas - sized, but Florida maintains a respectable number of cattle farms and plenty of resturants serving up delicious steaks. One of the oldest grocery chains in Florida are known as "The Beef People." Did you know? Florida has over 40,000 farms! With our mild Winters, something is always growing. If you opt to cook your own meals, be sure to pick up fresh veggies, seafood and fruits at any number of local markets. With all of the wonderful choices of Mom & Pop's we'll try to stay away from the fast food joints.   Dress in most Florida resturants is casual. Our "splurge" selections have an average dinner price of $20 and up. Our "budget friendly" selections have meals for $10 or less. Most of our featured restaurants have direct links to their websites - just click on their logo or name.  Bon Appetit!!
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Sea Hags Bar & Grill A nice marina view! Inside & outside dining.  Good fried shrimp; did not taste frozen and a delicious BBQ pork special of the day! Crab cakes look very tasty. Cool, Florida decor!
ST. PETE BEACH (where it meets with Treasure Island)
Bone Fish Grill  Born in St.Petersburg, FL. This once little 'fish' restaurant has grown into a National chain. Never a bad meal! SEVEN LOCATIONS in the Tampa Bay Area.
Berns Steak House  Since 1954, "the" upscale steak house in Tampa. A dining legend in the area. Save room for Bananas Foster, upstairs. RESERVATIONS.
TAMPA
Charlie's Steak House Great steaks! They say come casual, you would not be out of place if you like to "dress" for dinner. Ask for a table near the aquarium. RESERVATIONS.
TAMPA
Texas Cattle Company  Charlie's older 'sister' restaurant and a landmark in St. Petersburg. BIG delicious steaks. Fresh fish too!   ST. PETERSBURG
E & E Steakout Grill  Don't let the 'plaza' location fool you. Some of the best meals in town are served here. Very respectable wine list!
BELLEAIR BLUFFS
Guppy's  No small fish as the name would imply. A full menu of tasy dishes. Guppy's is a sister to E & E Steakout Grill.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Dockside Dave's Hands down one of THE best Grouper sandwiches you'll ever eat! Dave used to be on the dock - until "they paved Paradise and put up a condo." Cooked fresh & worth the wait. 
MADEIRA BEACH & ST. PETE BEACH
Shula's  Themed after the Miami Dolphins 1972 "Perfect Season". Serving Premium Black Angus Beef, Seafood and more. Save room for dessert. RESERVATIONS.
TAMPA
Biff Burger & Buffy's BBQ  It's not just one of the oldest & most popular burger joints in the area; Friday nights, it's a Classic Cars. Saturday & Wednesday are Bike nights.
ST PETERSBURG
Mazzaro  They claim the title of The Food Lovers Paradise, and it's TRUE! Eat in or take something home to prepare. Wine, Cheese, Seafood, Bakery, Fresh Meat & Deli. Delicious! Oh! Fresh pasta & fresh roasted coffee too.
ST PETERSBURG
 
 
waterfront restaurant
orange slice and grapefruit
spiny lobster on a bed of lettuce with shrimp, drawn butter and lemon
grouper fish dinner
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Boulevard Bistro Serving fresh fish and American dishes with flair. True to the name "Bistro" in size, but big on flavor. Delicious dishes! Outdoor dining in a tropical 'garden' is available.  SEMINOLE
Frenchy's  With four locations and their own fleet of fisherman - it's fresh! They'll even ship Stone Crab right to your door!
Ted Peters Famous Smoke Fish  Smoking since the 1950's. They will smoke your fish or serve their own. Known for their fish spread, German Potato Salad & burgers. Hours 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Closed on Tuesday.  1350 South Pasadena Avenue 727-381-7931 NO WEBSITE.
Mid Pinellas Seafood Market & Resturant Selling it and serving it fresh! Homemade Chowder & more. Family owned & operated since 1978!
Blue Fugi Enjoy Teppanyaki cooking, authentic Japanese dishes and Sushi. Of course, Japanese beer and Saki are on the full liquor menu. $5.95 Plate sharing.
ST. PETE BEACH
Donatello The Italian staff, donning fine tuxedos and enticing italian accents, welcome you into the rose colored atmopsphere and the rich aromas of pastas, seafood and more. One word -  delicious!
TAMPA
Saturday Morning Market
Downtown St. Petersburg 9am to 2pm
Sweetwater Organic Community Farm 
Sunday 12pm to 4pm
Clearwater Farmer's Market 
Wednesday 9am to 2pm
Gulfport Tuesday Morning Fresh Market 
10am to 5pm
Tampa Downtown Market 
Friday 10am to 2pm
Sarasota Downtown Farmer's Market 
Saturday 7am to 1pm
fresh markets
 
Tampa Bay Fresh Markets
Tampa Bay Budget Friendly Dining
Mustang Market Wednesday 6am to ? Fresh Market & Yard Sale 7901 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, next to the Wagon Wheel.  NO WEB SITE
Wagon Wheel Flea Market Fresh veggies & more. Located at 7801 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park. Sat & Sun 8am to 4pm. NO WEB SITE
Once just produce markets, farm markets have evolved into shopping destinations. Most markets not only sell fresh produce, but many offer arts, crafts, prepared foods and even entertainment.
Tampa Bay Splurge Dining
patio with colorful picnic tables and umbrellas
Sunset Grill Since 1984. GREAT Black Angus burgers, wings and more. Live entertainment outdoors on the patio. Very casual. 2996 9th St. N  St. Petersburg 727-723-2346
NO WEBSITE
Cuban Delight Cafe A tiny slice of Havanna tucked away in St. Petersburg. Indeed a delight! REAL Cuban dishes & coffee served up hot & tasty. We have it on speed dial. 2950 49th St N 727-328-7335. Closed on Sunday.
NO WEBSITE
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strawberry, blueberry, raspberry
whole hog roasted in cuban coffin
colorful fish wearing sunglasses ad for go native florida seafood
palm trees and a treasure chest logo for ricky t's restaurant treasure island florida
Salt Rock Grill - Since it's fork handled doors opened, this place has stayed busy! While it is on our splurge list, their "Early Dining" menu does offer great dishes that could fit into the budget listing. Indoor or patio seating, a 'basement' wine cellar - viewed thru a 'glass floor.' A favorite of locals and visitors alike. Raw bar, great steaks, seafood & more!
INDIAN SHORES
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Rather cook? Here are the area grocery stores
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inside of fridge full of food
Grocery Stores in Tampa Bay
Winn Dixie - to locate a store near you enter a city name. The directory will list stores as well as services offered; pharmacy - liquor store...
It's Florida, so expect to find sand pails, flip flops, coolers, boogie boards & beach rafts at the grocery store - especially if it's near the beach. While you're there don't forget the sunscreen. These are our most popular stores.
Publix - a Florida favorite. Well known for their baked goods & deli. Apron's even offer dinner suggestions you can try before you buy. A store very close to your cottage.
Sweetbay Supermarket - formerly Kash n Karry.  Nature's Place, Sweetbay’s “alternative” store within a store. Nature’s Place features all-natural and organic products.
 
4th Street Shrimp Store is a seafood market and restaurant. Serving up fresh seafood on "pic-nic" plates, in a Florida Funky dining room. Full bar. Only a couple of items on the menu that are not seafood.
Grill Marks New World Bistro & Bar - Seafood, Angus Beef, crispy salads, pasta, chicken; need more choices? How about Rack of Lamb or Mom's meatloaf.  Desserts and after dinner coffee. Wine, Martinis & Beer. LARGO
Jorge's Seafood Grille - the locals give this spot great reviews. Owner-Chef Jorge has a very nice menu with selections of fresh seafood; delivered daily, Costa Rican Specialities and a  full bar. CLEARWATER
Acropolis Greek Taverna With all the plate breaking, napkin tossing & belly dancing you'll wonder if you are in Greece!  REAL Greek fare, serving 'too much' to finish your plate, hookas and full bar. Three locations.
TAMPA
Craftsman House  A sweet little bungalow fully restored and on the historic registry. Serving a light fare of sandwiches, salads and wraps. Home-made drinks and many selections of coffee. It's a destination - The Craftsman House has an art gallery & pottery studio and concerts.
ST. PETERSBURG
Caddy's on the Beach - it's right on the beach! Caddy's is a favorite of parents who want to relax while the kiddies play in the sand. Fresh sesonal fish, ribs. Live music, full bar & valet parking.
TREASURE ISLAND
Middle Grounds Grill  Fine dining on the beach. This Florida family has been serving delicious meals for over 30 years. Fresh seafood, Angus beef, full bar and live music in the lounge. Taking the children? They have a "Kid's Menu" four selections only $5 each. This is a local favorite!
TREASURE ISLAND
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fish on logo for middle grounds grill on treasure island florida
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VIP Lounge - Is it  a bar or a restuarant? In a word BOTH! A local favorite. Small in size, seats around 30 diners, the VIP is big on authentic Mexican fare. Generous portions. Outdoor dining on the patio. Favorites, Mexican pizza and the "Wet Burrito". It's worth the wait!
Next door is Ricky T's - Fun, Food & Music
Acropolis Greek Taverna - Not to be confused with the Tampa restaurant. Located closer to your cottage, authentic Greek, belly dancing, napkin toss and for the younger set a packed night club. OPA! Voted best in the Bay 05, 06, 07 & 08. CLEARWATER
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