Great place to take company, something for everyone. Lots of boat slips, entertainment nightly, waterfront dining (indoor and out are available), wide variety of food. Lots of pub food such as sandwiches, burgers and wings, but also fresh seafood and steak, chicken ribs, oysters, etc. Piano bar, dancing nightly, relaxing atmosphere. Good place to meet w/friends or take folks from out of town.
PROS: Something for everyone
Ted Peters has been a standard for smoked fish spread (and terrific burgers) for years. Simple sides are available. Now situated on a busy four lane road, it's been a favorite of tourists and locals alike for more years than I care to remember, but back to the road being small and empty! Outdoor dining at picnic tables, ultra casual (perfect for a stop to or from the beach), and great food! You need to go just to say you've been. It's unique, a classic old Florida eatery.
PROS: Character, food
Truly a family type restaurant - wide variety of usual choices, with some unusual steak and fish entries and a good breakfast as well. Service varies from excellent to slightly below average. Special dinners for each evening - good prices and well cooked entries. There's an enticing selection of breads to purchase at the checkout - and they are very good. Restaurant is busy, a wait is likely for dinner.
PROS: Good entries and breakfasts
CONS: Service is iffy, parking sometimes difficult.
10625 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL!! Great burritos (add or subtract what you want/don't), a few dining tables. Good chips as well. It's a small bar, with a casual, beachy and laid back atmosphere. The food is good, and when I was a real local, it was a great place to eat. We still get out to the beach to eat there fairly regularly.
PROS: Good food, friendly help
CONS: limited seating
Casual family mexican restaurant. Attentive service. Good food and excellent, crisp tortilla chips. Roving musicians occasionally. I like the enchiladas. One of two locations, the other is in Clearwater. Big parking lot. Good place for a group and they'll accommodate larger parties by putting tables together. Haven't ever had a disappointing meal!
PROS: Good food, reasonable prices, easy parking
Carmelitas with four locations is family owned and operated. It has been voted best Mexican restaurant in Tampa Bay. People either love it or hate it. I'm a fan of more "generic" mexican food, but Carmelitas is always busy and has been very long lasting (over 20 years) in the area. I've taken guests who loved it, and it's been a standard for our office personnel for years. Worth a visit if you like Mexican.
PROS: Easy access, long time business
Biff Burger is a fun place to go for a casual meal. They recently added misters to the fans in the outdoor dining area - a big plus! They have a good sized menu, lots of breakfast items (til 11 on weekdays, 12 on weekends), and dinner isn't only burgers but other sandwiches, wings, and BBQ from the entwined Buffys Southern Pit BarBQue! I love the pork BBQ, and the burger baskets and onion rings are good too. Auto and motorcycle shows liven it up at special times (call for dates), and the servers are friendly.
PROS: Lots of parking, large outdoor dining, good food
CONS: small indoor dining
Kays has a wide variety of food (inexpensive), and a good breakfast menu. The servers are pleasant and many of them are family. But the temperature in there is always freezing. I had to give up on eating breakfast there as nothing cools off faster than eggs and toast and I felt as if I had to inhale the food before it got cold. If you enjoy very cool temps, Kays will please you. The food is adequate and the selection good for a small place.
PROS: Central location, good parking
CONS: They keep it cold - food gets cold in a hurry
If you need a quick meal and like hot dogs, Bills Dog House is a perfect stop. Tiny, on the Tyrone side of Tyrone Gardens, there is very limited seating and little to no ambience, but the dogs and sausage are good, there are a wide variety of toppings, and they are big (and filling). Lots of parking, easy access from all directions into the shopping center, and if the seating is full, take out is a great option.
PROS: Great dogs, easy access, lots of parking
CONS: small selection of sides, limited seating
Not a "catchy" name for a gift shop, especially for one located in John's Pass at the Boardwalk, but the gift items are a cut above the tourist trap items found in many of the stores there. The shop is well decorated, and the items are not junky. Home of the "Peli-Clause", a darling Christmas pelican, the shop carries a lot of unique items and is worth a visit even if you are a local, it's not full of "Madiera Beach" stamped items. The help is just that, helpful, and will gladly wrap your item for shipping if necessary. Open until 9, and the location on the boardwalk is great. Parking at John's Pass is pretty convenient - and you'll want to wander through the center anyway.