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Old 04-10-2012, 04:28 AM
 
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Good morning! We are making our annual pilgrimage to the Tampa Bay Blues Fest. Staying at the Marriot, 3rd Ave/4th St N. We usually leave the car parked and walk/trolley everywhere. We usually hit the Lucky Dill at least twice, among other places, but would like to explore a bit more. Any suggestions? Thanks! BTW, DH is extremely partial to great bakeries.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:35 AM
 
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Here are a handful in three categories that I am a fan of:

High end date night -
Cassis (French, 170 Beach)
Gratzzi (Italian, 211 2nd St S)
Cafe Alma (Spanish, 260 1st Ave S)
Parkshore Grill (Steakhouse, 300 Beach Dr)
Z Grille (eclectic American, 104 2nd St S)

Fun, moderately priced -
Acropolis (Greek, 515 Central)
BellaBrava (Italian, 204 Beach)
Ceviche (Spanish, 10 Beach)
Central Avenue Oyster Bar (seafood, 249 Central)
The Hangar (airport views, 540 1st St SE)
St Pete Brasserie/539 Lounge (French, 539 Central)

Cheap eats -
Ale and the Witch/Wine Madonna (beer, wine and bar snacks, Plaza Tower Courtyard)
Midtown Sundries (sports bar, 200 1st Ave S)
Moon Under Water (British, 200 1st Ave S)
Pipo's Cafe (Cuban, 437 Central)
The Avenue (late-night bar food, 330 1st Ave S)
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:10 PM
 
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Here are a handful in three categories that I am a fan of:

High end date night -
Cassis (French, 170 Beach)
Gratzzi (Italian, 211 2nd St S)
Cafe Alma (Spanish, 260 1st Ave S)
Parkshore Grill (Steakhouse, 300 Beach Dr)
Z Grille (eclectic American, 104 2nd St S)

Fun, moderately priced -
Acropolis (Greek, 515 Central)
BellaBrava (Italian, 204 Beach)
Ceviche (Spanish, 10 Beach)
Central Avenue Oyster Bar (seafood, 249 Central)
The Hangar (airport views, 540 1st St SE)
St Pete Brasserie/539 Lounge (French, 539 Central)

Cheap eats -
Ale and the Witch/Wine Madonna (beer, wine and bar snacks, Plaza Tower Courtyard)
Midtown Sundries (sports bar, 200 1st Ave S)
Moon Under Water (British, 200 1st Ave S)
Pipo's Cafe (Cuban, 437 Central)
The Avenue (late-night bar food, 330 1st Ave S)

Thanks, Chi_tino. I do appreciate the list and will be taking it with us. Especially the description and location. Always looking for something new.

I recently spent a very pleasant afternoon at the Dali, followed by a leisurely sandwich and drinks at the Hangar, sitting outside watching the action below.

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Old 04-10-2012, 04:33 PM
 
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Dax> Don't know if you aware The Lucky Dill has moved, Now they are in 19, in Palm Harbor.
That is a good list Chi has provided!
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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Dax> Don't know if you aware The Lucky Dill has moved, Now they are in 19, in Palm Harbor.
That is a good list Chi has provided!
Thanks for the heads-up, Annie. I did not know that. On 19 ?!?!? I avoid 19 like the plague. Last time THAT was doable was the early/mid 70's.

Funny, last year we wanted to stop at Moon Under Water ( was hoping for Bubble and Squeak ), but it was packed so we "settled" for Gatsby's. That wasn't bad either.

I am intrigued by Sab Cafe, 111 2nd Ave NE. May have to try that, as well. And yes, Chi done did good
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:15 PM
 
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If you like seafood the 4th st Shrimp Store will not disappoint

4th Street Shrimp Store ? 1006 4th Street North ? St Petersburg FLORIDA ? Delicious Seafood!
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:30 AM
 
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Dax> Don't know if you aware The Lucky Dill has moved, Now they are in 19, in Palm Harbor.
That is a good list Chi has provided!
Incorrect -- that is a completely different business.

Lucky Dill at Central and 3rd St is open (at least it was this past weekend when I walked by and it was packed).

Here are the two different websites and menus:
http://www.luckydillofstpete.com/
http://luckydilldeli.com/

Gatsby's is closed for the rest of the year while the Grayl Hotel undergoes significant renovations.

A pan: while it's fun to hang out with the beautiful people (and it is quite a good looking crowd) for drinks, don't be tempted by Tryst on Beach Dr for eats. The prices seem high until you get your food -- then they become downright outrageous. For example, a $10 "bowl" of soup contains about 5 spoonfuls. The other $10-15 "appetizers" are a couple bites each.

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Old 04-11-2012, 06:44 AM
 
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For great quality food at what I consider a fairly reasonable price (especially lunch) you can't beat the Parkshore Grille on Beach. Plus the location and ambiance are wonderful. It's one of my favorite places in St. Pete. Another neat little place we like right on the water is Fresco's. We eat there after the Grand Prix race.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:11 PM
 
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If you like seafood the 4th st Shrimp Store will not disappoint

4th Street Shrimp Store ? 1006 4th Street North ? St Petersburg FLORIDA ? Delicious Seafood!
Thanks, Jambo. Looks like a fun place. Seafood is always on the menu at Casa DAX And to think God actually made some people allergic to seafood. Mighty sadistic, iffin you ask me. I think this year, it's going to be a coupla pounds of ye ole "peel and eat" from Publix, extra zesty cocktail sauce, a couple of ice teas, and a park bench to watch the free show as it passes by...Note to self: DO NOT FORGET HAND SANITIZER. We do not wish to offend.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:31 PM
 
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Incorrect -- that is a completely different business.

Lucky Dill at Central and 3rd St is open (at least it was this past weekend when I walked by and it was packed).

Here are the two different websites and menus:
Lucky Dill, Dining, Catering, New York Style | 277 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 | 727.895.5859
The Lucky Dill Deli - Palm Harbor, FL

Gatsby's is closed for the rest of the year while the Grayl Hotel undergoes significant renovations.

A pan: while it's fun to hang out with the beautiful people (and it is quite a good looking crowd) for drinks, don't be tempted by Tryst on Beach Dr for eats. The prices seem high until you get your food -- then they become downright outrageous. For example, a $10 "bowl" of soup contains about 5 spoonfuls. The other $10-15 "appetizers" are a couple bites each.
You know, it's funny. I found an old menu from there and called the number. They were closed, but I did get their answering machine that referred me to their website. Upshot is, yes, they are still there, but I wanted to make sure before I said anything. No harm, no foul.

Oh man, now Gatsby's? Jeez...they made a great antipasto wrap. However, I can see the Grayl needing some reno.

Appreciate the tip about Tryst. I usta be a beautiful person, ain't so much any more, and never was a rubbernecker. Makes no nevermind to me either way, but 5 spoonful soup bowls and appetizers at 5 dolla a bite.....now that's UGLY!!!!
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