Sunday, August 12, 2012


(includes Anna Maria Island, Clearwater, Holmes Beach, St. Pete Beach, Tarpon Springs & Ybor City)

Ginny’s & Jane E’s – 9807 Gulf Drive (Anna Maria Island); 941-778-8203; café and bakery.
Kahwa Espresso Bar – 475 2nd Street North (St. Petersburg); 727-823-4700;; French café with bright, minimalist interior.
Kahwa Cafe – 204 2nd Avenue South (St. Petersburg); 727-821-1942;
Pane Rustica – 3225 South MacDill Avenue (Tampa); 813-902-8828;; breakfast pastries.
Sophie’s French Bakery & Cafe – 1633 West Snow Avenue (Tampa); 813-254-5257;; great for breakfast pastry and coffee.

Feeling Swell – 9903 Gulf Drive (Anna Maria Island); 941-896-7879;
Hurricane – 807 Gulf Way (St. Pete Beach); 727-360-9558;; have cocktail on roof and watch sun go down.
Independent – 29 3rd Street North (St. Petersburg); 727-820-9514;; candlelit beerhall with retractable glass façade.

Veteran’s Reef – shipwreck trio that serves as goliath grouper breeding ground.

Ponce de Leon Boutique Hotel – 95 Central Avenue (St. Petersburg); 727-550-9300;
Post Card Inn on Beach – 6300 Gulf Boulevard; 727-367- 2711 or 800-237-8918;; renovated 1957 motor inn; chic and spare; right on beach; rooms closest to pool have private hammocks; 2 rooms have balconies (#s 362 and 364) that look toward beach; non-renovated bathrooms.

Beach Bistro – 6600 Gulf Drive (Holmes Beach); 941-778-6444;; swank-ish but you can wear flip-flops; try “White Castle” slider.
Bern’s Steak House – 1208 South Howard Avenue (Tampa); 813-251-2421;; down-at-heels, tacky, tatty, wonderful; regional favorite and standby since 1950s; legendary dessert array.
Brocato’s Sandwich Shop – 5021 East Columbus Drive (Tampa); 813-248-9977; open since 1948; devil crabs like geodes.
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant – 95 Central Avenue (St. Petersburg); 727-209-2299;; Spanish food.
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant – 1502 South Howard Avenue (Tampa); 813-250-0203;; Spanish food.
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant – 2930 Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard (Clearwater); 727-799-3082;; Spanish food.
Columbia Restaurant – 2117 East 7th Avenue (Tampa, Ybor City); 813-248-4961;; open since 1905; beautiful, old building with tile-work worth viewing in and of itself; try Paella a la Valenciana, Snapper Alicante, and/or Pompano en Papillot; also black bean soup and fried ripe plantains; must order flan (made Cuban-style with sweetened condensed milk).
Duffy’s Tavern – 5808 Marina Drive (Anna Maria Island); 941-778-2501;; hamburgers named among best in country in 1989; don’t ask for French fries and no credit cards or attitude.
Michelle Faedo’s Sandwich Shop – 3609 North 15th Street (Ybor City); 813-247-3020;; must order devil crabs; also has great Cuban sandwiches.
Mr. Empanada – 3953 West Kennedy Boulevard (Tampa); 813-872-6233;; crab empanadas.
Mr. Empanada – 4836 North Armenia Avenue (Tampa); 813-879-6232;; crab empanadas.
Mr. Empanada – 7541 West Hillsborough Avenue (Tampa); 813-249-6233;; crab empanadas.
Feeling Swell – 9903 Gulf Drive (Anna Maria Island); 941-896-7879;
Ginny’s & Jane E’s – 9807 Gulf Drive (Anna Maria Island); 941-778-8203; café and bakery.
Kahwa Cafe – 204 2nd Avenue South (St. Petersburg); 727-821-1942;
Neyda’s Buy & Fly Café – 540 South 50th Street; 813-248-8816; Jamaican beef patties, fried chicken gizzards, yucca fritters, and devil crabs; this is convenience store.
Pane Rustica – 3225 South MacDill Avenue (Tampa); 813-902-8828;; Italian bakery that also serves lunch and supper; also, late night desserts.
Paninoteca – 519 North Franklin Street (Tampa); 813-341-2525;; light Mediterranean fare.
Pipo’s Cafe – 11417 North Dale Mabry Highway; 813-963-7476;; Cuban food; try ropa vieja, black bean soup, and deviled crab.
Pipo’s Cafe – 411 South McDill Avenue; 813-871-5252;; Cuban food; try ropa vieja, black bean soup, and deviled crab.
Pipo’s Cafe – 3501 North Armenia Avenue; 813-876-7476;; Cuban food; try ropa vieja, black bean soup, and deviled crab.
Rod & Reel – 875 North Shore Drive (Anna Maria Island); 941-778-1885; 2-story restaurant, at end of pier; insider sunset spot and local knowledge about beaches.
Sandbar – 100 Spring Avenue (Anna Maria Island); 941-778-0444;; good fried seafood and outdoor seating.
Sign of Mermaid – 9707 Gulf Drive (Anna Maria Island); 941-778-9399;; in 1913 cottage; seafood and baked goods.
Skinny’s Place – 3901 Gulf Drive North (Anna Maria Island); 941-778-7769; burgers.
Sophie’s French Bakery & Cafe – 1633 West Snow Avenue (Tampa); 813-254-5257;; quiches, salads, and sandwiches.
Star Fish Co. – 12306 46th Avenue West (Anna Maria Island); 941-794-1243;; fish market and restaurant.
La Teresita – 3248 West Columbus Drive (Tampa); 813-879-9704;; Cuban-Spanish; open extra late for Cuban sandwiches.
West Tampa Sandwich Shop – 3904 North Armenia Avenue; 813-873-7104;; great roast pork and ham sandwiches; also, huge devil crabs.

Cacciatore & Sons – 3614 North Armenia Avenue; 813-872-7255;; specialty groceries.
Greiner’s – 117 East Whiting Street (Tampa); 813-226-3207;; men’s wear.
Inkwood Books – 216 South Armenia Avenue (Tampa); 813-253-2638;; independent bookseller.
Mesh – 689 Central Avenue (St. Petersburg);; high-end contemporary furnishings.
La Segunda Central Bakery – 2512 North 15th Street (Ybor City); 813-248-1531;; purchase palmetto-leaf-topped Cuban bread.
Sunshine Thrift Store – 4304 South Dale Mabry Highway (Tampa); 813-831-4377;; vintage wear.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts – 200-400 North Ashley Drive (Tampa); 813-221-2222;; occupies 2nd & 3rd floors architecturally significant Cube adjacent to Rivergate Tower in downtown.
Fred Howard Park – 1700 Sunset Drive (Tarpon Springs); 727-943-4081;; 155 acres on Gulf; mile-long causeway links main park area with white, sandy beach; worth special trip.
Lettuce Lake Park – 6920 East Fletcher Avenue (Tampa); 813-987-6204;; just outside city limits between I-75 and University of South Florida; features several boardwalks that wind through various Florida ecosystems; fresh water wetland and flood plain, oak-dominated hardwood forest, cypress domes, and Hillsborough River; visitor’s center, observation tower, nature trails, picnic tables, barbecue pits, restrooms, open play field, and playground; wear mosquito repellant and do NOT pick up shells (bacteria issue).
Museum of Science & Industry – 4801 East Fowler Avenue (Tampa); 813-987-6000;
Henry B. Plant Museum – 401 West Kennedy Boulevard (Tampa); 813-254-1891;; south wing Plant Hall on University of Tampa campus; formerly Tampa Bay Hotel, 500+ room resort hotel opened in 1891 by Henry B. Plant near rail line terminus; exhibits focus on Tampa’s Gilded Age lifestyle; hosts annual Victorian Christmas Stroll.
River Walk – starts off Beneficial & Channelside Drives’ intersection and culminates off Cass Street (Tampa); 813-731-4508;; phased open space and pedestrian trail development along Hillsborough River; travels along Tampa Arts District and includes Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children’s Museum, Rivergate Tower, and adjacent atrium containing Florida Museum of Photographic Arts; extends to Channelside District and is slated to connect up with part of Tampa Heights; long term goal is to complete continuous 2.4 mile path.
Salvador Dali Museum – 1 Dali Boulevard (St. Petersburg); 727-823-3767;
Studio@620 – 620 1st Avenue (St. Petersburg);; performance art as well as traditional art.
Tampa Museum of Art – 120 West Gasparilla Plaza (Tampa); 813-274-8130;; 20th Century fine art, as well as Etruscan, Greek, and Roman antiquities; on Tampa’s Riverwalk and Waterfront Arts District.
Tampa Theater – 711 North Franklin Street (Tampa); 813-274-8981;; renovated 1926 movie theater that still plays Wurlitzer organ before shows.
Waterfront Arts District – along River Walk (Tampa);

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