5007 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Cuisine: Steak house
Cost range: 20.01-100.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: South Pinellas beaches
1200 Degrees Chophouse opened in 2013 in St. Pete Beach, a town not swimming in steak houses. It feels charmingly retro, tiny and intimate, with just 48 seats and a wall of faux cowhide that sets off a little "moo" in your mind. It's not just the restaurant's size that's diminutive, it's also the price point: New York strips, filet mignons and steak au poivre ring in mostly under $30 at a time when beef prices are getting crazy. It's not owner Dan Casey's first rodeo. He has owned nearby Snapper's and Madfish for years. There are a lot of reasons for this new venture. Having listened to hotel concierges on the beaches for years, he found visitors want steak when they come to Florida. Seafood, too, but nothing says "ah, vacation" like a sunburn and a fat ribeye. As at Casey's other restaurants, the wine list is smart, with nothing above a 200 percent markup.
No reservations. Hours: 5-10 p.m. nightly. Read a review here.