5200 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: South Pinellas beaches
In 2007, Dan Casey, the owner of Snapper's in St. Pete Beach, set his sights just down the road and opened Mad Fish. Ensconced in a blue neon and gleaming chrome diner, the inside has been wrapped in lustrous African mahogany. Reminiscent of the dining cars on vintage trains, it's elegant, with an extensive wine bar and an emphasis on fresh fish. Mad Fish services nearby convention and hotel business, providing a reservations-accepted alternative to Snapper's. Look for the signature shrimp Guanajuato, a tomato-based shrimp cocktail enlivened by Mexican orange soda; stacks of super-fat onion rings; and a dessert caddy of still-warm cookies served with glasses of banana milkshake.