800 Pass A Grille Way, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: South Pinellas beaches
Longtime beachgoers won't need any introduction to this place, its knotty pine booths rubbed smooth from decades of T-shirts leaning comfortably back while awaiting pecan pancakes. Begun in 1938, it was one of the area's original drive-in restaurants, a ramshackle fixture on Pass-a-Grille with newspaper clippings and fishing photos shellacked into tabletops. A short stack of pecan studded flapjacks is fairly perfect, the sweet nuts adding both texture and flavor that marries so well with maple syrup. Still, the biscuits and sausage gravy is justly legendary, the kind of fluffy-gooey indulgence that says "today I'm on vacation, or at least pretending to be." The Sea Horse isn't exactly the place for asceticism; in fact it says right there on the menu that they don't do egg-white omelets. As in, what's the point of reveling in a lazy summer breakfast if you can't take a yolk?
Hours: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wed.-Mon.