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Dunedin

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  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

Restaurants:

  • Black Pearl of Dunedin


    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Date night, Kid-friendly, Private room, Upscale

    Dunedin: 315 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    Folks have come here for grand meals under various flags for more than 20 years. The space is tiny, with plush decor and posh service. The food ranges from top-dollar classics to clever contemporary fare among the specials, all with first-rate vegetables.

  • Bon Appetit Restaurant


    Cuisine: Breakfast or brunch, Continental
    Features: Banquet facility, Beach/Waterfront, Early bird menu

    Dunedin: 148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, 34698

    Tables with bay views and traditional indulgences such as rack of lamb, sweetbreads, escargot and Dover sole. The menu has been updated with pastas, grilled fish, fresh herbs and half-orders, but there are rich sauces and strudels as well. Brunch on Sundays.

  • Cafe Alfresco


    Cuisine: American upscale, Bistro
    Features: Children's menu, Outdoor seating

    Dunedin: 344 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    A semi-swanky place to eat Mediterranean-style and drink American-style, Alfresco features a bar by the entrance that gives way to a stainless steel, open-air kitchen. There's just something funny about having two taps and two completely different beers. Alfresco serves up Paulaner Oktoberfest and Michelob Light. The beautiful pies in the deli case set Alfresco apart right from the start, but you still have to do that whole meal thing beforehand. The Mahi with Rum salsa and the seafood gumbo are just a few of the $15 range seafood specialties. You can drink outside in a charming patio that overlooks the Pinellas Trail.

  • Casa Tina Gourmet Mexican & Vegetarian


    Cuisine: Breakfast or brunch, Mexican, Vegetarian
    Features: Kid-friendly

    Dunedin: 365 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    After a move from a smaller space, Casa Tina already it looks like it has been there forever, with a long fuchsia wall packed to capacity with old photos and funky mirrors, the opposite weathered brick wall tattooed with a Day of the Dead skeleton mariachi band painting. Doors are flung wide to the front patio and maximum Main Street viewing. The food is still casual, affordable, fun and Mexican, with a special emphasis on vegetarian and vegan versions of most dishes. Veracruz-style fish tacos and sizzling fajitas are also crowd-pleasers.

    Recently added Sunday Mexican brunch 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Bambino Pizza & Pasta


    Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
    Features: Children's menu

    Dunedin: 2028 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 34698

Bars:

  • Dunedin Brewery


    Cuisine: Pub
    Features: Brewery, Dog-friendly, Happy hour, Live music, Open mic, tbt* Top Bar

    Dunedin: 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 34698

    The Scottish regalia is fitting, since the stone-walled Dunedin Brewery looks a bit like a highlander's castle. Equally breathtaking are the ginormous brewing vats inside, which are known for producing nine phenomenal, award-winning beers like the Redhed Red Ale, as well as a swimming selection of seasonal brews (watch out for the Old Mean Stout). An excellent live music setup is a huge plus — a recent Ramones tribute show with several local bands was a sellout — and dogs are welcome. Our only knock on the place: It's beer and wine only, no liquor. If we could just order a slug of Glenlivet with our Pipers Pale Ale.

  • Kelly's for Just About Anything


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch
    Features: Children's menu, Early bird menu, Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating, Takeout

    Dunedin: 319 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    The day's fun could start with Butterfinger muffins or French toast with chocolate and Cognac, drift through lunch of banana pancakes or Hell-burgers and head into dinner of duck breast, Emeril's escolar and house-smoked pork chops. Virgel Kelly and pals always add an extra smile and a kick, like gazpacho butter or chili onions -- and the wildest silly-tinis outdoors and in the adjoining Chic-a-Boom Room.

  • Blur


    Features: Big-screen TVs, Dance club, Gay-friendly, Live music, Outdoor seating

    Dunedin: 325 Main St., Dunedin, 34697

    Blur's crew gives us style with assuredness. They know how to lay it on and how to hold back. It's spacious, clean, accommodating. Nothing is over the top. Sheer draperies and glass dividers accent the rear interior bar and DJ booth - and they set off an adorable privacy area by the parquet dance floor with peek-a-boo openings. Inside, red vinyl swivel chairs, black cushioned footstools, sperm-shaped glass tables and sheer curtains offer suave seclusion. Black scalloped banquettes line one wall, and tall tables give you a place to rest your drink. A mirror lines the dance floor wall, reflecting the widescreen video projections on the drape-lined opposing wall. Another widescreen HD-TV hangs over the bar in the back, too. A rear patio area with tall wrought-iron tables, third full bar and vintage Captain Fantastic pinball machine - the old platform-wearing Elton John one! - provides a refreshing fresh air refuge. Tuesdays are Blur's gay-friendly night, populated with regulars of the nightclub that inhabited the space before and featuring drag queen bingo. Saturday nights you'll love the female impersonators show, featuring some of Tampa Bay's best known performers.

  • Dunedin House of Beer


    Features: Import specialist, Live music, tbt* Top Bar

    Dunedin: 927 Broadway, Dunedin, 34698

    While everyone else is fawning over the homebrews at Dunedin Brewery, serious hopheads are sampling the 40 or so draft beers a couple of blocks away, at the more laid back (but equally inviting) Dunedin House of Beer. Small and friendly, with a patio in the parking lot out back, it's got enough beers on tap and in bottles to keep you sampling new flavors for weeks to come. Hours: noon-3 a.m. daily.

  • Eddie's Bar and Grill


    Cuisine: American casual
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Gaming stations/trivia, Import specialist, Kid-friendly, Ladies night, Live music, Outdoor seating, Pool tables, tbt* Top Bar

    Dunedin: 1283 N Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 34698

    This is going to sound weird, but just hear us out: Eddie's is the best bar for kids in Tampa Bay. What we mean is, it's got an incredible assortment of games, from Skee-Ball to race-car games to toy pickups to pool and darts. The menu and outdoor patio are quite pleasant, too, and there's usually live music. Which means you're likely to see plenty of families with young kids running around. And while all that's taking place, you can just belly up to the expansive bar, which has 40 beers on tap, and watch the game.

Attractions:

  • Black Pearl of Dunedin


    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Date night, Kid-friendly, Private room, Upscale

    Dunedin: 315 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    Folks have come here for grand meals under various flags for more than 20 years. The space is tiny, with plush decor and posh service. The food ranges from top-dollar classics to clever contemporary fare among the specials, all with first-rate vegetables.

  • Bon Appetit Restaurant


    Cuisine: Breakfast or brunch, Continental
    Features: Banquet facility, Beach/Waterfront, Early bird menu

    Dunedin: 148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, 34698

    Tables with bay views and traditional indulgences such as rack of lamb, sweetbreads, escargot and Dover sole. The menu has been updated with pastas, grilled fish, fresh herbs and half-orders, but there are rich sauces and strudels as well. Brunch on Sundays.

  • Cafe Alfresco


    Cuisine: American upscale, Bistro
    Features: Children's menu, Outdoor seating

    Dunedin: 344 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    A semi-swanky place to eat Mediterranean-style and drink American-style, Alfresco features a bar by the entrance that gives way to a stainless steel, open-air kitchen. There's just something funny about having two taps and two completely different beers. Alfresco serves up Paulaner Oktoberfest and Michelob Light. The beautiful pies in the deli case set Alfresco apart right from the start, but you still have to do that whole meal thing beforehand. The Mahi with Rum salsa and the seafood gumbo are just a few of the $15 range seafood specialties. You can drink outside in a charming patio that overlooks the Pinellas Trail.

  • Casa Tina Gourmet Mexican & Vegetarian


    Cuisine: Breakfast or brunch, Mexican, Vegetarian
    Features: Kid-friendly

    Dunedin: 365 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    After a move from a smaller space, Casa Tina already it looks like it has been there forever, with a long fuchsia wall packed to capacity with old photos and funky mirrors, the opposite weathered brick wall tattooed with a Day of the Dead skeleton mariachi band painting. Doors are flung wide to the front patio and maximum Main Street viewing. The food is still casual, affordable, fun and Mexican, with a special emphasis on vegetarian and vegan versions of most dishes. Veracruz-style fish tacos and sizzling fajitas are also crowd-pleasers.

    Recently added Sunday Mexican brunch 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Chic-A-Boom Room


    Features: Big-screen TVs, Gaming stations/trivia, Ladies night, Live music, Outdoor seating, tbt* Top Bar

    Dunedin: 319 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    This fun, beloved Dunedin party joint sits at the center of the complex known as Kelly's For Just About Anything, which is a pretty accurate description. The Chic-a-Boom Room is eclectic drinking at its best, with a menu of two dozen colorful "Martoonis," from the Barry White (Stoli Razberi, Godiva white chocolate liqueur, chambord, $8) to the Ginger Rogers (Yazi Ginger vodka, Stoli Vanil, Sour Apple Schnapps, $8). After a couple of these, we're liable to wander next door to Blur (another Kelly's bar), where weekly Drag Queen Bingo nights are the norm.