Pack a picnic basket and bring the family for a poolside Labor Day weekend party.
Price:$12 with card, $23 without card (group of five).
After many years in the same location, E & E Stakeout has done a major renovation. The kitchen received the bulk of chef Erwin Scheuringer's attention, with a complete gut and rebuild, but the rest of the building got new plumbing, air-conditioning, carpeting, banquette upholstery and other nice touches. Since its reopening, E & E gets chugging at 4 p.m. with an older, early-dinner crowd. The tables turn again for the 7-ish crew, and even as these people depart there's a trickle of new blood coming in. This place does some numbers. People come for its vast menu, with a new lineup of small plates, loads of steak options and a ton of seafood. A tip: Unlike a lot of places, the evening specials are among the greatest deals.
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, 4 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, until 10:30 Friday and Saturday, until 9 p.m. Sunday.
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Irena Hoxie performed a Teutonic transformation with new sconces, paint in a warm orange-red-cream palette, ficus and trellising greenery, and a soundtrack of oom-pah and Bavarian polka music. For newbies she'll explain what spaetzle is (you have to get it: soft, irregular nubbins of buttery handmade egg noodles that were made to accommodate luscious brown gravy), and if you speak a little German, she'll gently correct your conjugation or those pesky gendered articles. The menu is a short, one-pager of German classics, from thinly pounded, breaded pork schnitzel with different toppings to classic grilled bratwurst, pale and plump knackwurst and a currywurst, that cultish Berlin street food topped with a curried tomato sauce.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 4-9 p.m. Sat.
Crepes go sweet (heavy on the Nutella) or savory, largely under $20, with croissants, quiches, baguette sandwiches and salads rounding out the mostly French menu. It’s a sweet little family-owned restaurant, its exterior lovingly stenciled with curlicued grape vines.
Hours: Lunch from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., dinner 5-9 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
This is part of Times Food Critic Laura Reiley's 25 Top Affordable Restaurants in Tampa Bay.
The decor is pure Windy City, with photos of Al Capone, da Bears and other local luminaries, dog-eared menus from Chicago greats and pictures of Mrs. O'Leary's house (pyromaniac cow not visible), all haphazardly staple-gunned. It makes for an entertaining few minutes while your order is assembled. The coin of the realm is the basic Chicago dog, dragged through the garden (translation: with the works). That means a tender steamed poppy seed bun cradling a Vienna beef dog in the casing, topped with yellow mustard, alarmingly neon green relish, a dill pickle slice, tomato and cuke, chopped onion, "sport peppers" (hot little babies packed in vinegar) and a couple shakes of celery salt. This is not the dog to eat if you are wearing your good pants.
Hours: 1 p.m.-3 a.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-3 a.m. Sat.-Sun.
Comfort food with few surprises. Cheddar's is a safe bet. And if you're just starting out housekeeping, you can get a take-home margarita shaker simply by ordering now... Popular enough that you can expect a wait, so plan accordingly.
**Description provided by this business** In addition to great food, Sneaky's Sports Bar specializes in showing hard-to-get sporting events from around the world, which we broadcast live via our 6 satellite dishes with 36 TV monitors, including 13 big screens located strategically throughout the premises. We’ll even try to include and schedule your favorite team.
This club catering to gay men features male strippers, drag queen shows, internet parties and "Queeraoke."
After settling into its new digs in summer 2008, Gasoline Alley is going strong, boasting a sports bar with dartboards and pool tables, a music hall with a 1,000-square-foot dance floor and a spiffy new black and white piano bar. Sports fans like it for their Rays package and UFC events. Rock fans love the elevated stage and the acts that shred on it.
This is the little miniature railroad that could. Kids and adults can experience rides aboard 1/16th-scale replicas of trains on the 1 1/3-mile track through Largo Central Park, site of the old Pinellas County Fairgrounds and one of the city's most popular gathering spots. Take a trip on a 1927 Amtrak F40Ph passenger train, a 1960s CSX MP15AC freight engine and a Seaboard freight engine.
Public runs are held on the first full weekend of each month. "Birthday runs" can be arranged on other weekends.
Twed't Lanes is a 16-lane center across from Largo Mall. Owned by the same folks who run Ten Pin in South Pasadena, the two facilities have similar features: automatic Qubica scoring system, "casino" bowling, ball speed and placement for the release of your second ball. Glow Bowl, Friday night and Saturday afternoon, includes a "disco" lighting system with fog machines and sound system allowing you to bowl in the dark with a light show. Twed't also has pool tables, dart boards and a variety of video games.
There is a full liquor bar and a snack bar with burgers, nachos, pizza, sandwiches and salads.
Prices; $3.48 to $4.01, $2.41 for seniors. Shoe rental $3.
It's World War I and all is not quiet on the Western front. The sounds of explosions and gunfire envelop you. A young soldier in a bunker tries to summon help with a field radio and carrier pigeon. The night fog creeps into the trench, but you feel protected behind the walls of dirt and sandbags. That is until you spot the Red Baron flying above.
The diorama is one of many portholes to the past at the Armed Forces History Museum, a 35,000-square-foot treasure hunkered down in the middle of an industrial park in Largo .
John Piazza, the museum's founder and president, began collecting military memorabilia nearly 50 years ago after someone gave him a couple of grenades following his service in the Marines.
Since then he has amassed thousands of unusual relics and equipment from all over the world: a gas mask for a horse, a rare medal presented by Adolf Hitler, two chairs that belonged to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor), and a fleet of Japanese large-scale model ships from the movie Tora! Tora! Tora!
As visitors weave their way through time, they'll experience the attack of Pearl Harbor from the flight deck of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi. They'll see Utah Beach after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, a French village in ruins, a paratrooper caught on a spire of the St. Mere Eglise church, and a German outpost.
Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm and Iraq are represented, too, with additional dioramas under development.