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Tarpon Springs

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

Restaurants:

  • Hellas Restaurant


    Cuisine: Greek
    Features: Children's menu, Icon

    Tarpon Springs: 785 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Someone must be charged with constantly Windexing the glass cases in the bakery, there are so many eager noses pressed against it every day. Hellas has been one of the big guns in Tarpon since 1970, its reputation boosted by the huge attached Greek bakery (clearly doing well enough to have recently annexed the property behind it as a new parking lot). Family-owned and in sight of the sponge docks, the restaurant is a lively spot, family friendly, with cheerful servers and a broad enough menu to hit every price point.
    On the bakery side, the baklava cheesecake is silly good, and in the restaurant my favorite entree is slowly braised tomatoey lamb shanks, served somewhat incongruously atop spaghetti. There are addictive garlic shrimp, nice gyros in warm Greek pita, and a very generous Greek salad that comes with a scoop of potato salad like a depth charge in its midst.
     

  • Currents


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood upscale

    Tarpon Springs: 200 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Say Tarpon and you think sponges, souvlaki and Greek salad with a scoop of potato salad hidden craftily in its midst. Currents swims against the tide, opened in 2009 by veteran restauranteur Tracey Swade. Decor is contemporary and spare, with pale fawn walls, rich brown brocade booths and a glorious long wooden bar that was part of the set for the filming of the 1953 Robert Wagner sponge drama, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef. The talent in the kitchen is Donald Kirkpatrick, emphasizing a farm to plate experience. He makes pretty, balanced food and has a keen eye for aesthetics, as in a seared fillet of salmon perched on blue cheese mashed potatoes surrounded by a hash of sauteed spinach, roasted corn and lengths of sauteed shiitake mushroom. Lovely. Or simple prosciutto-wrapped shrimp or paper-thin carpaccio slices with strewn capers, red onion and tasty shaved asiago, a bit of horseradish cream adding excitement.

  • Danny K's Alley Cafe


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Deli
    Features: Children's menu

    Tarpon Springs: 118 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, 34689

  • Dream of Cuba


    Cuisine: Spanish/Cuban
    Features: Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating

    Tarpon Springs: 777 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, 34689

  • Great Wall Chinese Restaurant


    Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
    Features: Kid-friendly, Takeout

    Tarpon Springs: 883 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, 34689

Bars:

  • Stroker's


    Features: Big-screen TVs, Darts, Pool tables, tbt* Top Bar

    Tarpon Springs: 30901 US 19 N, Palm Harbor, 34684

    Either Stroker's bar is a more than worthy destination to rack 'em up. Leagues meet here. Pros play here. With some 40 tables between the Tampa and Palm Harbor locations, this is no place to try to hustle the regulars, if you know what we mean. Not into pool? Try darts, shuffleboard, foosball and tons of other games. The Tampa location can get pretty wild, with lingerie bull riding on Monday nights. You heard us.

  • Zone Lounge


    Features: Live music, Martini, Outdoor seating, tbt* Top Bar, Upscale

    Tarpon Springs: 121 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Located in one of Tarpon Springs' oldest and most historic buildings, the Zone feels anything but dusty. With funky artwork covering exposed brick walls; antique copper ceilings; cabanas both indoors and out; a cool and relaxing patio; and plenty of bars and nooks in which to listen to live music or huddle for a cozy conversation, it looks like a perfectly welcoming nightspot. It's worth stopping in on your way back from the Sponge Docks.

  • Capt'n Jack's Waterfront Grill


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood casual
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Children's menu, Gaming stations/trivia, Happy hour, Live music, Outdoor seating, Pool tables

    Tarpon Springs: 21 Oscar Hill Road, Tarpon Springs, 34689

    This massive two-level tiki bar oozes laid-back island living, with fantastic views of the water and a massive deck for viewing sunsets. The menu is pure Florida comfort food: wings, shrimp, seafood, steak, and burgers and wraps. It's got a surprisingly diverse wine list for a tiki bar (Stags Leap, Quail Ridge, Dynamite) and offers a full bar.

  • Tarpon Tavern


    Cuisine: American casual, Pub
    Features: Import specialist, Live music, Outdoor seating

    Tarpon Springs: 21 N Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Thirty beers on tap, from international to local breweries, outdoor beer garden, live music. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily except Tuesdays.

  • Tarpon Springs: 701 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, 34689

Attractions:

  • Hellas Restaurant


    Cuisine: Greek
    Features: Children's menu, Icon

    Tarpon Springs: 785 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Someone must be charged with constantly Windexing the glass cases in the bakery, there are so many eager noses pressed against it every day. Hellas has been one of the big guns in Tarpon since 1970, its reputation boosted by the huge attached Greek bakery (clearly doing well enough to have recently annexed the property behind it as a new parking lot). Family-owned and in sight of the sponge docks, the restaurant is a lively spot, family friendly, with cheerful servers and a broad enough menu to hit every price point.
    On the bakery side, the baklava cheesecake is silly good, and in the restaurant my favorite entree is slowly braised tomatoey lamb shanks, served somewhat incongruously atop spaghetti. There are addictive garlic shrimp, nice gyros in warm Greek pita, and a very generous Greek salad that comes with a scoop of potato salad like a depth charge in its midst.
     

  • Currents


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood upscale

    Tarpon Springs: 200 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Say Tarpon and you think sponges, souvlaki and Greek salad with a scoop of potato salad hidden craftily in its midst. Currents swims against the tide, opened in 2009 by veteran restauranteur Tracey Swade. Decor is contemporary and spare, with pale fawn walls, rich brown brocade booths and a glorious long wooden bar that was part of the set for the filming of the 1953 Robert Wagner sponge drama, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef. The talent in the kitchen is Donald Kirkpatrick, emphasizing a farm to plate experience. He makes pretty, balanced food and has a keen eye for aesthetics, as in a seared fillet of salmon perched on blue cheese mashed potatoes surrounded by a hash of sauteed spinach, roasted corn and lengths of sauteed shiitake mushroom. Lovely. Or simple prosciutto-wrapped shrimp or paper-thin carpaccio slices with strewn capers, red onion and tasty shaved asiago, a bit of horseradish cream adding excitement.

  • Danny K's Alley Cafe


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Deli
    Features: Children's menu

    Tarpon Springs: 118 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, 34689

  • Dream of Cuba


    Cuisine: Spanish/Cuban
    Features: Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating

    Tarpon Springs: 777 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, 34689

  • Great Wall Chinese Restaurant


    Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
    Features: Kid-friendly, Takeout

    Tarpon Springs: 883 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, 34689