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West Pasco

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

Restaurants:

  • Pappas Ranch

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: Barbecue, Steak house
    Features: Children's menu, Date night, Late-night dining

    West Pasco: 11345 State Road 54, Odessa, 33556

    It's been an interesting road for the veteran restaurateur Louis Pappas, from his family's flagship business in Tarpon Springs years ago, to overseeing a fleet of eponymous fast-casual Mediterranean-Greek spots. He sold the big restaurant in Tarpon in 2002 and at one point oversaw seven Louis Pappas Market Cafes. That might have been that, had not Roy Speer intervened. The HSN pioneer built a big red barn in Odessa with the aim of doing barbecue. Pappas has taken over, adding his famous Greek salad (Pappas is said to be the originator of the potato-salad-in-the-middle phenomenon) to a menu of smoked brisket, slabs of prime ribs and pulled pork.

    Read the full review.

  • Grille 54

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: American upscale, Italian, Steak house, Sushi
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Date night, Happy hour, Ladies night, Late-night dining, Outdoor seating, Takeout

    West Pasco: 10900 State Road 54, New Port Richey, 34655

    It's not Tampa's MacDinton's/South Howard level of mayhem, but it's no small feat to get so many folks in southwest Pasco out on a Saturday night. And what's the draw? Sushi. Oh, and steaks. And Italian food. There's also seafood, raw bar items and a lot of dishes from the wood grill. It's a menu with a more-is-more aesthetic. This is risky behavior. Few kitchens can handle such a vast menu, especially across several cuisines. By and large, though, Grille 54 pulls things off. One person can be in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs, another for a tempura shrimp Mexican roll and still another for a Long Island “Mini Skirt,” with its tasty gin-tequila roundhouse.

    Read the full review.

  • Zen Forrest

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: Asian
    Features: Catering

    West Pasco: 4148 Rowan Road, New Port Richey, 34653

    It is a rarity: A lovely strip mall restaurant opened in a gastronomically timid town, Zen Forrest serves gripping pan-Asian cuisine and is alive five years later to tell the tale. There are reasons for that. Victor Wang is passionate about what he does, strutting his stuff in ambitious monthly prix fixe dinners. In the mix are Asian street foods paired with microbrews and imports, or a classic Peking duck dinner. The rest of the time, he gives his growing fan base what it wants. He does a gorgeous classic fried rice, the salty-soy vibe balanced by matchstick lengths of sweet barbecued pork, but he also offers the locals fiery Korean kimchee that he makes himself and then mixes with shredded pork for bokkum bap, a zingy-garlicky Korean spin on fried rice. He's pushing the envelope.

  • Craft Street Kitchen


    Cuisine: New American, Pub
    Features: Outdoor seating

    West Pasco: 3216 Little Road, Trinity, 34655

    Craft Street Kitchen, a booming indoor-outdoor gastropub that is equal parts big-time fun and serious gastronomic ambition, with novel cocktails (in a Smoked Old Fashioned, the glass is infused with cedar smoke) and a stupendous chalkboard of craft beers. Once you've nabbed a table, a major task on many nights, you can explore the Southern-comfort menu, from very competent fried green tomatoes with bacon jam to a range of gussied mac and cheeses (go with the zingy siracha shrimp mac) and a prime craft burger.

    Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Mon.-Wed., until 1 a.m. Thur.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sun.

    Read a review here.

  • Brix 33 Fine Wines and Bistro


    Cuisine: Bistro, Wine bar
    Features: Offers tastings

    West Pasco: 8351 State Road 54, New Port Richey, 34655

    One side is a smartly curated wine shop and the other is a warm and convivial wine bar and restaurant. Together, it is a prime opportunity to drink something wonderful paired with salads and shared plates, cheese and charcuterie. Any bottle from the retail side is available in the dining room at retail price plus $10 corkage. Given that most restaurants have a 70 percent markup, this is a deal. In addition, Brix 33 showcases 30 wines by the glass and four Wine Station machines that hold four bottles each. You preload a wine card with whatever denominations you see fit, then self-serve 1-, 3- or 5-ounce samples. For those who want to learn, there are Wednesday evening tastings in the shop 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with discounts if you want to buy a bottle of those tasteables. Restaurant hours: 4-11 p.m. Tue.-Thur., until midnight Fri.-Sat., until 10 p.m. Sun.; Wine shop opens at 11 a.m.

    Read a review here.

Bars:

  • Grille 54

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: American upscale, Italian, Steak house, Sushi
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Date night, Happy hour, Ladies night, Late-night dining, Outdoor seating, Takeout

    West Pasco: 10900 State Road 54, New Port Richey, 34655

    It's not Tampa's MacDinton's/South Howard level of mayhem, but it's no small feat to get so many folks in southwest Pasco out on a Saturday night. And what's the draw? Sushi. Oh, and steaks. And Italian food. There's also seafood, raw bar items and a lot of dishes from the wood grill. It's a menu with a more-is-more aesthetic. This is risky behavior. Few kitchens can handle such a vast menu, especially across several cuisines. By and large, though, Grille 54 pulls things off. One person can be in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs, another for a tempura shrimp Mexican roll and still another for a Long Island “Mini Skirt,” with its tasty gin-tequila roundhouse.

    Read the full review.

  • Craft Street Kitchen


    Cuisine: New American, Pub
    Features: Outdoor seating

    West Pasco: 3216 Little Road, Trinity, 34655

    Craft Street Kitchen, a booming indoor-outdoor gastropub that is equal parts big-time fun and serious gastronomic ambition, with novel cocktails (in a Smoked Old Fashioned, the glass is infused with cedar smoke) and a stupendous chalkboard of craft beers. Once you've nabbed a table, a major task on many nights, you can explore the Southern-comfort menu, from very competent fried green tomatoes with bacon jam to a range of gussied mac and cheeses (go with the zingy siracha shrimp mac) and a prime craft burger.

    Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Mon.-Wed., until 1 a.m. Thur.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sun.

    Read a review here.

  • Boulevard Beef & Ale


    Cuisine: American casual
    Features: Catering, Early bird menu, Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating

    West Pasco: 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, 34652

    A casual dining spot that serves up everything from casual appetizers to steak dinners. The owners just added a 75-seat outdoor patio that features live music on Fridays.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar


    Cuisine: American casual, Barbecue
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Sports

    West Pasco: 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey, 34668

    Great wings with a massive side of satellite sports. This national sports bar hosts Fantasy Football leagues and takes its pigskin seriously. Hit the wings hard with the Wild sauce. Then wash it down with beer specials.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar


    Cuisine: American casual, Barbecue
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Sports

    West Pasco: 10936 State Road 54, New Port Richey, 34655

    Great wings with a massive side of satellite sports. This national sports bar hosts Fantasy Football leagues and takes its pigskin seriously. Hit the wings hard with the Wild sauce. Then wash it down with beer specials.

Attractions:

  • West Pasco: 13651 Hays Road, Hudson, 34610

  • West Pasco: 8737 US 19, Port Richey, 34668

    This park protects four miles of pristine coastline along the Gulf of Mexico in western Pasco County. The salt spring looks small, but it is an amazing 320 feet deep. Gray fox, gopher tortoises, alligators, and West Indian manatees call this park and its waters home. Birdwatchers can enjoy sighting raptors, wading birds, shore birds, and migratory songbirds. A recent addition to the state park system, Werner-Boyce now has a picnic pavilion, tables, informational kiosk, and a short hiking trail. Plans for the future include providing more access and recreational opportunities for visitors. Park entrance is located at the end of Cinema Drive along Scenic Drive. Turn west off US 19 onto Cinema Drive, park entrance is approx 2/10’s of a mile. Open 8 a.m.-sun down daily.

  • West Pasco: 5547 Main St., New Port Richey, 34652

  • Inflate World Indoor Fun Center


    Features: Kid-friendly

    West Pasco: 2552 Merchant Ave., Odessa, 33556

    With an emphasis on birthday parties, this bounce center features indoor inflatable slides, obstacle courses and bounce houses. It also offers open play time so parents can socialize while their kids socialize with others too.

  • SpinNations Skating Center


    Features: Catering, Date night, Indoor play zone, Kid-friendly

    West Pasco: 8345 Congress St., Port Richey, 34668

    This roller skating rink offers an adult organ music session several nights a week, several afternoon "matinee" public skating, kids sessions and Jam Night on Fridays. They also hosts all-night skate sessions. The Florida Skating Academy figure roller skating club is based at the SpinNations rink.

    Prices: $5 to $8; spectator fee is $3. Rentals available.