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  1. The Getaway

    Gateway : 13090 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Waterfront tiki bar with a selection of local food trucks, deep water boat access. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Wed., 11 a.m.-midnight Thur.-Sat.Read a review here.

  2. Mellow Mushroom Pizza

    Clearwater : 2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, 33759

    Across from Clearwater Mall. Pizzas, subs, vegetarian and gluten free options; bar with liquor, local craft beers, wine.Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thur., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

  3. Nauti-Nancy's Food Shack & Crows Nest Pub

    Downtown Clearwater : 700 Eldridge St., Clearwater, 33755

    Home-cooked seafood in a casual setting.Read a review here.

  4. Waterworks Bar & Grill

    Downtown Tampa : 111 W Fortune St, Tampa, 33602

    Located in the Howard Johnson Plaza hotel right across from the Straz Center, this casual restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It touts its meatloaf and mash as its best dish, but look for other comfort food dishes like roasted chicken and chicken piccata.

  5. Courtside Grille

    Gateway : 110 Fountain Pkwy N, St. Petersburg, 33716

    This upscale, sporty joint scores with 9,500 square feet of airy, relaxing space that features widescreen plasma TVs at every angle, plus four giant projection cinema-style screens at the two main bars. A couple of parlor-style billiard tables, bar-top games, video golf and darts entertain custo …

  6. Midtown Sundries

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 200 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This downtown St. Petersburg lunch staple pulls folks in with fast service, full plates and a menu that offers all the bar food staples you could want. A sure bet is the Brunswick stew, and we're told Gov. Charlie Crist is partial to the wings there. Decor is wood and brass rail, and the area is …

  7. Green Iguana (Riverview)

    Editor's pick

    Riverview : 6264 Winthrop Town Centre Ave., Riverview, 33578

    The newest and busiest of the Green Iguana group, this spot opened in the Winthrop Town Center, on the site that formerly housed MJ Barleyhoppers. There's a signature Green Iguana tiki bar, front and back patios and the interior has a roomy, clean feel. There are DJs late at night but mostly you …

  8. Cheddar's Casual Cafe

    Brandon : 11135 Causeway Blvd., Brandon, 33511

    Comfort food with few surprises, Cheddar's is a safe bet. Although we bet you've never had baked Spasagna before if you haven't been here: spaghetti layered with cheese, then topped with a sauce of your choosing. Popular enough that you can expect a wait, so plan accordingly.

  9. Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub

    Editor's pick

    Gulfport : 3038 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport, 33701

    Notice first the crazy-fabulous beer list: an array of Belgian ales and lambics, as well as all those American microbrews with the adolescent names (Butthead bock, anyone?). During the week, the menu is healthy, homey Mexican; on the weekend, they crank up the pizza oven and turn out unfussy, sa …

  10. Crums Bar and Grill

    St. Petersburg : 2924 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33713

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Angus burgers.Hours: 8 a.m.-midnight Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-midnight Sat -Sun.

  11. Pete & Shorty's of Clearwater

    Clearwater : 2820 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, 33759

    **Description provided by this business**Pete & Shorty's offers cozy comfort, a welcoming "down-home" atmosphere, and great food at reasonable prices. Enjoy a meat loaf dinner served with real mashed potatoes and vegetables, a roasted half-chicken dinner served with the same, our B …

  12. El Cap Restaurant

    Fourth Street Garden District : 3500 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    Is it the best hamburger around? Eh. But El Cap is the same as it's always been, beef ground on the premises and Rays posters and baseball memorabilia lining the walls. In recent years, wings and Philly cheesesteaks have been added to the short lineup of old-timey sammies (liverwurst, anyone?).  …

  13. 5 Boroughs Sports Bistro

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 1252 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, 34609

    More than 25 beers on tap.

  14. Sunset Grille

    St. Petersburg : 2996 Dr. Martin Luther Kin Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    This neighborhood gathering spot is a good pick when you just want a fried clam basket or a burger -- with copious amounts of fries, of course. Simple, good food served up at outdoor picnic tables (don't worry, there's a covering). Beers are cold and cheap, and service is quick. Head indoors and …

  15. Green Iguana (Ybor)

    Editor's pick

    Ybor City : 1708 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The most visible of the Green Iguana gang thanks to its digs smack-dab on Seventh Avenue, this location has been a destination for locals and tourists since 1994. A fixture of the Ybor nightlife scene, it has five full bars, two large dance floors, stage and second level DJ booth. The music runs …

  16. Green Iguana (N West Shore)

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 1200 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    This Green Iguana debuted in January of 2008 with a grand opening that found the place packed to capacity with fun (and booze) loving professionals. Situated on the first floor of the Westshore Hotel in Tampa, it's darker, more loungey and ritzier than the rest. There are three bars including th …

  17. Willy's Burgers & Booze

    South Pinellas beaches : 645 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Willy's Burgers & Booze has been a runaway success on Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. Some of its appeal may be the full bar (a rarity for a burger joint), but some may be attributable to its paging-Jimmy-Buffett good-times vibe and kooky menu items. Turn your attentions to the Willy's Big O …

  18. O'Shy's Irish Tap House

    Largo : 80 Clearwater-Largo Road N, Largo, 33770

    Forty-six beers on tap gathered from around the world, live music on Wed., Fri. and Sat., ladies night on Wed., Happy Hour starts at 1 p.m. Cash only. Nearby eateries deliver to the Tap House. Hours: 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Sat. and 1 p.m.-midnight Sun.

  19. Toasted Monkey Beach Bar & Sports Grill

    South Pinellas beaches : 6100 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Hours: 7 a.m.-11 a.m. breakfast, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. lunch menu, dinner menu, 4-10:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. to close, ''after hours'' menu.

  20. Jo-Jo's in Citta

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 200 Central Ave. # 100, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Among downtown office workers, their garlic rolls are the stuff of legend. This unassuming Italian spot does a brisk lunch and dinner business at the foot of the Bank America Tower on Central Avenue, serving up piping pasta and pizzas.

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