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  1. Clay Oven Indian Cuisine

    Pinellas Park : 7201 66th St., Pinellas Park, 33781

  2. Salt Rock Grill

    Editor's pick

    North Pinellas beaches : 19325 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, 33811

    This gorgeously designed collaboration between Frank Chivas and Tom Pritchard is renowned for its straight-ahead grill cookery, fresh seafood, raw bar and deep wine list. The restaurant also has a fantastic patio bar that overlooks the Intercoastal Waterway, and an outrageous early-bird special  …

  3. Aqua Prime Seafood and Steaks

    North Pinellas beaches : 213 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    Hours: 4-10:30 p.m. Mon., 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.Read a review here.

  4. Gateway to India Sarasota

    Sarasota : 1960 Hillview St., Sarasota, 34239

  5. Taj Indian Cuisine

    University Area : 2734 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33612

  6. Taj Indian Cuisine

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 13031 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, 34613

    New Spring Hill location, hours are: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. lunch buffet Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. and Sun., lunch and brunch buffets, 5-10 p.m. Tues.-Sun. a la carte dinner.

  7. Tun-Du-Ree

    Downtown Tampa : 513 N Franklin St, Tampa, 33602

    Tucked on the block that is increasingly a "restaurant row," it's a great space with a full bar and attractive, 120-seat dining room. Begin with an Indian-inspired cocktail (they've got a mango lassi with Grey Goose that is a savvy invention), then it's time to carbo load with garlic n …

  8. Slyce Pizza Bar

    North Pinellas beaches : 311 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    "Hip" is the word that comes first to mind at Slyce, the down side being that it can be noisy and a little frenetic. As per the pizza, there are some shock-value pies: A Coney Island topped with chili and sliced Sabrett dogs; the super-spicy Sunburn with chilies and hot sausage and a s …

  9. Flambe @ Fusion

    Channelside : 615 Channelside Drive, Suite 123, Tampa, 33602

    Formerly Taverna Opa, the waterfront views along Channelside stay, along with the belly dancers, and cuisine expands to include Mediterranean, Italian, Indian, besides Greek, with full bar, and a Happy Hour.

  10. Taste of Punjab

    Editor's pick

    Pinellas Park : 6540 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, 33781

    Chef/owner Rajinder Singh's palate is spicy and flavorful but balanced, with a good eye to contrasting colors and textures. Despite a recent influx of Indian restaurants in the area, thereÐ¥s certainly room for this newcomer with its mostly familiar northern Indian dishes, offered in generous qu …

  11. Saffron Indian Cuisine

    Tampa : 10044 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa, 33647

    Sunita Chheda's small, strip-mall restaurant, opened in 2008 across from the New Tampa Library, is a find. In the kitchen, Chheda is bold, unafraid of serious spiciness. But her heat is not a straightforward hurts-so-good kind of thing. It's nuanced, the flavorful food relying on a cumulative ef …

  12. Thai-Pan Alley

    North Pinellas beaches : 2300 Gulf Blvd. # 1, Indian Rocks Beach, 33811

  13. Green Chili Indian Bistro

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 310 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    With Raga Restaurant on one side and Green Chili on the other, all the Indian dining bases are covered. Raga has a full buffet and a la carte menu of usual suspects (chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, chicken mangolorian, aloo gobi and chana masala), while the Green Chili side is reserved for …

  14. Laziz Indian Cuisine

    Editor's pick

    Countryside : 2475 N McMullen Booth Road # J, Clearwater, 33759

    Indian dining has a range of possibilities in Pinellas, this one exceptional for its sleek decor and vigorously authentic spicing. Laziz boasts a full breadbasket of naan, poori and paratha, tandoori dishes and a garden full of vegetarian entrees.

  15. India Grill

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 409 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    For four years, India Grill was downtown's quick-and-easy, moderately priced Indian buffet lunch spot. We hardly took a seat before we were back up again, stalking the steam trays of tandoori chicken, palak paneer, lentil dahl and fluffy basmati. It's back in a new location that doesn't quite ha …

  16. Marker 34 Grill

    North Pinellas beaches : 401 Second St. # A, Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    Specializing in fried lobster tail, steaks and seafood, this Indian Rocks favorite has indoor and outdoor seating and what it bills as the largest covered waterfront tiki deck in the area.

  17. Cilantro Indian Cuisine

    Tampa : 11009 N 56th St., Tampa, 33617

    This lovely, sprawling eatery opened in October 2007 (its sister restaurant is in Jacksonville). The food has punch and heat, with especially good vegetable dishes and breads.Read the full review.

  18. Sanaa Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

    Lake Buena Vista : 2901 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

  19. Keegan's Seafood Grille

    North Pinellas beaches : 1519 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33811

    You know a great seafood house by its patrons (in line) and its suppliers (docked not far away). Fresh local fish, charcoaled octopus, gumbo, ceviche, plus amberjack.

  20. Crabby Bill's

    North Pinellas beaches : 401 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33811

    The Loder family started Captain Bill's back in 1975, then sold it and moved on to the unnamed next project. As Matt Loder remembers it, one of his sisters said, "We love eating crabs, we love selling crabs and Dad is pretty crabby." Not sure how patriarch Bill Loder felt about that as …

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