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  1. Cafe Alma

    Editor's pick

    North Pinellas beaches : 111 Boardwalk Place, Madeira Beach, 33708

    This touches the tastiest parts of every coast: sausages and bean casseroles from Spain, eggplants and beets from Italy, bouillabaisse and mussels from France and the lamb tagine across the sea. Smart drinking, friendly bar plus a weekend brunch that features a Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar.On  …

  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. Seabreeze Island Grill & Raw Bar

    North Pinellas beaches : 17855 Gulf Blvd., Redington Shores, 33708

    With roughly 200 seats and live music most nights, it's a rum runner kind of place. There's nothing cerebral about rum, blackberry brandy, banana liqueur, pineapple, orange and grenadine in a mason jar over lots of ice, but that's just fine. Despite a clear focus on value, the kitchen aims to ta …

  4. 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.

  5. Columbia Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    North Pinellas beaches : 1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, 33767

    This is one of six branches (plus a cafe) of the original Ybor City location, considered the oldest restaurant in Florida (1905). You'll enjoy old-world service and traditional Spanish dishes such as paella, arroz con pollo and ropa vieja, to name just a few. Going to the Columbia is an experien …

  6. 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 …

  7. Pizza Bizzar

    North Pinellas beaches : 1261 Gulf Blvd. # 110, Clearwater, 33767

    Hours: noon-midnight daily.Read a review here.

  8. Dockside Dave's Grill

    Editor's pick

    North Pinellas beaches : 14701 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, 33708

    Dave's legendary dive fell to development, but even in this spot, the fish sandwiches are still king of the beach, best with tomatoes and onion rings. Or try the Dockside Dave's Dip. The menu also has whole belly clams (flown in every Friday), spicy shrimp and fish tacos. There's also a second  …

  9. Brew ...Mostly

    North Pinellas beaches : 15024 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach, 33708

    Hours: 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thur., until 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun.

  10. Thai-Pan Alley

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

  11. Gulf Bistro

    North Pinellas beaches : 15225 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, 33708

    For years this cozy refuge was called Cafe de France. It was a reliable outpost of superb yet simple French fare. It served classic French fare (coq au vin, duck confit, lobster bisque, escargot)at a steady but unhurried pace. Don't worry: it has a new name but not much has changed. This cafe tu …

  12. Latitudes

    North Pinellas beaches : 13205 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, 33708

    It's a space with a pedigree. In the spot that used to house Dockside Dave's, a new three-story building has been erected at the edge of Madeira Bay Marina. It's the handiwork of a bunch of pros who know what they're doing when it comes to casual, waterfront dining heavy on the Jimmy Buffet soun …

  13. 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.

  14. Johnny Pastrami Deli & Pizza

    North Pinellas beaches : 13015 Village Blvd., Madeira Beach, 33708

  15. Hub's Raw Bar & Tavern

    North Pinellas beaches : 150 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach, 33708

  16. Hooters (Madeira Beach)

    North Pinellas beaches : 192 John's Pass Boardwalk West, Madeira Beach, 33708

    There's one reason to go to Hooter's. The wings are absolutely phenomenal and it's a great place to sit back and catch the local game. The scantily dressed waitresses don't hurt either.

  17. 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.

  18. Shubee Shack

    North Pinellas beaches : 91 171st Ave. E, North Redington Beach, 33708

    Pat Bearry has brought Thrasher fries along with a few others Maryland-style delicacies to the beach here. It's a Maryland snack shack, not fancy, no credit cards, nowhere to sit. Order at the counter and Bearry, a huge man with an unruly mop of hair held in check with a bandanna, gets to work.  …

  19. Backwaters

    North Pinellas beaches : 1261 Gulf Blvd. # 130, Clearwater, 33767

    Backwater's isn't afraid of the fryer, serving seafood with no frills, including high-quality fish and shellfish, most of it local. But while the food is a fine attraction, the view of Clearwater Bay is a prime reason why this is a favorite.

  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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