1. Harvey's Fourth Street Grill

    Fourth Street Garden District : 3121 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    This long-time St. Pete gathering spot was one of the few places you could grab a bite and a brew in the sleepy town back in the early '80s when it first opened. Now 25+, it still draws a crowd most nights -- business types getting off work, families after Little League and some of St. Pete's mo …

  2. Trip's Diner

    St. Petersburg : 2339 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    Look around the walls of the new Trip's Diner and you'll see wonderful black-and-white historic photos of St. Petersburg, with maps and other Florida ephemera adorning the tabletops. Owner Gordon Stevenson took over the space vacated last year by Dave's, a beloved but somewhat dilapidated diner, …

  3. 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 …

  4. 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.

  5. Su Ottavo

    South Pinellas beaches : 118 E Eighth Ave., Pass-a-Grille, 33706

  6. Ricky T's

    South Pinellas beaches : 10601 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 33706

    This beloved Treasure Island outpost offers great burgers, beer and pizza. In 2007, tbt* readers voted it Tampa Bay's best place to get cheap beach eats.

  7. Fish Tales

    St. Petersburg : 1500 Second St. S, St. Petersburg, 33707

    Laid-back, shanty-esque joint Fish Tales is the rare waterfront restaurant without high-fallutin' pretense. It's a few blocks south off the beaten path but is worth the short drive. An impressive selection of beers on tap -- Weihenstephaner, Stella Artois, Pilsner Urquell, Killian's and Michelob …

  8. Cooters Raw Bar & Restaurant

    Clearwater Beach : 423 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Cooter's is so similar to a Key West hangout that it hurts. The centralized bar is hung with hats, fossils and other trinkets that hurricane outward into all areas of the joint. The bar is usually fairly packed with guys and gals that look like they know what a good night of drinking looks like. …

  9. Frenchy's Saltwater Cafe

    Clearwater Beach : 419 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater, 33767

    These cozy, hole-in-the-wall favorites on Clearwater Beach serve up seafood fresh from the boat at bargain prices. Served with cold beer, good humor and modest fixings (plus great desserts). The specialty here is a grouper reuben.

  10. Frenchy's Rockaway Grill

    Clearwater Beach : 7 Rockaway St, Clearwater, 33767

    The Selling Point is the she-crab soup. (Insert Homer drool here.) It's Frenchy's, so you know the good eats are in the house. They offer more turf with their surf than the other Frenchy's locations, and, of course, seafood abounds. Rockaway offers a nice beachfront experience with great eats to …

  11. Cassis American Brasserie

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 170 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Few restaurant openings have been as anticipated as Cassis American Brasserie, opened at the base of the Ovation tower on the downtown waterfront. Cementing Beach Drive as the "it" spot in St. Pete, its decor is stunning. Yellow walls, unimpeded sightlines across the generously portion …

  12. Elmer's Sports Cafe

    MacDill Area : 5206 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33611

    The second of two Elmers, this is no junior. It's bigger and comfier than its Ybor brother, with a huge U-shaped bar, tall and regular-size tables accommodating around 150 people. Because it's cleaner than your average bar and there's no smoking inside, the brick walls and painted wood paneling  …

  13. Frenchy's Cafe

    Clearwater Beach : 41 Baymont St, Clearwater, 33767

    There are four — count 'em, four — casual Frenchy's locations crowding the Clearwater Beach landscape, each a little different but all fueled by their own fleet of commercial fishing boats. Frenchy's Original Café is the smallest and maybe the quietest. Beyond the annual stone …

  14. The Yard

    St. Petersburg : 4300 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    At its heart, the Yard is a sports bar, but one with food better than you might expect at a neighborhood place where you can catch the game. If you are expecting ubiquity in ordering fried mozzarella, you'll be surprised to find a layer of pancetta and a plate dressed with balsamic reduction. An …

  15. No Spoon Cafe

    University Area : 1515 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Bull's House doubles as No Spoon Italian restaurant. A huge college hangout, if that's your bag. Also, you can eat or drink for as cheap as it gets in the USF area. They may only have Yuengling to accompany the Bud station on the taps, but Tuesdays make it all worthwhile with a weekly "kill-the- …

  16. Beer Belly's Cafe

    Tampa : 5016 E Busch Blvd. # 113, Tampa, 33617

    This large sports bar and grill layout features the familiar wood, old booths and a bar half the size of the place that's surrounded by games. They have good beer and food specials on a menu that features every fattening food you can think of. One last note: Fun karaoke.

  17. Green Parrott Pub

    Carrollwood : 11759 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    The beauty of a dive is there is always more than meets the eye. One glance at Green Parrot might have newbies shying away - there's graffiti scrawled in old varnish on the bar, torn vinyl bar stools, billiard-chalk-dusted wood paneling and beer lamps, and the pervasive smell of fryer grease. We …

  18. Cappy's Pizzeria

    Seminole Heights : 4910 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 33603

    Pizza is increasingly fancy, but sometimes all you want is an old-fashioned pizza parlor, the kind of cozy joint that serves simple, delicious New York-thin pies and pitchers of cold beer. Cappy's Pizza in Seminole Heights is such a place, in a 1935 building off Florida Avenue that feels like it …

  19. Dog Saloon

    South Tampa : 3311 W Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, 33629

    In the Dog House? Get over your blues at the Dog Saloon. It's in ritzy South Tampa, but has a casual neighborhood feel. The Saloon has one of the most laid-back atmospheres in the area, and is perfect for that Monday or Tuesday when you just wanna grab a beer at a low-key place.

  20. Barnacles

    Brandon : 926 Providence Road, Brandon, 33511

    With it's 450 TVs, Barnacles may look like a typical sports bar and grill, but there's a lot more going on. The waitstaff walks around singing every tune blaring from the speaker system, handing out trivia prizes.

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