Long hot days of sunshine and sandy beaches and the tangy zip of salty air almost always leave people looking for cool libation and delicious dinners. Playing on the shore will often evoke a yearning for complementary cuisine and that means sea food. The Gulf Coast has many dining experiences that are top notch but for the truly Florida experience, we have listed below a few of our very favorites. So catch a sunset while sipping a drink with a tiny umbrella while you sate your appetite with some local grub.
Hurricane Seafood Restaurant-Pass-A-Grille
Have a huge margarita on the rooftop deck, which is named the Hurricane Watch. You'll find visitors and locals alike dining below on seafood favorites at this staple which features gulf front dining at the southern tip of the beaches peninsula. You will find treats such as New England Clam Chowder and 1945 crab cake here.
Island Way Grill-Clearwater
This perennial favorite wins top honors for waterfront views, tropicla dining atmostphere and lighter servings of its creative surf and turf menu. There are also a super selection of hand-steaks for the non-seafood lovers. Enjoy the superb early bird menu or catch a spectacular sunset while enjoying this favorite for winter visitors and locals.
Frenchy's Rockaway Grill-Clearwater Beach
Even the locals eagerly await a table at all of Frenchy's busy locations during busy tourist season to order fresh from the Gulf grouper in a laid-back, beachy atmosphere. And though the menu boasts a large list of seafood-oysters, shrimp, crab-the grouper sandwich here is legendary. Order it fried, grilled, blackened or as a Reuben with an ice-cold beer or a Rum Runner.
This eatery is a warm mellow hangout near the beach that focuses on eclectic, upscale seafood dishes and small plates. Visitors report that the lobster bisque is amazing and the grouper tacos a consistent delight. The dinner fare, seafood and non seafood alike, gets consistently great reviews, along with impeccable service.