One of the great things about living in Sarasota, Florida is the proximity to Tampa and St. Petersburg. Yesterday I felt like getting out of town so I drove the family up to downtown St. Petersburg and met my mother for a great lunch at the Columbia restaurant. It is located in The Pier. If you are driving through downtown you cannot miss it.
The views from the restaurant were phenomenal. It is located on the 4th floor so you have some fantastic water and city views. It is a great place to eat for a special occasion, a great meal or if you want to impress someone from out of town. My kids loved watching the motor boats and sailboats driving by as we ate a delicious meal.
There were plenty of meal options for children. I ate the Palomilla which is a marinated top sirloin cut very thin and quickly grilled. It was topped with chopped onions, parsley and lime juice. Yummy.
My wife had the half and half which is half Cuban sandwich and half 1905. That is a great combination. My mom mowed through a big plate of the 1905 salad. The Columbia is known for that salad. Again, very tasty.
When we left we strolled down The Pier to walk off some of our lunch. After that we took the kids over to the play ground at Barwood and Vinoy Park. I was impressed how alive downtown St. Petersburg was for a Sunday. What a great place to live or own a condo. There were some amazing great looking condos overlooking the water.
After the kids ran around the park for about 30 minutes we got in the car for about a 45 minute cruise back to Sarasota. Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg make great day trips if you are a Sarasota resident.