Summer Eats in Tampa Bay

The summer months are upon us, which means it’s time to look for a restaurant with outdoor seating to enjoy that renowned Florida sunshine. And, when looking for that perfect relaxation spot there are three pillars to keep in mind: good food, good service, and good atmosphere. Dunedin and one other have no shortage of the three.

At the end of Main Street closest to Dunedin Marina sits Sea Sea Riders, a seafood restaurant previously voted Best Chef Specials by Tampa Bay Magazine nestled among oaks and palm trees. The small blue house turned restaurant provides a down-home atmosphere with similarly prepared food and a wraparound porch to complete the ambiance. This is a place for gathering and rehashing stories and catching up with old time friends. Show up in jeans and a t-shirt to have a good time, but be sure to visit the Marina for a gorgeous harbor view after you’re finished.

If you are planning on a sunset dining experience, then there is no better place than Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on North Beach of Clearwater Beach. As soon as you walk onto the wood-plank walkway, you are immersed in the island feel as the décor is splashed with vibrant colors reminiscent of an authentic Caribbean eatery. The restaurant is entirely open-air with the only protection from the elements being white tarps rolled down from the awnings; however, on a nice summer day it allows a cool breeze to fill the building from front to back. As you walk in, you have several seating choices: to the immediate left is a section with tabletops, pool tables, and TV’s to catch the game, towards the right is general indoor seating and an additional bar that faces the sand, and on the opposite wall of the bar is the outdoor deck filled with brightly colored umbrellas for those that just don’t get tired of being outside. From this deck watch a spectacular show as the sun begins its decent, finally sinking into the calm Gulf of Mexico. You can’t go wrong with the Frenchy’s menu, but they are renowned for their grouper sandwich.

So, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the surroundings!

One Reply to “Summer Eats in Tampa Bay”

  1. I haven’t been to Clearwater in years, but I remember food selections were plenty and the quality was phenomenal. I don’t remember the name of a Cuban restaurant overlooking the water. Grrrr. It was delicious though.

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