By H. Wadowski
Allegiant passengers traveling to St. Pete this spring will find no shortage of places to enjoy quality seafood during their vacation. Given the city’s proximity to water, fresh fish is a staple on most menus in the area. Trying to narrow down where to eat, though, can be a challenge. These local favorites are sure to please even the most discerning diner with their sumptuous selection of seafood dishes.
400 BEACH SEAFOOD & TAPHOUSE
Guests can experience award-winning coastal cuisine by chef Ana Granucci while overlooking Straub Park and The Vinoy Park Hotel yacht basin at this popular restaurant on Beach Drive. Open for lunch and dinner, savory seafood selections include the Tandoori Spiced Mahi Mahi with an orange butter sauce, the Miso Glazed Salmon with grilled scallions and the Blackened Tilapia with a papaya mango salsa. There is also a bountiful brunch buffet every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring items like Key West pink shrimp and Alaskan snow crab at its seafood bar. 400beachseafood.com
This one-of-a-kind culinary marketplace by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina is known for its fresh, thoughtfully-sourced fare. Located at Sundial, the shopping, dining and entertainment complex in downtown St. Pete, patrons will find several different mouthwatering market stations to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sample the Zen Belly station, which features a new ramen/poke bar selling some of the best poke bowls in the city. There is also a full-service New American restaurant on the second floor, FarmTable Kitchen, serving farm-to-table cuisine focusing on fresh, regionally sourced and house-made products. Try the black Gulf grouper poached in olive oil, available for lunch with your choice of side, or for dinner with toasted farro, cherry tomatoes, edamame beans and preserved lemon. localegourmetmarket.com
Offering a family-friendly dining experience, this waterfront restaurant overlooking Tampa Bay prides itself on its use of local fish and produce. Open for lunch, dinner and Saturday/Sunday brunch, menu favorites include the Tortuga Nachos made with sushi-grade tuna, pineapple, mandarin oranges, pico, cilantro crema, soy glaze and guacamole, the Costa Conch Fritters served with a wasabi cocktail and the Fried Oysters Tacos. There is also a menu of tantalizing tiki cocktails that guests can enjoy at one of the tiki bars. A kids’ menu is available, too, with popcorn shrimp offered as one of the entrée selections. thegetawaytampabay.com
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