Brew D Licious: I’m not sure what I enjoyed more, the coffee or one the establishment’s owners. The coffee was exactly what I was looking for. But the wonderful and personable owner was truly the icing on the cake for me (as well as the coasters with cats and dogs with wigs). The shop itself has one of my favorite features: a garage door. Pull up a seat at the counter and take in the fresh air.
Lenny’s: This place is one-of-a-kind. When you order a meal at Lenny’s, you’ll receive enough food to last you the week. To say it’s a deal wouldn’t begin to explain its worth. As customers walk through the door, the owners greet everyone by name (it’s where the locals go in Clearwater). The menu is packed with items for every taste. I ordered several so I could sample: BLT Benedict, Pumpkin Pancakes, Gator Omelet, Potato Latkes and Matzo Ball Soup. And yes, I said sample. I didn’t eat everything!
Frenchy’s Cafe: This restaurant housed my favorite dish of Clearwater. Ready? French fries covered in snow crab. I wasn’t sure at first, but I just couldn’t stop eating them. They also boast one of the best grouper sandwiches I’ve had. Top that off with a bloody mary and I’d happily say I’d return here in a heartbeat.
Columbia Restaurant: You can’t come to Florida and not have a Cuban sandwich. When I come to the Tampa area, my go-to is Columbia Restaurant. They have an ideal Cuban, plus some of the best sangria in town.
Molly Goodheads: There are some establishments that you’re just meant to have fun in. Molly Goodheads is one of them. It’s a lighthearted atmosphere serving cold beers and perfectly cooked shrimp.
The Lucky Dill: A good after-show meal is important. I tend to go easy for dinner before the show, so I like to eat my “meal” afterwards. Simple, but good, the mini-potato latkes were perfectly seasoned and the matzo ball soup was everything I wanted from a matzo ball. Not to heavy, not mushy and not bland.