Gayle's Diner has been in the same location, operated by the same family (the Kilpatrick's) since 1954. Fresh, home-style cooking is what makes Gayle's special. Traditional comfort food with some weekend specials that will make your mouth water.
Philthy Phil's combines waterfront views, rooftop dining, live music (Wednesdays through Sundays), and karaoke (Tuesdays) with a menu boasting a venerable variety of American options. Sate food sensors with the batter-dipped onion rings, a circumference of hand-dipped crunchiness ($7.99). Or try the fried clam strips, slices of thick, deep-fried clam ($6.99). Salads and sandwiches sweep hunger under a food rug with chicken pasta salad ($8.99), the crab cake sandwich ($8.99), and the pressed Cuban, a roast pork, salami, ham, and swiss sandwich ($8.99). Fill belly baskets with the tuna steak dinner, 10 ounces of sesame-seed-encrusted tuna grilled to your tongue's discretion and garnished with teriyaki sauce and wasabi ($16.99). This Groupon can also be used for the all-you-can-eat menu, with fried shrimp on Mondays, roasted chicken on Tuesdays, fried fish on Wednesdays, and crab legs on Thursdays.
The staff at Paddy O'Sullivan's fuses Irish heritage with Floridian vittles, fanning a hormone-free selection of deluxe Black Angus burgers from Creekstone Farms before a mighty tower of more than 100 world-crafted beers. The parade of gourmet sandwiches goes on to encompass all of Old MacDonald's farm, from mooing cows to roaring gators and sweetly singing lobsters. Preconceived frontiers are smashed with exotic bread-flanked beef offerings such as the Maui O'Pineapple ($7.95), which wears a tutti frutti hat of seared pineapple and grilled maui onions. Flail your arms like inflatable tube men to the pub's jaunty Irish soundtrack and scarf a Three Irish Cheeses burger with Irish porter cheddar, Guinness cheese, and whiskey cheddar ($7.95). If no particular burger on the menu strikes a chord, create a custom gut-buster using any of the multitudinous meats, cheeses, sauces, and breads.
Peg Wangler devotes her cozy café’s menu to fresh American fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients when possible, sating hungry hoards within an eatery showcasing masterpieces from local artists. Scrambled eggs, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, ham, and bacon comprise the Bird’s Nest, a platter that takes its name from a popular hairstyle in the 1980s. A steaming mug of Kawa coffee washes down a make-your-own omelet, or a chalice of one of the many offered fruit juices accompany bites of texas french toast.
On their website, Salty Rim Grill's owners call their place as much "a state of mind" as it is a restaurant. To reinforce this concept, they printed one of their favorite quotes on the menu: "The cure for anything is saltwater?sweat, tears, or the sea." These words come alive as the dining space extends all the way down to the waterfront, where there's a patio that showcases sunsets and connects to a dock for full boat access. Down on the beach, bartenders crush fresh fruit then blend the juice with muddled herbs for specialty drinks.
This celebration of South Florida's tropical atmosphere and relaxed lifestyle continues into the menu. Drawing on culinary traditions of the Caribbean, Florida Keys, and Gulf Coast, chefs prepare dishes such as stuffed fish tacos, bouillabaisse, and Walkerswood-style ribs, which taste as though they were smoked and sauced in the village of Walkerswood, Jamaica. Live music plays most nights of the week, simultaneously entertaining guests and drowning out the moans of hungry whales in Tampa Bay.
No one wants to sleep with the fishes. Eating with the fishes is a different story. Diners at RumFish Grill can do just that, as the centerpiece of the dining room is a 33,500-gallon saltwater aquarium inhabited by more than 20 species, including grouper, spotted trout, and a 4-foot green moray eel. The massive undertaking of installing the tank was featured on Animal Planet's Tanked.
As a living, water-breathing mural, the tank serves as a natural extension of the work of renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey. Of course, it also makes for a wonderful view for a meal. Each of the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus features various seafood specialties, such as pan-seared local grouper piccata, while bartenders mix specialty cocktails at the onsite bar.