Thirsty Marlin reels in fresh seafood to craft creative, flavorful dishes served in a festive and tropical atmosphere. Take in the toe-tapping notes of live music Thursday through Sunday nights at the Palm Harbor location, or on Thursday night at the Largo location. Peruse the vast menu. Succulent starters present an innovative take on comfort fare, such as the lobster quesadillas ($10.99) and the grouper nuggets, served fried or buffalo-style ($9.99). Ask the sauce-laden rumba's ribs for a dance ($18.79), or spear some sushi after 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The Thirsty Marlin roll ($10.95) quenches the sushi desires of gilled and ungilled beings alike with a medley of shrimp tempura, crab meat, and veggies in a savory eel sauce. Top off your meal pouch with homemade Marlin fried cheesecake ($6.99), refreshingly devoid of fish and bursting with a chocolate-covered Oreo crust.
From a stunning, beachside vantage point overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the Palm Pavilion has been serving up a quintessential seaside dining experience for more than 80 years. Stroll up the coast and perch on the shaded outdoor patio or take a break from the sea breeze in the casual, sunlit interior. The menu offers an array of landlubbing eatables and sea-faring cuisine, such as the Hurricane Shrimp, where three skewers of crunchy crustaceans are blown through a whirlwind of spices, landing safely on a cushion of black beans and rice ($14.99). Or, lose your sea legs with a 10-oz. black Angus top sirloin ($17.99). Sworn enemies of the sun can enjoy its colorful demise while sipping a cool piña colada ($6.50) and soaking eager ears in live music.
Inspired by the small-town taverns of the Midwest, Pete & Shorty's Tavern is an unpretentious and a friendly gathering place where friends and families flock for comfort food and cold beers. Step into the tavern's cozy interior and wrap your taste buds around a selection from the meat-centric menu of appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees. The sandwich offerings include a pan-fried pork tenderloin sandwich ($6.99) and the sought-after Loose-Meat Pete ($3.99), a more seasoned and far friendlier cousin to the morally questionable Sloppy Joe. Grab a dozen ($10.99) or half dozen ($5.59) famous Shorty burgers to eat on the patio, or share a pork shank ($11.99) with your mother or your recently paroled college professor. Pete & Shorty's Tavern also serves up draft beer from its full bar of libations—toast to coastal erosion during the tavern's late-night hours, or sip away the seconds during one of the restaurant's two daily happy hours.
When Rosie first moved from Detroit to Pinellas Park and began working at a seafood restaurant, she was surprised to learn that clams and fish didn't just come in sticks or strips. After gaining hands-on experience at the restaurant and sampling the fresh lobster, whole-belly clams, and haddock, Rosie decided to buy her own restaurant with her daughter Tammy. Today, Rosie serves fresh New England–style seafood, including sea scallops, chowder, and fish fresh from Florida’s waters.
Inside the restaurant, live bands perform memorable tunes as patrons dig into buttery lobster or quaff drinks at a full bar underneath a wall-mounted ship. The eatery's nautical theme continues in wooden oars attached to the walls, a fishing net full of lobsters, and murals of palm trees under puffy white clouds.
The menu at City Fish Seafood Grill & Chophouse reads like an edible atlas. The The chefs here source fresh salmon from the Atlantic, seabass from Chili, and lobsters from Maine. And the preparations are just as global as the proteins: shellfish-laden paella evokes the eateries of Spain, while beer-battered fish 'n' chips pays tribute to England's famous tartar sauce springs. International flavors also accent sushi selections, from classic tuna and California rolls to the cajun-inspired Bubba Gump, loaded with fried Louisiana crawfish, mango, and cream cheese.
Globe-trotting flair can be found behind the bar as well. Bartenders pour sake, and uncork wines from Italy and New Zealand. Imported spirits are shaken, stirred, and siphoned into specialty cocktails such as the Snickers martini, accented with caramel vodka and amaretto. On weekends, bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys accompany hearty brunch spreads of omelets and french toast.