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.
With 50 years of oyster-shucking experience under their rubber-apron belts, Leverock's Seafood House serves fresh and local seafood, steaks, salads, and freshly made desserts in a casual atmosphere with four different menus. Try one of the many signature dishes such as onion-crusted salmon ($9.25–$14.79, depending on mealtime) or Bertha Leverock's clam chowder ($4.99/bowl). Daily specials for lunch and dinner guarantee excitement and adventure twice a day, much like commuting to work by jet pack. Lighter appetites, meanwhile, can indulge in the new After Seven menu filled with two-for-one cocktail deals and plates to share such as Thai chili calamari ($6.99). Maryland-style crab cakes served with garlicky mashed potatoes ($17.95) will keep mouths mesmerized while the eyes take in the various football games and Estonian folkdance-offs being broadcast on six HD TVs.
Start with a cup ($4) or bowl of ($5) of crimson-colored clam chowder or jumbo crab fingers sautéed in garlic and butter ($10). Slurp up a dozen oysters on the half shell ($14), or try a platter of mussels sautéed in a white wine, butter, and garlic broth ($9). Island Seafood Market & Bistro's fresh catches are flown in daily and include whole Maine lobster (market price) and grilled salmon ($14). Feast on ahi tuna ($14) served with creamy wasabi, or opt for a crab pita with celery, onions, and spicy sauce ($8). View the complete menu here.
At Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, guests lounge on an expansive wraparound patio looking out over elegantly plated dishes of shrimp and calamari to consume views of Tampa Bay. Dockside diners can pair seafood entrees with martinis, margaritas, or draught beers. As night falls, eats will be illuminated by colorful lights, which will also reflect off the water and treat local marine life to a free laser-light show.