Food & Drink in Ruskin

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Property Location
Located in Ruskin, Harborside Suites at Little Harbor is in a rural location and close to E.G. Simmons State Park and Ruskin Drive-In Theatre. This hotel is within the vicinity of Cypress Golf Club and Camp Bayou Nature Preserve.

Make yourself at home in one of the 158 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and stovetops. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets, and all rooms are furnished with queen sofa beds. 36-inch LCD televisions with satellite programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as multi-line phones with free local calls and voice mail.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Spend the day on the private beach or dip into one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools or 2 spa tubs.

Satisfy your appetite at one of the hotel's 3 restaurants. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a beach bar. Hot/cold buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom.

611 Destiny Dr

Brewburgers' chefs hoist the burger to the culinary kingdom's upper echelons by adding a splash of Guinness beer to their six-ounce ground-beef patties and a shot of bourbon to their tangy barbecue sauce. In addition to beef, grill commanders fashion patties from ground turkey, veggies, or steak, and accent the discuses with upscale add-ons such as crumbled blue cheese, roasted red peppers, or deep-fried monocles. The alcohol-tinged menu complements the drink selection of 16 draught beers and 15 wines.

4195 34th St S
Saint Petersburg,

The Experience

Inside a building in St. Petersburg, works of art from around the world gather like good friends. Georgia O'Keeffe's Poppy hangs not far from Paul Cézanne's A Corner of the Woods, Pointoise. Claude Monet's Houses of Parliament gives a glimpse of faraway lands, while Thomas Moran's Florida Landscape stays closer to home.

With a range of permanent and rotating exhibitions, the Museum of Fine Arts seeks to engage visitors with art while preserving the pieces in its care. Much of the collection resides in an original 1960s building, but an adjacent modern gallery draws in visitors with special exhibitions, an art library, and interactive educational facilities—ensuring they have plenty of ways to experience art or at least overcome a fear of informational plaques.

The Highlights

  • Permanent collection houses pieces from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well as classical and modern American art
  • Daily events include docent-led tours, hands-on workshops, classical concerts, and lectures
  • MFA Café overlooks the waterfront

    Who They Are

    Even before the Museum of Fine Arts opened to the public in 1965, founder Margaret Acheson Stuart saw its galleries as a space where diverse audiences could explore art "from antiquity to the present." Architect John Volk had designed the original museum wing to instill visitors with a feeling of solidness and permanence. Decades later, the museum sought to expand, and conducted a nationwide search for a worthy architect. They were rewarded with designer Yann Weymouth, who completed a second building in 2008—a two-story, modern glass conservatory.

255 Beach Dr. NE
St. Petersburg,

When brothers Daniel and Douglas Casey were growing up in Chicago, their dad took them on special trips to local diners. After he passed away, they founded MadFish inside a spacious Chicago train car—complete with a black-and-white checked diner floor—as their tribute to him, and as a throwback to travelers who used to come to the area via train. They’ve dialed up that diner vibe by adding interior saltwater tanks and tossing white cloths across the tables.

Chef Chris works with fresh, local seafood and prepares plenty of fine-dining steak specialties, including Angus prime rib paired with aged gorgonzola blue cheese and showered with bacon-wrapped shrimp. But there are also casual dishes and regular specials, including a daily $9.99 early-bird deal that includes salad, dinner, iced tea or coffee, and key-lime pie. The team also has fun with desserts. The deep-fried Snickers bar, for example, is lavished with raspberry topping, Belgian chocolate, whipped cream, and powdered sugar, then sprinkled with purple sugar crystals. It turns a “fair type of dessert into a five-star dessert,” says Douglas, adding that they also serve vanilla-bean shakes and hot, homemade cookies on 45-record racks.

5200 Gulf Blvd
St Pete Beach,

Ramon Sr. and Sinarah Hernandez opened this colorful Cuban café more than 30 years ago after fleeing Cuba. Luckily, they didn’t have to leave everything behind. Their mouth-watering family recipes have garnered bouquets of praise from publications including Weekly Planet and Tampa Bay Magazine. Today, the shop continues to churn out favorites from the original 1979 menu including Pipo’s famous pork wrap piled high with roasted pork, Spanish rice, and fried plantains. Part of the secret to their sandwiches’ success lies in the breads that are baked fresh every day, and the cornucopia of vegetables that are plucked fresh from the farm or holodeck. Customers can order house specialties a la carte, or graze at a fully stocked buffet. Pipo’s doles out its heaping portions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and hosts lives entertainment on the weekends.

437 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg,

Moe Elkasri and his fellow citizens of Pita’s Republic deftly balance good taste and good health, like Jackie Onassis’s tracksuit collection. These stuffers of edible envelopes hew to such practices as making their tzatziki sauce from low-fat yogurt, never using frozen chicken, and sweetening their smoothies with honey-green tea. For more details about the tangy blend of fitness and deliciousness, check out the company’s nutritional information.

10454 Roosevelt Blvd N
Saint Petersburg,