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.
With a stay at Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, you'll be on the beach and minutes from Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center. This beach hotel is within the vicinity of John's Pass and Village Boardwalk and Boyd Hill Nature Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 380 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Flat-screen televisions are provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and complimentary weekday newspapers, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Dip into one of the 2 spa tubs or enjoy other recreational amenities, which include a fitness facility. This hotel also features wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and an arcade/game room.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). While enjoying a refreshing dip in the hotel pool, you can order your favorite drink at the poolside bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-out. Planning an event in St. Pete Beach? This hotel has 15,000 square feet (1394 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
When searching for the perfect place to open up their new eatery, Fish Tales Seafood & Steak House owners Dan and Peggy Wesner got all the way to the edge of the ocean, threw up their arms, and said, "good enough." Today, their endeavor has paid off, and diners from near and far come to feast on the restaurant's flaky fish sandwiches. Each day, the kitchen releases its bounty of freshly caught whitefish and tuna onto plates, serving it in steak, fillet, or sandwich form. Chefs also assemble steak, chicken, and salmon into skillets, which arrive to tables chock-full of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and green beans.
Fish Tale’s marina-side location attracts visitors from water and land, with room to dock your sailboat or warmongering naval flotilla. Wooden benches and tiki accoutrements adorn the dining room, and bartenders at the eatery’s two waterfront bars dispense a bevy of frosty brews.
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant not only imports ingredients and products, but also recipes. With roots in northern Spain and Catalonia, these dishes come together on a menu of more than 100 hot and cold tapas selections, along with paella and cazuela. Paella, a widely varied rice dish cooked at length in a wide pot over open flame, can contain Serrano ham, scallops, pork, chorizo, and saffron rice the stunning golden hue of an alchemist's magazine advertisements. Though the restaurant spans multiple locations, each one presents guests with some charming element: a poolside patio at the Tampa location, a central tapas bar in Orlando, and a flamenco room in St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, no matter the location, events bring about live music and joviality, all supported by an ample list of Spanish and Portuguese wines.
Dale Del Bello remembers everything about his first hibachi experience. While stationed in Korea as a part of the Air Force National Guard, Dale and a group of friends visited Tokyo on leave. They followed a traditional route among his fellow service people, which took him to a hibachi restaurant. Immediately he sensed that he’d stumbled upon more than just dinner. The chefs’ showmanship fascinated him as they seared meats and vegetables on their tabletop grills, allowing guests to sample forkfuls directly off the 600-degree surface. After returning to Buffalo, New York, in 1971, Dale opened his first Arigato location, attempting to recreate what made that dining experience so remarkable. Since then, he has distilled the authentic experience into something that families can enjoy without traveling abroad, establishing Arigato restaurants throughout New York and Florida and staffing them with more than 60 chefs from Japan.
Surrounded by 8–10 diners, these chefs act not only as the restaurant’s culinary creators, but also as showmen and magicians of sorts, dexterously slicing ingredients, flipping shrimp tails into their hats, and conjuring soy sauce out of thin air. Away from the flaming tabletops, meanwhile, bartenders make use of their own skill sets as they mix specialty cocktails, which occasionally use splashes of plum wine or sake to imbue familiar-sounding drinks with new dimension.
Weighing in at almost a pound per slice, Mario's Pizzeria Trattoria's philly-cheesesteak stuffed pizza teems with meat and three cheeses. This is just one of the menu's specialty pizzas, which also include the pizza with nine vegetables and four cheeses and the Chicago Classico, made with sausage and fresh basil. The pizza dough is made fresh daily, as is the tomato sauce that douses pasta dishes.
Diners enjoy their pizzas, pastas, subs, and salads inside or out on the patio tables. They can even cruise through Mario's drive-thru window in Largo if they need a meal to go or a quick olive-oil top-off to keep car engines running smoothly.