St. Petersburg/Clearwater is a veritable buffet of awesome dining options. All along the coast, beachfront restaurants offer up fresh-caught fish and seafood (a fried grouper sandwich is pretty much obligatory during your visit), beachy cocktails and brews, and Instagram-worthy daily sunsets (no filter needed).

While seafood and tiki bars tend to get the spotlight, the area’s multi-ethnic culinary influences can’t be overlooked. Go Latino at restaurants like Ceviche in St. Petersburg or Colombia in Clearwater, or break a plate at the Greek restaurants in Tarpon Springs (okay, please don’t actually break a plate).

Some of our favorite spots for local favorites and up-and-coming dining hotspots are downtown St. Pete (walkable and replete with entertainment and locally owned restaurants), downtown Dunedin (Black Pearl for upscale, or dress it down at Dunedin Brewery), and the local chain of Frenchy’s with several locations throughout Clearwater.

By the way, leave the jacket and tie at home. Even the fancier restaurants will welcome you in flip-flops and jeans. That’s just how we roll.

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