Where to Eat & Drink
We’ll let you in on a little local secret: Pinellas Park is the unofficial pho capital of St. Pete/Clearwater. From humble take-out spots to sit-down restaurants with stellar wine lists, Vietnamese restaurants are found aplenty here. A meal at Ha Long Bay on U.S. 19 is sure to add appeal to your Instagram feed. The extensive menu here also features Chinese favorites (hello, dim sum!) and a good selection of sake, beer and wine. Other notable options for your Banh Mi fix? Try Thuy Cafe, Moonlight Tea House or Ben Thanh.
For an entirely plant-based menu that is deliciously satisfying, head to Lotus Vegan Restaurant, one of the first eateries in St. Pete/Clearwater’s flourishing vegan food scene. They offer everything from veganized Vietnamese favorites to vegan mozzarella sticks (and yes, they’re melty and delicious!).
A more recent addition to the food scene here is Patti’s Kitchen on Park Boulevard. The menu is small at this uber-authentic Thai spot, but the hearty (and locally famous) noodle soups and fluffy coconut cake will keep you coming back.
Want to spice things up a bit? Head to the legendary Cajun Cafe on the Bayou, where you’ll find authentic Louisiana cooking (think crawfish etouffee or shrimp creole) and a great craft beer menu with more than 70 selections from around the U.S.
Speaking of craft beer, Pinellas Park is mug-full of it. And if you’ve been mural-spotting at Pinellas Art Village, be sure to tip one back (and enjoy shuffleboard, pool and darts) at Bottles Pub Craft Beer Bar, nearby. Well-known Big Storm Brewing serves up its popular beers along with innovative pub fare just to the east of Pinellas Park’s city limits.