A couple toasts at a outdoor table at Salt Rock Grill

Salt Rock Grill is a fine dining establishment with views of the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Dining In Indian Shores & Indian Rocks

No need to leave town for a good meal in Indian Shores and Indian Rocks Beach. Morning, noon and night, you’ll find excellent food and drink here. A beloved and cozy cafe, Indian Shores Coffee Co. will wake you up for the perfect beach day with expertly roasted joe and pastries (including dairy-free and vegan options). Have a few minutes? Sit and sip your coffee in the lovely outdoor garden.

For a hearty breakfast or lunch, get your crepe on at family owned Cafe de Paris Bakery, which serves classic French fare, from quiches to croque monsieurs as well as a coffee and tea menu. 

Get a quick lunch at the Kooky Coconut, a longstanding spot you’ll recognize by its bamboo facade. Burritos and quesadillas are popular here, as is the ever-changing spate of 20 ice cream flavors. Buy starfish and conch shells at the adjoining shell shop, and savor a beverage on the beach chairs you’ll find out back. 

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Looking for more options? Try Guppy’s on the Beach for fresh seafood such as Gulf Grouper Piccata or Florida lobster tail. Choose Slyce Pizza Bar for a creative spin on pies (try the “Pear a Dice,” topped with fresh pear slices and gorgonzola) and other bar fare (spinach and artichoke wontons, anyone?). Head over to Jake’s Coastal Cantina for quick-service Tex-Mex staples such as tacos and bowls and a build-your-own-margarita menu with bases such asThai basil-pepper and caramelized pineapple.

The culinary landmark on these beaches has to be Salt Rock Grill, an elegant waterfront restaurant on the southern end of Indian Shores with lovely views of the Intracoastal Waterway. At this legendary date-night spot for locals, you’ll find fresh-caught seafood served alongside seasonal produce and an impressive wine list.

When it’s time for an adult beverage or two, stop in at Mahuffer’s, an unapologetic dive bar with both indoor and outdoor seating. You’ll spot it when you see the multicolored modified hearse out front that advertises “Warm Beer.” The humor flows here – as does the (cold) beer. 

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Dining In Indian Shores & Indian Rocks