FOOD & DRINK
1. 7venth Sun Brewing Brewers Devon Kreps, Megan O’Boyle, Justin Stange, and Mike Lukacina opened a little over a year ago to a cacophony of beer-nerd fanfare. They recently expanded their tasting room and brewery, focusing on Belgian-style beers, barrel-aged beers, and oak-aged sours. 1012 Broadway, 727-733-3013, 7venthsun.com.
2. The Black Pearl Visit a time-honored gem that’s the ideal spot for Don Draper-esque assignations — “that secret, intimate place off the beaten track for a romantic rendezvous on an expense account,” said CL’s restaurant critic. Recommended are the pâté, butternut squash ravioli and fried green tomatoes. 315 Main St., 727-734-3463, TheBlackPearlRestaurant.com.
3. Bon Appetit Beautiful waterfront views are the real draw here, a beloved spot for Blue Jays fans to dine out after the game. Try the three-course prix fixe menu for $21. 148 Marina Plaza, 727-733-2151, bonappetitrestaurant.com.
4. Broadway Deli & Cafe Everything from omelettes to veggie paninis. Bring your own bottle and enjoy with your meal sans corkage fee. 730 Broadway, 727-286-6270, broadwaydelicafe.com.
5. British Delicious The website promises panad (tea) for Welshmen, Scotch eggs for Scotsmen, scones and cream for Englishmen — and the cafe has the goods to back it up. Food, beer, wine, tea, and British-themed knick-knacks. 833 Douglas Ave., 727-648-4956, britishdelicious.com.
6. Cafe Alfresco Located at the corner of Main Street and the Pinellas Trail is one of Tampa Bay’s best spots for brunch, lunch or dinner. Locals love the French toast à la Ritz, made with cloverleaf honey and powdered sugar. Dinner specials include prime rib Sundays and a Friday fish fry. 344 Main St., 727-736-4299, cafealfrescoonline.com.
7. Casa Tina & Pan Y Vino Javier and Tina Avila opened the ever-expanding Casa Tina more than 20 years ago, serving fresh, healthy Mexican cuisine (see the story on p. 32.) Their Pan y Vino next door offers brick oven-fired pizza and wines. 365 Main St., 727-734-9226, casatinas.com. 369 Main St., 727-734-7700, panyvino.com.
8. Cappuccino’s Altro Posto Cafe A coffee and wine bar catering to specialty wines and delicious coffee drinks. Coffee beans are locally roasted, and homemade baked goods are available for purchase as well. 733 Broadway, 727-738-8009.
Chatterbox The family-owned diner inside Dunedin Lanes has been cooking up a good plate of breakfast, lunch or dinner since the 1970s. 405 Patricia Ave., 727-736-2055.
Dodge’s Chicken Store Fill up on gas, delicious fried chicken, and maybe a 12-pack of beer from the walk-in cooler. Open 24 hours, it’s Dunedin’s late-night stop for munchies and more. 466 Patricia Ave., 727-738-8408.
9. Dunedin Bagels & Deli “Small shop, big sandwiches” is what the sign says out front. The sandwiches are served without filler, just bread and meat. And the coffee? One size only, large and Cuban-roasted. 716 Main St., 727-734-1829, dunedinbagels.com.
10. Dunedin Brewery A family-owned and operated brewery, a showspace for local and national live music, and a popular hangout since first opening its doors more than 17 years ago. See Leilani Polk’s story on the music scene at Dunedin Brewery by clicking here. 937 Douglas Ave., 727-736-0606, dunedinbrewery.com.
11. Dunedin House of Beer Over 40 beers on draft, and dozens more in the coolers. Locals love the “do the rail” club card, which entails downing each of the 40 draft beers in exchange for fame and fortune, with prizes ranging from shirts to free beer and more. 927 Broadway, 727-216-6318, dunedinhob.com.
12. Dunedin Smokehouse Finger-licking barbecue, with a dog-friendly patio and regular live music that’s a favorite of locals. 471 Main St., 727-736-2227, thedunedinsmokehouse.com.
Eddie’s Bar and Grill A kid-friendly burger joint and watering hole for sports fanatics, with 50 beers on tap, two HD big screens and upwards of 45 smaller TVs. Happy hour all day long, pool tables, darts, a weekly open mic, and live music most weekends by cover bands and select local originals (UNRB, Ricky Wilcox and Shoeless Soul among others). 1283 Bayshore Blvd., 727-734-2300, eddiesbarandgrill.com.
13. Eli’s BBQ One of the best barbecue spots in all of Tampa Bay. The man behind the smoker, Eli Crawford, passed away this year. But his legend, and barbecue, live on through his apprentice, Eric Davis. 360 Skinner Blvd., 727-738-4856.
14. Flanagan’s Irish Pub Authentic Irish food, Irish beers, and probably one of the truest Irish experiences available locally. Get ready to shimmy that shillelagh. 465 Main St.,727-736-4994, flanagansirishpub.net.
Fritzee Freeze An old-school ice cream shop that serves up deliciously greasy burgers, fries, and hot dogs, too. Shakes, sundaes, hard and soft serve ice creams. 368 Patricia Ave., 727-736-3008.
15. Jolli Mon’s Grill Caribbean-themed cuisine and a party-loving atmosphere. Jolli Mon’s will also cook your catch. Live music weekly. 941 Huntley Ave., 727-735-0498, jollimonsgrill.com.
Juan’s Mexican Grill Tacos, nachos, fajitas and more. Dine in or take it to go. 1409 Main St., 727-738-5826, juansgrill.com.
16. Kelly’s/Chic-a-Boom Room/Blur This chic Main Street complex is spread over three storefronts and offers food, drink and entertainment in atmospheres befitting every time of the day. Kelly’s dishes up breakfast, lunch and dinner with restaurant-style seating and a big outdoor patio; the centrally located Chic-a-Boom Room bar serves frou-frou martinis and happy hour cocktails and hosts live local music all week; and Blur delivers after-hours nightclub ambiance in addition to hosting a weekly hip-hop open mic and fabulous drag shows. 319 Main St., 727-736-5284, kellyschicaboom.com.
17. The Living Room on Main Tapas-style fine dining with everything from flavor-packed Kobe beef sliders to calamari served in a sprawling but cozy space. Weekly live entertainment, drink specials, and more. 487 Main St., 727-736-5202, thelivingroomonmain.com.
Los Amigos Dos A Mexican restaurant known for authentic, fresh tacos, steak burrito and enchiladas, plus complimentary baskets of homemade chips and salsa. 404 Patricia Ave., Dunedin, 727-736-3701.
Marguerite’s Catering and Cafe Just around the corner from the Dunedin Library and Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, the cafe offers pastries, specialty coffees and teas at breakfast, and fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and more for the lunch crowd. The catering business is equipped to handle wedding and corporate functions almost anywhere in the Bay area. 405 Plaza Drive, 727-734-7040, margueritescatering.com.
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