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Downtown St. Pete - What's Good for Indian, Middle Eastern, SE Asian, West Indian?

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Downtown St. Pete - What's Good for Indian, Middle Eastern, SE Asian, West Indian?

Bean | Aug 19, 2005 02:06 AM

If you're entertaining an area newcomer to a leisurely Sunday afternoon first date, where would be a good Indian, Middle Eastern/N.African, SE Asian, or West Indian establishment in the (preferably) downtown St. Pete area to do so? Sub-Saharan/W. African would be fabulous if the area swings it. Trust me, I know that's a tough order!

In terms of atmosphere, I'm keen on something laid back, casual to very casual and a wee bit romance-inducing. A smaller establishment with a low-key clientele and a no-fuss staff would do the trick.

I live on the other side of the Bay area and I'm not too familiar with eats in St. Pete. I'm hoping that those of you in the know can help me out!

I've read good things about Chaing Mai Thailand and Number 9 Bangkok, but my date and I have eaten our way down the Thai road numerous times. But hey, if either (or another) Thai joint is too fab to be denied, bring it on!

Ajanta at the Ramada Inn has been mentioned on the board, but it sounds like it's more than a bit removed from downtown. The same can be said for Thuy Cafe and Mekong. I'm soft on the area around Beach Dr., Central, 1st, 2nd Ave, etc. and I know that my date would be, too. I'd like to keep our lunchdate in that vicinity BUT, I'm willing to do a bit of trekking for good eating in a nice spot.

So what I'm looking for is:

- Indian, Middle Eastern, African, SE Asian, or West Indian food
- A location in downtown St. Pete
- Open Sunday afternoons

and

- A casual restaurant that's smallish and intimate enough for a "successful" first date ;)

Any suggestions? And thanks!

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