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Back From St Pete with a Report...long

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Back From St Pete with a Report...long

WellFedRed | Jan 2, 2003 10:49 AM

Well we had a great trip and some great meals...and some not so great ones.
The 1st day these MIL drove us out to the beach, they love St John's Pass and so we had lunch at Scully's. We were not impressed. The table shared fried mozzerella which was ok for fried cheese but not my fav. Hubby had a dry over-breaded crab cake sandwich; I had a not-to-bad pistachio-encrusted grouper. I did not like the decor of the overly nautical stuff everywhere, felt musty to me.
That night we went to dinner at the chowhound-recommended Red Mesa. We really enjoyed this spot from the setting, to the friendly service to the great food. I started with the guacamole which was delicious while everyone else enjoyed their chipolte salsa. For dinner I tried tasty tuna tacos, hubby had chicken enchiladas, and MIL had some sort of chicken with a creamy savory sauce that was delicious.
The next day we went to the beach alone and had lunch at Don Cesar's. I love the beachside patio restaurant shaded by palms and umbrellas. We like how they bring a tomato pesto with the bread. I tried a chicken curry breast sandwich with a jicama slaw that was delicious and hubby loved their burger. And it was quite affordable considering the setting. Maybe next year we'll stay a night...anyone one been to their fancy dinner spot?
That night we had our best dinner of the trip. We went to the fabulous Mazzaro's Italian market and bought veal, pasta, wine, and more. MIL made her fabulous tomato and beef sauce (stew beef no ground meat) & I made veal parm and we had a great time. What a great market their prices are really reasonable and we brought home a big box of Italian staples.
The next day we had lunch at the chowhound-recommended Ted Peter's and loved it. What a neat place, feels like a drive-in and eating at the open-air bar was a lot of fun. Needing a light lunch I had the smoked fish spread with crackers but when I saw the smoked mahi go by I was so jealous. Hubby loved the cheeseburger and German potato salad and not to forget the bottomless root beer in frosty mugs. He had to bring home a shirt, we'll be back.
After lunch we went down to Pass-A-Grille and walked on the beach, look for shells, etc...are the restaurants down their worth trying? Hurricanes and 8th Ave Grill?
Well that's about all we made it to this trip. Father-in-law hates to dine out and the only place he'll go is the dog track. (i know, it's horrible, mean to the dogs, yes but not a batle I am going to win) I hated the environment but the cheap Heinekens helped me get through the night and the roast chicken was actually tasty with skin so crisp made me suspect it had been fried somehow. All the other food looked unappetizing like the fajitas, chicken florentine, etc...if I'm forced back next year i'll stick with that.
Next year we'll also try Bern's so I can get in to that debate!

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