Badfins Food + Brew is an excellent spot for a quick bite or for a full on dining experience. Located just minutes away from some of the most popular hotels in Clearwater Beach, Badfins offers a delicious and indulgent variety of dining options.
One of their highlights has to be the pork covered waffle fries. MMMM!! Delicious for an after-beach app (or a main course) because man is it filling!!
Or if you are looking for a lighter, more simple snack, Badfins also has – hands down – the best chips, salsa and guac combo on Clearwater Beach. It’s a beautiful blend of ingredients that are complimented so well with their seasoned tortilla chips. Guac lovers, take note.
Taco lovers, you also need to take note. If you like fish tacos, then Badfins is the place for you. These bad boys put the BAD in Badfins — in the best way possible. Stuffed full of local fish, these make a great main course when paired with some of their other appetizers.
Overall, Badfins has a small, beach side restaurant type feel with delicious food that packs a punch and a super friendly staff. It’s proximity to some of the local hotels and it’s tasty apps and entrees make it an excellent spot for a pre-beach fuel up or an after beach wind down.
Yeoman’s Cask & Lion
If you’re looking for a restaurant with a cool theme done right, this is your spot. Yeoman’s Cask & Lion is a British themed road pub in the heart of Tampa (with a second location in Kissimmee). What started out as a small, neighborhood pub is now a living, breathing representation and celebration of all things Great Britain, from crazy cool art … to British memorabilia … this place is covered in English history. In addition to the place being a great venue, with indoor and outdoor seating, fantastic decor, and killer staff, the food and drinks had me gobsmacked as well!
For cockails, I started with a vodka soda, which is hard to mess up but I will still give it a 10/10. My dinner date ordered an old fashioned which was refreshingly served with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, orange peels, filthy cherry, and bitters, a modern twist on an old classic.
As for food, we were on our way to a concert so I was definitely trying to be more buzzed than bloated … but that did not stop up from trying a few of their signature dishes. We started off with the “Prime Minister Shrimp”, blackened gulf shrimp, served over arugula with delicious sweet Thai chili sauce, and topped with applewood smoked bacon pieces and a spicy mayo sauce; a truly lip smacking combination of freshness and flavor.
For entrees we got the Yeoman’s Top Chop, again I was trying to keep it light, so this was the perfect choice. Their signature house salad is topped with red onions, blueberries, strawberries, blue cheese, and their homemade blueberry vinaigrette dressing, very dressy and very tasty.
We also ordered the Sir Paul’s Ribeye, a glorious ribeye steak served with veggies and some white cheddar mashed potatoes (yowza). Yeoman’s is truly a fantastic spot and definitely a must see for someone looking for some good eats, drinks, and ambiance in Tampa or Kissimmee.
The Avenue Eat + Drink
Know when you go to a place for the ambiance, the great sports coverage, the party vibe, but not for the food? This is absolutely not one of those places. The Avenue Eat + Drink is known as St Pete’s “ultimate neighborhood hangout,” a place where you can watch the big game, listen to live bands, and great DJs, but let me tell you it is also a place to have some creative cocktails and delicious dishes.
The drinks here have funky names, and even funkier ingredients. We started off with the “Tri-Freshness,” which is a cool combination of Crop organic cucumber vodka, strawberries, cucumber, triple sec, lime, and sprite, and their twist on an Old Fashioned, Michter’s Bourbon, Bitter Truth Orange Bitters, Solerno blood orange liqueur, simple syrup, Filthy Black Cherry, and garnished with a thick orange peel.
Now this place takes bar food to the next level, starting with the appetizers we ordered the Fried Cauliflower with their Sweet Thai Chili sauce, literally the best fried cauliflower I have ever had, if not the best fried anything I’ve ever had. Crispy, delicious, and hot, my mouth is watering just writing about these bad boys.
After the captivating cauliflower, we moved on to their Lettuce Wraps which were served with grilled chicken, cabbage, sour cream, sweet Thai chili (clearly a uge fan), pico, avocado, queso fresco cilantro, and bibb lettuce. YUM, this dish was a little messy, but totally go with it, worth the extra napkins! All of the ingredients were incredibly fresh and mixed into a bite of perfection.
Now, when it came time for the entrees I was excited because this place is known for their burgers, and I do love a good burger. We ordered the 90210, which was topped with Swiss cheese, peppered bacon, chipotle mayo, and avocado, and also their famous “Rasta Monsta” burger, which was topped with Pepper Jack Cheese, Jamaican Jerk sauce, peppered bacon (again, my mouth is watering), and their house made pineapple and mango chutney. SO. FREAKING. GOOD. The sweetness of the mango and pineapple with the salty of the bacon, all on top of a perfectly cooked burger is a dish worth dreaming about, definitely a must try.
If I lived in St. Petersberg I would literally be at this place once a week, if not more. Definitely a more casual, lively crowd, but so much fun, and honestly such good food. From the music and the service to the food and the drinks, The Avenue Eat + Drink is a solid 10/10, and a place I definitely look forward to visiting again some day soon.
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Not all brewing companies have such a done-right blend of good food, atmosphere and entertainment. Sea Dog Brewing Company did a great job of incorporating outdoor seating as well as offering a familiar pub style indoor seating vibe. No matter where you choose to sit, you fully enjoy watching a local sports game over a local brew.
As expected, drinks were plentiful at Sea Dog Brewing Company. Ice Pick Vodka and some locally sourced options made for a pleasant blend of cocktail slections. From mules, to classic cocktails, to local brews, this place has something to drink for everyone.
The food was simply spectacular — Sea Dog Brewing Company is a scratch kitchen, which means just about everything is fresh and nothing is frozen.
Highlights include a RIDICULOUS crab dip, a warm pretzel that tastes like what a mall pretzel should taste like, and ribs covered in a blueberry BBQ sauce that could only be found in the south. On top of the food, the servers and managers were welcoming of every guest and made us feel right at home.
Overall, this place comes with a warm, welcoming environment and top of the line food. A must see!
Oyster Shucker, located in St. Pete Beach, offers a menu full of local, fresh seafood. Try something from the raw bar like the oysters on a half shell or the clams. Oyster Shucker offers a selection of beer on tap as well as wine, spirits and a variety of cocktails. If I could define this place in two words it would be hidden gem, right on the beach with outdoor seating that overlooks the sunset, the Oyster Shucker was the perfect place to end a fantastic trip.
We started out with a couple of drinks after looking through their wide selection of liquor, wine and over 50 bottled and draft beer options. We got my go-to cosmo, which was refreshing and delicious, and a good ole Old Fashioned, which was served properly with one large ice cube.
Known for being a “scratch kitchen,” all ingredients are locally sourced, always fresh, never frozen, and made in house daily; so it was safe to say I was quite excited to get eating. Being right on the beach, I had high expectations for the seafood, and I was definitely not disappointed. Their Shrimp Cocktail was absolutely massive and served with their house cocktail sauce, and the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake came out hot and tasted as fresh as could be.
I was impressed with the seafood thus far, so I decided to stick with the theme for my entree and ordered the “Catch of the Day,” which happened to be one of my favorites, Grouper! This fish was grilled to perfection, with farro, black rice, baby spinach, and tangerine. Every bite left me wanting more, and definitely confirmed the fact that this place knows how to cook up some delicious fresh fish, so tasty!
We decided to mix it up with our second entree and went with the Corey Ave Burger, a double patty served with American cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a pickle. This was simply a classic burger done right, the meat was hot and fresh, and the french fries that came along side were definitely worth snacking on as well, even though we were pretty stuffed at this point.
The Oyster Shucker is a restaurant manufactured by hard work, and you can tell. The staff is dedicated, informed, and extremely friendly, creating a unique place that everyone visiting this side of Florida must check out. It is the perfect place for a date night, family meal, or simply anyone wanting a delicious meal, gorgeous view, and great overall experience.