May 16, 2016 Sally Dee

Worth The Drive: Food and Scenery

While downtown St. Pete is teeming with great restaurants, sometimes you want to get out of your urban zone and try something new. Lucky for us, The Salvador is very close to I-275, which connects you to nearby cities, each with a variety of restaurants and incredible water vistas. Here are are our top restaurants with great food and scenery, all within 30 minutes of downtown St. Pete:



Located inside the former Tampa Water Works pumping station and adjacent to Water Works Park with views of the Hillsborough River and Ulele Springs, this restaurant is a Tampa gem. Their food is award winning and their on-site brewery is fed by the waters of the Spring. The indoor main dining room also includes art and sculptures by local artists and the outdoor seating area allows you to dine alfresco to enjoy the pleasant Florida weather or a star-filled night.   After your meal, hang out in the park or take a stroll along the brand-new Tampa Riverwalk.

Rowe Bar

Located in the historic Lowes Don Cesar Hotel, this restaurant has tasty cocktails and waterfront dining. Grab a burger and a drink and enjoy a day at the beach.


Known all over the country for their Grouper Sandwiches, Frenchy’s is a Clearwater Beach tradition. Not only can you enjoy one of their fabulous grouper sandwiches, but afterwards, you can stroll the sugar sand beach of Clearwater for an entirely enjoyable day at the beach.


Tarpon Springs is known for their authentic Greek cuisine, and this restaurant is always listed as one of the top Greek restaurants in the area. Eat here and then visit the historic Tarpon Springs Sponge docks for a unique day in the Greek village of Tarpon Springs


Lobstah’s is located on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach and has a reputation for the best lobster rolls in town. Fill your belly and then take in the calming blue waters of Ana Maria Island for a relaxing day in the sun.

The options for great food and scenic views are boundless when you live in the Sunshine City.


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