I’ve returned from the Sunshine State with two oddly-shaped splotches of sunburn on my back and plenty of calories under my belt. It’s a good thing we did a lot of swimming and walking while we were away; I needed the exercise to burn off all the fish and Key lime pie I consumed while I was away.
Before I left, I consulted the chat boards at Chowhound.com, and I was extremely happy with the recommendations. One of the restaurants that was mentioned several times on Chow was Guppy’s, where we enjoyed a spectacular meal on our last night.
If you’ve never tried posting a question on Chow, you might want to consider it the next time you plan to visit a city for the first time. Most of the responses you’ll get are from locals who know the food scene pretty well.
Before we got to Guppy’s, I enjoyed one of the Clearwater Beach area’s signature dishes: a grouper sandwich (pictured above).
Just about every restaurant in the Clearwater-St. Pete area has some version of this treat on the menu. I ordered mine at Sea Sea Riders Restaurant, a casual little place just off the bay. For a market price of $11.95, the fat, juicy grouper filet came blackened on a bun with a thick slice of ruby red tomato, lettuce and creole tartar sauce.
I made a big mess eating the thing, but it was totally worth it.