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Winter in Crystal Beach, Florida

A February 2002 trip to Crystal Beach by evelyn

Thirsty Marlin Grill and Bar Photo, Crystal Beach, Florida More Photos
Quote: There isn't a whole lot going on in Crystal Beach but it's great as a quiet base for sightseeing in the Tampa/St. Petersburg areas or even to go as far as Disneyworld.

Winter in Crystal Beach, Florida

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Overview

Main Street Photo, Crystal Beach, Florida
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There are lots of things to do in the Tampa area - many centers around water activities since there is water everywhere - Tampa Bay, the intercoastal island waters, Gulf of Mexico, and the myriad lakes in the area. Major attractions include Disneyworld, Busch Gardens and the Ringling Brothers' winter home. To get the flavor of the area, we visited local attractions such as the Cuban neighborhood of Ybaro for lunch, toured the Henry B. Plant Museum which was originally the Tampa Bay Hotel now displaying some hotel rooms with original furnishings, and even had a chance to visit their local state fair outside of Tampa. In St. Petersburg is the largest private collection of Dali paintings at the Dali Mu...Read More

Thirsty Marlin Grill and Bar

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Restaurant

Thirsty Marlin Grill and Bar Photo, Crystal Beach, Florida
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It's Superbowl Sunday and we are hungry after a midnight arrival at our time share the night before-there was nothing edible in the unit. Familiar with the Palm Harbor/Crystal Beach or Suncoast area of Florida? We weren't either. At 11 am, we stumbled into the Thirsty Marlin-nice looking place but with no customers in sight so we weren't sure if it was an ok place. We lucked out with a friendly smiling host and waiter. The menu had a plethora of sandwiches, fishy and not, pastas, appetizers and soups. We ordered a side of beans and rice which was delicious. Most unusual was a dessert that we couldn't resist - the Marlin Fried Cheesecake. This was a kind of cheese filled pastry shaped like an egg roll,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2002

Thirsty Marlin Grill and Bar
1023 Florida Avenue
Crystal Beach, Florida
(727) 784-3469

Carmine's Restaurant and Bar Photo, Crystal Beach, Florida
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Ybor City is the Cuban district just east of downtown Tampa. The entire area is undergoing major renovations so while there is a new mall in the center of the area, all the natives have pretty much disappeared. Carmine's, however, remains with its Cuban/Italian/American flavors. It is listed in Frommers' guide as inexpensive and of great value and this proved to be true. Their Cuban sandwich consists of slices of Genoa salami, swiss cheese, smoked ham, roast pork, pickles, salad dressing, mustard, lettuce and tomato on a crispy submarine roll. It can be a half order with a side of black beans and rice or a bowl of Spanish soup made with sausages, potatoes, and garbanzo beans - this combo is $6 - unbel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2002

Carmine's Restaurant and Bar
1802 E 7th Avenue
Crystal Beach, Florida 33605
(813) 248-3834

Thai Nana Restaurant

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Restaurant

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This is a find in the boondocks of Alternate Highway 19 North. The decor is authentic Thai with lots of wood carvings and cloth napkins are a part of the setting. Appetizers run about $2.50 - $5.95 with typical offerings. Their Chef's specials include grouper, chicken volcano, soft shell crabs tempura style running about $12.95. There are soups, fried rice, noodles, curry and meat dishes going for $7.95. The unusual touch here are the Japanese dishes. I had the vegetable tempura as an appetizer and it has to be the best and crunchiest and lightest batter I've ever tasted. The pad thai and penang curry was fine. No MSG is added to the cooking. Can't beat this combination.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2002

Thai Nana Restaurant
2880 Alt 19
Crystal Beach, Florida 34683
(727) 787-0189

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