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Clearwater Beach Thanksgiving 2019

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Clearwater Beach Thanksgiving 2019

It is officially Fall in Clearwater Beach even though it doesn’t really feel like it! The weather still is in the upper 80’s just days before Halloween. The Clearwater Beach weather will remain warm and sunny through the rest of October and November providing great weather for a Clearwater Beach Thanksgiving Trip!

Clearwater Beach Thanksgiving Celebration

B&W Management still has three beachfront condominiums available for Thanksgiving!

Bring your family to Clearwater Beach for a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration! Enjoy the warm weather, bright sun, and the calm waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Our condos offer multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, washers and dryers in each condo, balconies overlooking the beach and full kitchens! The full kitchens and nearby grocery stores provide you with everything you need to make your traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

After dinner, enjoy resting up and maybe even a much-needed nap. Watch your favorite movies and shows right in the condos that provide cable TV and WiFi connections. Take a nap in the afternoon sun on the balcony or stretch your legs with a beautiful beach walk.

If you want to fully enjoy a Clearwater Beach Thanksgiving vacation and not even have to worry about cooking, don’t worry, there are many delicious restaurants nearby. Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber and Columbia (Sand Key) are both known for some fantastic Thanksgiving meals, but be sure to call and make a reservation as soon as possible!

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Clearwater Beach in One Day

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Clearwater Beach in One Day

There’s so much to do when visiting Clearwater Beach that you can easily stay for a week or even longer. But, if all you have is a single day, here’s how to maximize your time on Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Morning in Clearwater Beach

If you’re visiting Clearwater Beach for a single day, the first thing you’ll need to figure out is how to get there and where to park when you do! You can avoid the crowded parking and frequent traffic jams headed to the island by parking in Downtown Clearwater and taking the Clearwater Ferry! Keep up with their routes and schedules on their website or the app (available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).

Taking the Clearwater Ferry not only helps you avoid traffic and parking issues and gives you an opportunity to squeeze a fun boat ride in for your day in Clearwater Beach. I suggest taking the Purple Line leaving from Downtown Clearwater and exiting at North Beach.

If you arrive in North Clearwater Beach in the morning and need breakfast, there are some great places nearby! Within a few blocks, you’ll be able to find Clear Sky Cafe (with a Bloody Mary bar on the weekends), Another Broken Egg Cafe, and Beach Fire Beach Bar & Grille!

After Breakfast, head out to the beach! You’re only steps away from the soft white sand that Clearwater Beach is known for. If you took the Clearwater Ferry to North Beach, you’re in a great area! North Beach is less crowded than South Beach and still has many great restaurants and shops nearby!

When finding a spot on North Beach, look between Sandpearl Resort and Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar. This area is right next to the breakfast locations mentioned before, a short walk to many stores and great restaurants, and has Clearwater Beach Lifeguards in the area. Being next to the Lifeguards will make it easy to keep an eye on any changing weather conditions or other things to keep an eye on. The Lifeguard stations will be flying flags that mark the conditions on the beach and in the Gulf of Mexico.

Afternoon in Clearwater Beach

After hanging out on the beach for a few hours, you may be interested in some lunch. Keep the great views going and grab lunch right on the beach at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill or Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar. If you’re looking for a break from the sun and maybe even some air conditioning, you can grab a delicious Grouper Sandwich at Frenchy’s Original Cafe or head down to Jimmy Hula’s only blocks away!

After lunch, you can stop in at some of the nearby storefronts for a little bit of retail therapy, or even just to pick up some extra sunscreen or beach toys! You can find some great stores nearby like Surf Style, Freaky Tiki Surf Shack, Hulk Hogan’s Beach Shop or just a CVS to pick up an item you’re missing.

After lunch and a quick shopping trip, it’s time to enjoy more of the warm sun! Head back to the beach and enjoy more time in the ocean! If you’re nervous about swimming in the Gulf of Mexico you can also stop by the Clearwater Beach Community Pool that features a 6 lane Junior Olympic size swimming pool and an area for kids with a water slide shaped like a frog, squirting water jets, a mushroom-shaped waterfall and more! In addition to the pool you can also find tennis, basketball and pickleball courts!

Evening in Clearwater Beach

After a wonderful afternoon at the beach, pool or playing on the courts; it’s time to start thinking about some sunset fun!

The order of your evening plans may change based on what time of year it is and what time sunset is. During the summer, sunset is later in the day and may one to grab dinner first. During the winter, the sunset is quite a bit earlier and you’ll most likely want to grab dinner after seeing the sunset.

One of the best places to watch a Clearwater Beach sunset is at Pier 60’s Daily Sunset Festival! In addition to a beautiful sunset; Pier 60 offers a great area for kids to play, shopping from local artists and crafters directly on the pier and some great shows by street performers.

The daily sunset festival starts 2 hours before sunset and ends 2 hours after sunset. This timing allows you to choose the best time to eat dinner either before or after the beautiful Clearwater Beach sunset! Pier 60 is located right in the center of Clearwater Beach and has many restaurants nearby including The Bait House Tackle & Tavern located in the Clearwater Beach Marina for some great outdoor dining!

Nearby Dinner Suggestions

  • The Bait House Tackle & Tavern
  • Marina Cantina
  • Crabby’s Dockside
  • Poke Havana
  • Badfins Food + Brew
  • Ocean Hai
  • Jimmy’s Crows Nest (appetizers and drinks)

Stick around the Pier 60 area after dinner and sunset for a free outdoor movie! Enjoy a free movie under the stars at Pier 60’s Sunset Cinema every Friday and Saturday night! View the schedule of what’s showing here.

Depending on the time you can grab one of the last Clearwater Ferry rides from The Clearwater Beach Marina (located across the street from Pier 60) back to Downtown Clearwater or you get back to your car by taking a short taxi, Uber or Lyft.


While you can pack a lot of fun into a single Clearwater Beach in one day trip, you’ll still be missing a ton of fun things to do! Despite being a small island, Clearwater Beach has so much to offer that you could easily spend a full week and even longer here and not see everything. If you need more time in Clearwater Beach, come stay in our beachfront condos at The Villas of Clearwater Beach or Surfside Condominiums. We offer large luxurious condos with private beachfront balconies, full kitchens, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, swimming pools and more!

See what your beachfront view could be right now with our Live Clearwater Beach Webcam! Save the link and watch the sunset with us every night!

Where to buy wine in Clearwater Beach, Florida

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Clearwater Beach Wine - Where to buy wine in Clearwater Beach Florida

Wine and good views just go together! It’s hard to beat sitting on a beachfront balcony and sipping a cool Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, or a slightly chilled (~60 degrees) Cabernet Sauvignon!

Okay, any type of wine is great at any time! If you’re looking to enjoy some wine while visiting Clearwater Beach, here are the best places to drink wine and where to buy more when you run out!

Please don’t drink and drive!

Where to Drink Wine in Clearwater Beach, Florida

Beachfront Condos

Sitting on your private balcony, with a cool glass of wine in hand is a beautiful place to be. You have a great view, the wine of your choice, more cooling in your full kitchen just inside and no need to drive anywhere to get home!

Alcohol is not allowed directly on the beach, but this is just as good if not better because it stays cool just steps away! There are many beachfront condos all with private balconies and full kitchens available at Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach!

Clearwater Beach Bars, Restaurants, and Boats with Great wine and views!

There are many great Clearwater Beach bars and restaurants to grab some drinks and enjoy the beauty of the beach. Here are some of the best spots for drinking wine and enjoying great views!

After holding a glass of wine in your hand for a while, you may start to feel your balance sway back and forth… because you’re on a boat of course!

You can enjoy a different view of Clearwater Beach and some cool drinks on these boats!

There’s one place I have to mention when talking about wine on Clearwater Beach, and that’s Clearwater Wine Bar & Bistro! They may not have a beachfront view, but they have an amazing wine selection with a European inspired menu. Wine can be enjoyed there or you may purchase some to take home with you.

Where to Buy Wine

If you’re staying in having a few drinks at home, you can pick up some wine at these local stores.

Clearwater Beach Wine Festivals

While there are many festivals throughout the year on Clearwater Beach, most of which offer some food, wine, and beer options – there are also a Clearwater Beach festival focused on food and drinks!

Clearwater Beach Taste Fest!

Taking place each spring, Clearwater Beach Taste Fest highlights local restaurants, wine and craft beer! This event also includes live entertainment and fireworks on the beach next to Pier 60!

Where to Eat Dinner in Clearwater Beach, Florida

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Clearwater Beach Dinner at The Bait House Tackle & Tavern

If you’re searching for where to go for a Clearwater Beach Dinner, look no further. Clearwater Beach is filled with amazing restaurants. I’ve highlighted some of the best below and sorted them into Clearwater Beach Dinner with great views, places for an upscale Clearwater Beach dinner, and my personal favorites!

Clearwater Beach Dinner with a Great View

Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar

10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Sitting directly on the beach! A great place for live music, great food and drinks and a beautiful view of the Clearwater Beach sunset! Well known for their seafood such as grouper sandwiches, fish tacos, and coconut shrimp! A surprising find on the menu for the non-seafood fans; St. Louis BBQ Smoked Ribs!

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill

7 Rockaway Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Also sitting directly on the beach, and next door to Palm Pavilion! They also offer live music, great food, and drinks, the same beautiful view of Clearwater Beach but also include pool tables and two bars!

The menu features delicious Garlic Grab Fries, Frenchy’s She Crab Soup, and many variations of “Frenchy’s World Famous Grouper Sandwich”!

Tate Island Grill

500 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Located at the Sand Pearl Resort, Tate Island Grill features a pub food and a great view right on the sand of Clearwater Beach!

The Bait House Tackle & Tavern

45 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

The Bait House Tackle & Tavern has a great view, but it’s not of the beach. The Bait House sits right on the edge of the Clearwater Marina and even has dock space for boats to park in for lunch. The entire restaurant sits on the docks over the water and has a great view for passing the boats passing by. (The Bait House Tackle & Tavern is the featured image at the top of this post.)

They have a variety of local beers, wine and more. Their red sangria is my favorite sangria in the Clearwater area – it goes well with the relaxing views! They have a great menu filled with great seafood of course! But they also have some great burgers! If you stop in at Bait House, be sure to try their Drunked Shrimp! Since trying it, I haven’t been Bait House without order it!

Jimmy’s Crows Nest

101 Coronado Dr, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Jimmy’s Crows Nest has a small menu, but a huge view! They’re located at the top of the building. Giving you views over the Clearwater Beach Marina, the round-a-bout, and out to the waves of the Gulf of Mexico washing onto the shores of Clearwater Beach! It’s a great view to see the sunset, see over the daily sunset festival at Pier 60, and watch boats cruise in and out of the area.

Sandbar

430 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

A fancy tiki bar tucked right at the south side of Clearwater Beach and a part of Opal Sands Resort. The food is great, the views are even better! You’re right on the Gulf of Mexico and only steps from the soft sand of Clearwater Beach!

Jimmy’s Fish House & Iguana Bar

521 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Jimmy’s Fish House sits on the water of Clearwater Pass, providing great views of boats cruising in and out to the Gulf of Mexico. Live music, great food, many drinks including free daily sunset shots to celebrate the beautiful Clearwater Beach sunset!

Shephard’s Ocean Flame

619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Shephard’s Ocean Flame offers indoor and outdoor seating with views of Clearwater Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. They offer a large buffet featuring a prime rib, a raw bar, sushi and more!

Clearwater Beach Dinner Cruise

Enjoy great food, music, and unique views of Clearwater Beach while cruising around on the water!

StarLite Majesty Dining Yacht
25 Causeway Blvd Slip, Clearwater, FL 33767

Calypso Queen Tropical Buffet Cruise
Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Clearwater Beach Upscale Dining

Sea-Guini

430 S Gulfview Blvd #100, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Sea-Guini is located inside Opal Sands Report. It’s a fantastic Italian inspired seafood restaurant with views over the Gulf of Mexico. No matter what day of the week you are going, I would suggest calling for a reservation at least earlier in the day if not the day before.

Caretta on the Gulf

1738, 500 Mandalay Ave, Suite 100, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Located inside Sandpearl Resort, “Caretta on the Gulf invites guests to experience Clearwater’s only AAA Four-Diamond restaurant. Breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico are complemented by fresh, seasonally-inspired cuisine.”

Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber

447 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

“Longtime restaurant with multiple rooms, popular for its fried chicken, seafood & old Florida charm.”

Ocean Hai

100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

“A chic, trendy Asian hotel restaurant offering fusion fare, shaded patio tables & Scenic ocean views.”

Island Way Grill

20 Island Way, Clearwater, FL 33767

“Grill offering some Asian twists on seafood classics, plus a sushi bar, water views & Sunday brunch.”

My Personal Favorite Clearwater Beach Restaurants

Frenchy’s Original Cafe

41 Baymont Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Frenchy’s Original Cafe is almost always my first stop when visiting Clearwater Beach. This small restaurant is where Frenchy started his Florida empire. It’s a great atmosphere with the best Grouper sandwiches around, delicious buffalo shrimp, and much more!

Bait House Tackle & Tavern

45 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

If my first stop isn’t Frenchy’s Original Cafe, then you’ll find me at Bait House. These are my top two favorite restaurants in Clearwater Beach.  The food is great, but my favorite part of this location is the atmosphere, cold drinks and a great view of the water.

Pearly’s Beach Eats

45 Papaya Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Easily the best fish tacos I’ve ever had. Fast, delicious, can’t beat it!

Sea-Guini

430 S Gulfview Blvd #100, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

This place holds a place in my heart because I celebrated an anniversary there, and have tried to take my wife there for a Clearwater Beach date night on every Clearwater Beach trip we make.

Cooter’s Restaurant & Bar

423 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

“Chill, sports-themed locale for seafood including all-you-can-eat- crab legs plus wings & spirits.” Crab legs, check! And their wings are delicious!

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

785 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Hellas isn’t actually located in Clearwater Beach, but it is just a short drive away in Tarpon Springs. The authentic Greek food and pastries are so delicious! From their greek salad, saganaki, gyros, K-bobs, stuffed grouper or stuffed shrimp — everything is amazing! After a full dinner, it’s great to grab some baklava or other delicious Greek pastries for dessert!

Clearwater Beach Lifeguard

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Clearwater Beach is known as a family-friendly beach. It is beautiful. The soft white sand and the typically calm waves of the Gulf of Mexico make a wonderful place for families of all ages to relax and play. As you walk the beach, you’ll see the Clearwater Beach lifeguard towers frequently placed both on the south and north sides of Pier 60.

During my last trip to Clearwater Beach, I was walking past the lifeguard towers on the beach and wondered “Do the lifeguards here love it as much as I do?”

So I decided to ask…

Interview with a Clearwater Beach Lifeguard

I spoke with Rachel Lersch, a Clearwater Beach Lifeguard. Rachel grew up as a Clearwater Beach local but recently moved to Fort Myers to work full time as an Assistant Project Manager for a civil engineering company.

Rachel: “I come back to Clearwater almost every weekend to work. Usually, when I share with people that I drive two hours to work my weekend job, everyone is shocked. I was born and raised in Clearwater so not only do I come home (to my first home) to work but I also use my off time to see my friends and family that live here… It’s a win, win for me! I truly love being a Clearwater Beach lifeguard and the distance does not bother me.

What I love about being a Clearwater Beach lifeguard is not just my job as a lifeguard but my co-workers that have turned into family. My boss is one of a kind. He is the type of boss that loves what he does and it shows through his hard-working employees. He has taught me so much! I know I can always count on my Clearwater Beach family to have my back no matter what and that type of work environment cannot be beaten! It is the number one reason I am not leaving Clearwater to lifeguard the beaches in Fort Myers. I know nothing can compare!”

Brad: Clearwater Beach is known as a wonderful, family-friendly beach. Do you have any advice for parents bringing their kids to the beach? What they should bring or not bring, any safety tips?

Rachel: Clearwater Beach is a great family beach with over a mile of a lifeguarded swim area. There are rental cabanas, umbrellas, and chairs set up for public use. There are activities for children near Pier 60, inflatable slides, concessions, playground area, ice cream shop, and outdoor showers. You are allowed to bring your own cooler, umbrellas, and tents, as long as the tents are not too close to the water and blocking the lifeguards’ view of the shoreline.

What to bring: towels, sand & water toys, drinks & snacks, chairs… don’t worry if you forget anything there are shops nearby that offer all the things I listed. What not to bring: alcohol, glass, dogs, and drones.

When getting in the water be sure to shuffle your feet to avoid stepping on stingrays. The stingray season is from April – October but they are occasionally present other months of the year. If you’re not sure of something, ask a lifeguard! We love answering questions and helping whenever we can. Safety and preventive safety is what we lifeguards live by. When at the beach, the best thing to do is to check what color flag is flying, be aware of what is going on around you and always listen to the lifeguards’ whistle and directions. We want everyone to have a fun, safe day at beautiful Clearwater Beach.”

Brad: What do the different flag colors mean?

Rachel: “Green: Low Hazard. Most of the time, on Clearwater Beach, we fly the Green flag. Conditions, for the most part, are good at Clearwater. Calm waters, sunny days!

Yellow: Medium Hazard. We will fly the yellow flag when there are possibilities of rip currents and rougher than normal waves. As a caution to the beachgoers to be prepared.

Red: High Hazard. We will fly the red flag when there are sever conditions. Rip currents, high surf, strong and rough waves are present.

Double Red: Water is closed. When the double red is flying we will whistle everyone to get out and stay out of the water!

Purple: Dangerous Marine Life. We will fly the purple flags if we know there are stingrays, jellyfish or other possible dangers present.

BradIs there a part of Clearwater Beach that is better for families?”

Rachel: “South of Pier 60 tends to be busier than North Beach but overall the whole beach is great for families or a beach day by yourself. During the month of March, Pier 60 and South Beach is usually full of spring breakers and it may not be an ideal beach day for the family during that time. My favorite part of Clearwater beach is North Beach, where it is usually much quieter. I have to say my all-time favorite spot is sitting in any of the 7 Lifeguard towers on Clearwater Beach!”

Brad: What are your favorite things about Clearwater Beach?

Rachel: “My favorite things about Clearwater beach is how beautiful it is and there are lots of things to do. Across from Pier 60 is the Marina where they have boat rides and Jet Ski rentals. There is also Jet Ski rentals and parasailing on the beach North of Pier 60 between towers 5 & 7. There are many places to eat and relax. They also have a Marine Aquarium not far from the beach. During the year they have various events held at the beach like the Sugar Sand Festival, Clearwater Super boat races, Taste Fest & Uncorked Food & Wine Festival to name a few. In my opinion, there is something for everyone on Clearwater Beach!”

Brad: What about a favorite place to eat?

Rachel: “If you ask any local on the beach this question… I’m pretty sure the first thing they will say is Frenchy’s. My number one answer to this question is Frenchy’s! Their food is awesome! I have been going to Frenchy’s since I was a kid. I absolutely love their “she crab soup”! If you are looking for a quieter place Pearly’s Beach Eats is my new favorite. I love the atmosphere, along with their yummy tacos and delicious ice cream that comes in a little coconut! It’s addicting.

If you’re looking for views with your food, Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest or Marina Cantina are my two favorites!

Breakfast… cannot forget breakfast! In my opinion… ClearSky Café has THE BEST breakfast in town. Seriously! They have something for everyone. Their selection is great! My personal favorite is any of their French Toasts… YUM!”

Brad: Thank you, Rachel, for taking the time to share your experience with us as a Clearwater Beach local and lifeguard!

Rachel: “Thank you for visiting the one and only Clearwater beach, the place we love to call our home. All of us that work the beach do it because we absolutely love being here. We care about public safety and keeping our waters safe. Working for Clearwater Beach has opened so many doors for me and I am blessed to work for a great city.”

Tampa Bay Frogman Swim

In addition to working as a full-time assistant project manager in Fort Myers and part-time Clearwater Beach lifeguard, Rachel also volunteers with the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim. “The Frogman Swim is a 5K open water swim in the Tampa Bay! We strive to bring awareness to the Navy Special Warfare community and support the Navy SEAL Foundation. People from all over raise money for this cause and swim 5K in freezing (Florida) January water for the Navy SEAL Foundation. Their mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. 100% of our proceeds go directly to the Foundation to help the families of our fallen heroes.

I love being a part of this organization, it is humbling to know I am doing a small part to help our service men and woman and their families when they sacrifice everything for our country’s freedom. This is special to my heart because my significant other is a proud member of the US Army and deployed to Iraq in 2016. Our support means more than words can explain to these families so if you feel in your heart you would like to contribute please reach out through the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim website or Facebook page!”

Best Clearwater Beach Grouper Sandwich

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Clearwater Beach, the Best Beach in America, is known for its soft white sand, beautiful sunsets, and delicious food! Being on the Gulf of Mexico, one of the best things to order is the grouper sandwich.

1. Frenchy’s Original Cafe

Best Clearwater Beach Grouper Sandwich

41 Baymont Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-446-3607

Frenchy’s Original Cafe opened in 1981 and quickly became known for their fresh grouper sandwiches. Frenchy’s doesn’t just offer a great Grouper Sandwich, it offers a variety of types. The Original Grouper Sandwich, a fresh grouper filet friend in a seasoned batter. Super Grouper Sandwich, just as delicious just even more! You can also choose from grouper sandwiches, grilled, Cajun, Buffalo or even a unique Grouper Reuben! Frenchy’s grouper sandwich is the delicious food that built Frenchy’s Clearwater Beach empire.

2. Palm Pavillion Beachside Grill & Bar

10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-446-2642

Head to Palm Pavillion Beachside Grill & Bar and enjoy a grouper sandwich directly on Clearwater Beach – not just the island, sitting on the beach itself! You’ll find a lot of grouper on the menu including three different grouper sandwiches.

“The Palm Grouper Sandwich: Fresh Gulf-caught grouper lightly breaded and fried. Served on a toasted brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, red onion, lemon wedges and house-made tartar sauce.”

“The Beach Grouper Sandwich: Grilled or blackened fresh Gulf-caught grouper, guacamole, sprouts and house-made tartar sauce on a toasted brioche bun.”

“The Classic Grouper Sandwich: Fresh Gulf-caught grouper grilled or blackened and served with lettuce, tomato, house-made tartar sauce on a toasted brioche bun.”

3. Cooters Restaurant & Bar

423 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-462-2668

“Super Grouper Sandwich: ‘The Best on the Beach!’ 6oz Filet of Fresh Florida Grouper. Served blackened, grilled or fried, with lettuce & tomato. We recommend lightly blackened for best flavor!”

I almost always order my grouper sandwich fried, except at Cooters. I’ve tried it every way and had to agree with them – the blackened grouper sandwich had the best flavor at Cooters.

4. Crabby’s Dockside

37 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-210-1313

Crabby’s Dockside, located across the street from Pier 60, has a delicious grouper sandwich. Choose how you’d like yours made; fried, grilled, blackened, or broiled!

5. Clear Sky Cafe

490 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-442-3684

Clear Sky Cafe is known for their delicious Clearwater Beach breakfasts and Bloody Mary Bar. They also have delicious dinner food including their grouper on brioche. Choose from grilled, blackened, fried or even piccata.

6. Blinkers Beachside Steakhouse and Lounge

476 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-754-1757

Blinkers Beachside Steakhouse and Lounge offer a great combo of Steak and Seafood. Their grouper sandwich comes lightly breaded with lettuce, tomato, preserved lemon tartar, toasted bun and a side of fries.

7. Salt Cracker Fish Camp

25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-442-6910

“Just Caught Grouper Sandwich fried, grilled or blackened, shredded lettuce, tomato, red onion, tartar sauce.”

8. Sandbar

430 S. Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-450-6238

Sandbar, located in Opal Sands Resort, is known for its absolutely delicious fish tacos right on the edge of the Clearwater Pass. They offer more than just fish tacos, they have a fantastic menu that includes a great grouper sandwich.

9. Shark Beach Grill

411 S. Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-303-3000

Sparky’s, a great beach bar on South Clearwater Beach, has a great menu including a grouper sandwich that can be made grilled or blackened and served with lettuce, tomato, onions and tartar sauce.

10. Tate Island Grill

500 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-441-2425

Tate Island Grill is located on the edge of the Sandpearl Resort touching the white sand of Clearwater Beach. They have a large menu featuring appetizers, salads, wraps, burgers, sandwiches including a traditional grouper sandwich and more!

10 Best Fish Tacos on Clearwater Beach

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Looking for some great seafood? Here are my favorite Clearwater Beach fish tacos!

1. Pearly’s Beach Eats

45 Papaya Street, Clearwater Beach, Florida, 33767

Fish Taco: “Fried, grilled or blackened, with jicama coleslaw, fresh mango salsa, and shredded cheese. Served with tortilla chips and salsa.”

Shrimp: “Cocktail shrimp served with black bean and corn salsa, shredded cheese, and chipotle avocado sauce.”

What I order: Fish Tacos, Blackened.

2. The Bait House Tackle & Tavern

45 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Island Fish Tacos: “Two warm flour tortillas stuffed with your choice of grilled or blackened Shrimp or fresh Catch of the Day and Bait House island slaw, our Island sauce, cool Baja sauce, fresh salsa and limes.

What I order: Blackened with extra island sauce.

3. Frenchy’s Original Cafe

41 Baymont Street, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Baja Fish Tacos: “corn tortillas filled with fried fish, cabbage, yogurt sauce and roasted tomato salsa.”

What I order: I stop in on Tuesday’s for “Taco Tuesday” – “Baja Fish or Shrimp Tacos severed with salsa”!

4. Sandbar (Opal Sands)

430 S Gulview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Fish Tacos: “blackened or grilled, warm tortillas, crispy cabbage, jack cheese, chipotle crème and tomato mango salsa… what we’re famous for!”

What I order: blackened or grilled, both are delicious – and the view is absolutely stunning. (Photo above.)

5. Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill

7 Rockaway Street, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Beachfront view with multiple fish (or shrimp) taco options!

Rockaway Fish Tacos: “Lightly fried, grilled or Cajun fish topped with lettuce, special sauce & mixed cheese with salsa on the side (may contain grouper or mahi mahi).”

Cali Beach Fish Tacos: “Grilled fish with Cajun seasoning topped with cabbage, cilantro, diced tomatoes, jack cheese and a Baja sauce (may contain grouper or mahi mahi).”

Island Shrimp Tacos: “Chilled shrimp with Sriracha lime dressing topped with cabbage, cilantro, jack cheese and fresh mangoes.”

What I order: Rockaway Fish Tacos, fried.

6. Palm Pavillion

10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

The Palm Fish Taco: “Grilled and blackened fresh Gulf grouper with lemon crema cabbage slaw, pico de gallo and cilantro topped with creamy chipotle sauce on a soft white corn tortilla.”

Gulf Shrimp Taco: “Fried Gulf shrimp, lemon crema cabbage slaw, tomatillo salsa, avocado and cilantro on a soft white corn tortilla.”

What I order: Despite this being a Clearwater Beach Fish Taco post, I usually order the Gulf Shrimp Taco from Palm Pavillion. It’s delicious!

7. Badfins Food + Brew

215 S Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Primo Fish Taco: “Fried panko crusted white fish, slaw, cotija cheese, pickled red onion, cilantro, sriracha garlic crema, chips & salsa.”

Shrimp Taco: Blackened fresh shrimp, cilantro lime slaw, pickled red onion, cotija, cilantro lime crema, chips & salsa.”

What I order: Primo fish taco, no changes made!

8. Marina Cantina

25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Grouper Tacos: “fried, grilled or blackened, cabbage cilantro slaw, jalapeño crema, queso fresco, pickled red onions, avocado.”

Taco Tuesdays: “$4 tacos (shrimp, pulled pork, chicken, beef, crispy cauliflower.”

What I order: Grouper Tacos, blackened.

9. Crabby’s Dockside

37 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Beach Tacos – Grouper: “lightly fried Grouper fingers and cabbage, topped with a spicy baja sauce and a house-made salsa verde.”

Beach Tacos – Mahi: “blackened with shredded cabbage, cheddar jack cheese, and mango salsa. Topped with cilantro cream sauce.”

What I order: Grouper beach tacos!

10. Cooters Restaurant & Bar

423 Poinsettia Avenue, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Grouper Tacos: “Two soft Tacos with Fresh Grouper, shredded cabbage, cheddar cheese, homemade salsa & sriracha cream sauce. Served with sides of Spanish rice and black beans.”

Shrimp Tacos: “Two soft Tocos with shrimp, shredded cabbage, cheddar cheese, homemade salsa & sriracha cream sauce. Served with sides of Spanish rice and black beans.”

What I order: Grouper Tacos!

Frenchy’s Clearwater Beach Pub Crawl

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Frenchy's Clearwater Beach Pub Crawl 2

Spring Break is almost here! As the temperature warms up, you may be looking for a cold drink! While there are many great places to grab a drink, Frenchy’s has a unique offer! Go on a Clearwater Beach pub crawl! Grab a drink at each of Frenchy’s Clearwater Beach restaurants and get a free T-shirt!

How the Clearwater Beach Pub Crawl Works

If you’re 21 or older, stop by any Frenchy’s Restaurant on Clearwater Beach and request a “Frenchy’s Passport to Paradise Cocktail Challenge” card. This card will give you more information about the challenge, locations of each restaurant, the specialty drinks to order, and where to get your free t-shirt at the end of the challenge. Hold on to “Passport”! It needs to be stamped after each drink to earn your T-shirt.

You’ll need to go to each Frenchy’s restaurant on Clearwater Beach and order each location’s specialty drink. You can go through the restaurants in any order, and even split into separate days if needed. Enjoy the refreshing drinks, sample some food along the way and remember to have your “Passport” stamped from each location before leaving!

Frenchy’s Location & Specialty Drinks

Frenchy’s Original Cafe: Island Mojito

“Pineapple infused rum with fresh lime and orange and muddled mint.”

Frenchy’s Salt Water Cafe: Mango Delight

“Tropical mango blended with passion fruit liqueur and island rum. Served frozen!”

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill: Rockaway Rum Runner

“Imported island rums, tropical fruit juices with blackberry brandy and banana liqueur makes this the best rum runner on the beach!”

Frenchy’s South Beach Cafe: South Beach Sunset

“Orange Juice blended with Absolut Mango, banana liqueur & a touch of grenadine”.

Frenchy’s Off The Hook Gift Shop

Once you have enjoyed the specialty drinks from all four of Frenchy’s Restaurants and have your “passport” stamped at each location, stop by Frenchy’s Off The Hook Gift Shop to pick up your free T-Shirt!

While you can go to the restaurants in any order, ending your Clearwater Beach pub crawl at Frenchy’s Original Cafe makes it easy to pick up your free T-shirt at the gift shop next door!

 

Clearwater Beach Desserts

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Clearwater Beach Desserts - The Mint Fox Cookies & Ice Cream

Whether you have a sweet tooth, you’re planning a great Clearwater Beach date night or a Valentine’s Day surprise, sometimes we just NEED some delicious sweets. Here are places to get some delicious Clearwater Beach desserts!

The Mint Fox Cookies & Ice Cream

#114, 483 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Serious Cookie Sundae – 1/2 pound warm cookie topped with 2 scoops of ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream
Personal Favorite: Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

Spiralz Creamery

472 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767

Known For: Handcrafted Ice Cream Rolls
Personal Favorite: Creme Brulee Ice Cream Roll

Ice&Cream Creamery

460 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Ice Cream is freshly made with locally sourced ingredients
Personal Favorite: Dulce De Leche

Kilwins

391 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Tuttles
Personal Favorite: Mackinac Island Fudge

Gelato Bello

490 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Homemade Gelato from a 150+-year-old family recipe
Personal Favorite: Yogurt Fragola

Frenchy’s Original Cafe

41 Baymont Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Key Lime Pie
Personal Favorite: Key Lime Pie

Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber Restaurant

447 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Freshly Baked Pies / Coconut Cream Pie
Personal Favorite: Alaska Meringue Ice Cream Pie

Sea Guini (Opal Sands Resort)

430 S Gulfview Blvd #100, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Zeppole – cinnamon and sugar, dark chocolate filling, Kahlua anglaise
Personal Favorite: Budino – dark chocolate and hazelnut mousse, chocolate sponge, sea salt, caramel crisp

Frenchy’s on Clearwater Beach

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Frenchy's Clearwater Beach Grouper Sandwich

If you are traveling to Clearwater Beach, you’ll soon begin to see the name “Frenchy’s” everywhere! Clearwater Beach is a small island, but Frenchy has businesses in several different industries operating on the island.

Who is Frenchy?

Despite seeing “Frenchy’s” signs all around the Clearwater Beach, Florida area; he isn’t originally from the area! Michael Preston (“Frenchy”) was born in Canada and grew up speaking both French and English. Michael and his family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he quickly received the nickname “Frenchy” from his new friends.

Frenchy first stepped foot on Clearwater Beach for a vacation shortly after high school. He loved the beautiful area and warm weather and quickly decided not to leave. Frenchy began working at a local Clearwater Beach restaurant as a dishwasher. Over the next several years, he learned the ins and outs of every part of operating a restaurant. Soon, he would be opening his own restaurant.

Frenchy’s Original Cafe

In 1981, Frenchy opened his first restaurant – Frenchy’s Cafe (now called Frenchy’s Original Cafe). Located at 41 Baymont Street on Clearwater Beach, Frenchy’s Original Cafe is still open today and known for the exact same thing that made them popular in 1981: Friendly atmosphere, cold drinks, and fresh seafood – specifically the grouper sandwich. The restaurant quickly became popular enough to have lines out the door and struggled to find a large enough local seafood provider to keep their kitchen full. Needing more local fresh fish and seeing a growing demand for fresh fish in the Clearwater Beach area, Frenchy started another business on Clearwater Beach.

Frenchy’s Seafood Company

Frenchy bought his first fishing boat in 1983 and opened Frenchy’s Seafood Company. The focus was to supply continuously, fresh and high-quality seafood to his restaurant and other restaurants in the Clearwater Beach area. As the desire for fresh local seafood increased, he purchased more fishing boats and grew his fleet. The fish are line caught, then weighed, cut and prepared on Clearwater Beach docks. The fresh fish is delivered to local restaurants, including Frenchy’s restaurants, every day.

Frenchy’s Continued Growth

Frenchy has a love for restaurants and Clearwater Beach, so he kept opening restaurants on Clearwater Beach. He opened Frenchy’s Saltwater Cafe, located on 419 Poinsettia Avenue on Clearwater Beach in 1989. In 1991 he opened the very popular, beachfront Frenchy’s Rockaway Grille. In 2003, Frenchy expanded south of the circle on Clearwater Beach and opened Frenchy’s South Beach.

After opening his fourth restaurant on Clearwater Beach, he took a break from restaurants and purchased the Olympia Motel on Clearwater Beach. After strong renovations, Frenchy opened a retro 60’s style beach motel featuring 15 units with waterfront views of the intercoastal. The retro hotel was named Frenchy’s Oasis Motel and opened in 2010.

In 2013, Frenchy expanded his name off the island. He opened Frenchy’s Outpost Bar & Grill. “Frenchy’s Outpost Bar & Grill is an open-air Key West Style restaurant situated near the causeway to beautiful Honeymoon Island in Dunedin.”


If you’re in the Clearwater Beach area, be sure to grab lunch or dinner at one of Frenchy’s restaurants. My personal favorite is Frenchy’s Original Cafe. I love their buffalo shrimp and the original grouper sandwich and it’s only blocks from Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach.

If I catch a late flight to Clearwater Beach, Frenchy’s Rockaway Grille is one of my favorite late-night eats on Clearwater Beach. Not only is it a very short walk from Surfside Condos and The Villas of Clearwater Beach – but a great way to get there is a quick and beautiful walk on the beach!

What’s your favorite of Frenchy’s restaurant?