Dining Guide: Downtown Clearwater (and beyond)

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CASANOVA 811 Cleveland Street, 727-733-5449, restaurantcasanova.com. After Bellini's in Downtown Dunedin closed, it was reincarnated as Casanova in Downtown Clearwater. Same chef, same Italian menu, but in a better looking building. Complimentary valet parking and outdoor seating.

CEVICHE 2930 Gulf To Bay Blvd., 727-799-3082, ceviche.com. Located in the spot formerly occupied by Tio Pepe's, this North Pinellas branch of the popular tapas restaurant definitely does the brand justice. The food, atmosphere and service are spot on and, of course, the sangria is perfection in a glass (or pitcher).

CHANG MAI 415 Cleveland Street, 727-461-0414, changmaithaiandsushi.com. A long-time staple of the downtown area, this Thai and sushi restaurant is located a couple doors down from the Capitol Theatre. The floor-level seating option adds a fun touch.

CRISTINO'S COAL OVEN PIZZA 1101 S Fort Harrison Ave., 727-443-4900, cristinospizzeria.com. Another great spot in the Bay for gourmet pizza. The coal-fired oven produces crispy, thin crust pizzas with simple, classic toppings.

GREEKTOWN GRILLE 1230 Cleveland Street, 727-447-7800, greektown-grille.com. Offering some of the best traditional Greek food south of Tarpon Springs. Great food, great prices, great time.

LA CACHETTE 635 Cleveland Street, 727-596-5439, lacachetteflorida.com. This Indian Rocks Beach favorite relocated to Downtown Clearwater last year. Classic French cuisine. Reservations only.

LENNY'S 21220 US 19 N., 727-799-0402. Okay, so it's not that close to the downtown area, but this Clearwater legend had to be represented because it is one of the best places for breakfast in Tampa Bay. Serves up huge breakfasts and classic Jewish deli treats. Just try not to fight over the complimentary basket of danishes.

LOS MAYAS 1200 Cleveland Street, 727-446-6418. Formerly known as Los Mariachis, Los Mayas offers standard Mexican fare – and won't make you feel like a gringo while eating there.

NATURE'S FOOD PATCH 1225 Cleveland Street, 727-443-6703, naturesfoodpatch.com. The long time Clearwater organic grocery store has recently undergone a remodel and expansion. Nature's Food Patch now includes additional seating, salad bar, hot bar and olive bar, plus the best organic lattes in town.

PANGEA CAFE AND INTERNATIONAL MARKET 34 N Ft. Harrison Avenue, 727-443-5040, mypangeacafe.com. This laid back lounge-style cafe features Illy coffees, delicious breakfast and lunch options cooked to order or from the deli counter, and a wide selection of sweet pastries and gelato. A great place for a quick bite or catching up with friends over an iced latte.

PETER GILLHAM'S NUTRITION CENTER 533 Cleveland Street, 727-462-5770. The vitamin store has expanded to offer gluten free goodies and lunch options whipped up by owner Shelley Jaffe. The gluten-free pizza on Wednesdays is highly recommended. In November, Peter Gillham's will expand into a new location one block away on Cleveland Street and will include a grocery store and a restaurant (operated by Chef Shelly) serving lunch and dinner.

PICKLES PLUS TOO 320 Cleveland Street, 727-447-0500, picklesplus.com. The Harborview Center may be closed, but Pickles Plus is definitely open. Offering deli foods and home-style cooking with patio seating and a beautiful view of the new boat slips and waterfront.

RUMBA ISLAND BAR AND GRILL 1800 Gulf To Bay Blvd., 727-446-7027, baystarrestaurantgroup.com/rumbaisland. Bringing a little Caribbean flair to Clearwater, Rumba Island has an array of unique fusion dishes, including the Jamaican collard greens and rack of lamb with coffee demiglaze. And, in keeping with their theme, they offer over 100 varieties of rum.

TONY'S PIZZA 428 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, 727-441-2226, tonyspizzaclearwater.com. The family owned pizza parlor recently moved into their newly renovated, much larger location on the corner of Cleveland Street and Fort Harrison Avenue. Same great slices, big and beautiful new space.

YANNY'S 1258 S Highland Ave., 727-446-5797, facebook.com/yannysrestaurant. Another popular spot for breakfast or brunch, this cozy restaurant is known for their homemade yogurt and humongous pancakes and French toast dishes.

The Downtown Clearwater district has undergone significant improvements in the past decade, and is still growing thanks to the proactive efforts of the city and the community to improve the area. There are many hidden treasures to discover, with more on the way. Here are some of the culinary treasures you don't want to miss, plus a few more just outside the downtown area that deserve a mention.

ANGIE'S 725 Cleveland Street, 727-461-2880. A Downtown Clearwater staple since the '70s. Serving breakfast all day and a hearty lunch selection, Angie's is a cut above the average standard diner fare.

CAFE MILANO 105 N. Ft. Harrison Avenue, 727-444-4504, bestcafemilano.com. Mouthwatering, authentic Italian pizza made fresh to order with ingredients imported from Italy. Delizioso!

CAFE SUPREME 801 Cleveland Street, 727-724-4107, cafesupreme.ca. The Canadian chain has finally set up shop down South. The cafe offers light breakfasts and lunches and a wide variety of coffees and teas. The bright open atmosphere, outdoor seating and light, satisfying menu make this a great lunch destination.

CAFE 421 421 Cleveland Street, 727-442-8680, cafe421.com. One of Downtown's newest additions. Open five days until 3 p.m., Cafe 421 has quickly – and deservedly – become one of the hottest and busiest lunch counters in town. Their hearty burgers, hot-dogs and sandwiches, along with breakfast options, keep 'em coming back for more.

CALIYOGURT 519 Cleveland Street, 727-442-2254, caliyogurt.biz. Caliyogurt offers Pinkberry-esque low fat frozen yogurt, smoothies and a wide selection of teas.

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