Five Courses: Crabby's Dockside dives into Clearwater Beach and more

A reapportioned crab shack on Causeway Boulevard, plus other food and drink news.

click to enlarge Crabby's Dockside has a mix of open-air and enclosed floors. - Crabby's Dockside via Facebook
Crabby's Dockside via Facebook
Crabby's Dockside has a mix of open-air and enclosed floors.

The restaurant formerly known as Crabby Bill's has reopened with a fresh identity in Clearwater Beach. Launched in late March, Crabby's Dockside occupies the new three-story building at 37 Causeway Blvd., which housed Crabby Bill's for 16 years until it closed in May 2016.

With beach grub fit for waterfront hangs (think Florida alligator bites, grouper sandwiches and gulf oysters), the casual restaurant also offers cocktails and plenty of cold beer.

• If you haven't stopped into the Twisted Sprocket Café yet, get yourself to Land O' Lakes.

Part of Bexley, a new Pasco County master-planned community at 16950 Vibrant Way, the open-to-the-public eatery serves one of the tastiest-looking chocolate chip cookie milkshakes I've ever seen (it's called the Bexley Special, complete with chocolate syrup and a fresh baked cookie garnish). But the café also carries a full menu during breakfast, lunch and dinner from chef Ashley Davis, who was one of the two Tampa-area chefs invited to participate in the uber-popular South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February.

There's a selection of wine and beer alongside the food, and Big Storm Brewing Co. Pasco has even developed Twisted Sprocket Ale for the café.

• Across from the Tampa Premium Outlets, Ford's Garage is now cooking up gourmet burgers and fulfilling other comfort food cravings for Wesley Chapel at 25526 Sierra Center Blvd. Tampa Bay residents should be familiar with the Fort Myers-born burger-and-beer chain by now, considering the first local outpost for Ford's Garage opened to Brandon last year. More locations are planned for Westchase, Countryside and downtown St. Pete.

While signature burger builds take center stage on the menu, the restaurant has create-your-own variations as well as local craft beer.

• An Indian dining spot called Deccan Spice which has restaurants in San Francisco, Chantilly, Virginia, and Jersey City, New Jersey  is set to debut in "Tampa," but really Clearwater, at 2325 Ulmerton Road.

"Deccan Spice is the luxury restaurant that personifies the unique dining and delightful experience," according to the restaurant's Facebook page.

Items on the San Fran bill of fare include clay-oven specialties, biriyani, dosa, vegetarian dishes and entrees like Goan-style vindaloo.

Spotted Donkey Cantina premiered to the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa a while back, but it's Mexican food, which is important, so, listen up ICYMI. Baja tacos with shrimp and mahi mahi, Mexico City carne asada and poblano chiles rellenos are among the dishes, while cocktails like the acai mojito and signature margaritas round out the drink options. A new lunch menu for the restaurant at 400 Mandalay Ave. also recently debuted.

If you're craving more Mexican and feel like driving to New Port Richey (who doesn't?), check out Los Magueyes Mexican Grill at 7041 U.S. Highway 19. There are genre staples such as chips and salsa, plus goblet-style 'ritas and various combination plates, in a laid-back setting.

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