Neighborhood Dining Guide: Dunedin

CAFE HONEYMOON 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, 727-736-2132

Located inside Honeymoon Island State Park, this casual eatery features casual style beach fare including fish and chips, burgers and smoothies. Enjoy the gorgeous sunset views with a cold beer in hand on their patio deck.

CAPPUCCINO’S BAKERY CAFE 733 Broadway, Dunedin, 738-8009

Wine, baked goods and sandwiches in a coffee shop setting.

CASA TINA 369 Main St., Dunedin, 734-9226 or

Most folks think of Casa Tina as the anchor for downtown Dunedin, thanks to its interesting and authentic Mexican cuisine and lively atmosphere. It helps that the owners also have two other restaurants within a few blocks.

COUNTRY BOY 1353 Main St., Dunedin, 734-9108 or

Grits and flapjacks for breakfast, roast beef sandwiches covered in gravy at lunch, then moussaka and spanakopita at dinner makes you wonder what country this boy is from. I want to go to there.

COVERED BRIDGE 2070 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 734-0808 or

Classic diner fare in a casual setting.

DELCO’S ORIGINAL STEAKS AND HOAGIES 1737 Main St., Dunedin, 738-4700

Formerly La Spada’s, Delco serves traditional Philly cheesesteaks on Amoroso rolls shipped in from the homeland. Cheese Whiz anyone?

DUNEDIN BREWERY 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 736-0606 or

The food that comes from the Dunedin Brewery’s kitchen may be simple, but it goes well with the reason you’re really there.

DUNEDIN DONUTS 1461 Main St., Dunedin, 727-210-1678

Giving the local Dunkin' a run for their money. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

DUNEDIN HOUSE OF BEER 927 A Broadway St., Dunedin, 727-216-6318,

With forty taps of craft and import brews and plenty of bottles to choose from, Dunedin House of beers can please the pickiest beer snob. Be sure to stop here on your next Dunedin pub crawl.

EDDIE’S BAR & GRILL 1283 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 734-2300 or

Eddie’s serves the usual bar food, along with a unique creation referred to only as “sammiches”. Sounds interesting.

ELI'S BAR-B-QUE 360 Skinner Blvd., Dunedin, 727-738-4856

This little shack next to the Pinellas Trail has made quite a name for itself in the area with its mouthwatering, Georgia-style 'cue. Even with their limited schedule, being open only on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., they never fail to attract the crowds.

FLANAGAN’S IRISH PUB 465 Main St., Dunedin, 736-4994 or

Flanagan’s, like most Irish pubs in the US, serves typical American bar food accented with a smattering of bangers, pies, and dishes infused with Guinness. But the best reason to go is to see Irish balladeer Noel Cooney who provides the live entertainment most weekend nights. What's even more entertaining is to watch him down a Guinness in one gulp.

IRIS’S GRILL 234 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 734-0779 or

Home cooking a step above a diner meal, with big servings of food that will stick to your ribs.

IVORY MANDARIN BISTRO 2192 Main St., Dunedin, 734-3998 or

Ask for the Chinese menu at Ivory and you’ll do alright at Ivory, otherwise you find Americanized Chinese dishes prepared a little more elegantly than that at your neighborhood takeout joint.

JOLLI MON’S GRILL 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin, 735-0498 or

Seafood and kitsch served in equal measure, focused on both Florribbean flavors and vibes.

KABOB HOUSE 1425 Main St., Dunedin, 474-3746 or

There’s the delicately seasoned and spiced grilled meat that you’d expect, along with a greatest hits of Middle Eastern cuisine featuring hummus, tabbouleh and falafel. Order whatever you want, but make sure to get it rolled in the restaurant’s tasty flatbread.

KELLY’S, FOR JUST ABOUT… ANYTHING 319 Main St., Dunedin, 736-5284 or

Really, the name is just about right. Whether you’re looking for damn fine bar food, more elegant cuisine, a draft beer or a capable martini, Kelly’s won’t only deliver it to your table, they’ll find a room for you to sit in that matches your personal proclivities.

L’OVENS PIZZA & HOMEMADE DELI 2194 Main St., Dunedin, 734-8400 or

Chicago-style thick-crust pizza made for and by cheese-lovers.

THE LIVING ROOM 680 Main St., Dunedin, 736-5202 or

Elegant and modern applies to both the atmosphere and the cuisine at this interesting spot outside downtown Dunedin. The menu features mostly small plates of food with influences that range from Africa to Thailand.

MARGUERITE'S CAFE 405 Plaza Dr., Dunedin, 727-734-7040

Offering three meals a day (plus catering), a creative menu and one of the best veggie burgers in the Bay area.

MIKE & LISA’S CRICKETERS PUB 2634 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 736-1322

Remember what I wrote about Flanagan’s up top? Same here, but with less green and less Guinness.

PAN Y VINO 369 Main St., Dunedin, 734-7700 or

Formerly a wine bar with a small selection of tapas-style dishes, Pan Y Vino is now a full-scale brick-oven pizzeria, although the wine is still around.

SAM’S FRESH SEAFOOD 900 Broadway, Dunedin, 736-1179

Fresh seafood, simply prepared in a down home setting.

SANDBAR GRILL 2602 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 734-1962

Cold beer and diner cuisine on the causeway.

SEA SEA RIDERS 221 Main St., Dunedin, 734-1445

Sea Sea serves seafood by the seashore, along with steaks and some creative entrees.

SIX TABLES 1153 Main St., Dunedin, 736-8821

Six tables and six courses of classic fine dining cuisine.

SPOTO’S STEAK JOINT 1280 Main St., Dunedin, 734-0008 or

Spoto’s has an old-fashioned vibe that suits the restaurant’s classic steakhouse cuisine to a T.

STRACHAN’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM & DESSERTS 310 Main St., Dunedin, 733-3603 or

Locals love this cool shop that serves smoothies, cakes and — of course — lots of homemade ice cream.

TOM YUM THAI & SUSHI RESTAURANT 104 Patricia Ave., Dunedin, 953-9898 or

Two cultures, one restaurant. Well, one culture and a bunch of sushi.

UMBERTO’S OF LONG ISLAND 150 Patricia Ave., Dunedin, 736-3138 or

Although the bulk of the menu is devoted to heros, pizza and calzones, Umberto’s also serves a wide variety of more specialized Italian-American entrees.

WALT’S SEASONAL CUISINE 1140 Main St., Dunedin, 733-1909 or

The menu at Walt’s changes with the seasons and what produce is available, but it always features interesting and occasionally innovative cuisine that is easily some of the best available in Dunedin.

The restaurant options in this little town by the gulf have exploded in the past decade, turning downtown Dunedin into a dining destination for the entire Bay area. If you’re headed to out neighbor in the north, here are a few options, from down-home diner fare to high-end cuisine. (Editor's note: this is an updated version of the original piece.)

BAMBINO PIZZA AND RESTAURANT 2028 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 734-5555 or

New York-style pizza and the usual array of Italian-American pasta and subs.

BELLINI 487 Main St., Dunedin, 733-5449 or

The decor here straddles the line between cute and kitsch thanks to the massive faux-fresco covering the dining room walls, but the traditional Italian cuisine focused on homemade pasta and an array of scallopine gives the atmosphere a kick in the right direction.

BENEDICT’S 2676 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 736-1600

A popular breakfast, lunch and brunch spot on Bayshore Blvd.

BLACK PEARL 315 Main St., Dunedin, 734-3463 or

For years, Black Pearl was one of the few high-end destination restaurants in downtown Dunedin. Now there’s more competition, but this restaurant is still an anchor with its elegant renditions of eclectic modern American cuisine.

BON APPETIT 150 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, 733-2151 or

With a covered courtyard feet from the water and a dining room lined with floor-to-ceiling windows, Bon Appetit has one of the best views in all of Dunedin. Park your boat at the marina and walk the three steps for lunch or dinner.

BRENDA'S ON THE CAUSEWAY 314 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, 727-734-1405

Proving that you can't judge a book by its cover, Brenda's is a hidden gem on the causeway that serves a killer breakfast. Bring along the pup and enjoy their dog-friendly outdoor dining.

CAFE ALFRESCO 344 Main St., Dunedin, 736-4299 or

Although Alfresco’s menu is loaded with standard American dishes, the restaurant livens up the usual offerings with a wide selection of curries and a few Asian-influenced starters.

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