Pinellas Dining Guide: Cheap Eats

Stretch your food dollar across the Bay area.

On a budget or just plain cheap? Here are some great food and drink deals in Pinellas. Be sure to check the restaurants' websites and Facebook pages for more of their tasty, weekly bargains. And check out for more dining suggestions from across the Bay area.

ANGRY PEPPER WATERSIDE SMOKESHACK AND GRILL 4330 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach, 727-391-0800, A mishmash of concepts, as it's a "Key West style bar and grill" on the Intercoastal that serves Southern barbecue with 26 craft beers on tap and over 100 in bottles. Wednesdays get you $1 tacos, Thursday nights offer $1 chicken sliders and Fridays are $1 pork sliders.

CAFE ALMA 260 First Ave. S, St. Pete, 727-502-5002, Two-for-one drinks and half-priced tapas every day from 4:30-6:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, happy hour starts at 4:30 and lasts until close, with half-priced tapas and wine by the glass.

CASSIS AMERICAN BRASSERIE 170 Beach Drive, St. Pete, 727-827-2927, Boasting the "ultimate Happy Hour" in Downtown St. Pete, Cassis is offering select house wines, domestics and wells for only $2.50 on Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m.

CEVICHE TAPAS BAR AND RESTAURANT 2930 Gulf To Bay Blvd., Clearwater, 727-799-3082; 10 Beach Drive SE, St. Pete, 727-209-2302; Tapas Tuesdays brings a huge menu of tapas for $4 a pop, plus $4 sangria and $6 mojitos. Wine Wednesdays start at 5 p.m. and offer half-priced wines and free wine flights and cheese plates for ladies in groups of 4 or more.

CLEARWATER WINE BAR & BISTRO 483 Mandalay Ave., Suite 113, Clearwater Beach, 727-446-8805, This "European-inspired" wine bar, eatery and retail wine shop offers 2-4-2 house wines, $2 off wines by the glass and $1 off all draft and bottled beers every day from 5-7 p.m. Pair it with some of their imported cheeses and bistro fare.

CROWLEY'S DOWNTOWN 269 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-821-1111, British/Irish pub and eatery with classic pub fare and plenty of choice craft and import beers. On Mondays, get $2 PBR cans and 50 cent wings; and on "Hump Day" Wednesdays, score Happy Hour drink deals from 11 a.m. until close.

DUNEDIN SMOKEHOUSE 471 Main St., Dunedin; 727-736-2BBQ, The "little sister" to The Living Room on Main, the Smokehouse serves the usual BBQ fare of chicken, ribs, fish and sausage, five house made sauces to choose from and long list of mouthwatering side dishes. On "Two for Tuesdays," enjoy $2 sliders, jumbo wings and PBR tall boys, and during football games, score deals on beer buckets, liquor pitchers and barbecue plates. Live music just about every night of the week.

GEORGIE'S ALIBI 3100 Third Ave N, St. Pete, 727-321-2112, Whether you're on the porch, in the sports bar or on the dance floor, you can imbibe to your heart's content on the two-for-one cocktails and drafts now from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday. And Thursday's legendary $3 Long Island Iced Tea nights are not to be missed.

THE LUCKY DILL 33180 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor, 727-789-1469, They may be in a new, larger location on US 19, but the Lucky Dill is still serving up Brooklyn diner style fare and weekly deals. Two-for-one corned beef sammies on Mondays, $1 off Reubens on Wednesdays, free matzo ball soup with meal purchase on Thursdays, all-you-can-eat fish and chips on Fridays and unlimited pasta bowls on Saturdays from 5-9 p.m.

MARCHAND'S BAR AND GRILL 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Pete, 727-894-1000, Offering a discount sushi and sashimi bar menu with an array of sushi and maki rolls from 5-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, and 5-10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; in addition to a $19.25, three-course prix fixe menu every night from 5-6:30 p.m.

RED MESA CANTINA 128 Third St. S, St. Pete, 727-896-8226, Partake of great drink deals at the Lucha bar, Monday through Thursday, from 7 p.m. until close. Weekly specials: Tequila Tuesdays, "Ruleta Night" on Wednesdays (spin the wheel to see your discount), and specials just for the ladies on Thursdays. And come hungry on Mondays, because it's $10 for all-you-can-eat tacos.

RUBY'S ELIXIR 15 Third St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-898-7829, Do happy hour at this downtown St. Pete hot spot from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 4-7 on Fridays. 2-4-1 house wines, $2 domestic bottles, $3 Pinnacle vodka and gin, $4 Mcivor Scotch, Kellan Irish Whiskey and Irish Car Bombs, and more.

RUMBA ISLAND BAR AND GRILL 1800 Gulf To Bay Blvd., 727-446-7027, Bringing a little Caribbean flair to Clearwater, Rumba Island has a unique array of fusion dishes, including the Jamaican collard greens and rack of lamb with coffee demiglaze. Score the "early menu" from 11:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. daily and get deep discounts on entrees. Wash it all down with their two-for-one margaritas, sangria, specialty cocktails and wells, available all day, every day.

ST. PETE BRASSERIE 539 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-823-3700, The bistro style fare may be high end, but the weekly deals make fine dining affordable here. On Tuesdays, get happy hour prices all night, $5 appetizers and $22 prix fixe meals; while on Wednesdays, dine on duck for next to nothing.

WESTY GRILLE & PUB 7220 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-498-6540, Sporting the basic look and layout of a typical neighborhood bar, Westy serves a mix of fancier fare — like bacon-wrapped dates and flank steak with Bearnaise sauce — pub grub and seafood dishes with a dozen or so taps of craft brews. Serving up daily deals and happy hour specials every day, like $5 burger Mondays, $5 personal pizza Wednesdays, "Fish Fry" Fridays and more.

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