Where to grab eats, drinks in Safety Harbor

A guide to Safety Harbor restaurants, bars, bakeries and other must-stops for novices and locals.

click to enlarge Green Springs Bistro's pecan-crusted chicken breast. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Green Springs Bistro's pecan-crusted chicken breast.

7 Stars Food Market & Deli A little convenience store classically stocked with grab-and-go food and drink. Residents stop in daily, but especially on Wednesdays for Indian specialties like butter chicken and chicken biryani. 680 Main St., 727-726-4114.

8th Avenue Pub This community watering hole incorporates a food menu and an Italian wood-burning oven, and features 12 beers on tap, live music and an outdoor patio. 103 Eighth Ave. N., 727-799-1105, 8thavepub.com.

Another Broken Egg Cafe A Louisiana-born, Destin-based chain serving Cajun-accented breakfast and lunch (beignets, benedicts, burgers). This recently opened branch on the outskirts of Safety Harbor is already bustling. 2554 N. McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 727-240-0655, anotherbrokenegg.com.

Athens Restaurant A family-style staple for more than 30 years. Breakfast and lunch are offered in a casual environment. 226 Main St., 727-726-3471.

Bar fly Fresh Florida seafood dishes, including gulf oysters on the half shell and mahi fish tacos, are served at this laid-back Main Street hangout. Bottled, canned and draft craft brews are carried. 100 Main St. #106, 727-400-4790, barflysafetyharbor.com.

Brady’s Backyard BBQ A wide selection of barbecue — Memphis- and Southern-style ribs, brisket and smoked chicken — accompanied by beer and wine. Brady’s uses red oak and alder to create its smoky, light meat, and live music is showcased as well. 340 Main St., 727-712-3727, bradysbackyardbbq.com.

Café Orlando Appetizers, salads and desserts are highlighted at this wine and tapas destination. There are also sushi rolls, meatballs (which get their own section on the menu) and specialty coffees. 500 Main St., 727-723-1116, cafeorlando.net.

Cello’s Charhouse Open for supper and special events, Cello’s offers homestyle dishes to please meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, including stuffed portobello mushroom and grilled filet mignon. 143 Seventh Ave. N., 727-723-0909, celloscharhouse.com.

Cold Stone Creamery A popular ice cream franchise that mixes its creations on a slab of frozen granite stone. There are endless confectionery combinations. 100 Main St. #102, 727-725-3696, coldstonecreamery.com.

Copperheads Taphouse Wine and more than 30 craft beers, on draft and in bottles, to quench your thirst. Live music, weekly events and a pool table, too. 670 Main St., 727-400-4721, copperheadstaphouse.com.

Crispers A fast-casual sit-down chain with salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, soups and more. 100 Main St. #101, 727-210-6150, crispers.com.

Crooked Thumb Brewery Downtown’s first soon-to-open craft brewery, complete with a tasting room and outdoor beer garden. 555 10th Ave. S., crookedthumbbrew.com.

Fireside Table Nosh on a variety of comfort food classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including chicken and yellow rice, beef stroganoff and fried potatoes. 3101 State Road 580, 727-216-6178, firesidetable.com.

First Quality Sausage House This charming meat shop specializes in Hungarian sausages and other delicacies made in-house using family recipes. But, plan ahead — First Quality only opens its doors Thursday to Saturday. 605 Ninth Ave. N., 727-725-5705, firstqualitysausage.com.

Fountain Grille Restaurant The restaurant within the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa features contemporary Mediterranean dishes, ranging from sandwiches to seafood entrees to pastas. 105 N. Bayshore Drive, 727-726-1161, safetyharborspa.com.

Green Springs Bistro Gulf Coast-Mediterranean tastes served up inside a cozy yellow house, which functions as a gathering place. Eat outside, at the bar (wine in hand) or in one of the four dining rooms adorned with works by local artists. 156 Fourth Ave. N., 727-669-6762, greenspringsbistro.com.

Harbor Bar A neighborhood corner bar with pool tables, live music on its spacious outdoor patio, flat-screens to watch the game and karaoke. It’s also equipped with craft beer and a full bar. 840 Main St., 727-726-8044.

The Harbor Dish Community Cafe Featuring a menu that changes daily, this in-the-works nonprofit restaurant will incorporate organic ingredients when possible. Diners will pay for meals through suggested donations, or the cafe’s volunteer program. 123 Fourth Ave. S., 727-796-8286, harbordish.org.

Harborita Cantina An easygoing Mexican eatery with a hearty selection of tequilas. Fill your belly with fajitas, nachos, rice bowls and tacos ’til your heart’s desire. 519 Second St. S., 727-648-2900, harboritacantina.com.

Joey Biscotti This small-batch bakery puts a twist on favorites, showcasing a rotating bounty of items such as chocolate toffee cake pudding and lime coconut bars weekly and seasonally. 839 Main St., 813-716-6401, joeybiscotti.com.

Marker 39 With an Old Florida feel, Floribbean fusion fare that highlights seasonal and local produce, all-natural, organic proteins and way more. 155 Fifth Ave. N., 727-791-1939, marker39.com.

Nolan’s Pub A neighborhood Irish pub with 22 suds on tap, and even more in bottles. Wines are also featured. 230 Main St., Safety Harbor, 727-400-6998, nolanspub.com.

Paradise Restaurant Another longtime family-style food spot in a groovy diner setting. Score international cuisine for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 443 Main St., 727-725-0618.

Parts of Paris This welcoming French bistro slings sophisticated beverages and grub, which includes steamed mussels and duck confit, in an atmosphere of casual chic. 146 Fourth Ave. N., 727-797-7979, partsofparis.com.

Pick Your Poison Cupcake Cafe A cafe dedicated to serving artfully crafted, so-decadent-they’re-almost-deadly cupcakes alongside beer and wine. Traditional flavors from vanilla and red velvet to s’mores and toffee coffee. 100 Main St., 727-725-3616, pickyourpoisoncupcakecafe.com.

Pizzeria Gregario Winner of CL’s Great Pizza Marathon, and the place to go if you want soul-warming wood-fired pies made with local ingredients and dished in a cozy environment. Try a salad and dessert, too. 400 Second St. N., 727-386-4107, pizzeriagregario.com.

The Sandwich on Main Nestled in a corner space, this sandwich shop is always poppin’. Choose from the list of signature sandos, or make your own one- or two-story masterpiece. 308 Main St., 727-773-6234, thesandwichonmain.com.

Safety Harbor Grill & Bar American eats for those with a craving. Snag a seat on the comfy restaurant’s large front porch. 997 Main St., 727-412-8053.

Safety Harbor Pizzeria Whether you order by the slice or pie, there are garlic knots, cheese sticks, wine and beer, wings and more to help complete your meal. 100 Main St., 727-712-0022, safetyharborpizzeria.com.

Southern Fresh A new take on Southern food with local produce and enticing flavors. The fried chicken plate is where it’s at. 122 Third Ave. N., 727-216-6341.

Starbucks Coffee Yes, you can get your double-shot-grande-two-pump-vanilla-super-hot latte fix in Safety Harbor. 100 Main St., 727-726-4542, starbucks.com.

Sun Groves It may look like your standard buy-some-oranges-to-send-to-Aunt-Margaret tourist spot, and it does offer a bounty of citrus gift boxes and baskets, but locals will tell you that it’s also a prime spot for ice cream. 3393 State Road 580, 727-793-0771, sungroves.com.

Sweet Ida Mae’s Bakery A sweets shop that’s been open for about five months. Most folks take their cookies, cupcakes and other treats to go, but some sit and stay awhile. 737 Main St., 727-726-2305.

Tapping the Vine This wine bar and bistro offers a medley of tapas to pair with its wine and beer offerings. Sit inside, or out along the shady pooch-friendly patio. 737 Main St., 727-330-7514, tappingthevine.com.

Whistle Stop Grill & Bar A local open-air tradition that carries something-for-everyone food and drink menus. Whistle Stop’s a must-visit for Safety Harbor first-timers. 915 Main St., 727-726-1956, whistlestopgrill.com.

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