Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week begins on Monday, May 9th, and judging from yesterday’s Taste Fest, things are off to a great start. While Clearwater may be more well-known for its beach than its food, don’t forget that it is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in the world. It’s also where Hooters got its start back in 1983. The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce did a brilliant job of bringing the best of Clearwater’s cuisine and culture to Beach Walk for this year’s Taste Fest. A total of thirty restaurants participated. Here are a few of my favorites:
As far as tasting events go, this is one of the best. The only Tasting event I’ve enjoyed more than this is Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, which is not always in the budget. It was not just the food, but also the location and the entertainment that made Clearwater Beach’s Taste Fest great. After all, Clearwater Beach was named best beach town in Florida by USA Today in 2013 and No. 1 beach in the country by Trip Advisor in 2016. Beach Walk, completed in 2008, has greatly contributed to Clearwater Beach’s appeal, hosting multiple special events throughout the year, drawing both tourists and locals to the beach.
Don’t fret if you didn’t make it to Taste Fest this year. Many of these restaurants are participating in Clearwater’s Restaurant Week, which is actually two weeks long, from May 9-22, 2016. Go to ClearwaterBeachRestaurantWeek.com for a list of participating restaurants.