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Smiley’s Snack Shack 3700 Gulf Blvd St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Hiding in plain sight, a diamond in the rough. First time here last Friday morning, a small quiet place full of Southern hospitality. Had an omelet with ham and onions plus rye toast, which appeared in five minutes or so. Delicious and only five and a half.

Large TV over the small dining floor, which has three tables in center and more along the walls plus a few seats in front of small counter. Only one client when I arrived, then more came in as the morning passed.

Parking lot shrouded by bushes, sign at 37th facing south. Entrance on 37th so quite easy to miss. Half-hour parking limit so don’t even think of leaving it there. Just a block down from the ever-popular Undertow Beach Bar.

Skidders on Gulf Boulevard, St Pete Beach

For years I passed by thinking Skidders was too fancy for me. Pleasant surprise, as the breakfast menu is reasonable for such a popular beach restaurant. Ordered the short stack of pancakes and pineapple juice. Short stack is only two pancakes but they have syrup, butter and fruit jelly containers on every table, so load them however you want.

Wine rack one one side behind dining floor, which has a tasteful partition between center section and booths along the wall. Waiting benches on either side of front door.

Among the most gracious friendly service I’ve ever found, along with beautiful Old Florida decor. Indoor and outdoor seating. Few people here on a late Monday morning, must have missed the early rush. Plush seats and with a row for single diners, what’s not to like.

Skidders has been satisfying the beach crowd for several years and I’m not surprised.

Manatee the Sea Cow

Last week I hopped on bus #7 to the Main post office in St Petersburg Florida, a block away from the Grand Central Bus Depot. After mailing a package,  returned to the bus depot for the Central AveGE DIGITAL CAMERAnue Trolley.

Stopped at Starbucks on 66th and Central for a small decaf on the way to the beach, then continued to Pass-A-Grille at the south end of St Pete Beach.

Walked along the shore to the fishing pier, where a manatee was roaming around. It’s a delight to see this chubby sea mammal swim around leisurely and poke it’s nose out now and then. Letting mother nature entertain you is a joy.