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An Afternoon At Pass-A-Grille Beach

Was feeling a bit of cabin fever setting in, so headed out this morning and walked over to Amscot. There I got a day bus pass and walked two blocks down to McDonald’s for a small decaf. A cup of morning coffee is always enjoyable. The bus stops directly in front of McDonald’s, so waited there a few minutes as I finished my cup, then hopped on the 19 to the Central Avenue bus depot. Get there and five minutes later the beach bus arrives, so set off on the long ride to Pass-A-Grille beach.

This is the little old fishing village where St Pete Beach began, and is now preserved as a historic district. No high rises here, not even a gas station, just quaint old cottages reminiscent of Old Florida. You can walk along the bay side shore for over a mile until you reach the Land’s End Cottages on First Avenue at the south end of the island, then walk a block west and reach the Gulf of Mexico. There is a long rocky fishing pier there that provides a panoramic view of the beach stretching for several miles to the north and Shell Key to the south. At night you can see the lighthouse beacon at Egmont Key even farther south. Walked north along the beach to the Paradise Grille on the waterfront at ninth avenue. This is a relaxing place where everyone gathers to eat drink and enjoy the view. A beautiful day it has been.

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.