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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.

Ruby Tuesday at Tyrone Square Mall

Had lunch here yesterday after staying away for years. The place has changed a lot, completely remodeled interior. Prices are above my budget, yet I enjoyed the excellent service.

Their salad bar is $9.95 on it’s own, or 3.95 when combined with an entree. Ordered the small chicken fingers with fries for 8.95 and added the salad bar. Way too much for the chicken and fries, in hindsight should have gone for the unlimited salad bar.

Gracious waitress asked if all was well at least twice and refilled my glass, gets a medal for excellent service. She brings the bill inside a folder, pay anytime no hurry.

I ask for a leftovers container, she brings it quickly.

This is another restaurant chain in trouble, must be the prices not the service or decor.