With a slew of drinking and dining options available in Clearwater Beach, sometimes it can be difficult to choose the right place to satisfy your needs.
Clearwater Patch wants to know what your favorite beachside bar or restaurant is. We've come up with a few suggestions, so cast your vote in the poll below or let us know your choice in the comments.
Frenchy's. Much of the eating and drinking on the beach revolves around the Frenchy's empire in one way or another. Whether you're a tourist hitting to catch a cocktail and the sunset, or a local who hangs out at the original for the baja fish tacos and beer of the month, there's no denying that this seaside seafood institution is an integral part of the CLB scene.
Another beach landmark is this longtime Mandalay Avenue fine dining restaurant. The food is tremendous, the service is excellent, and the atmosphere is classy yet still in tune with its beach roots.
Casual, fun, and boasting great seafood and terrific drink specials, this beach mainstay has everything you need for either a family outing or a drink stop before you bike back over the bridge.
A change of pace from the typical beach bar selections, Brown Boxer is part sports bar, part restaurant and serves as a nice alternative to all the seafood shacks and fancy eateries in the area.
No beach area's dining scene would be complete without a good pizza joint, and this South Gulfview Boulevard landmark fills that need by providing delicious pizza for famished beachgoers. Post Corner also serves beer and wine and has a full menu to go along with its trademark pies.
Palm Pavilion. Frenchy's may be the trendy place to go and watch the sunset for tourists, but locals have been hitting this place at the opposite end of the Bay Esplanade parking lot for more than 75 years. Grab a beverage and a grouper sandwich, sit on the deck and listen to the live music or the soothing surf, and there's no better way to spend an afternoon or evening than at the Palm.
Live music, fresh food, great drink specials and an inviting, beachy atmosphere are a few of the reasons why this north beach eatery has been a hit with locals and tourists alike. If you go, try the top-notch Bloody Marys, or the blackened Mahi Mahi.
The Lobster Pot. A new addition to the beach fine dining scene, this longtime Redington Shores landmark recently opened a new location on Mandalay Avenue, serving world-class seafood with plenty of style. Be sure to check out the martini lounge and catch a jazz show on the weekends, as well.
Cast your vote for Best Beach Eatery below. Voting is open until noon on Friday, and we'll announce the winner right here at 3 p.m. and present the winner with a Best of Patch certificate.
Update: The votes are in, and the Clearwater Patch readers' choice for Best Clearwater Beach Eatery 2012 is Frenchy's, with 42% of the vote. Congratulations!