Just spent a week at Treasure Island, Florida and had 2 unique experiences at a beach I've been going to since the early 80's. First...it rained cats and dogs 4 out of the 5 days we were there. Not much you can do about the weather, so we started to explore and found Chill on St Pete Beach. This is the second unique thing about this trip: We found a new place and liked it enough to go back again in the same week. Also, we bugged Ruthie so much about the Sangria, that I actually think she's going to send me the recipe. So...let's talk about Chill.
It is at the right-hand corner of Corey Avenue and Gulf Blvd - just after you make the left turn to head towards Pass-A-Grill after you come over the Pasadena Bridge. Translation: this is on an unassuming corner, low profile from the street, but with LOTS of character inside. Chill is attached to Steam, which I'm sorry to say, we did not get to visit. Chill is a tapas restaurant with live music, a wonderful wait staff, and food 'to die for'. Not to mention, the best Sangria I've had in a LONG time.
On our first visit, we had Sangria (of course), She-Crab soup, Eggplant chips, Carne Asada, Smore's Brownie cake (8 inches high!), Crème Brule, and probably some other stuff that I've forgotten. All I can say is 'Wow!' Excellent all the way round and we were sitting outside while the skies were grey, rainy and really trying to ruin our vacation. The discovery of this little spot was heaven. Great food + great service + great friends = Wonderful place!
We stayed and stayed, talked with Ruthie, the waiter, the new waiter (we stayed past a shift!), and even the guy delivering tomatoes! What a fun way to kill some time while it rains, and rains. Needless to say, Ruthie and her staff made us feel at home, even though we were ‘camping’ at one of their tables – avoiding the rain!
We chose to return to Chill on our last night at the beach to see check out the inside atmosphere and were greeted by a warm welcome from Ruthie and our previous waiter. They thought we cleaned up nicely! :) This time, we had Mushrooms, a Veal Rollitini, and baked Brie with apples...plus another pitcher of Sangria. YUM! Brie was perfect, as was the Veal and mushrooms. We had a visit from Chef Jackie, and also thoroughly enjoyed the evening entertainment. The warm, red-toned pendent lights make the place feel very warm and cozy, which was nice, on a cool, rainy evening. We really felt comfortable in our corner table, and had a lovely evening.
This is the kind of place you want to have as your local 'go to' place. The fact that it is at the beach just makes it that much more special. If you are on Treasure Island, St. Pete Beach, or anywhere nearby and looking for a lovely place for food and drinks in a cozy atmosphere, this is the place. Tell them the 3 Atlanta girls sent you!
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