RE: Tampa/St. Pete FL - Fried Mullet? Other Good Eats?
Well, I got to try a couple of places while I was in Tamap/St. Pete:
Ted Peter's Smoked Fish - The inviting aroma of wood smoke was present the second I stepped out of the car. I sat down at the nearest wooden picnic table under the awning, and I ordered the smoked mullet dinner. The waitress brought out a plate that was a thing of beauty. A whole mullet, split and smoked over red oak, german potato salad, cole slaw, tomato slice, onion slice, and pickle spear. The mullet was simply the best piece of fish I have ever eaten! It was moist, tender, and wonderfully smoky. Eating smoked mullet at Ted Peter's is a religious experience. I picked out every little piece of meat with my fingers and licked off the divine smoky mullet grease. I went back again a couple of days later and had the mullet again, and I took home a couple of pints of that fabulous smoked fish spread.
Bern's Steak House - Yes, it was expensive, but it was worth it. The steak that I had, a 10 oz filet very rare, is the steak by which all future steaks will be judged. The shredded carrots prepared with grand marnier, sweet potato puree, maraschino cherry juice and almonds were to die for, as was the trilogy of chocolate mousse that I had for dessert. The wine list was awe-inspiring, and the waiter was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions!