From French cuisine and German fare to Thai delicacies—you’ll find it all in Largo, Florida’s diverse dining scene. Read on for our profile of the city’s 10 best restaurants.
Cafe, Restaurant, French, $$$
Café Largo cuisine | Courtesy Café Largo
When a restaurant’s chef is the culinary advisor for the Tampa Bay division of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest gastronomic organization, you know you’re in for an exquisite meal. Café Largo doesn’t disappoint. Headed by chef Dominique Christini’s, Café Largo’s classic French cuisine includes delightful hors d’oeuvres like vineyard snails with garlic, parsley and goat cheese in a pastry shell. There are also tempting entrées including prime veal tenderloin sautéed in a wild mushroom sauce. Indulgent desserts like soufflé au Grand Marnier are a perfect finish to an evening of fine French dining.
Serving finger-licking good, Southern barbecue, Smokin’ Rib Shack BBQ has established itself as one of the city’s best-loved restaurants since first setting up shop more than a decade ago. Classic barbecue food like ribs, chopped pork and beef, sausage and smoked chicken wings are cooked up. Sides include baked beans, collard greens and potato salad. They’re served alongside Smokin’ Rib Shacks piece de resistance – their signature barbecue sauce based on a recipe handed down by the owner’s grandfather. Family-size dinners, daily specials and sandwiches also feature on Smokin Rib Shack BBQ’s menu.
Owned by the Lagoudakis family, who bring more than 40 years’ experience in the restaurant business to the table, Savory Restaurant is a much-loved spot. It serves a mix of Italian, Greek and American cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week, Savory Restaurant offers eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and plenty of omelets. Meanwhile a lunchtime fresh Greek salad is perfect for refueling after a stroll around neighboring Walsingham Park. Go for dinner and sit on Savory’s beautiful patio while dining on dishes like chicken souvlaki, New Orleans-style catfish or shrimp alfredo.
Schnitzel with spaetzle and dumpling | Courtesy German Bistro 2
German Bistro 2 For hearty and authentic German cuisine in the heart of Largo, look no further than German Bistro 2. This is a restaurant opened in 2012 by Irena Seidl, who moved to the area seven years ago from Munich. A homey, welcoming dining room beckons guests to team classic German plates like bratwurst, sauerbraten and gypsischnitzel (pan-fried pork schnitzel with a bell pepper, tomato and onion gravy) with sides. The sides include potato salad, dumplings, spaeztle and sauerkraut. Wash it down with one of the bistro’s German beers. Finish with a traditional dessert of apple strudel served with whipped cream.
Roosterfish Grill Fast becoming one of Largo’s favorite restaurants, Roosterfish Grill specializes in seafood cooked up by head chef Sean Mullaney. Seafood fans will be spoilt for choice with the restaurant’s smorgasbord of fish dishes. Steamed Alaskan king crab legs, Caribbean jerk-seasoned mahi mahi with mango salsa and fresh Atlantic salmon with cucumber dill sauce are just a few shining examples. However, there are plenty of dishes for landlubbers, too, like baby back ribs, steak and burgers. As an added bonus, guests can sit out on Roosterfish Grill’s lakeside deck and feed the lake’s resident fish and turtles as they dine.
Bella Italia If hearty pasta dishes, New York-style pizzas and other classic Italian cuisine makes your mouth water, head to Bella Italia. This is a family-owned and -operated restaurant serving its tasty trademark dishes in Largo for more than 30 years. A cozy, pared back dining room with a big open kitchen welcomes guests to try dishes like baked manicotti, lobster ravioli and chicken parmesan. Bella Italia’s huge range of pizzas and Italian subs – with fillings like meatball parmesan or prosciutto and fresh mozzarella – are perfect for a casual lunch. Classic desserts like cannoli and tiramisu are also served.
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For diners with a taste for the exotic, iThai & Sushi is the perfect destination when dining out in Largo. Opened in 2013, the family-owned and -operated restaurant specializes in authentic Thai cuisine. Its addictive sweet, spicy, salty and sour flavors team with appetizers like chicken satay and tom yum soup. Entrees include crispy duck panang curry and soft shell crab topped with chili sauce. For a lighter bite, look towards iThai’s large sushi menu. On this, guests will find a range of nigiri, sashimi and sushi rolls including a few with a local twist. For example, there’s the Tampa Bay roll with fried white fish and cream cheese.
Combining classic Italian and American dishes with an extensive microbrew list, Mike’s Pizza & Pub is ideal for a fun, casual meet-up with friends. It is located in a trendy, industrial-chic space just a few minutes from the beautiful shores of Indian Rocks Beach. Mike’s is the perfect place to head after a day at the beach for classic pizzas, gourmet stromboli, and calzones served alongside wings, hearty hoagies, salads and skillet dinners. These are best washed down with a beer from a local brewery like Seminole’s Rapp Brewing Company or Tampa’s Florida Avenue Brewing.