Choice Appetizers and Brews on Clearwater Beach

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By Nancy Foster

They’re called tapas on some menus and starters or appetizers on others. Some diners order them as a prelude to a fabulous dinner, while for others, they are a small meal or late night snack. Inventive Clearwater Beach chefs rock the culinary scene with their flavorful bites, so indulge and enjoy to your heart’s content.

The flavorful Chinese Meatballs at Ocean Hai

The flavorful Chinese Meatballs at Ocean Hai

WYNDHAM GRAND CLEARWATER BEACH

If you’re looking for atmosphere, you’ll find it at this spectacular new resort overlooking Clearwater Beach. Choose to linger over starters and drinks at the beautifully appointed Asian-fusion restaurant, Ocean Hai. Select from a bevy of delicious appetizers, including the Poke Flight, Thai Steamed Mussels in a delightful coconut broth and the oh-so-good Chinese Meatballs with crispy onions, hoisin and serrano. An extensive wine list, craft beers and spirits will keep you happily engaged for hours. Or, make a stop at eSKPades, the more casual, welcoming lobby bar, for Ahi Tuna Tataki and Kobe Beef Sliders, as well as seasonal cocktails and wine by the glass. wyndhamgrandclearwater.com 

Pretty views from Evy’s Terrace Bar & Bistro

Pretty views from Evy’s Terrace Bar & Bistro

EVY’S TERRACE BAR & BISTRO

Head up to the 6th floor of the recently opened Hampton Inn & Suites Clearwater Beach and be prepared to indulge. This chic beach bar dazzles with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, open-air seating and friendly staff eager to make your visit memorable. Evy’s features a full bar menu (try the refreshing frosty mojito), tasty light fare (go for the authentic Cuban sandwich) and live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. Plan your visit around dusk when the flickering flames from the fire tables compete with the sun as it slips slowly into the sea. hamptoninn3.hilton.com

Inside or outside dining at the Spotted Donkey Cantina

Inside or outside dining at the Spotted Donkey Cantina

SPOTTED DONKEY CANTINA

Taste your way though an assortment of Antojitos at this contemporary Mexican-themed eatery located on the exterior lower level of the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa. Open only a few months, it’s a favorite for beachgoers and locals alike, who enjoy the colorful decor and South of the Border vibe, inside or patio dining and consistently good dishes. For munchies, order up some Mexican Shrimp Rolls or request the fresh Haas Avocado Guacamole, prepared tableside. For drinks, a selection of Herradura Tequilas, including a double barrel reposado blended exclusively for Spotted Donkey Cantina, are a perfect accompaniment as a single or flight. www3.hilton.com  

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