Around The Bay COVID-19 Food & Dining

Take Ten: 10 Great Restaurants for Takeout in West St. Pete

Takeout from Alésia.
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UPDATE: With the recent change in state COVID-19 guidelines for restaurants, many of the establishments listed below have begun offering limited dine-in as well as takeout. Read the updated list here.

Alésia. This cozy place topped dRTB’s list of romantic restaurants in February, and while you can’t nestle together in the back garden at the moment, you can take some of the romance home in the form of dishes from Alésia’s delicious Asian/French fusion menu. Fresh Vietnamese salad with shredded chicken, summer rolls with shrimp and rice vermicelli, pho and banh mi and potstickers and even raw honeycomb served with bleu cheese, spicy candied pecans, grapes and toast points — all that and more is available for pickup or curbside delivery. Beer and wine, too. Noon-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Call 727-345-9701.

Beau & Mo’s. Get all those Italian steakhouse delectables you crave for very reasonable prices, like 6oz Filet & Shrimp for $24, 12oz Ribeye for $22 or Lasagna for $18. Dinner specials change nightly. Pasta orders include salad and bread; all other entrees include mashed potato, green beans, salad and bread. Pick up and carry-out only. Order online at beaunmo.com.

Bright Ice. What a bright light this stellar ice cream shop has brought to West St. Pete! Small-batch ice creams and gelatos (gelati?) in irresistible flavors like Lemon with Crystallized Ginger, Pineapple with Brown Butter & Pecans and Deepest Darkest Chocolate Secret, even Chewy Chocolate Chip ice cream sandwiches, plus pastries, coffee, hot chocolate and affogato.  You can order online and elect to do curbside pickup even if you walk or bike to the store. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily except for Saturday and Sunday, when they’re open till 10 p.m.

CD Roma Restaurant and Brew Pub. A popular Italian spot in the Shoppes at the Royale plaza off 66th (next to the new Publix), CD Roma is offering all kinds of great deals, from BOGO pasta dinners (Baked Ziti or Spaghetti) to a 14-inch cheese pizza for six bucks to half-price bottles of wine on Tuesdays. Open for carry-out and delivery; you can call 727-344-3837 or order online. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon.-Wed.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thurs.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat.; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun.

Da Sesto Italiano Ristorante e Vino. I’d say this place is a best-kept secret, but it always seems to be packed when we go. And no wonder; this is hearty, soul-satisfying Italian cuisine with atmosphere to match. And during COVID-19, their online game is spot on: You can not only order freshly made Italian dinners (regular or family-style), but also Italian grocery staples like pasta and sauces, for either delivery or curbside pickup from 3-8 p.m Mon.-Sat. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. (Cocktails to go, too, including a “Quarantini.”) It’s all very clearly laid out on their website; you can place your order there or call 727-209-2695.

Dead Bob’s. Don’t let the name put you off. DB’s is very much alive, and its “COVID-19 TEMPORARY RELIEF MENU” is chock full of tasty options for delivery or curbside pickup, from 10-oz. Angus beef burgers to Philly steaks with “way too much beef or chicken”  to full dinners (pot roast, shrimp, snapper) — and everything’s under 10 bucks! Cocktails to go, too, and they’ll even deliver you a six-pack of beer. Call 727-317-BOBS (2627) Monday thru Sunday 11 a.m.-3 a.m.

Gianni’s New York Pizza. Their name may just say “pizza” but Gianni’s actually has a huge menu of Italian favorites, including soups, wings, parms, subs and strombolis. The pizza has a very good rep and the ingredients are tempting; I’ve got my eye on the Gianni Five with its slow-cured pepperoni (they do gluten-free cauliflower crusts, too). It’s all available for pickup and delivery at the moment; order online or call 727-381-3209. Open Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun., Noon-8:30 p.m. 

Leverock’s Seafood Restaurant. The message on their Facebook page reflects the family feeling you get at Leverock’s: “To all of you who have supported our takeout program we want you to know you are making some happy hearts.” Judging by the lines of cars outside, there are lots of folks needing to get their fix of Leverock’s fresh, reasonably priced seafood. You can order from the Early Menu (11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) or the Dinner Menu (all day and night); call ahead at 727-367-4588 (or 727-343-7302 if that’s busy), or stop by for takeout. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. daily.

Pesky Pelican Brew Pub. Owner Dan Pemberton, besides running a small-batch nano-brewery and offering a full carryout menu, has turned his four-year-old restaurant into a mini farmer’s market. After hearing complaints online and from his own employees that they couldn’t find the meats and produce they wanted in grocery stores, he started checking with his vendors and was able to source foods at a low price, including from restaurants that have temporarily closed. He only allows a few people into the market at a time, employees wear face masks, and six-foot distances are marked. Restaurant takeout and free delivery available via Uber Eats, including today’s Taco Tuesday specials and such goodies as St. Louis-style thin-crust pizza, Gooey Butter Cake and Toasted Ravioli. Call 727-302-9600 or order online Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

The Wheelhouse. The good-time spirit of this food and beer emporium is reflected in the videos on their Facebook page; check out the Joe Exotic lookalike and his recommendation of “Tiger Fries” (which sound pretty tasty). You can order these for pickup or delivery as well as tacos, sandwiches, burger melts, French bread pizzas and salads, many with funny names (like a charcuterie board called The Nosh Pit), plus 41 craft beers on tap and homemade sangria. Order online or call 727-623-0589; ask about the meal deals, like Fiesta in the Casa (10 tacos plus chips and salsa) and the Who Needs Food? (5 mason jars of craft ales).

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