Our Take Ten series on great restaurants offering takeout during the COVID-19 crisis continues today with Gulfport — a small town with a big fan base, in part because of the variety of dining options there. Even now, that remains the case; although some of the bigger places are closed for the moment (O’Maddy’s, Caddy’s and Isabelle’s, newcomers Fortunato’s and Sea Dog Cantina), the following spots are open for takeout — and they will welcome you with the warmth and generosity that characterizes Gulfport all year round.
In alphabetical order, they are:
A Friend Who Bakes.
A wonderful little bakery run by the delightful Brittney and Travis (they’re known for their scones), it’s currently open from 8 a.m.-noon, Wednesday-Sunday. Stop by early; the goodies sell out fast.
Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli
. “100 % vegan. 200% delicious.” That’s their tagline at Golden Dinosaur, and it’s the truth; delicious sandwiches, breakfast and brunch items, from seitan cheesesteaks to tofu scramble. Pickup or delivery, open noon-7 p.m. 727-873-6901. (Ir you’re in the hospitality industry, ask about the 20% discount.)
The landmark restaurant on Gulfport Boulevard is serving up its popular Cuban cuisine for pickup and UberEats delivery — and that includes the sangria! 727-321-8855.
Mid Peninsula Seafood Market & Restaurant
. The 49th Street destination for seafood fans has a big menu (shrimp & fish combos, grouper sandwiches, soups, salads and more — and don’t forget the cornpuppies!), and it’s all available for pickup from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Call 727-327-8309 or 727-328-8309.
Greek specialties like chicken souvlaki and spinach pie along with staples like burgers and crabcakes (as well as six-packs of beer or bottles of wine), ready for curbside delivery at the scenic corner of Beach & Shore from noon-8 p.m. Call 727-623-4823; credit card payment will be taken over the phone at time of order. (Also available for delivery by UberEats.)
Do you miss the fabulous fresh pasta dishes and other Italian specialties at Pia’s? Well, don’t fret, just pick up: Pia’s is open to take curbside orders from 2-8 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. They’ll bring your order out to your car, gloves on. There’s a 30% discount on all wines and if you’re a resident of Gulfport who’s 65 or over, get this: You can pick up a free
pasta meal from 2-4 p.m. 727-327-2190.
Smokin’ J’s Real Texas BBQ.
You may know it from its rooftop inflatables at Christmas-time, or for its delicious ribs. But the world’s getting to know Smokin’ J’s for owner John Riesebeck’s big heart: During this crisis he’s giving away bag lunches to families in need. (Read more about him in this story by the Tampa Bay Times‘s John Pendygraft
.) To order BBQ for pickup or delivery, call Smokin’ J’s at 727-329-8624 from noon-8 p.m.
Beloved for its breakfasts, this Gulfport favorite is open till 8 p.m. for lunch and dinner takeout and curbside delivery, too, with can’t-miss dishes like bacon-wrapped chicken cordon bleu and the “Monster Cuban” along with morning musts like corned beef hash and fried green tomatoes. Call 727-498-8950.
The Tiki Bar & Grill at 56th & Shore.
Formerly known as Little Tommies Tiki, this relaxed waterfront spot is offering curbside pickup (pay via credit card on the the phone first) for goodies like fresh grouper and key lime pie from noon-7:30 p.m. And today they’re doing Buy One/Get One Fish & Chips! 727-498-8826.
And I know this makes #11, but I couldn’t not
mention SumitrA Espresso Lounge
. If this isn’t the right time for CBD-infused coffee — a beverage that’ll give you a boost and calm you down at the same time — I don’t know what is. Try the baked goods, too — amazing! Mon.-Sun., 8 a.m.-7 p.m., 813-220-4533.