There are few meals in life that are more satisfying than a plate full of delicious, mildly-spicy fish tacos. Fish is an acquired taste for many Americans – some are born with an appetite for moist cod, tilapia, mahimahi, and grouper, while others grow to love the unique flavor profile. There are few beach communities in Florida that rival St. Pete Beach regarding fresh-caught grilled, blackened, or fried fish tacos. Cozy and affordable Gulf Winds Resort is within walking distance from three of the best St. Pete Beach Restaurants that are serving some of the best fish tacos on Florida’s Gulf Coast. While you’re in St. Pete for a week of beach relaxation, Gulf of Mexico adventure, and eclectic shopping, remember to try these three delectable fish tacos.
Rick’s Reef – Baja Tacos
Start your St. Pete Beach culinary journey at Rick’s Reef, a casual tin-roof patio bar down the street from Gulf Winds Resort. You’ll be greeted with a smile upon arrival and a seat near the bar. Don’t waste any time – order the Baja tacos! Choose between grilled or blackened mahimahi (both are fantastic). The perfectly-cooked fish is served on a flour tortilla with housemade Baja sauce, cabbage, cilantro, cheese blend, and tomatoes. You might as well order one of Rick’s signature cocktails while you wait for your Baja tacos. The kitchen at Rick’s Reef only uses local ingredients, housemade sauces, and a lot of love.
Chill Restaurant & Bar – Fish of the Day Tacos
Chill Restaurant & Bar is not the type of place you would expect to discover delicious fish tacos in St. Pete Beach. Locals widely know them for their fantastic seafood, pasta, and loaded tater tots, but they’re holding an ace up their sleeve: the “fish of the day” tacos. The best part of the Chill experience is that you never know what the fish of the day before arriving. You can likely expect cod, haddock, or pollock, but Chill often surprises hungry patrons with atypical species that are bound to gratify your taste buds. Regardless of their fish tacos, locals and tourists alike often tout Chill as one of the best St. Pete Beach restaurants because of their charming interior, fine cuisine, and attentive wait staff.
The Toasted Monkey – Fish Tacos
The Toasted Monkey rests on a dead-end street on the edge of beautiful St. Pete Beach, half a mile from Gulf Winds Resort. You can reach The Toasted Monkey by embarking on a southernly beach stroll. The back patio is accompanied by two beach volleyball courts and distant Gulf of Mexico vistas. The scenic patio is accentuated by dried palms, spray-painted stools and chairs, and a turquoise-clad interior. Unlike Rick’s and Chill, you can have your fish fried, grilled, or blackened. Each scrumptious filet of Alaskan whitefish is smothered in jicama slaw, cheese, and tomatoes.
Gulf Winds Resort
A visit to St. Pete Beach, Florida, is incomplete without a plate of fish tacos at these three local establishments. When you stay at Gulf Winds Resort, you’ll always be steps from the beach, premier St. Pete Beach restaurants, and lively nightlife. Dial 1-888-689-0833 to book an overdue vacation to Florida’s Gulf Coast!