Share Dunedin with Patty and John

Patty and John live in and love Dunedin, Florida. We frequent the local shops,restaurants, parks and events in Dunedin and want to share our experiences with anyone considering visiting or moving to "Delightful Dunedin". For more on Dunedin see Patricia's ActiveRain Blog 

Meet Celty, our Celtic Realty mascot. She was born last year and her youthful and fun loving behavior earned her the Celty moniker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunedin Cyclery is the place to go to buy, rent or have your bike repaired. I just got a good deal on a recumbent bike there. The owners and staff are very friendly and offer a great celection of bikes and accessories. It is one block north of  Dunedin downtown and right on the Pinellas Bike Trail.

 

 

If you like beer, Dunedin is a beer drinkers heaven.  Dunedin Brewery offers a wide selection of their own brews in an industrial and inviting setting. There's music many nights and ample parking.

 

 Rosie's Tavern is another dog friendly spot. It offers beer and wine and snacks in a neighborhood tavern ambiance. Lots of locals to talk to and a friendly staff.

   

Broadway Deli and Cafe is the place to go and enjoy a delicious breakfast in an outdoor setting. Your dog can also join you. The french toast is special and the service is friendy and efficient. Try the Rubin at Lunch.

 

 

Patty and I like to start our weekend at Bon Appetit, which has a outdoor area overlooking the bay and the Dunedin Marina. They offer a full bar and feature a number of rum based specialty drinks. In addition to complete meals, they have a Tapas style menu. Last time we shared smoked trout with our drinks. The setting sun can be bright, so bring your sunglasses.

 

After a sunset sail on my son and his partner's boat, which he keeps in the Dunedin Marina, Patty and I took them to dinner in downtown Dunedin. We love Cafe Alfresco for its great food, reasonable prices and outdoor ambiance. It is situated right on the Pinellas Trail and there is alway lots to watch as bike riders, skaters and runners glide by. John ordered for the first time a chicken stir fry dish and was really pleased. Patty had her favorite blue cheese burger. One more reason to love Dunedin.

 

 

Walks are part of our exercise program. Several evenings  a week we take a 30 minute walk along Dunedin's linear park which borders St John's Sound. Even in summer there is a cooling breeze and always plenty to watch. Most exciting are the many Osprey that have nests high above the walkway. We watch them fish, feed their babies and sit magestically on tree and poles, sharing the sunset with us. We take Mooshy, our little dog with us and pass many other couples enjoying the sites and sea breezes.

Patty was lusting for a hot dog for lunch so we decided to try Fritzee Freeze on Patricia Ave. I ordered a Chicken Philly which was made to order and came hot and delicious. Patty's dog with the fixing was a buck and a quarter. We loved the root beer and promised to come back and try the 50 flavors of soft serve or perhaps a root beer float or a malted. We were impressed by the steady stream of customers and the quick service. A Dunedin secret.

I received a gift certificate from the Enchanted Branch Gift Gallery in Downtown Dunedin for Father's Day. Patty and I were looking for some decorating pieces for our newly expanded home.Marsha, one of the owners, and her little dog, Squiggy, greeted us and we enjoyed looking around the newly opened shop. We found the perfect pieces to put over our bed. The store is across the street from Kelly's restaurant and in a group of stores that are all full of interesting  and unique merchandise.

 

Auto Shine Car Wash is  Dunedin's  only full service car wash, but people drive from all over the north county to get their car washed here.For $10.95 a swarm of workers clean your car inside and out and even use compressed air to dry every crevass on your vehicle.Open seven days a week, they perform all car cleaning services including a variety of car detailing. Located on Main Street in Dunedin, Auto Shine Car Wash is a busy place. Be prepared to wait a half hour until the job is completed.


Want real New York Pizza in Dunedin, go to Mikey's on Main Street. The taste lets you know they use quality ingrediants and the secret touch is sesame seeds under the crust. They offer a full menu of Italian meals and great subs and cubans. I particularly like their vegetaian cuban.

Patty and I just got married last week and our guest stayed at the Blue Moon Inn on Alt 19 north of the center of Dunedin. This is a relatively new small inn that features very large rooms with vaulted ceilings and a terrrific and healthy, free breakfast for guests. Behind the Inn is a well appointed RV park. Rooms rates in the summer are less than a hundred dollars.

 

 

 Our wedding reception was at the Dunedin County Club. We could not have been more pleased with the beautiful surroundings, the deliciously prepared and displayed food and the  attentive service. The club has a beautiful and historic golf couse and was once the home course for the PGA. It is open to the public for play. 

 

 

Looking for honest and dependable car repair in Dunedin, then go see Louie at Dunedin Car Care, 481 Patricia Ave.. Louie works on both our cars and has never disappointed me. He has often told me the repair wasn't worth the cost and he has done repairs at no cost when he felt that was fair. Call 736-1644.

 


Want to stage  your home before selling it? Or are you just bored with how your home looks and want a fresh look at a low cost? We asked Denise at Designer Difference in Dunedin to help us with a fresh look for our recently expanded home. For under $1000 we had a HGTV experience. We left in the morning and came home in the afternoon to an exciting and attractive home. She and her handy hubby moved furniture, hung curtains and pictures and accesorized every room beautifully. She has a wonderful shop just off  downtown Dunedin full of attractively prices furniture and accessories from her warehouse and on consignment.

 

 

New in Downtown Dunedin is Stachan's Ice Cream, an old fashion ice cream store featuring homemade ice cream. Strachan's is also famous for specialty desserts, especially its carrot cake. There are tables outside.Bring your dog and ask for the free"doggy cone".

 

 

The Dunedin Causeway is a jewel of our community. Only minutes from anywhere in Dunedin, it provides space and amenities for swimming, fishing, boating, running, walking your dog, picnics and sunsets. At the end of the road you enter the award winning beaches and nature preserve of Honeymoon Island an you can catch the boat to the world's top beach, Caladesi Island.


The Living Room on Main in Dunedin has become one of our favorite spots. The atmosphere is smart and congenial and the tapas menu delicious and we feel very reasonable. Most week nights offer food and drink specials. There is music most night also.There is outside seating and it is dog friendly.

 


Pan Y Vino in Downtown Dunedin is the latest venture of the popular Mexican restaurant Casa Tina, just next door. The specialty of Pan Y Vino is wood fired pizzas. We recommend the fig and goat cheese combination. Prices reasonable...quality good.

 

 

 

 


We had a pancake breakfast this morning at the cafe on Honeymoon Island. For $6.00 you get four pancakes, sausage, coffee and fresh fruit, a fantastic view and cool breezes. A great way to start the day. Dog friendly at the cafe. Honeymoon Island also has a special dog beach, which we visited in the evening.

 

 

We did a staycation at the Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn, just five minutes from our home. Our room was right on the gulf and we enjoyed a well stocked minibar,and complimentry breakfast. The pool was right outside our door . Mooshy, our small dog, was also welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

In a rush for lunch or want a truly healthful and delicious lunch, then call Lonni's Sandwich Cafe at 736-1959. They offer truly unique sandwiches, soups and desserts. We particularly like the Mango Breeze--Domestic brie cheese, avocado slices, curried mango chutney and alfalfa sprouts with mayonnaise on Lonni’s wild rice bread.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dunedin prides itself on being dog friendly. Some call it DOGEDEN. Many restaurants allow you to eat outside with your dog and Rosie's Tavern lets you bring man's best friend right to the bar. Dogs are being immortalized on murals around the downtown. This is our Mooshy

 

 

Dunedin has it's own first class hospital. Called Mease Dunedin, it is part of the the larger and well respected Morton Plant hospital organization. Our 143-bed facility is undergoing a $19-million renovation/expansion, including a new Critical Care Unit. With an invested $20 million in improvements over the past five years, every patient room at Mease Dunedin has recently been upgraded and 70 percent of rooms are private.  The emergency room promises you will see a doctor in 30 minutes.

 

 

 

 

We are excited to have a new eating out option, the Serenity Cafe, focusing on whole grains, organic fruits and veggies, and humanely raised antibiotic and hormone free meats. Serenity is a dedicated gluten free facility. We had a fantastic breakfast and watched as the cooks cut the vegetables fresh for each omelette and prepared French toast with the gluten free bread. Try the turkey bacon.

 

We just visisted Dunedins newest amenity...Weaver Park. The land was purchased from a local resident at a greatly reduced price and preserves for Dunedin residents one of the last pieces of public land on the Gulf. The park has picnic tables and is pet friendly. The dock can be used for fishing. Hwy Alt 19 splits the park and the East side the park can be accessed from the Pinellas Trail.

 


We have taken our Shepoo, Mooshy, to the Animal Health Health Care Clinic for eight years. They are the most reasonable priced vet in the area and have provided excellent care. Office waits are usually short and they discount the pet medications. 

 

Just visited Hot Dogs on Main for lunch. I had a Chihuahua Dog with mango and salsa and Patty had the dog with slaw. Ate at little tables on the street and enjoyed a summer afternoon breeze in downtown Dunedin. This is also the spot if you love Italian beef. 

 

 

 

 

Pensare Italian Bistro is a great addition to Downtown Dunedin, with plenty of outside seating and great food and service.  We recommend sitting outside and enjoying the street scene. The prices are reasonable and the food is delicious.

 


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