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Best Chicken Wings in St. Pete Beach

Best Chicken Wings, St. Pete Beach? Right here at Rick’s Reef!

Whether you are visiting St. Pete Beach on vacation, or are a local here in the 33706 area code, we know you want the 411 on Chicken Wings at the beach.


We start with fresh, never frozen, chicken and we prepare a full pound of Chicken Wings with your favorite sauce.  We have a wide variety of sauce choices, which include mild, medium and hot Buffalo Sauce, Garlic Parmesan, Teriyaki, Jamaican Jerk or Blackened.


As a matter of fact, all the food at Rick’s Reef is fresh. They don’t even have a walk-in freezer! So all the food is brought in unfrozen and is cut and prepared on-site. The sauces are made by hand in the kitchen every morning, and the smoked items are done in our very own smoker here on the premises.  Fresh is flavorful and better for you! It’s a big part of what makes us “best.”


Best Chicken Wings, St. Pete Beach!


So if you are looking for the best chicken wings, St. Pete Beach, your search is over! But that’s not the whole story. Rick’s Reef will serve your Chicken Wings with a great big smile in one of the neatest casual dining spots on St. Pete Beach. We have a big, outdoor patio, and plenty of indoor seating with cool, funky beach decor. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the place is always clean.


But it’s about a lot more than the Best Chicken Wings! You want a place you can take you family and friends where you’ll feel comfortable and relaxed. You want a place that feels beach-y, but one that’s clean and inviting. And Rick’s Reef, on St. Pete Beach is that place.


Now you know! When you are ready for the Best Chicken Wings in St. Pete Beach, head straight to Rick’s Reef at 6712 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706.

 

Rick’s Reef Continues Old Florida Traditions

Rick’s Reef is a unique location steeped in history and the staff take pride in being a place where Old World Florida meets New World taste. Since Larry’s Luncheonette opened on this very spot in 1939 things have changed as the restaurant evolved but the area’s colorful past is always celebrated.


One nod to the past that has an interesting story starts with Rick’s Reef smoker. The Smoked Salmon served on Saturday’s has a direct link to the beginnings of the island and the original inhabitants that gave a beloved little beach town its famous name.


While there is still some debate about how Pass-A-Grille got its name it is generally accepted as being French origin. The phrase “La passe aux grilleurs” is literally translated as “passageway of the grillers” and legend has it that French speaking fishermen would grill their meals on the southern tip of Long Key. In 1841 the name appeared on a map as Passe aux Grilleurs and over time became anglicized to Pass-A-Grille.


As the air around Rick’s Reef is filled with the aroma of smoke it hearkens back to a time when the fishermen on the island were called grillers. It was common practice for the grillers t0 dry their salted catch on wooden frames in the hot Florida sun. More than likely the name sprung from the fishermen who preserved their daily haul by smoking it over a slow burning fire.


Carib Indians are said to have taught French pirates the practice of grilling fish over an open fire. The word buccaneers likely came from this method as well. The French called fish cooked in this manner “boucan” and anyone who cooked it was referred to as “boucaniers.”


Whether you are a griller or a buccaneer the tradition of fresh fish, slow-smoked, has been a part of the islands from the very beginning. Rick’s Reef pledges to deliver the best seafood on the beach and you know you are in for a treat when you smell that smoker burning.


T0 be fair there are other theories about how Pass-A-Grille got its name, like it is Spanish for “over the bar.” This is said to refer to long shoal near the entrance of the pass but there is little basis for it. Another is it could have originally been Paso de Grillo or “Pass of the Cricket” but again, there is no history of the island every being overrun by crickets.


The St. Petersburg 1909 city directory claimed the name came from a “French explorer in the earliest day” and it means “grilled passage way” because of a “grill shape.” But there are no recorded visits of French explorers to the area so that one is unlikely also.


In an 1840’s survey a French guide was hired and supposedly told the government survey crew that the name was “Passe aux Grillard” which meant “pass where men grilled something.”


Thankfully the grilling, and the smoking, of fresh fish continue to this day at Rick’s Reef where it is truly a traditional island restaurant where Old World Florida meets New World taste.

Best Fish Spread in St. Pete Beach

Looking for the best Fish Spread on St. Pete Beach?

Best Fish Spread, St. Pete Beach? Right here at Rick’s Reef! Whether you are visiting St. Pete Beach on vacation, or are a local here in the 33706 area code, we know you are interested in the Best Fish Spread at the beach.


We start with fresh, never frozen, Salmon, or Mahi Mahi, from a local fish house. (Whichever is available fresh) We have our own smoker in-house, and we slowly smoke the fish for 6 to 8 hours before hand crumbling it in preparation for mixing. Fresh vegetables are delivered daily, and hand cut.
You may not know this, but all the food at Rick’s Reef is fresh. They don’t even have a walk-in freezer! All the food is brought in unfrozen, and is hand cut and prepared on-site. The sauces are made by hand in the kitchen every morning, and all the smoked items are done in our very own smoker here on the premises.  Fresh is flavorful, and better for you! It’s a big part of what makes us “best.”


Classic Fish Spread on St. Pete Beach!


Prepared with fresh ingredients to a classic Fish Spread recipe  right here on St. Pete Beach, your search for the best Fish Spread, St. Pete Beach is over! But that’s not the whole story. Rick’s Reef superb staff will serve your Fish Spread with a great big smile in one of the neatest casual dining spots on St. Pete Beach. We have a big, outdoor patio, and plenty of indoor seating with cool, funky beach decor. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the place is always clean.


But it’s about a lot more than the Best Fish Spread! You’re looking for a place you can take your family and friends where you’ll feel comfortable and relaxed. You want a place that feels like an old beach shack, but one that’s clean and inviting. And Rick’s Reef, on St. Pete Beach is that place.
Now you know! When you are ready for the Best Fish Spread, St. Pete Beach, head straight to Rick’s Reef at 6712 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706.


Your search for the Best Fish Spread in St. Pete Beach is over!

Best Cheeseburger in St. Pete Beach

Looking for the Best Cheeseburger, St. Pete Beach?


Rick’s Reef on St. Pete Beach starts their Cheeseburger with fresh high-quality beef, hand pattied, and cooked to order, topped with your choice of cheese, and hand cut fresh vegetables all served on a delivered-daily bun, this is absolutely the best cheeseburger on St. Pete Beach. Whether you are a local, living in the 33706 area code, or are here visiting on vacation, be sure to check out the Cheeseburger at Rick’s Reef.
All the food at Rick’s Reef is fresh. We don’t even have a walk-in freezer! The ingredients for the food are brought in unfrozen, and are cut and prepared on-site. The sauces are made by hand in the kitchen every morning, and the smoked items are done in-house in our own smoker here on the property.  Fresh tastes better, and is good for you! It’s a major part of what makes us “best.”


Why is it the Best Cheeseburger on St. Pete Beach?


Rick’s Reef is committed to creating the best food possible for it’s entire menu. That starts with carefully considered recipes. While the food items may seem simple, like Meatloaf and Cheeseburgers, the key to a fabulous dish is often found in the particular ingredients that are the basic building blocks of an incredible meal. At Rick’s Reef, we have chefs with a lifetime of experience and knowledge, and they have helped us develop the incredible recipes that we start with. As we’ve already said, those recipes are made with high-quality, fresh, unfrozen ingredients which are hand cut and assembled to order. No frozen patties or week old buns for us!
But it’s about more than the Cheeseburger! We serve hand cut French Fries, Cole Slaw made by hand in-house, and a variety of other fresh sides. And we serve it to you with a smile! We work hard to keep the restaurant clean, and the atmosphere pleasant and inviting. We know it’s the entire experience that counts. So the Best Cheeseburger on St. Pete Beach needs to be served in the coolest restaurant, by friendly and efficient staff. And that’s what you’ll find at Rick’s Reef.


That’s why Rick’s Reef is the Best Cheeseburger, St. Pete Beach!


So if you are looking for the Best Cheeseburger, St. Pete Beach, your search is over! But that’s not the whole story. Rick’s Reef will serve your Cheeseburger with a great big smile in one of the neatest casual dining spots on St. Pete Beach. We have a big, outdoor patio, and plenty of indoor seating with cool, funky beach decor. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the place is always clean.


You want a restaurant you can take your family and friends where you’ll feel comfortable and relaxed. You want a cool place that feels casual, but one that’s clean and inviting. And Rick’s Reef, on St. Pete Beach is that place.


Now you know! When you are ready for the Best Cheeseburger on St. Pete Beach, head straight to Rick’s Reef at 6712 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706.

Fresh Food at Rick’s Reef

We all know Fresh Food tastes better and is better for us. But what do those words really mean?
Many restaurants advertise “Fresh Seafood,” but in too many instances that seafood comes right out of their walk-in freezer. It may have been delivered “fresh,” but if they store it in the freezer, it’s not fresh anymore!
Rick’s Reef doesn’t even HAVE a walk-in freezer. No shelves filled with boxes of frozen products here! No microwave either! We start with fresh, unfrozen, products, and we hand cut and prepare them and produce some of the finest, truly fresh, dishes on the island.

We’re committed to offering the best casual dining on St. Pete Beach, and we’re working to do that consistently every day.
Did you know our dressings and sauces are prepared by hand, in-house to our own unique recipes, every morning? It’s true! Pico de Gallo? Hand-made. Cheeses? Sliced or grated by hand. Onion rings? Sure, cut from fresh onions and battered by hand. Tropical Slaw? Yes, yes, our own recipe.
Have you had our Shipwreck Fries? We take a great big potato and cut it into “strings” and then drop it in the fryer. You can’t get fresher french fries than that! I like them with Malt Vinegar.

Our burger is an 8 oz. patty, hand formed from fresh ground beef. There are a number of cheese options and other topping choices, all fresh and hand cut. Served on a locally baked bun, with your choice of Shipwreck Fries or Tropical Slaw, it’s a tasty mouthful!
And before you leave, be sure to have a slice of Key Lime Pie. We make it here, to a traditional recipe. A little tart, a little sweet, and oh so tropical.
If you are looking for Fresh Food here on St. Pete Beach, come to Rick’s Reef.