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Spinners

by Meghann on August 25, 2012

Did you know in St. Petersburg Beach there’s a restaurant that spins while you eat? It sits on top of the Grand Plaza hotel and my friends, Emily and Aaron, invited us over to eat there tonight.

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The Grand Plaza is one of the high contenders in their search for the perfect wedding venue (they’re in town this week checking out different venues) and the restaurant caught their attention on one of their many tours of the Grand Plaza (they’re just a teeny bit in love with it). I knew the restaurant existed, but I’d never been. It sounded like a fun experience, so why not?

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The views did not disappoint. It takes the dining area a full hour and a half to complete the full circle. During that time, diners enjoy beautiful views of the beach, the setting sun, the bay and everything in between.

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The center portion and the windows of the restaurant stay still, it’s only the dining area on the outside that spins. You can actually see where the tiles are moving and have one foot standing still, while the other moves.

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Like I said, the views did not disappoint. Gorgeous.

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And as you rotate, different sections of the windows are marked letting you know what direction you are looking at that at that moment.

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I started the evening with a glass of their house cab.

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Breadsticks.

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Every item on the menu comes with soup or salad. I selected the salad, which was served with a mango dressing. The salad was simple, but good. I enjoyed the mandarin oranges.

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For my main dish, I ordered the blackened shrimp. They were about what I would expect from a hotel restaurant – kind of boring and unimpressive. Everything was edible, but nothing I would rave home about. I give it 2 stars out of 5.

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Eh. It was fun to try Spinners once, but I’m not sure I’ll be returning. The menu was overpriced and the food only subpar. Was I expecting a little better considering the restaurants’ hype? Probably, but I think you get what you pay for – the experience of eating in a revolving restaurant with killer views at a place that is walking distance from your hotel room. I think that everything else to the hotel is a moot point – they’re selling the atmosphere here, not the food.

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At least we had good company!

And we were able to catch the sunset on our way out.

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Obviously, funny photos had to follow.  

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Good times. :)

We had a little time to kill before dinner, so I offered to take a few “engagement photos” of Aaron and Emily (please note this was just for fun and I am in NO WAY trying to be a professional photographer). Here are a few of my favorites. :)   

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Adorbs.

I’m bummed Aaron and Emily fly back to Philly tomorrow. At least we had some fun while they were in town. Come back to visit anytime, guys!

Have you ever ate at a restaurant that spins?

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