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400 Beach Seafood & Tap House Highlights New Summer Menu Items

George's Bank Scallops

The restaurant traditionally known for its relaxed coastal cuisine, has introduced a new menu to bring Nouveau American Cuisine to Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg. Director of Culinary, Chef Nick Ocando says, “The new summer menu items are thoughtful and welcoming with a strong focus on high quality ingredients treated with respect.”

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Great Pizza and Good Grub at Slice of the Burg

Meat Lovers Pizza Close-Up

We don’t often find ourselves in the farthest northern parts of St. Pete, but if you are there, Slice of the Burg is a great choice for NY style pizza and other good eats. It is owned by Mary Weis. She formerly owned the franchise of Westshore Pizza Roosevelt, which she closed on May 31, 2019 and in the same … Continue Reading

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A Mano Italian Ristorante Brings the 315 to the 727

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Upstate NY Italian Food Arrives in St. Pete – Mangia! Mangia!

There’s lots of Italian restaurants in St. Petersburg, Florida. LOTS. The last two restaurant reviews we’ve published here have been Italian restaurants. (Make that three now.) People that know me have heard me painfully bemoan, “Do we really need another Italian restaurant in St. Pete?”

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Shopapalooza Festival 2021 Features Four Food Halls, 300+ Local Businesses

LocalShops1’s holiday extravaganza expected to be largest Small Business Saturday (and Sunday!) event in the nation!

After a year hiatus because of, well, #2020, Shopapalooza Festival is back and better than ever. Foodies, you’ll be happy to know that this year’s Shopapalooza features not one, not two, not three .. but FOUR outdoor food halls with more than 35 local … Continue Reading

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10 Best Mac n Cheese in St. Petersburg, FL 2021

Sauvignon Black Truffle Mac & Cheese
Best Mac & Cheese in St. Pete

The origins of mac & cheese go back to 1769, supposedly from a recipe that Thomas Jefferson brought back from Italy. Kraft first packaged Mac n Cheese in 1937.  It became a big hit during WWII. If you were a kid growing up in America (or Canada or Australia), you’ve probably had Kraft … Continue Reading

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10 Best Cuban Sandwiches in St. Petersburg FL 2021

Tommy's Famous Cuban Sandwich
Best Authentic Cuban Sandwiches in St. Pete

The last time I did this list was in 2019, and I could only come up with a top five. It was also actually my first ever best Cuban sandwich list. I ate A LOT of Cuban sandwiches this year, and for 2021, we do have a top 10.

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22 South Food Hall & Jordan Dance Hall Brought Back to Life by Urban Collective

Back in 2013, The Historic Manhattan Casino’s first floor was home to Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant. That ended in 2016. In 2018 Vincent Jackson, Ramon Hernandez and Mario Farias opened Callaloo. It was later transformed into 22 South Food Hall in April 2021. Unfortunately, the hall’s majority owner, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson, died in February 2021. The … Continue Reading

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Calling All Pizza Foodies! Have You Ever Had Ohio-Style Pizza?

Pep Cup Ohio Pizza

New York, being the largest city in the US, tends to dominate in parts of the culinary world, especially pizza. Many dyed-in-the-wool New York Pizza lovers consider it to be the only “real pizza”. However, there’s Neapolitan Pizza, Chicago Pizza, Sicilian Pizza, Greek Pizza, California Pizza, Detroit Pizza, St. Louis Pizza and Ohio-style Pizza. Even if NY style pizza is … Continue Reading

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Central Ave’s 600 Block Just Got Better as The Lure Ono Pivots to Mexican Street Fare

Quesabirria Tacos (Photo by Haley Haman)

When The Lure Ono originally launched in December 2020 they paid homage to the location’s former tenant, Central Melt. They concentrated on creative versions of grilled cheese. The word ono means delicious in Hawaiian. The interior vibe and the original menu took inspiration from Hawaii as well with items like grab & go sushi, and Spam sliders.

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Interview with Chef Mike Crippin from Studio Public House – St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast Episode 156

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Interview with Chef Mike Crippin from Studio Public House

Welcome to the St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast Episode 156! On today’s episode, we interview Chef and Restaurateur Mike Crippin. Mike was the chef at The Moon Under Water for 20 years, and now he has his own place, Studio Public house. We discuss whether The Moon Under Water is coming back … Continue Reading

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Interview with Chef Jon Robben from Trophy Fish – St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast Episode 155

Chef Jon Robben
Interview with Chef Jon Robben from Trophy Fish

Welcome to the St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast Episode 155! On today’s episode, we interview Chef Jon Robben. We met Jon a few years ago at Tryst, and for the past few years he has upped the food game at Trophy Fish. Talking to Jon, we learn some things we never knew about … Continue Reading

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Interview with Kelly & Alex Rodriguez from Lolita’s and Sammy & Paco’s – St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast Episode 154

Interview with Kelly & Alex Rodriguez from Lolita’s Wine Market, and Sammy & Paco’s Cafe Market

Welcome to the St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast Episode 154! On today’s episode, we interview Kelly & Alex Rodriguez. Kelly and Alex own Lolita’s Wine Market, and we’ll talk about their new place, Sammy & Paco’s Cafe Market. After the interview we make pork carnitas … Continue Reading

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How Do Burgers Stack Up at Local St. Petersburg Restaurants?

The World Champ Burger from El Cap
How Do YOU Stack Your Burger?

(Originally posted April 2020. Updated August 2021 at the bottom to include The Food Theorists video and conclusions.)

Did you know that the order in which the items are stacked on your hamburger is a thing?

I never really thought about how I built my burger until recently. I remember as a teenager, if … Continue Reading

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Interview with Joel Sanchez from Matteo Trattoria & Pizzeria – St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast Episode 153

Interview with Joel Sanchez from Matteo Trattoria & Pizzeria

Welcome to the St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast Episode 153! On today’s episode, we interview Joel Sanchez. Joel is the General Manager and Partner at Matteo Trattoria & Pizzeria. They just opened last month in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg, and they have fantastic food from several different regions of … Continue Reading

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Gigi’s 4th Street St. Pete Location Sold

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Unstoppable Restaurateur Josh Cameron Strikes Again

UPDATE: November 6, 2021 – A Mano Italian Ristorante is the new name of this location.

A funny thing happened on Josh Cameron’s search for a commissary kitchen. He bought St. Pete icon, Gigi’s Italian Restaurant’s 4th St. location.

We’re starting to think that Josh never sleeps. I arranged a phone call with him … Continue Reading

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