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Pulpo Kitchen + Lounge from Brick & Mortar and Sea Worthy Team Opens in June 2024

Chef Jason Ruhe and wife Hope Montgomery are opening their third restaurant in June 2024. Their first two eateries have consistently been given high marks – Brick & Mortar Kitchen + Wine Bar in downtown St. Pete, and Sea Worthy Fish + Bar in Tierra Verde have been open nine and four years respectively. The new Pulpo Kitchen & Lounge … Continue Reading

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Pleasing Palates for 30-Years, Caribbean Cafe is a True Local’s Favorite

Caribbean Cafe Cuban Sandwich

The Caribbean Cafe is a second generation family owned St. Petersburg staple serving up Caribbean and Cuban inspired sandwiches, bowls and more for 30-years. Their Cuban Sandwich has remained on our Top 10 Best list since 2022.

Caribbean Cafe was doing fast-casual way before it was cool. The restaurant opened in 1995, and was bought by long-time owner Jimmy Abel … Continue Reading

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Shiso Crispy Fans Celebrate as the First St. Pete Storefront Opens

Bang Bang Chicken

Famous for their posse of food trucks serving up Japanese and Asian Fusion around the Tampa Bay area, Shiso Crispy’s first brick & mortar is here. The soft opening was two weeks ago on April 26, and even though there were equipment failures (that’s what soft openings are for), this team led by Ronicca Whaley have their craft honed to … Continue Reading

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Samurai Cat Slays in The ‘Burg

Tiger Avocado Toast

I just love it when we get a new eatery that is offering something unique and different in St. Pete. An extra bonus for me is that it is Asian, or more specifically in this case—Japanese. It is also niche-Japanese as it is a bakery & cafe offering breakfast, lunch and treats. Casual early dinner can be had as well. … Continue Reading

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10 Best Cuban Sandwiches in St. Petersburg FL 2024

Boulevard Burgers Cuban Sandwich
Best Authentic Cuban Sandwiches in St. Pete

 

Salami or No Salami?

The Cuban Sandwich, as we know it today, was invented in Ybor City in the late 1800s by Cuban immigrants with some influence from Italian immigrants (salami), as well as German newcomers (mustard). Prior to this, in Cuba the medianoche and the mixto were two sandwiches that influenced … Continue Reading

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Best Pizza Places in St. Petersburg, FL 2024

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Best Pizza Joints in St. Pete

In the past three years, I’ve learned more about pizza than ever, and I continue to study and make about 100 pizzas a year myself. Lori and I are also Certified Pizza Judges with the Pizza Cook-off Association, and we took a pizza making course in Naples, Italy.

We’ve also eaten at the top … Continue Reading

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Best Italian Restaurants in St. Petersburg FL 2024

Oxtail Malfade - Beet, Goat Cheese, Meyer lemon Aioli, Kumquat Dust, Herbed Panko

I moved to St. Petersburg a little over 15 years ago, and it seems like we’ve had an average of two Italian restaurants open each year since then, if not more. Lately, it seems like two every few months. There’s definitely no shortage of Italian eateries to choose from here. We’re always interested in checking out the newest places, and … Continue Reading

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10 Best Steaks in St. Petersburg FL 2024

Perfectly-Cooked Medium Rare Filet Mignon

Steak. Who doesn’t love a steak? It’s really quite simple. First, get the highest quality beef. Then decide if you’re going to flip it once, or flip it often. (Milk Street Cooking School says that a very thick steak cooks more evenly when flipped often, and they are right.)

Are you going to marinate it? BuzzFeed’s Tasty says to marinate … Continue Reading

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Prima Cantina’s So-Cal Roots Bring Elevated Cal-Mex Flavors to the Beach

Pescado, Shrimp, and Carnitas Tacos

People that know me personally, when they associate me with food they usually think of Asian cuisine, or pizza because I make a lot of it at home and post it on the socials. What many don’t know is that Mexican fare was my first love. In my early career when I was in sales, I would travel the country … Continue Reading

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Gulfport Just Got a Little Tastier with Julio’s Empanadas

Traditional Beef Empanada

Chef Julio Pagan Jr. has been slinging Latin favorites for years with his food truck, and recently went all in by opening two brick & mortar locations in 2023. The latest, Julio’s Empanadas, is at 2201 49th St S., Gulfport, FL 33707 at the corner of 22 Ave S. & 49 St S. in a former gas station. The parking … Continue Reading

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Fortu Restaurant is a Welcome Addition To Downtown St. Pete

Carrara Farms Australian Wagyu Bavette Steak

As a lover of all types of Asian food—I’ve taken Asian culinary courses (including a sushi masterclass), cook it at home several times a week, and have eaten it since I was a kid growing up in New Jersey back in the 1970s—you might be surprised to know I was actually a bit apprehensive when I saw the announcement on … Continue Reading

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Best Upscale-Casual Restaurants in St. Petersburg FL 2023

Grilled Black Grouper - Beluga Lentils, Colossal Crab Meat, Coconut Curry

Being in Florida, the land of vacations, fun and casualness, the term “Fine Dining” is not a favorite of some restaurateurs here as they are concerned it might make their establishment unapproachable to some potential customers. There was one restaurant where I described the food as “gourmet”, and was asked by the owner to not use that word for the … Continue Reading

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Best Taco Places in St. Petersburg FL 2023

Taquitos Tacos - Chorizo, Carnitas, Barbacoa

As I sat down to write this, the first thoughts that popped into my head were 1) Everybody loves tacos, 2) There sure are a lot of different types of tacos these days, and 3) what is the actual origin of the taco—is it really Mexican, and how close to the original are they to what we eat today?

So, … Continue Reading

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10 Best Mexican Restaurants in St. Petersburg FL 2023

Chicken Taquitos
Must Eat Mexican Treats in St. Pete

If you search this site for “Mexican”, you may notice that I do all of the Mexican restaurant reviews. Why? It’s because I love Mexican food so much that I could literally eat it every day for a week straight. (I actually have done that before.) Two and a half decades ago when … Continue Reading

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10 Best St. Petersburg Brunch Spots 2023

Noble Crust Fried Green Tomatoes

It’s the weekend and time to treat yourself to a terrific brunch, but where should you go? We have compiled a list of the best brunches in St. Pete to help with your decision. The difference in this year’s list is that The Mill came off as they closed, and Good Fortune has been added as we absolutely love their … Continue Reading

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