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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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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)

UPDATE: JULY 6, 2022 – PERMANENTLY CLOSED – Some items now available at The Lure, 661 Central Ave

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 … Continue Reading

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

Mike Crippin
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

Gigis St. Pete Location
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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The Dream is Real at Chef Jeffrey Jew’s Lingr Restaurant

Spicy Chili Garlic Shrimp Dumpling

Put a chef in his own restaurant and watch him shine. Chef Jeffrey Jew was in charge of the kitchens at 2B Hospitality’s Bella Brava, and Stillwaters Tavern, and we always liked his food.

Now, we love his food at his new eatery, Lingr, in the Downtown South University Park area of St. Petersburg. Not only do we love the … Continue Reading

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Interview with Max Blowers from Social Roost – St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast Episode 152

Interview with Max Blowers from Social Roost

Welcome to the St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast Episode 152! On today’s episode, we interview Max Blowers. Max is the General Manager & Beverage Director at Social Roost. He is a St. Pete native, but spent 15 years living in NYC, and has worked for celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and David Burke. We talk … Continue Reading

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“Where’s Jubes” Australian Brewpub Opening in DTSP

Where's Jubes Logo
Former Lucky Dill Deli Spot Transformed by Restaurateur Josh Cameron

One of the things you don’t often notice or think about when strolling on the 200 block of Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete is that some of the buildings have a second floor. This includes the building on the corner of Central Ave & 3rd St. N., which used … Continue Reading

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Matteo – The New “Must Go To” in the Grand Central District

Lasagne
If You Don’t Go To Matteo Trattoria & Pizzeria, It Will Be the Biggest Mistake of Your Life

 

Matteo Trattoria & Pizzeria just brought the level of Italian cuisine in St. Pete to a whole new level. So did Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria. If you love Italian food, and especially if you want to be transported to … Continue Reading

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