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Brick & Mortar St. Pete Review

Brick & Mortar Downtown St. Pete

Lori and I finally made it back to Brick & Mortar, and WOW! It’s obvious that just about anybody enjoys food that tastes amazing. What really makes the party-in-your-mouth experience over the top is when unique combinations of rare, fresh ingredients are creatively matched to create new inventions in gourmet cuisine. That’s what Chef Jason Ruhe does. For example, check … Continue Reading

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Annata Wine Bar St. Pete Review

Pan Seared Scallops

I had an enjoyable trip to Annata Wine Bar at 300 Beach Drive in Downtown St. Pete. I went last Monday because Gloria West was performing, and she is just a dream to listen to. I ate a big lunch that day, so Annata’s small plates were perfect for me. They are also a nice option when you want to … Continue Reading

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King’s Street Food Keeps It Fun, Friendly, Affordable & Tasty

Kings Harry Caray Chicago Style Hot Dog

King’s Street Food is a unique, fun place with good food that is affordable, tasty and different.

King’s says it right in their name that they are “Street Food”. Well, if this is street food, then it is gourmet street food.

This is grilled cheese and hot dogs … but it is definitely not your mom’s grilled cheese! I love … Continue Reading

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The Avenue’s Firecracker Burger is Fresh & Fiery

The Avenue St. Pete Restaurant Review

The Avenue is famous for their great hamburgers, and that is what was in order for lunch today. Since I love spicy food, I couldn’t resist the Firecracker Burger.

The menu description is: Thick cut peppered bacon, spicy habanero sauce, jalapeños, pepper jack cheese. It doesn’t say it, but I love that it also has lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles. … Continue Reading

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Pizza Box St. Pete is a Euphoric Foodies Delight

Pizza Box St. Pete Review

I’ve never said “WOW!” so many times in one sitting. I had a small personal pizza that had four slices. Each slice is about 8-9 bites, and I said ‘wow!’ with every bite. If you’re doing the math, that’s 36 ‘wows!’. Usually, your sensory adaptation gets you acclimated to new tastes and aromas, but not in this case. This pizza … Continue Reading

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Maple & Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers by Briohny Gilmour

Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Mix some cream cheese with 2-3 teaspoons of maple syrup and 2 teaspoons of garlic powder.

Cream cheese Jalapeño Poppers:

Mix cream cheese with salt and pepper.

Add the mixtures to the halved and deseeded jalapeños then wrap with a thin slice of bacon. Secure with a toothpick.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) for 20 minutes then … Continue Reading

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FarmTable Kitchen Now Has a Liquor License

FarmTable Kitchen Cocktails

Sundial St. Pete, in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, is a collection of boutique retail shops, services, and restaurants. One of the renowned anchors of Sundial is Locale Market. Locale has several options in its two-stories.

1. Locale Market downstairs is a food goods market where you can buy fresh and packaged gourmet foods, and wine & beer for … Continue Reading

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Buya Ramen Coming Very Soon to Central Avenue “Edge District”

Buya Ramen St. Petersburg

Just a year or so ago, one of my biggest complaints about the foodie scene in Downtown St. Pete was that there were so few choices for different types of Asian food. La V Vietnamese Fusion and 9 Bangkok’s Thai food being the exceptions.

Things started getting better a year ago when Souzou Asian Fusion opened. Then we had Hawkers … Continue Reading

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Cassis American Brasserie’s Parisian Hot Dog is Magnifique!

Cassis Parisian Hot Dog

Back in April, Cassis updated their menus, and there are several new items that look delicious. However, I have been dying to try the Parisian Hot Dog. I love having breakfast at Cassis, and I normally end up there early in the morning before the hot dog is available at 11 am on the lunch and brunch menu. I finally … Continue Reading

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Waiting for the Weekend for Z Grille’s Weekend Brunch

Shrimp & Grits at Z Grille

Z Grille does brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-3. Last weekend, Lori and I did Saturday Faturday, instead of Sunday Funday and that’s where we went.

I am a Shrimp & Grits aficionado and Z Grille’s Shrimp & Grits were the best I ever had in my life! There were so many different amazing flavors. There was some great … Continue Reading

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The Birch & Vine is Just Divine!

Sous Vide Butter Poached Lobster at The Birch & Vine

At The Birchwood’s Birch & Vine Restaurant, two of my favorites are the Niman Ranch Lamb Meatballs – Greek cheese stuffed lamb meatballs, roasted red pepper-raspberry sauce, pecorino, scallion – spicy & sweet at the same time!

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La V – Vietnamese Fusion: Great Food. Great Service

Beef Pho at La V - Vietnamese Fusion

I love La V – Vietnamese Fusion! My favorite item that I get most of the time is the Beef Pho. (Everybody here probably already knows that it is pronounced “Fuh”.) The Beef Pho is a delicious soup that is simmered for 12 hours. It consists of clear beef broth, rice noodles, white onion, cilantro, and slices of beef. On … Continue Reading

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Gratzzi Italian Grille Review of My 3 Favorite Dishes

Veal Marsala at Gratzzi Italian Grille

One of my all time favorites at Gratzzi Italian Grille is the Veal Marsala. I get this 50% of the time. It has mushrooms and prosciutto. It is served with chef’s market vegetables, and what I like to call a “Baby Lasagna” which you can see on the top left of the plate. It is actually a little polenta, ricotta … Continue Reading

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Gratzzi Italian Grille Review of My Favorite Pasta Dishes

Goat Cheese Baked Ziti at Gratzzi Grille

My two favorite Italian restaurants are Gratzzi Italian Grille, which is southern Italian, and Il Ritorno, which is Northern Italian. Gratzzi was the first restaurant I ate at in St. Pete when I moved here in early 2009. I loved it the first time, and every time thereafter. Since I’ve eaten a lot of great stuff there, I’m going to … Continue Reading

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