Recent Posts by Lori Brown

10 Best Italian Restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL 2021

***PLEASE NOTE THIS LIST IS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER AND IS NOT A RANKING.*** Of our top 10 best Italian restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL, some have been around for many years, some for just a few, and a couple are somewhat new. Another interesting note is that 9 out of 10 provide Southern Italian cuisine,…
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Shrimpys Blues Bistro – A Hidden Treasure on St Pete Beach

We had heard rave reviews for years about Shrimpys Blues Bistro but just never made it out there. I wish we hadn't waited so long because the raves are definitely warranted. Owner, Richard Briggs, invited us in to taste some food off their menu a few weeks back. We were so impressed with the food…
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Driftwood Kava & Coffee Roastery – A Rustic, Delightful Experience

Driftwood Kava and Coffee Roastery opened quietly in downtown St. Pete in January of this year, in the space of the former Rawk Star Cafe. The owners of Rawk Star Cafe, Mike and Arielle Collins, are still behind Driftwood so you will still see the same smiling faces when you visit. Arielle is involved as…
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Breaking News: Kosher New York Bagels in Downtown St Pete

UPDATE: MARCH 8, 2021: Bagels will be available at the Beans & Barlour brick & mortar location at 538 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Previously, they planned to have them at the new airstream location. They are now opening at 9 am instead of 10:30. Beginning this Saturday, March 6th a brand new kosher…
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A Tale of “Two Graces” Set To Open by Year’s End in St Petersburg

Every ounce of good news is certainly welcome this year, wouldn't you say? We caught wind of the possible opening of a second Grace Restaurant possibly near downtown St Pete, so we caught up with the dynamic husband and wife team, Chef Marlin Kaplan and Lisa Masterson, co-owners of Grace, for some answers. And the…
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Restaurants Open For Dine-In, Takeout & Delivery in St. Pete August 2020

Restaurants Open for Dine-In, Takeout & Delivery August 2020 In these times of COVID-19, it's not easy keeping up with which restaurants are open or closed, and who is offering dine-in, takeout, or delivery. St. Petersburg Foodies is here to help. *Please note for purposes of this list we consider Downtown up to 22nd Ave…
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Teak at The New St Pete Pier Sets Sail For Greatness

Today, Monday July 6th, Teak restaurant at the new St Pete Pier will open its doors to the public when the pier officially opens at 5pm. You need a ticket to go to the pier itself, but a reservation at one of the new restaurants also counts as a ticket in. We were excited to…
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The Big Catch Shines With a Fresh New Menu on the Line

The Big Catch at Salt Creek has been working on an exciting new menu since bringing on new Executive Chef and GM, Jason Gordon, formerly of Brass Bowl Kitchen & Juicery, in mid-February. Chef Jason is known for fresh, colorful, very creative and, of course, delicious food. The pandemic brought a lot of things to…
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Breaking News: Cafe Ponte to Shutter its Doors For Good…

The iconic Cafe Ponte, opened by Chef Chris Ponte in 2002, has closed its doors for good. When they shut down "for the foreseeable future" on March 17, 2020 due to COVID-19, they did not know they would never reopen, however Chef Chris has since made that very tough decision. This news will be a…
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