Category Archives: Restaurant Spotlight


Meet the Chef St Pete – Urban Brew & BBQ with Candice Aviles

Here at St. Petersburg Foodies, our favorite new restaurant related TV Show is “Meet the Chef”, starring CBS Tampa Bay News Anchor Candice Aviles. Meet the Chef is an online show where the first season of eight episodes focuses solely on St. Petersburg, FL restaurants—just like us! Episode 2 features one of the best barbecue […]

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Meet the Chef St Pete – IL Ritorno with Candice Aviles

Here at St. Petersburg Foodies, our favorite new restaurant related TV Show is “Meet the Chef”, starring CBS Tampa Bay News Anchor Candice Aviles. Meet the Chef is an online show where the first season of eight episodes focuses solely on St. Petersburg, FL restaurants—just like us! Nice! Episode 1 features one of our favorite […]

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Pacific Counter Brings Poké Bowls & Sushi Burritos to the 600 Block of Central

The 600 block of Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete is turning into “The Foodies Block”. UPDATE: Go Here for a Review of Pacific Counter St. Pete. There’s The Lure (that opened in January 2016) at 661 with sushi and tapas. Next week, Maple Street Biscuit Co. is opening across the street at 662. Coming […]

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What’s New at The Mill Downtown St Pete? Menu Items and Signature Cocktails

The Mill Crispy Roast Duck

Since The Mill Downtown St Pete opened in the summer of 2015, it has become a downtown staple. A month or so ago they quietly updated their menus with some new dishes and signature cocktails. Of course they kept favorites such as the Watermelon Bruschetta, the Mill Burger and the Southern Belle Salad but have […]

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M-N-M BBQ: A Hidden Gem on the St Pete BBQ Restaurant Scene

M-N-M BBQ Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens

Thursday, January 25th 2018, Kevin and I ventured out of the 33701 to find some good BBQ. We had ordered previously from M-N-M through Delivery Dudes and found it to be quite good, but visiting a restaurant and eating there is usually quite a different experience than delivery. M-N-M is located off of 16th St […]

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Ichicoro Ane Opens This Sunday (12/10) on World Ramen Day

Niku Udon

Ichicoro Ane in downtown St. Pete is permanently closed. They are still open in Seminole Heights. This Sunday, December 10th is World Ramen Day, and the perfect day for the long anticipated grand opening of Ichicoro ANE at Station House in Downtown St. Pete. We were lucky, and oh-so-willing participants in last night’s friends and […]

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Help Cider Press’s Chef Nate Win the National James Beard Blended Burger Contest

Cider Press Cafe's James Beard Burger

Let’s get St Petersburg on the map by supporting our local contestant! St Pete is all about local so let’s show our support for The Cider Press Cafe in this contest. They are up against 400 other burgers nationally. They are the only St Petersburg contestant and the ONLY burger not made with some sort […]

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Check Out Tryst’s New Summer Menu Twists…Delectable!

Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Chops

Tryst Summer Menu Offers Seasonal Twists & Creative Flare The last time we reviewed new menu items for Tryst was in November 2016 when their new chef, Jon Robben, debuted a spectacular new line-up. You can see that write up here. Chef Jon is still cooking up fantastic new items and continues to lift Tryst’s cuisine […]

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IL Ritorno Ramps Up Their Spring Menu

IL Ritorno - Cappelini Nero

It’s no secret that since the first time we went to IL Ritorno in the summer of 2014 that I fell in love and that has never changed. Here is the first review I ever wrote about IL Ritorno. The quality of the ingredients and Chef David Benstock’s ingenuity with those ingredients keeps the ever […]

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The Cider Press Cafe Has Some Hot New Menu Items

The Cider Press Cafe Exterior

A couple of weeks ago we heard the news that Cider Press Cafe was going to be featuring some new hot, cooked menu items along with their favorite staples. Trying to incorporate a more comfort food feel that will appeal to a larger group of customers while staying true to their roots. We were invited […]

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Fall in Love with The Reading Room…We did!

The Reading Room: Queen Snapper

Kevin and I were given a tip in the fall of 2016 about a new restaurant set to open next to the freeFall Theatre called The Reading Room. We broke that story back then and since we learned what they were planning, we have been highly anticipating the opening. We have an annual subscription to […]

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Party Time! Mexican Style!

Tacos - Baja Fish - Grilled fresh fish, salsa roja, Mexican slaw and lime crema. Pulled Pork - Shredded roast pork, guacamole, cilantro onion and radish. Duck - Orange braised duck confit, grilled pineapple, goat cheese, cilantro and red chile jelly

Red Mesa Cantina is the Wild Child in the Family A couple of weeks ago, St. Petersburg Foodies, along with our photographer, Barry Lively, (and he lives up to his name, by the way) recently spent the day with Marketing Director Edgar Veytia, and Executive Chef Chris Fernandez exploring all three Red Mesa locations. Our […]

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Red Mesa Mercado is Takin’ it to the Streets

Red Mesa Mercado 1100 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Mexican Street Food: Tacos, Burritos, & Empanadas Oh My! Mexican Street food, some are fried and many are hand held items, is what most Americans think of as Mexican food. Street food in Mexico, called antojitos (literally “little cravings”), is prepared by street vendors and at small traditional markets in that country. Most of them […]

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Red Mesa Restaurant Holding Their Own at 20-Years Old

Red Mesa Restaurant Pioneered Real Mexican Food in St. Pete “When we first got here, all that people knew about Mexican food was Taco Bell™.” – Chris Fernandez, Executive Chef for all three Red Mesa locations. With the foodie scene exploding in St. Pete and all of the new restaurants popping up, you might think […]

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Urban Assault Part 4 – It all comes together at Deli and Drafts

Urban Deli and Drafts

On Thursday, January 5th, 2017, Kevin and I had the pleasure of a tour through the Urban Group family which we are calling Urban Assault – St Petersburg Foodies style. We met the founder and owner, Andy Salyards, who gave us extensive background on himself and the concepts and we were accompanied to all locations […]

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