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King State Brews a Fusion of Coffee, Craft Beers and Culinary Creations

King State B.E.C

King State is brewing their own beer and coffee, which has quickly earned them a loyal crowd here in downtown St. Petersburg. The menu? Delicious. The vibe? Unique at all hours. I visited three times and each experience was different. I’ll explain more on that later. King State is a great place to sip the […]

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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, […]

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Harmony in the Night: A Coastal Cuisine Symphony at Sonata

Sonata - The appetizers and drinks to start

Nestled within the Mahaffey Theater in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg you will find Sonata – a waterfront fine dining haven offering coastal cuisine. Sonata is an ode to the marriage of exquisite flavors and Southern hospitality. The restaurant offers more than just a meal though – it boasts a celebration of art in three forms: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Get Your Curry Kick at Indian Bistro in St. Pete Beach

Tandoori Chicken Indian Bistro

Chow down on classics like tikka masala, palak paneer, and more at Indian Bistro in St. Pete Beach. Page through the menu and you’ll find a wide variety of meaty, vegetarian and vegan entrees, kebabs, appetizers and a great selection of styles of naan and more. If you don’t know Indian food that well or […]

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Nomi Nori – An Oasis for Exceptional Sushi and Craft Cocktails

We loved the nigiri so much. This is the array that came with the chef's special set

Nomi Nori, a new concept by 305 Hospitality Group, landed in the Edge District of St. Petersburg this Fall  – a Soho NYC inspired establishment specializing in hand rolls, poke, sushi, sake and more. The group actually owns two spots in the Fusion building – the entire Edge Eatery concept and the District Lounge, which […]

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Spend Your Next Game Day at Localz Sports Bar and Grill

Philly Cheesesteak

Directly across the street from the Rowdies Stadium, in the former Courigans location, is Localz Sports Bar and Grill. Serving up elevated bar food, cocktails, and ice-cold beer in the perfect spot to watch your favorite team play or pregame for the Rowdies. My friends and I decided to visit Localz for a football Sunday. […]

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Don’t Hide from Tommy’s Hideaway

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I’ll admit, I’ve lived in St. Pete for nearly six years and the last time I was in Gulfport was seven years ago… it was for a wedding, and I didn’t leave the venue. There are several restaurants and bars in Gulfport that I always say to my friends “we need to try that”, “we […]

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BarBouni at Baba is A Modern Ouzerie Oasis in St. Petersburg

Barbouni

BarBouni at Baba is a charming Ouzerie that is redefining the local dining experience in St. Petersburg one seafood delight at a time. Baba, the Greek restaurant here, has held a special place in my heart for a while and now BarBouni brings something new and exciting to the table: conservas (canned fish) and an […]

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Sake, Oysters and Sophisticated Vibes at St. Pete’s In Between Days

Mushroom Gyoza

It’s no secret that the food and beverage scene in St. Petersburg is getting more hip and expansive with each passing day. The Tampa Bay area as a whole has finally landed on the radar of diners, experts and critics all around the country. From natural wine bars and carefully curated tasting menus to Michelin-level […]

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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 […]

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Italy Bottega Turns Up the Heat With a New Executive Chef and Menu

Meatballs Ricotta

PERMANENTLY CLOSED On June 3, 2020 Federico Fanelli bravely opened Italy Bottega in the midst of the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nobody really knew anything back then about this virus causing the pandemic, how long it would last, and how bad it would be. But he persevered. Born in Venice and raised in Rome, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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