Category Archives: Restaurants

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5 Best Places for Barbecue in St. Petersburg, FL 2020

Barbecue, especially in the south, is a true art form that many spend years upon years tweaking, adjusting and perfecting. There are four essential classifications of barbecue: Texas, Carolina, Kansas City & Memphis. [Editor's note: There can be a myriad of others, but these are the most well-known.] Each region's style of barbecue varies notably,…
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Blue Fugu Japanese Steakhouse Won’t Leave You Feeling Blue

From elementary school to college I celebrated many birthdays of mine and friends at Japanese Steakhouses. It was such a novelty, to watch someone gleefully and impressively cook an entire meal right in front of your eyes, all the while creating onion volcanos and smiley faces out of rice. It’s been many years since I…
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Poppo’s Taqueria: A Poppin’ Spot for Northern Cali Inspired Mexican Street Food

Poppo's Taqueria is a popular fast-casual restaurant on Central Ave serving delicious tacos, burritos, bowls and quesadillas with fresh and organic ingredients. There are multiple locations around Florida and aren't we glad they popped up here?! An eye-catcher are their wholesome and delicious menu items from protein to toppings and their homemade tortillas. Poppo's is…
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10 Best Octopus Dishes in St Petersburg & St. Pete Beach FL 2020

I've always been an adventurous eater ever since I was a kid. If I saw something on a menu that I never had—that's what I would order. Oddly, I never came across any octopus until IL Ritorno opened in early 2014. According to Gordon Food Service Corporate Consulting Chef Gerry Ludwig, 2014 was about the…
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Get the Good Stuff at Gratzzi Italian Grille

Walking into Gratzzi Italian Grille feels like you’ve entered home. Albeit a very upscale and beautifully decorated home, but a location with a familiar sense of place nonetheless, even if one has never visited before. The first aspect of the spacious yet cozy eatery that catches the eye are the high-ceilings, upscale decorations and artwork…
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10 Best Italian Restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL 2020

***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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The Grumpy Gringo Makes Downtown St. Pete Happy

New Additional Location for Grumpy Gringo (Originally published in News on December 3, 2019, we've now updated with a food review.) The good news is that one of our favorite Mexican joints will now be just two blocks away! The bad news is that one of our favorite Mexican joints will now be just two…
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10 Best Romantic Restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL 2020

Best Restaurants for Valentine's Day & Other Romantic Jaunts Whether you're a guy or a gal, it never hurts to have a handy list of romantic restaurants at your fingertips. Valentine's Day is one of the biggies, but there are also anniversaries, birthdays, Mother's Day, and other holidays. In general, it's obviously the overall ambiance.…
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Cafe Cibo Takes Me Back in Time to My Sicilian Grandmother

I grew up in New Jersey in the 1970s-early 80s. It seems like, back then, that all of my friends were either Jewish, or Italian. Maybe some Irish too. It was old school northeast—New York / New Jersey area. (Cue "The Soparanos" theme music.)  I also grew up with an Italian grandmother. It sounds like…
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Flûte & Dram: Where Champagne Wishes & Whiskey Dreams Come True

The moment that the famous Dom Pérignon first discovered champagne, he exclaimed, "come quickly, I am tasting the stars!" And Mark Twain bellowed that "too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough." If Dom and Mark were still around today, I'd bet my bottom dollar that they'd both be…
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