Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews

Feeling like Family at Sola Bistro & Wine Bar

Stephen and I recently dined at Sola with some friends on a Friday night. I was very excited to try it as I’ve heard great things from other people. I’m happy to say, it did not disappoint! When you walk in, it feels like you’ve entered someone’s home, and I’m not just talking about the coziness…
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Hawkers Offers a Tour of the Streets of Asia

Hawkers Asian Street Food Provides an Eclectic Mix of Asian Family Recipes of Old The Edge District of St. Petersburg just keeps getting better and better, and one of the hippest and tastiest places to eat and hangout is Hawkers Asian Street Fare. The St. Pete location has been open a little over a year…
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Carmelita’s Uses Family Recipes for Authentic Mexican

34-Years of Mexican Tradition & Growing the Family We have come to find that using the word "authentic" when it comes to Mexican food is the next worse thing to a political discussion these days. Suddenly, everybody and their chihuahua is an expert on what "real authentic" Mexican food is, and isn't, and gets all in…
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Authentic Mexican Food: Agave St. Pete Beach

Some people are going to be offended by this, but that's just the way it goes. It seems that most people have no clue whatsoever when it comes to knowing what authentic Mexican food is. I see so many places getting excellent reviews that are just average at best. Then I see awesome places getting…
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Fall in Love with The Reading Room…We did!

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!

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

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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Stillwaters Tavern Revisited…

Stillwaters Tavern Stillwaters Tavern opened in June of 2015 to much anticipation and hype. We all watched with excited anticipation as the old Bruce Watters Jewelers space was transformed into the hip, chic space it is today. 2BHospitality Group, who also owns Bella Brava on Beach Drive, hired Chef Jeffrey Jew, who was a contestant…
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Spacco Italian Grill Sarasota FL Quick Review

Spacco Italian Grill officially opens for business today (February 1st) as previously reported here. St. Petersburg Foodies, along with a large contingent (about 25-30 people) from the St. Petersburg Gratzzi Italian Grille fan club, attended the "Friends & Family" night last night. (Spacco, although a separate company, has the same ownership as Gratzzi.) Foodies and…
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La V Review | Vietnamese Fusion

Who doesn’t love Asian Fusion? And if you like Vietnamese, then you’ll love the Vietnamese Fusion offered at La V. What I admire most about their food is that everything is super fresh, made to order. You never have to worry about where their food is coming from. Each dish is made with love and…
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A Proper Review of Proper Kitchen & Cocktails

Best Barbecue & Southern Comfort Food in Downtown St. Pete We went to dinner at Proper Kitchen & Cocktails with our friends Aubrey and Kristen last Saturday night and were blown away at how good it was. We started off with the Seafood Hush Puppies because they were recommended by the owner, Stephen. (The funny…
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Iberian Rooster Restaurant Review

The Iberian Rooster Serves Colonial Portuguese Fusion What the heck is "Colonial Portuguese Fusion"? Three words: Damn Damn Tasty! When the buildout was happening for The Iberian Rooster, so many people told me; "Yeah, there's a Brazilian Restaurant going in there." I think that's because even though they were told it was going to be Portuguese,…
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The Galley Grand Opening Today Dec 30, 2016

In our news announcement piece on The Galley posted here, we reported that they would open by year-end. Well, they just made it with a day to spare. Today, December 30 at 4:00 pm, The Galley opens to the public. The last two nights were practice runs with friends and family, and they had a packed…
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