Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews

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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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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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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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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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Chill Out at Chill Restaurant & Bar in St. Pete Beach

Without knowing about Chill Restaurant & Bar prior to visiting St. Pete Beach, you would miss it on your typical drive in or out. Tucked away, on what feels like a sleepy downtown street, sits Chill Restaurant & Bar. Once on the street, you can’t miss it. The restaurant is faced with deep red paint…
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Fill Your “Copa” at St. Pete’s Newest Wine Bar!

Set in downtown St. Petersburg’s vibrant Edge District, Copa – translating to “cup” in Spanish – is the neighborhood’s latest wine, beer and cocktail bar, offering up an International list of libations and an eclectic array of globally-inspired tapas and light bites. Copa boasts a tropical ambiance, inspired by the hip Coastal-European cafés and lounges…
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Baba on Central Brings Mediterranean Flair to the Grand Central District

Baba is a Greek-Lebanese inspired restaurant and bakery in the Grand Central District brought to us by the owners of local favorite, Bodega on Central, Debbie and George Sayegh. They set out to honor their family through the food and recipes of their childhood. Debbie grew up in Greece and George in Lebanon. Baba which…
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German Knödel – The Best Wurst in St. Pete!

First things first. Knödel is pronounced "Ka-noodle", and it is a dumpling, not a noodle. They can be sweet or savory. At German Knödel, they have three choices, all of which are sweet dessert options. We'll come back to them when it's time for dessert. German Knödel is a special place with special people, and…
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Sam’s Sushi – Splendid Sushi in the St. Pete Area

Sam hasn't owned a restaurant in nearly 15 years, and the only restaurant he's previously owned was a small Chinese restaurant in Minnesota. With a dream and his wife, Sam headed to the Sunshine City of St. Petersburg, snagged one of the best sushi chefs in the area and opened Sam's Sushi. Sam’s Sushi is…
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