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Hey, Hey You’ll Wanna Eat at Rawk Star…

Mike and Arielle Collins are a brother and sister team born and raised here in our beautiful city of St Petersburg. Now they are the proud proprietors of one of the newest restaurants downtown, Rawk Star Café. There is one other location in Oldsmar that has been around for eight years. Mike and Arielle fell…
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Mini Doughnuts Made With Love at Mini Doughnut Factory

Delicious, almost bite-sized, made-to-order cake doughnuts decked out with toppings. Small in size, but mighty in flavor. That’s what you’ll get at the Mini Doughnut Factory. Along with plenty more. If you haven’t heard, mini doughnuts are the new gourmet sweet of choice for the people of Tampa Bay. The addiction to the made-to-order gourmet…
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Fill Up Your Tank at Ford’s Garage

Ford's Garage Opens in Downtown St. Pete Today Yesterday, we told you about Yeoman's Cask & Lion opening in a portion of the space that was formerly Rowdies Den. In the other part of the same space, we also have the newest Ford's Garage location. Sharing the same kitchen, but with completely different menus and…
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Yeoman’s Cask & Lion Opens in Downtown St. Pete May 23, 2018

Who doesn't love a British Pub? Yeoman's Cask & Lion opens tomorrow in downtown St. Petersburg on one side of the space that was formerly Rowdies Den, and before that, Midtown Sundries. (The other side is Ford's Garage, both owned by Tampa-based Twenty Three Restaurant Services, and connected together.) Some locals cringe at restaurant theme…
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Rick’s Reef: Turning Over a New Leaf on St Pete Beach

Having lived on St Pete Beach many moons ago, I never would have thought of Rick's Reef for food. I remember it as a friendly watering hole. We were contacted by the GM, Tyler Hipsley, who invited us in on Friday, April 13th for a meeting, so we decided to order lunch too. Hipsley took…
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There’s a NuMex Brunch in Town

St. Pete is definitely a brunch kind of town, and there's lots of brunch competition. To compete, a restaurant can either go the bigger, better route—biggest buffet that you'll never be able to eat all of the items you're charged for, and the biggest, cheapest bottomless mimosas that have way too much orange juice, and…
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Flûte & Dram Opens to Packed Crowds on Beach Drive

It's been a year and two months since the original announcement of Flûte & Dram opening on Beach Drive. Now they are finally open with packed crowds spilling out onto the sidewalk. There's no other place in St. Pete that has a selection of caviar like Flûte & Dram. The only place in the Tampa Bay area…
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Fresh Pastries at Café Soleil French Bakery and Deli

Beach towns are often associated with tourist traps, kitschy souvenir stores, and overpriced seafood restaurants. St. Pete Beach has its fair share of all that but there are several gems that exist among the more stereotypical establishments; you just have to find them. In particular, Café Solei, the French bakery and cafe is quite literally…
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Bravo to Bavaro’s on Brunch Italiano!

Bavaro's Begins Weekend Brunch (Sat & Sun 11am - 2pm) this Saturday, April 7th When we heard that Bavaro's was going to begin serving brunch I thought how will a pizza and pastaria restaurant create a brunch menu?  Will it be creative and innovative or will it just have the same offerings we can find elsewhere?…
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Selene Restaurant is on the Foodies Must-Go-To List

We had been hearing how amazing Selene is for around a year now, and we finally got to go a couple of weeks ago. They definitely lived up to their reputation. The space used to be a Village Inn, and what a far cry from that since owner Nick Skiadiotis transformed it in January 2016.…
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It’s Sooo Sweet on Maple Street … and Savory Too!

Maple Street Biscuit Co. - Act Local - Cook Fresh & Homemade Here's my one word review of Maple Street Biscuit Co. DAMN! This is the celebrity rock star of fried chicken and biscuits, plus other hug-your-belly-and-kiss-it comfort food. As we reported earlier, Maple Street Biscuit Co. opened yesterday on the 600 block of Central…
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Get “Hooked Up” at Swah-rey Dessert Bar

Right away, the name Swah-rey sparks curiosity because it’s quite obviously the spelled out pronunciation of the word “soiree”, a word associated with a fancy social gathering. That’s exactly what you get at Swah-rey except no need to dress up (unless you want to) - the desserts and accompanying beverages will make you feel plenty…
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IL Ritorno Does it Again: Tequila Pairing Dinner

There's nothing wrong with doing tequila shots and munching on tacos, chips and guacamole ... but that's not what this tequila dinner was about. Unfortunately, that's how too many people solely think of tequila, but there's more to it than that. [caption id="attachment_9958" align="alignnone" width="2048"] IL Ritorno's Famous Focaccia Bread[/caption] This spirit is strictly from…
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A Delicious Breakfast at 2nd & Second

Anybody that pays attention to the downtown St. Pete food scene knows that 2nd & Second really had the crap kicked out of them with bad reviews in the first few months that they were opened. Then, there were the defenders that said it's not fair to review a new place until they have at…
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