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Grand Opening of Crafty Squirrel Tonight – Details and Sneak Peek Here

The Crafty Squirrel is hosting a grand opening event tonight, Thursday, September 13th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. There will be a formal gathering with Mayor Rick Kriseman, a complimentary sampling of menu items, $250 in raffle prizes, and more! [caption id="attachment_12183" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Interior[/caption] Guests will have an opportunity to taste items on the menu…
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Get Your Boston Fix At Beantown Pub South

When we first learned about Beantown Pub opening we were very excited to have something different opening downtown. Here's our original write up about Beantown Pub opening. It's nice to have a pub with pub food that's true to its roots. Beantown has been an institution in Boston for over 20 years and they brought…
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Pacific Counter: Bringing West Coast Flavors to St Pete

Pacific Counter officially opened yesterday, Tuesday, Sept 4th. Kevin and I were invited for a sneak peek last Thursday, the day before their soft opening. We originally reported on them back in March. Pacific Counter is the culmination of a dream between partners, Tanner Loebel, Eric Bialek and Chef Chitt Tock. Tanner was the founder…
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The Hideaway Pizza Pub Breezes into the South Side of St Pete

About 14 months ago we published this piece on the opening of The Hideaway Pizza Pub. At the time, the projected opening date was in the Fall of 2017. Lots of red tape, blood, sweat and tears later, it finally, quietly opened about two weeks ago. It is an old house that was converted into…
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Stillwaters Tavern – Tastes As Good As it Looks

Stillwaters Tavern is, in their own words, "A Modern American Tavern, where classic American dishes blend harmoniously with old world flavors. The menu highlights items from both land and sea, with a focus on bringing unique flavors from our kitchen to your table." They work with local artisans and farmers to serve the best available…
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Grace Continues to Amaze with Exceptional Cuisine on St Pete Beach

Towards the end of May, Kevin and I had dinner at Grace Restaurant on Pass-A-Grille. This was our third time dining there. As we approached the restaurant, we saw all of these balloons on the ceiling and thought that they must be having some kind of event. It was definitely festive. Once inside, it did…
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New Menu Gist at Tryst

Tryst Releases Their New Summer Menu Eddie Cochran and Roger Daltrey lamented, "There ain't no cure for the summertime blues..." There was no cure for the summertime blues because there was no Tryst back then. (For the Millennials out there, that was a Baby Boomer song reference.)  ;-) There's never a dull moment when it…
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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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