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Sea Dog Cantina’s Elevated Mexican Cuisine Scores a Perfect 10

Sea Dog Cantina far surpassed all of our expectations. We were anticipating good food. What we got was phenomenal, bursting with flavor, divine inspirations of Mexican food heaven. I love Mexican food, and could eat it every day. Lori, on the other hand could take it or leave it, and usually just humors me. She…
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The Big Catch Shines With a Fresh New Menu on the Line

The Big Catch at Salt Creek has been working on an exciting new menu since bringing on new Executive Chef and GM, Jason Gordon, formerly of Brass Bowl Kitchen & Juicery, in mid-February. Chef Jason is known for fresh, colorful, very creative and, of course, delicious food. The pandemic brought a lot of things to…
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The Pesky Pelican Brew Pub Brings St. Louis Cuisine to St. Pete

There's lots of great bar food, house and local craft beer, live music, and an overall laid-back, casual, friendly vibe at The Pesky Pelican Brew Pub, which just celebrated its fourth year this past June 1st. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood in the Tyrone area, and right on the Pinellas Trail, Pesky Pelican offers…
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New Nashville Hot Chicken Pop-up by Founders of The Mill

It's been a tough six weeks for the restaurant business with forced closures for most, and takeout and delivery still available from a few. No one knows what the future will bring, and who will be left when it's all over. In the midst of this tough time, The Mill founders, Chef Ted Dorsey, and…
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1200 Chophouse – Turf at the Surf

Walking up to 1200 Chophouse you instantly feel at home. The restaurant is in, what appears to be, a former house with a large front porch. Inside, you are instantly taken aback by the beautiful cowhide covered wall across the room. It compliments the cozy nature of the small restaurant. Like its sister restaurant, Snappers,…
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La V – Vietnamese Fusion That Keeps You Wanting More

For the most part, comfort food is a rather ambiguous term that refers to food that makes us feel good. To some, that means a glutenous helping of sinfully delicious Thanksgiving staples, while others may attribute "feeling good" and "feel good" food to health-conscious meals that nourish and fuel the body. Comfort food, to me,…
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Take a Dive into a Supreme Meal at Snapper’s Sea Grill

Owned by a local fisherman, Snapper’s Sea Grill on St. Pete beach is a local hotspot. As you walk up to Snapper’s there are lit tiki torches and mature palm trees lining the walkway bringing you to the front doors, which are made of beautiful stained glass in the shape of fish swimming in the…
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Nueva Cantina Reboots the Menu with Hileman Collab

Remember Chef Jeffery Hileman? He ran the kitchen at FarmTable Cucina for most of their time open. Put him together with Nueva Cantina co-owner, Louie Spetrini, and you have the Mexican restaurant dream team. This "new" menu has actually been out for two months now, but we just got to it last week. Nueva Cantina…
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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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