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Buona Ristorante: A True Locals Hidden Gem

The Rigatoni and the Gnocchi

Buona Ristorante has been serving up their Italian classics in St. Pete Beach for the past 14 years. The restaurant, that is ultra popular with locals and visitors alike, is tucked in the back corner of the Dolphin Village plaza on the busy main strip of Gulf Blvd. Because of its location in the plaza, […]

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Embark on an Enthralling Edible Journey at Roam Restaurant & Bar

Dinner and drinks at the bar at Roam on 34th St. in St. Pete

Situated on 34th St. N, in the Lealman vicinity of St. Pete, sits a new steakhouse concept which was opened by brothers Joshua and Christian Jackson. If those names sound familiar, that’s because the two gained popularity in the area with their food truck, Red’s BBQ. Presently, the restaurant is the main focus as this […]

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Renzo’s – Truly a Great Argentinian Delight

Renzo's Carpaccio of Octopus - Nikkei tiradito of octopus, dressed with evoo and fresh lemon

We had been hearing some pretty darn good things about Renzo’s as of late. We tried them three times back before Covid (BC) and were not super happy with our experiences, so we essentially wrote them off. Well, we decided to give them another shot and boy are we glad we did. We don’t know […]

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Original Flavor 1889 Packs a Flavorful Punch

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There is certainly not a shortage of great new restaurants opening in St. Pete and Original Flavor 1889 is no exception. Situated on Central Ave, just west of 4th Street Original Flavor is in the perfect location to draw a crowd. While there is also no lack of Italian restaurants in St. Pete, what sets […]

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Bonu Taverna: Fresh Italian Cuisine in the Heart of Central Avenue

I ate, I slurped and I napped all thanks to the new Italian restaurant on Central Avenue, Bonu Taverna. From pasta swirls, fresh housemade pizza, an exquisite wine and cocktail list, and a remarkable experience every time, they know how to check all the boxes. The menu is familiar and offers a lot of choices […]

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Bite in to Fresh Seafood at I.C. Sharks Bar & Cafe

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I.C. Sharks Seafood Market has been a staple in St. Pete for many years. Previously located just west of its current location on Gandy, they closed up shop and moved in 2018. It took a few years before they reopened the restaurant portion, but that day has finally come. I.C. Sharks Bar & Café offers […]

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The Twisted Indian is Spicing Up the Food Scene in the Grand Central District

Tofu Tikka Masala Bollywood Bowl

Back in May of 2018 (just over four years ago) I was reviewing food trucks and The Twisted Indian was my assignment at the time (my 2018 review here). I met Lokesh Vale, chef and owner of The Twisted Indian. Up until that point, we hadn’t had much luck with Indian food in St. Petersburg […]

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Take a Break from the Sea and Relax at Sea Grapes Wine Lounge

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In the heart of St. Pete Beach, right next to the Post Card Inn, sits Sea Grapes Wine Lounge & Light Fare. Sea Grapes is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the beach. It has an inviting feel with a couple of comfortable lounge seating areas, a large community table and a […]

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La Casa Del Pane is St. Pete’s Bustling Bakeshop by the Beach

Casa Special Sandwich

I have a thing for Italian bakeshops. On a Saturday morning, there’s just nothing better than the aroma of hot coffee and fresh baked bread wafting through the air. Beautiful pastries lining the refrigerated cases, cappuccinos brewing one-by-one, and everything from eggs to sandwiches being enjoyed by content patrons –  that’s precisely what you can […]

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Green Pagoda Rolls its way in to North St. Pete

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In the former EBI Sushi, which was in the former Hooks on 4th St N, the visionaries behind Mangosteen in downtown St. Pete bring you Green Pagoda. If you’re not familiar with the location, Green Pagoda serves north St. Pete along 4th Street at 80th Avenue. If you know the area, you are likely aware of […]

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Siam Garden Thai Serves Tantalizing Family Recipes Since 1988

Siam Garden Thai Bai Ka Pao

This way for spicy and delicious Thai food to excite your palette. Siam Garden Thai is an oldie but goodie, family-run Thai restaurant in St. Pete that’s been serving delicious curries, noodles and Thai entrees since 1988. They were one of the first, if not the actual first, Thai restaurant in St. Pete. You can […]

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King of the Coop: Where Nashville Hot Chicken Reigns Supreme

The Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich

In February of 2022 King of the Coop, Tampa’s first Nashville Hot Chicken restaurant, ventured onto the St. Petersburg dining scene with a to-go only concept in Tyrone. The first King of the Coop location opened in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood back in April of 2019. Turns out, the Nashville hot chicken dedicated restaurant was […]

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Brunchin’ Out at Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria

Oxtail Hash

Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria started their Sunday Brunch service a couple of months ago. We finally got in last week, and had a spectacular experience. Sauvignon should be on everybody’s list for everything. They really have superior food, service, and staff. We like sitting at the bar when it’s just the two of […]

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Infatuated with Tacos My Love

Taco Sampler - 4 Tacos - (R to L) Carnitas, Chicken Tinga, Pastor, and Hard Shell with Ground Beef Picadillo

There’s a new Mexican joint in town, and it’s definitely worth checking out. Pedro Rosales opened made-from-scratch eatery Tacos My Love with Chef Jonathan Alberto in early May in the spot that formerly housed Mid Peninsula Seafood at 400 49th St. South in St. Petersburg. The ambience is festive, the menu features traditional dishes and they […]

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Sing and Eat Your Heart out at LALA St. Pete

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Over the last several years the Grand Central District in St. Pete has brought us so many gems. From craft cocktail lounges, breweries, arcade bars, top notch restaurants, coffee shops, and even a mini golf bar… and the list goes on and on. A few months ago, LALA St. Pete opened adding another unique concept […]

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