Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews


Fall in Love with French Fare at the Marquise Café

Coq au Vin and Special Potatoes

Isn’t French cuisine and cooking the most marvelous thing? Every dish is always so elegantly composed with great care – no detail spared. Croissants, Confits, Cassoulets, Rilletts and Crêpes; the process to arrive at each takes lots of time, skill and love. To me, the process of it all is quite romantic. Unfortunately, there are […]

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Creative Grape Unites Wine with Cuisines of the World

Hidden in an inconspicuous shopping center just a few blocks north of Central Ave in Historic Kenwood is an artsy wine bar called Creative Grape. We drove in from the north and didn’t cross Central to get to the restaurant, so it truly gave off a great neighborhood vibe. I honestly didn’t even realize how […]

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Phila Deli-licious


I arrived at Phila Deli just before 11am in Tierra Verde. I noticed the parking lot was sparse and once I was inside there weren’t many full tables either. I was weary at first, but that changed quickly. When I walked in I was cheerfully greeted by, Cameron, who I would later find out is […]

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Taste Your Way Through Italy at Italian Touch

The thoughtfully arranged antipasto salad

One of the most important lessons that I learned from the great Anthony Bourdain was that a restaurant does not have to mimic establishments like Alinea or Le Bernadin to be considered noteworthy. In fact, the less frill, the more Bourdain tended to enjoy a place. Extraordinary food, genuine service, idyllic ambiance and enjoyable company […]

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Mangosteen Rolls Into Town with an Eclectic New Menu

Mangosteen Volcano Roll

Mangosteen rolled onto the St Pete restaurant scene in early November 2021 with it’s trendy, hip vibe and eclectic asian inspired menu which features yakitori, tapas, tacos, sushi, stir-fry and very creative tropical cocktail concoctions. It is located in the space formerly occupied by The Brass Bowl. Unlike its predecessor, Mangosteen offers a full service […]

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Coconut Charlie’s Grill Delivers an Elevated Beach Dining Experience

Coconut Charlie's Grill Entrees

Coconut Charlie’s Grill is a coastal dining spot on St. Pete Beach with an approachable menu of amazing dishes and cocktails. It hits a magical sweet spot if you love a come as you are beach restaurant. If you know me, you know I’m big on recommendations and love sending my friends, family and even […]

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A Mano Italian Ristorante Brings the 315 to the 727


Upstate NY Italian Food Arrives in St. Pete – Mangia! Mangia! There’s lots of Italian restaurants in St. Petersburg, Florida. LOTS. The last two restaurant reviews we’ve published here have been Italian restaurants. (Make that three now.) People that know me have heard me painfully bemoan, “Do we really need another Italian restaurant in St. […]

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Tuttorosso: A St. Pete Beach Treasure for Casual Italian Dishes and Pizzas

Tuttorosso Gamberoni Scampi

Once the aroma of hand tossed pizzas and pasta hits you, you’ll understand why Tuttorosso on St. Pete Beach is the go-to casual Italian restaurant and pizzeria that everyone raves about. Tuttorosso is family owned with a comforting menu packed with Italian classics like pizzas, calzones, pasta, salads, desserts and more, like a lot more, […]

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At Jay Luigi “We Trust the Crust”


If you know me, which most of you likely don’t, you know I am a huge fan of Ciccio Restaurant Group (CRG). I’m a regular at Fresh Kitchen, Taco Dirty and Better Byrd (if you ever need to know the perfect meal to order from any of them, just ask me). And this is only […]

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Eat Like Locals at Siri’s Gourmet Burgers & Pizza in Gulfport FL

Siri's Gourmet Burgers & Pizza Italian Margherita Pizza

If you’re looking for a casual and delicious meal, there’s a pizza or patty waiting for you at Siri’s Gourmet Burgers & Pizza in Gulfport. The exterior looks just like what you’d expect in Gulfport, a cute and colorful spot with umbrella seating and picnic tables. This is a quaint place to grab a comforting […]

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Sōl /a st pete bistrō/ Serves Up Healthy Farm to Table Comfort Food

Another shot of the nibble board

Organic, wild caught, locally sourced, pasture raised and progressive. What do all of these terms have in common? What about scratch-made, healing, gluten free and refined sugar free? Not only are they health centered buzz words heard with a lot more frequency in today’s dining scene, but they’re also the norm, as far as the […]

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Czech it Out! The Good Times Continental Restaurant in Tierra Verde

The Good Times Roast Duck

There’s a hidden gem that’s been serving continental cuisine for the past 40 years in Tierra Verde that you must check out for a warming mix of hearty comfort food and divine European flavors. The Good Times Continental has a menu filled with classic Czech dishes like roast duck, schnitzel and sauerkraut not to mention […]

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Enjoy Amped Up Diner Classics the Vegan Way at Freya’s

An array of incredible vegan offerings from Freya's Diner

Vegan dining establishments are emerging like wildflowers here in St. Petersburg, Florida it seems. Freya’s Diner, the savory sister location of the popular Valhalla Bakery, has bloomed in the Grand Central District on the corner of Central Avenue and 25th St. If you’re familiar, it’s actually connected to Valhalla Bakery with access to both locations […]

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Go Coco-Nuts For Coconut Charlie’s Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach

Coconut Charlie's Beach Bar Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos

Gulp down boozy tropical drinks and enjoy fresh seafood all while catching the sunset at Coconut Charlie’s Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach. With live music daily and an impressively tasty food and drink menu, you’ll never want to leave. Coconut Charlie’s Beach Bar evokes the tropics with stunning beach views and rum packed drinks. […]

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Dirty Laundry is a Cafe by Day and Lively Havana Speakeasy by Night

Dirty Laundry Cuban Sandwich

Have you heard about the new speakeasy in St. Pete? It was on the down low for a while but through Instagram and word of mouth, many locals have been spreading the buzz about Dirty Laundry. Owner Stephen Schrutt, who is also the mastermind behind No Vacancy, Park & Rec, The Avenue and Ballpark & […]

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