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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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Sushi Rock Grill: Where Sushi Purists & Adventurous Eaters Alike Unite

Lollipop roll, Yummy roll and edamame

Across the pond (literally) from The Deck Bar & Grille (which I reviewed earlier this month – article here ) you’ll find Sushi Rock Grill which houses a completely different vibe and menu than the sports bar. Sushi Rock is located just off of the Pinellas Bayway in the plaza in front of the Isla Del […]

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No Need to be Salty about The Salty Nun

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From the creators of Salty’s and Stella’s in Gulfport comes The Salty Nun located in the Grand Central District. The Salty Nun took over the short-lived Swinger’s space, which I unfortunately never got a chance to try. From what I’ve seen through pictures, they kept the previous aesthetic and brought in a new menu. You’ll […]

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Stop in for the All-Day Happy Hour & Stay for the Fun at The Deck Bar and Grille

Mahi Tacos

The Deck Bar and Grille at Isla – it’s a spot that I’ve driven past hundreds of times on the way to St. Pete Beach yet never paid it any attention. That’s because it’s tucked away in the back of the Isla Del Sol Shoppers Village just off of the Pinellas Bayway. The restaurant sits […]

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Great Pizza and Good Grub at Slice of the Burg

Meat Lovers Pizza Close-Up

We don’t often find ourselves in the farthest northern parts of St. Pete, but if you are there, Slice of the Burg is a great choice for NY style pizza and other good eats. It is owned by Mary Weis. She formerly owned the franchise of Westshore Pizza Roosevelt, which she closed on May 31, […]

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Nicko’s: St. Pete’s Newest Pizza Joint May be the Best Yet

Nicko's Supreme

Talk around town was that Nicko’s Pizza and Subs was the real deal, so we decided we had to see what the buzz was all about. When we first visited in March, they had to discontinue delivery due to being too busy with take out and in the restaurant itself. Currently, you can now order […]

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The Helm has Taken The Helm of the St Pete Beach Restaurant Scene

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I’m sure by now you have heard about The Helm: Provisions & Coastal Fare in St Pete Beach. It’s one of the newest restaurants in town that everyone can’t stop talking about. Even with their limited open hours, they still manage to draw a crowd. After finally making it over there, I understood the draw. […]

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Happy Hour Wishes and Sushi Dreams at Eastern Kitchen & Sushi

Sushi appetizer with five pieces of Nigiri

Eastern Kitchen & Sushi, located in the northern portion of of St. Petersburg at 5226 4th St. N., describes itself as an establishment with a showcase of Pan-Asian dishes and flavors inspired from Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Thai cuisines with a heavy focus on sushi, rice and noodle dishes. The space is much larger inside […]

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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

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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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