Directly across the street from the Rowdies Stadium, in the former Courigans location, is Localz Sports Bar and Grill. Serving up elevated bar food, cocktails, and ice-cold beer in the perfect spot to watch your favorite team play or pregame for the Rowdies.
My friends and I decided to visit Localz for a football Sunday. Luckily, I did my research and saw they take, and highly recommend, reservations. I called about a week ahead and had no issues booking a table for six guests. When walking through the restaurant, I noticed there were “reserved” signs on nearly every table. All that to say, make your reservations ahead of time.
I arrived at Localz a bit before my friends and decided to start off with their “Largo Bloody Mary” made with Big Storm vodka, “Taste of Florida” Bloody Mary mix and garnished with a celery stick, pickle, olive, lemon, lime, and bacon and finished with a dry rub rim. It was one of the best Bloody Marys I’ve ever had. I will definitely be looking for some of the “Taste of Florida” Bloody Mary mix to add to my bar.
On game days Localz has an abbreviated version of their regular menu. This menu has more than enough options and does not make you feel like you are losing out on anything from the regular menu. For example, the standard menu has an entire section dedicated to Brussels sprouts and tater tots, while the game day menu has a select few of the favorites.
Once my friends arrived, we ordered a couple of buckets of beer ($20 for 5 beers on game days) and started with some appetizers. The Chicken Nacho-Totz, Philly Egg Rollz, and Buffalo Garlic Parmesan Sproutz were first on the agenda.
The Chicken Nacho-Totz provide a healthy portion of crispy tater tots topped with shredded cheese, queso, pico de gallo, black bean & corn salsa, pickled jalapenos, diced chicken, scallions, and sour cream drizzle. The abundance of toppings gave every bite a different experience. I wish they had added more pico and salsa in the mix because it was lacking in both. That is an easy fix and did not stray me from the idea of ordering these the next time I visit.
The Philly Egg Rollz sound pretty straight forward: chipped ribeye, sauteed onions and peppers, with American cheese and deep fried, then served with a habanero ketchup. The difference that these make from other Philly Egg Rolls you may find, is that they are perfectly executed. The ribeye meat is tender and hugged by the melty cheese. The habanero ketchup is the ideal complement to the egg roll kicking it up a notch with a little sweet and spice. If I could eat these every day for lunch, I would.
The Buffalo Garlic Parmesan Sproutz are deep fried Brussels sprouts tossed in their house made buffalo garlic parm sauce and shredded parm. While I enjoyed these and the garlic parm sauce is delicious, I think they could back off on the amount of sauce they were tossed in to maintain the integrity of the crispy sprouts. All of my friends really enjoyed them, but I love to feel the crunch of a crispy sprout.
Other appetizer options include Fried Pickles, Onion Ringz, Boom Boom Shrimp, Porky Pig Totz, Crispy Loaded Skinz, and much more.
It’s not game day without some wings, or as Localz likes to call them “Wingz” with a Z. Localz offers boneless or bone-in wings with 11 different flavor options (buffalo, buffalo garlic parm, habanero bbq, honey bbq, honey mustard & bacon, hot, lemon pepper, Localz dry rub, maple bacon sriracha, peach mango habanero, and spicy thai peanut) and served with celery, carrots, and your choice of house made bleu cheese or ranch dressing. Unfortunately, they do not offer the option to do all flats or drums.
We decided to order Buffalo Garlic Parm and Peach Mango Habanero wings. The Peach Mango Habanero are a great balance of spicy and sweet. The Buffalo Garlic Parm took your standard Garlic Parm sauce up a notch by adding that classic wing sauce flavor everyone loves. How could the two not marry well?
The Localz Game Day Menu includes several handheld options from different style burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, cheesesteaks done multiple ways, and a few classic sandwiches. At our table we decided to go with the Bacon Goat Cheeseburger, Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak, and Philly Cheesesteak.
The Philly cheesesteak was a standout for me. One of my favorite foods is a cheesesteak, and this one is probably one of the best I’ve ever had. I always say a good cheesesteak should be messy and this one most certainly requires several napkins. Chopped ribeye steak, sautéed onions and peppers, American cheese, and queso on soft bread is the winning combination for Localz version of a cheesesteak.
The Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak was on (nearly) the same level as the Philly. And I only say nearly, because you can never beat the classic. The chicken cheesesteak is served with marinated chicken, buffalo sauce, bleu cheese crumbles, and crispy onion straws on the same soft bun.
I ordered the Bacon Goat Cheese Burger cooked medium rare. The burger came out medium, but still juicy. I like my burgers medium rare, but I do order them expecting medium most of the time, so I was fine with the cook on it, especially since the burger was still juicy. The char on the burger added flavor and complexity along with the perfectly cooked and copious amount of bacon, goat cheese, crispy onion straws, and bacon aioli. I feel like I’ve said “this is one of the best” a couple of times, but it is probably one of the best burgers I’ve had in St. Pete. Clearly, Localz is doing something right.
Some of the sides that came along with our meals included fries, Cajun coleslaw, and sweet potato tots. The fries were your average, but not bad, fry. Unfortunately, the Cajun coleslaw just tasted like regular coleslaw. We were really curious about the Cajun coleslaw and looking forward to trying something different, but it fell flat. As for it being a regular coleslaw, it was great. The sweet potato tots were good, but too sweet for me. I would not shy away from them if you are someone who enjoys a really sweet, sweet potato tot, though.
It’s been a while since I’ve gone to a sports bar and thoroughly enjoyed the food. Localz prides itself on being a way above average sports bar by providing an abundance of house made and fresh never frozen ingredients. You can tell they took care in planning the menu and not leaving anyone’s tastes behind. In addition to the great food, the service is just as good. Our server for the day was consistent without being overbearing, given that we were there for nearly five hours. This is the perfect spot in downtown to start your night out with a hearty meal, spend a game day, or stop in for just a drink.
Sports Bar and Restaurant Located in Downtown St. Pete
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