The Floribbean Offers Craveable Caribbean Food In St. Pete

The Floribbean Offers Craveable Caribbean Food In St. Pete

Located in the bustling Grand Central District on Central Ave, The Floribbean is a remarkable lunch and dinner spot if you’re on the hunt for something quick, casual, and straight up amazing. Lately, the buzz about the bowls at The Floribbean have been getting louder in our St. Petersburg Foodies Restaurant Reviews Facebook Group, so we checked it out for ourselves and we’re completely impressed.

If you’re looking for the best smoked paprika chicken and divine flavorful combinations in bowl form, The Floribbean in St. Pete is the place to be. With fresh ingredients and made from scratch Caribbean fare, they offer unique specialty bowls, build your own bowls, and refreshing juices to satisfy your tastebuds.

The Floribbean Exterior
The Floribbean Exterior

For the days when you’re looking for a tasty meal, let The Floribbean do the work. On our first visit, we ordered the Sweet Heat Havana (pictured on the left) and the Island Umami (pictured on the right). In just a few bites we knew that we’d be regulars here.

Do not, I repeat do not, sleep on the drinks. The Coconut Lime Ginger and Tropical Acai were so refreshing and can really transport you to the islands.

The Floribbean Bowls
The Floribbean Two Signature Bowls (Left) Sweet Heat Havana (Right) Island Umami

The Island Umami is my favorite bowl of them all with smoked paprika chicken, coconut rice, chipotle sweet potatoes, sweet plantains and curry miso. The chicken was outstanding both in flavor and preparation. The chipotle sweet potatoes were so delicious. They were coated with a nice kick of chipotle sauce and the texture was perfectly soft. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the plantains but turns out they were the perfect sweetness to this bowl. This meal was easily one of the best lunches I’ve had in St. Pete and I will call this my go-to order from now on.

The Floribbean Island Umami Bowl
Island Umami Bowl

The Sweet Heat Havana bowl was quickly consumed by my friend Hannah. With a combination so mouthwatering, I don’t blame her. The Sweet Heat Havana bowl is a yummy concoction of Cuban-style pork, ginger-lime black beans, mango quinoa, sweet plantains and jerk aioli. The Cuban-style pork is melt in your mouth good which paired perfectly with all of the unique flavors and textures that make up this bowl. The ginger lime black beans are a game changer.

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The Floribbean Sweet Heat Havana Signature Bowl
Sweet Heat Havana Signature Bowl

I saw that Kevin had the Floribbean Chili Bowl and wanted to try it out for myself. It was incredibly tasty! This bowl is as scrumptious as it sounds with garlic lime braised beef, sofrito, black beans, brown rice and lime crema. The garlic lime braised beef was so good, it just falls apart in the most perfect way. I especially loved the fresh sofrito too. The flavors were marinated together and made this soft and delicious taste. I just love this combination, it hits the spot and is very craveable. Next time, I’ll swap out the lime crema for the Hawt Hot Sauce for an extra kick like Kevin’s bowl.

The Floribbean Chili Bowl
Floribbean Chili Bowl

Next up, the Fresh Mex Bowl with cuban-style pork, ginger lime black beans, curtido slaw, sofrito and lime crema. All I really have to say here is, move over Chipotle, there’s a better mex bowl in town! The quality is unmatched and will leave you wanting more. The pork, as we already know, is a stand out ingredient here. It’s seriously so good. The curtido slaw really elevates this dish. It’s a vinegar based Caribbean slaw with cilantro and sweet peppers which adds a crisp and fresh crunch. The lime crema is a light sour cream based sauce with cilantro and lime for a smooth and delightful topping.

The Floribbean Fresh Mex Bowl
Fresh Mex Bowl

The combinations of their signature bowls are a safe place to start. Each one seems to be thought out in a way where your tastebuds are able to explore different flavors and seasonings in a great way. The build your own bowl is obviously always a good idea too but sometimes I like to leave it up to the chef to create one for me.

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The Floribbean Signature Bowls
Signature Bowls Menu

The Floribbean should most definitely be on your list of places to try. The food was phenomenal in every single bite I consumed. I’m really looking forward to spreading the word about this gem of a spot in St. Pete.

The Floribbean Outdoor
The Floribbean Outdoor
The Floribbean Inside
The Floribbean Inside
The Floribbean
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  • Rated 4.8 stars
    4.8 / 5 (13 )
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  • The Floribbean
  • (727) 826-0198
  • Caribbean Fare, Casual, Bowls
    • Sun - Thu 11:30am - 8:00pm
    • Fri - Sat 11:30am - 9:00pm
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  • 2410 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712, US

Counter-serve establishment offering Caribbean fare in a compact, down-to-earth setting.

DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Abby, Haley, Lindsey & Mahika do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner. We do not include any large national or regional chains in our ratings and reviews. We focus on independent locally owned eateries exclusively.

PLEASE NOTE: Reviews reflect a certain moment in time. Some restaurants stay extremely consistent over many years, and some change for the better or worse. Some things that may change are: chefs, recipes, food suppliers, ingredients, philosophies, ownership, etc. We always hope that you have the same good, or great experience we had.

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