5 Best Places for Barbecue in St. Petersburg, FL 2020

Ribs, wings, sausage, brisket, pulled pork, beans, potato salad and roll at Smoking' J's

Barbecue, especially in the south, is a true art form that many spend years upon years tweaking, adjusting and perfecting. There are four essential classifications of barbecue: Texas, Carolina, Kansas City & Memphis. [Editor’s note: There can be a myriad of others, but these are the most well-known.] Each region’s style of barbecue varies notably, and there is always a … Continue Reading

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5 Best Places for Poké Bowls in St Petersburg, FL 2019

Spicy Lava Flow Poke Bowl from Pin Wok & Bowl

Poké (pronounced as poh-kay), which is said to have been originated in Hawaii, has gained a copious amount of popularity all across the world in recent years. Poké is a traditional dish that is typically comprised of, in its most basic state, raw tuna and shoyu, where the tuna is cut crosswise, and then cubed. However, there are many, many … Continue Reading

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Sushi Sho Rexley: More Than Just a “Sho”, It’s a Culinary Tasting Extravaganza!

Sushi Sho Rexley - Salmon Roe

“I will leave it up to you” is the english translation of the Japanese phrase Omakase. Having never been to Japan, I had actually never heard this phrase until just the last couple of years. Boy have we all been missing out. You don’t know what you’re missing if you’ve never tried it.

Word around town last year was that … Continue Reading

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Find Your Happy Place at Grace
New Food and Drink Menus to Tantalize Your Tastebuds

Grace Restaurant

Ever since our first visit to Grace Restaurant, just after they opened in the summer of 2017, we have considered Grace to be an anomaly at the beach. Why? Because it has great food, great wine and great service in a beautiful, welcoming, non-pretentious atmosphere. Our first write up on Grace.

A locals favorite, Grace continues to impress with quality … Continue Reading

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Bacchus St Pete – An Experience Unlike Any Other – New Brunch and Traditional Raclette

In January 2019, Bacchus St Pete quietly opened its doors offering a European inspired market complete with wine, cheese and charcuterie. Bacchus is not just a market, but a lovely place to eat, drink and unwind. Read our original article on the inspiration of Bacchus before they opened here.

Upon first entering, the decor is bright and airy with a … Continue Reading

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Are You Ready To Rumble? “The Midnight Chef Fight” Series Begins This Saturday Night, May 4th

A take down in the ‘Burg…Spinning a take on the Esquire Network series, Knife Fight, IL Ritorno is bringing some Saturday night fun into our downtown culinary scene with their newest concept the “Midnight Chef Fight” series which will pit two Tampa Bay chefs against each other in an hour long, “after hours” cook-off to create the best dishes.

Not … Continue Reading

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Where’s the Best Fried Chicken in St Petersburg, FL 2019?

Munch's Fried Chicken

I don’t make fried chicken at home, but as a child my mother did, and from what I recall it was finger licking good. My mother is from Georgia so she knows southern cooking. Did she way over cook vegetables? Definitely, but I think most moms in her era did.

So when I see fried chicken on a menu, it … Continue Reading

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No Vacancy: Where You Can Eat, Drink, St Pete and Vacay Everyday

No Vacancy St Pete

On Thursday night, we were invited to a pre-opening party for No Vacancy. Quite honestly we weren’t sure what to expect. No Vacancy currently occupies the former King’s Street space and is the brainchild of Stephen Schrutt of The Hunger + Thirst Group which also includes The Avenue and Park & Rec.

Schrutt said that this concept has been brewing … Continue Reading

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New Rococo Style Fabulous Sunday Brunch

Rococo Steak Brunch

A couple of months ago Rococo Steak started opening at 11am for Sunday brunch. Kevin and I were invited in to photograph and taste a few of the brunch items. Brunch is done a lot downtown and we have covered quite a few of them, so I was really not quite sure what to expect. That thought should have never … Continue Reading

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The Library (formerly The Peabody) – A Splendid Addition to St Pete’s Restaurant Scene

The Peabody

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PIECE WAS WRITTEN WHEN THE NAME OF THE RESTAURANT WAS THE PEABODY, IT IS NOW THE LIBRARY.

From the minute you walk thru the doors of The Peabody, you feel transported back in time. A serene setting of tables within an old fashioned library surrounding a bar. All of this located in the research and education building … Continue Reading

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What’s That You Say? IL Ritorno to Open on Sundays in the New Year…

That’s right! IL Ritorno will now be open on Sunday at 5:00, for dinner only (except for private events), starting on January 7th, 2019. So to thwart the inevitable question in advance, they will not be serving a brunch.

They have had such a high demand for Sunday reservations and are constantly having to turn away customers and parties on … Continue Reading

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Asie To Become Luna Loca – Serving Up A Latin Asian Fusion Twist

We sat down with Jason Saal, GM, of La V Vietnamese Fusion, Asie and Nouvelle Beauty Bar, and were given some exciting news. Asie’s last day will be Wednesday, November 21st. The restaurant will shut down for a week and then reopen as Luna Loca (which means Crazy Moon in Spanish) on Friday, November 30th.

Luna Loca will feature a … Continue Reading

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Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi Grand Opening This Friday, October 5th

Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi

Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi is a fast-casual Pan-Asian restaurant that is opening its first Tampa Bay area location in downtown St. Petersburg. The 2,700 sq. ft. location is located at 320 Third Street South – in the base of the Camden Pier District apartment building, formerly AER. The grand opening is tomorrow, October 5th.

Plenty of parking is available … Continue Reading

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BellaBrava’s Features Menu Delights With Unique & Delicious Dishes

BellaBrava

Arriving on the St Pete scene in 2005, BellaBrava has been a mainstay in downtown for many years. Well before the restaurant boom that has hit us now. Originally occupying the space on Central Avenue, where The Acropolis Greek Taverna is now, they moved to their iconic Beach Dr location in 2010.

After Chef Jeffrey Jew and the partners of … Continue Reading

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Saké 23 Takes Over Souzou Space – Grand Opening Fri Sept 21

Quietly, back in April 2018, 23 Restaurant Services, while in town for their buildout of Ford’s Garage and Yeoman’s Cask & Ale, stumbled upon Souzou Asian Kitchen and bought it. They’ve been running it as Souzou for months.

The transformation is now complete, and Saké 23 debuts this weekend with their Grand Opening Events: Friday, 9/21 – Street Laced DJ … Continue Reading

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