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Bask in Irish Culture Without Leaving St. Pete at Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern

Grouper Fish and Chips

When a lively atmosphere rich in Irish culture, food and drink sounds appealing, look no further than Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern. It’s exactly the kind of place where you’re encouraged to belly up to the bar for a game and/or as soon as the clock strikes 5:00PM. The atmosphere is quaint and welcoming. Dim overhead lights and the delicious … Continue Reading

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Be Transported to Portugal Without the Flight at Fado Portuguese Cuisine

Fado Portuguese Cuisine Polvo A Lagareiro

It’s time to enjoy the traditional dishes and famed seafood of Portugal right here in St. Pete at Fado Portuguese Cuisine. Situated on the cusp of downtown, on 4th Street N, Fado is a wonderful restaurant for a date night, celebrations or just about anytime. The ambiance is simple and classy and you get the feeling that everyone seated is … Continue Reading

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Central Ave’s 600 Block Just Got Better as The Lure Ono Pivots to Mexican Street Fare

Quesabirria Tacos (Photo by Haley Haman)

UPDATE: JULY 6, 2022 – PERMANENTLY CLOSED – Some items now available at The Lure, 661 Central Ave

When The Lure Ono originally launched in December 2020 they paid homage to the location’s former tenant, Central Melt. They concentrated on creative versions of grilled cheese. The word ono means delicious in Hawaiian. The interior vibe and the original menu took … Continue Reading

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Al Fresco Dining in the Heart of Downtown St. Pete at Novu Bistro Bar

The Pork Chop

On the corner of Central Avenue and 1st Street next door to the Historic Ponce de Leon Hotel stands a small, yet charming bistro with al fresco dining. Novu Bistro Bar offers a relaxed dining experience in booming downtown St. Petersburg for most any occasion – from a casual date night or birthday celebration, to pre dinner drinks and happy … Continue Reading

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The Dream is Real at Chef Jeffrey Jew’s Lingr Restaurant

Spicy Chili Garlic Shrimp Dumpling

Put a chef in his own restaurant and watch him shine. Chef Jeffrey Jew was in charge of the kitchens at 2B Hospitality’s Bella Brava, and Stillwaters Tavern, and we always liked his food.

Now, we love his food at his new eatery, Lingr, in the Downtown South University Park area of St. Petersburg. Not only do we love the … Continue Reading

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Poppin’ Corks and Slingin’ Bubbles – Sauvignon Wine Locker is Now Open!

Pappardelle - oyster mushrooms, caramelized Tropia onion, lamb sugo, mint.
Great Wine Program & Outstanding Cuisine from Chris Ciarcia

UPDATED: July 21, 2021. (Originally published May 3, 2021.)

Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria has taken over the upstairs space above Five Bucks Drinkery on the 200 block of Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete. Sauvignon’s new home for many years housed A Taste for Wine at 241 Central Ave.… Continue Reading

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Get the Good Stuff at Gratzzi Italian Grille

Gratzzi Richie's Fried Burrata

Walking into Gratzzi Italian Grille feels like you’ve entered home. Albeit a very upscale and beautifully decorated home, but a location with a familiar sense of place nonetheless, even if one has never visited before. The first aspect of the spacious yet cozy eatery that catches the eye are the high-ceilings, upscale decorations and artwork (I was instantly drawn to … Continue Reading

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Mio’s Grill & Cafe – A Taste of the Mediterranean in Downtown St Pete

Mio's Grill & Cafe Grilled Meatball Sandwich

This summer Mio’s Grill & Cafe quietly opened on 2nd St N and 1st Ave N, where Meze 119 was previously. Mio’s is a Turkish/Greek mediterranean inspired restaurant named after the owner’s dog aptly named, Mio. To be quite honest, I really wasn’t all that excited about it when we first heard about it. And then Kevin pushed me to … Continue Reading

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Fill Your “Copa” at St. Pete’s Newest Wine Bar!

Set in downtown St. Petersburg’s vibrant Edge District, Copa – translating to “cup” in Spanish – is the neighborhood’s latest wine, beer and cocktail bar, offering up an International list of libations and an eclectic array of globally-inspired tapas and light bites.

Copa boasts a tropical ambiance, inspired by the hip Coastal-European cafés and lounges typically frequented by trendy patrons … Continue Reading

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The Birch & Vine Revisited – Brunch, Lunch & Dinner

Scallops and Grits Close-Up

The Birch & Vine, and The Canopy rooftop bar, used to be one of my frequent hangouts when they opened in May 2013. In the summer of 2013, I was at The Canopy nearly every weekend (when I was footloose and fancy free), and ate dinner at The Birch & Vine on a regular basis. It actually became my favorite … Continue Reading

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