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Hey, Hey You’ll Wanna Eat at Rawk Star…

Mike and Arielle Collins are a brother and sister team born and raised here in our beautiful city of St Petersburg. Now they are the proud proprietors of one of the newest restaurants downtown, Rawk Star Café. There is one other location in Oldsmar that has been around for eight years. Mike and Arielle fell…
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Mini Doughnuts Made With Love at Mini Doughnut Factory

Delicious, almost bite-sized, made-to-order cake doughnuts decked out with toppings. Small in size, but mighty in flavor. That’s what you’ll get at the Mini Doughnut Factory. Along with plenty more. If you haven’t heard, mini doughnuts are the new gourmet sweet of choice for the people of Tampa Bay. The addiction to the made-to-order gourmet…
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Loco for Local in St. Pete

What Does it Mean to Support Local and be a Foodie Publisher? [Note: This Op / Ed piece will also be a policy statement. We will define what "local" and "foodie" mean for this publication and how we decide on what to cover.] St. Petersburgers are surely passionate for supporting local businesses ... and just…
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Rick’s Reef: Turning Over a New Leaf on St Pete Beach

Having lived on St Pete Beach many moons ago, I never would have thought of Rick's Reef for food. I remember it as a friendly watering hole. We were contacted by the GM, Tyler Hipsley, who invited us in on Friday, April 13th for a meeting, so we decided to order lunch too. Hipsley took…
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Fresh Pastries at Café Soleil French Bakery and Deli

Beach towns are often associated with tourist traps, kitschy souvenir stores, and overpriced seafood restaurants. St. Pete Beach has its fair share of all that but there are several gems that exist among the more stereotypical establishments; you just have to find them. In particular, Café Solei, the French bakery and cafe is quite literally…
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Bravo to Bavaro’s on Brunch Italiano!

Bavaro's Begins Weekend Brunch (Sat & Sun 11am - 2pm) this Saturday, April 7th When we heard that Bavaro's was going to begin serving brunch I thought how will a pizza and pastaria restaurant create a brunch menu?  Will it be creative and innovative or will it just have the same offerings we can find elsewhere?…
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Get “Hooked Up” at Swah-rey Dessert Bar

Right away, the name Swah-rey sparks curiosity because it’s quite obviously the spelled out pronunciation of the word “soiree”, a word associated with a fancy social gathering. That’s exactly what you get at Swah-rey except no need to dress up (unless you want to) - the desserts and accompanying beverages will make you feel plenty…
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Gettin’ Our Brunch On at The Galley in Downtown St. Pete

To celebrate the combined birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln on President's Day, February 19, 2018 we decided to brunch it up at The Galley with four friends. Thank you presidents #1 & #16 for giving us a reason to drink on Monday morning - instead of #45 for a change. (Sorry, I couldn't…
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We Ate a Whole Bunch of Brunch at The Lure

We love The Lure in downtown St. Pete. It's set up to be a fun space with whimsical murals, pool tables, (that you can play for free), and an eclectic menu of sushi and tapas that defy a single categorization as a restaurant. The service is cheerful and friendly. If you know the owners, Tom Golden…
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Three Birds Tavern Soars: Don’t Worry ‘Bout a Thing…

Recently Kevin and I went to Three Birds Tavern on 4th St at lunchtime and met with owner, Robin King. Besides the food, it is always intriguing to get the story of how restaurateurs end up in this business. The Kings moved to St Petersburg from Ohio after raising their family and Jack’s decision to…
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The Return of IL Ritorno – Downtown St. Pete 2018

IL Ritorno is back! Actually, they've been back since December 27th, but we finally got a chance to check out the new space on Valentine's Day. They closed during the last quarter of 2017 to expand, nearly doubling their size, adding two more dining areas, an open kitchen, chef's bar, and full liquor. More details…
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Lolita’s Brunch Gives You One More Reason To Go

When Lolita’s Wine Market opened last year, it seemed like they relied mostly on “word of mouth” (i.e. social media shares) to get the word out about the make-your-own-charcuterie concept. Lucky for them, people couldn’t stop raving about the place. And truth be told, I still can’t. The food is undeniably good. In an effort…
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IL Ritorno Launches Spirit Pairing Series Starting with Tequila

IL Ritorno will host a dinner once a month with a five-course tasting menu created to pair with the designated spirit. (The series runs from February to May.) February's dinner pairs with Lunazul Tequila. Lunazul means "Blue Moon", and this tequila has a 250-year history. Joining Chef David is Lunazul's master distiller, Francisco Quijano. He'll…
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Nueva Cantina’s New Menu Items are Superb

Nueva Cantina does it again with some really tasty, unique and fun items. The new menu came out yesterday, February 7th, and I made sure to stop by to try a couple of things. Don't worry about your favorites. Much of the menu stayed and there are seven new items. There are two that really…
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