Tag Archives: St. Petersburg Restaurant Reviews

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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M-N-M BBQ: A Hidden Gem on the St Pete BBQ Restaurant Scene

Thursday, January 25th 2018, Kevin and I ventured out of the 33701 to find some good BBQ. We had ordered previously from M-N-M through Delivery Dudes and found it to be quite good, but visiting a restaurant and eating there is usually quite a different experience than delivery. M-N-M is located off of 16th St…
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Jan 25-27, 2018 The Galley’s “Shipwrecked” One-Year Anniversary

From Civic Leaders To Scallywags, Locals Celebrate "New Life" In Pivotal Downtown Sector The Galley is donating a portion of proceeds from weekend events to Trinity Cafe Many doubted, said it couldn't be done, said it's not time. There were several concepts in the former Howard Johnson hotel, on busy Fourth Street, across from a…
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A Secret Rendezvous with the New Menu at Tryst

Tryst Adds Over 25 New Menu Items for Dinner & Brunch We're not sure how many restaurants do this, but it sure is a great idea. When Tryst updates their menu, which happens 2-3 times a year, they have a two hour meeting with all of the employees where Chef Jon Robben cooks and explains…
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