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Jun 3, 2008 07:10 PM

Reliably good food in Downtown St. Pete?

I will be at the Florida Holocaust Museum in Downtown St. Pete for two weeks - looking for lunch and dinner - at reasonable prices with reliably-good food. Any suggestions? I've perused the boards, but I am looking for a current take.

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  1. I would like to recommend Pincho y Pincho on Central just past 1st. Same tapas as in Ceviche but with more of a tapas bar atmosphere. And it is open at 8 AM for breakfast and stays open late Tues-Sat.


    1. I really like Pincho Y Pincho, as well. There is a Columbia Restaurant out on the pier that is also nice. It is part of a small chain, but the Spanish food is consistent, reasonably priced and tasty...and the view overlooking Tampa Bay is fabulous. I also always enjoy Gratzzi for Italian food in Bay Walk.

      1. Tampa, Here are a few of my favorites within a short distance of the museum.

        Primi Urban Café – 4th Street between Central and 1 Ave. N.
        I highly recommend Primi Urban Café in downtown for lunch or dinner. I’ve been going since they opened and have eaten everything on the dinner menu. Lunch is also good but I’ve only been a few times. Everything is prepared fresh, the portions are a good size – I haven’t had a bad meal. While everything is very good, I do have my favorites: the Shrimp & Garlic appetizer, Recco or Chicken Recco pasta, Mussels in Curry Sauce, Chicken Picatta, Tuscan Steak, and Steak Salad from the lunch menu – not sure if it’s still on available for dinner.

        Café Alma, 1st Ave. S.
        I’ve only been here once – on a Saturday – and had the most wonderful meal. In addition to a ‘build your own Bloody Mary bar’, they had the most incredible eggs benedicts and omelets. Anyone who can make a great fresh hollandaise sauce gets kudos from me. While I don’t like to eat early, they do have a Sunset Menu that seems interesting

        Ratchada Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 1st Ave. N corner of 3rd Street
        You can get Japanese, Chinese and Thai all at this restaurant. I’ve only had the Thai and it was good. Not the best I’ve had but good for St. Pete, I’ll be going back.

        The Chattaway, 358 22nd Ave S (no website
        )Old Florida, sit outside in their tropical garden, great burgers and daily specials, cold beer. I had a beef stew special here that was to die for. I usually go for lunch but they’re open for dinner as well.

        Beak’s Old Florida, Central Ave between 24th & 25th Streets
        Go for cocktails and appetizers. Funky, place with decent appetizers and burgers.

        Coney Island Sandwich Shop, 250 9th St N
        Nothing fancy, just an old sandwich shop with the best chilidogs. For a real quick taste of old Florida, this is the place to be. Sit at the counter and talk to the guys making the dogs.

        City’s Café & Marketplace, 3238 4th St N – not right downtown but a 10 min. drive which is well worth it for their Twilight Menu available from 5-7 in. Here’s my review from my first visit. Our second visit we tried the Crab Cake, Sausage Gumbo, Stuffed Pork loin & Chicken Parm. All very good.

        1. Thank you for the suggestions. I will be provided lunch for the training over the next two weeks, but am required to do several evening classes and do not know enough about the area around the musem to know what would be worth eating. Is it a safe area to walk to these restaurants or should I drive?

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          1. re: TampaAurora

            I've walked around downtown St. Pete many times after dark without trepidation. The area has a lot of restaurants, bars, and movie theaters, so there's usually plenty of pedestrian traffic.

          2. Savannah's Cafe on Central is very good, kind of a twist on Southern cooking. I like Columbia as well, which someone else already mentioned. I also like Bella Brava for dinner; I have not eaten there for lunch.

            If you're in a burger mood, lots of people swear by El Cap which is a short drive down 4th St. Try Working Cow (also on 4th) for wonderful ice cream.

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            1. re: sarahew1

              El Cap has great burgers. If you are looking for a place to hold some evening meetings, I would suggest Bangkok #9 on Central Avenue next to the Dome Grill (also a good greasy spoon for breakfast). Bangkok does pretty decent, reasonably priced Thai food, sushi and some Vietnamese dishes. Another restaurant to consider for dinner meetings is Jo-Jo's in Citta on Central Avenue as well. Simple Italian with plenty of space to accomodate a larger group.

              De Santo Restaurant has been getting rave reviews. Anyone been there yet?
              Also, has anyone tried the new restaurant which use to house Tedesco's?

              1. re: jadedgal3

                The service at Pincho y Pincho leaves a lot to be desired and the breakfast I had did to. Anyway, my favorite downtown eateries are Zgrille, get the fish tacos,and Central Cafe for fresh organic healthy food. Both places are on Central Ave.