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What Am I Missing in Downtown St. Pete?

sweet_polly May 4, 2009 07:02 PM

I love Ceviche and Pincho y Pincho, Columbia's a great "old standby", always enjoy Gratzzi, don't care much for Moon Under the Water, The Garden's gotten a little too "dirty-looking", done Fresco's (only okay), ChaCha Coconuts - NO. What do I need to try within walking distance of Baywalk? Bella Brava? Cafe Alma? What do you guys like? I'm headed over from Tampa to spend the night on Saturday for dining and Alter Boyz, so it should be relatively casual....I'm thinking $100-ish per couple range. Thanks!

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    sandra RE: sweet_polly May 5, 2009 08:30 AM

    savannah's, zgrill, red mesa, pacific wave

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      laurie RE: sandra May 6, 2009 08:01 PM

      Agree with all of the above, and would add Bella Brava to the mix.

    2. ivanova RE: sweet_polly May 6, 2009 09:06 AM

      I don't get to downtown St. Pete a lot, but I like Primi Urban Cafe. It would definitely be under $100 per couple.

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        matt21sz RE: sweet_polly May 6, 2009 02:48 PM

        Z Grille
        Primi Urban Cafe
        Central Ave. Oyster Bar
        Ratchada...if you guys do sushi.

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          MDub RE: sweet_polly May 7, 2009 09:43 AM

          Cafe Primi - great food, inexpensive, south african wines
          Z Grille - I've never had a bad meal from Zack
          Pacific Wave - Sit at the sushi bar and have Patrick (sushi chef) make you stuff off menu

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            fjs08 RE: MDub May 11, 2009 09:59 AM

            I went to some of the web sites. Pacific Wave looks very nice. Where is it at???
            Is there parking around there???

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            laboheme RE: sweet_polly May 9, 2009 06:10 AM

            The Table on Central Ave--really imaginative menu, great atmosphere

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              rebecca.kukla RE: laboheme May 17, 2009 04:34 PM

              I ate once at Zgrille and loved it. Have eaten several times at The Table with very mixed results ... BUT the little cheesy, yuca-based bread balls they serve to start the meal at The Table are worth the trip all on their own. They are little balls of lovable goodness - seriously, I can't even think about them without craving them.

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              fjs08 RE: sweet_polly May 11, 2009 04:10 AM

              I've read that Bay Walk area isn't that safe. Hype or truth???

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                sandra RE: fjs08 May 11, 2009 07:34 AM


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                  RBTampa RE: fjs08 May 11, 2009 07:38 AM

                  That's definitely hype. Heck, I'm more worried walking to my car after a Rays game than I am spending time at BayWalk.

                  As for food recs, try Zurritos. It doesn't get any better than a fish burrito with mango salsa and a Lagunitas IPA on tap.

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                    RibDog RE: RBTampa May 11, 2009 01:07 PM

                    Ditto on Zurritos. This is definitely ultra-casual but excellent food!

                2. sweet_polly RE: sweet_polly May 12, 2009 03:36 AM

                  Thanks, everybody. I ended up at the Parkshore Grille, which no one here recommended but was very nice (it was our friends' choice). Good food, nice list of wines by the glass, and nice al fresco atmosphere overlooking the yacht basin. I love downtown St. Pete (I always feel perfectly safe there, btw) and hop the pond about once a month to stroll around and dine there, so I will be trying out some of these suggestions that I've previously overlooked in the near future.

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                    fjs08 RE: sweet_polly May 12, 2009 04:49 AM

                    >>I love downtown St. Pete (I always feel perfectly safe there, btw) <<
                    This is good to hear. We are in St Petes, over on the Bayway and we've hesitated to go downtown St Petes because of all the bad publicity. We'll have to retry it.
                    Is there a favorite place for city goers to park, or is it wherever?

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                      sweet_polly RE: fjs08 May 12, 2009 06:34 AM

                      Most streetside parking has a time limit or is metered. We usually just use the Baywalk Garage at 117 Second Street N. so we don't have to worry about it.

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                        matt21sz RE: sweet_polly May 18, 2009 02:31 PM

                        Most of the meters stop being enforced after 6 pm. Even on a busy Friday or Saturday I'll usually do a few passes up Central Ave and be fortunate enough to find a spot. I hate dealing with the BayWalk or Midtown Sundries parking garages.

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                          triff RE: matt21sz May 20, 2009 08:52 PM

                          We were parked on Beach Drive, across from the Museum of Fine Arts on Friday night (had a Paciugo gelati - yum!), and the meters said "Enforced until 11 P.M."

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                    bestnikki RE: sweet_polly May 23, 2009 12:20 PM

                    Whenever you go back to Downtown St. Pete and are a sushi lover, try The King and I off of Central if you haven't already. I live in Orlando now, and whenever I go to visit St. Pete I always try to stop there.

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