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We are heading to Tampa / St Pete area for some R&R. We are Miami foodies- love all kind of ethnic food, mom and pop places as well as higher end places. Just looking for the best food the area has to offer. After reviewing the boards, our top choices are : The Refinery, Berns, Agave, Jade Bistro, Pane Rusitca and Red Mesa.
Am I on the right track here???

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Red Mesa Restaurant
4912 4th St N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33703

Jade Bistro
2425 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804

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  1. You have done a good job with your research!

    1. yes, for sure. you will need reservations at the refinery, just fyi. i'd book soon, some friends were unable to reserve a table for three weeks.

      1. You are absolutely on the right track...the one suggestion I would make is to go to Red Mesa Cantina in downtown St. Pete instead of the original Red Mesa on 4th st. They are both great, I just prefer the atmosphere & menu at Cantina. Enjoy your trip!

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        Red Mesa Restaurant
        4912 4th St N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33703

        Red Mesa Cantina
        128 3rd St, Saint Petersburg, FL

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        1. re: laboheme

          Sunday brunch at Red Mesa Cantina is lovely so long as it is a nice day. Sit outside on the patio. They also have real cheap bloody marys (at least they did when I was there on a Sunday).

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          Red Mesa Cantina
          128 3rd St, Saint Petersburg, FL

        2. You might consider adding Z Grille in downtown St. Petersburg. The chef-owner was nominated for a James Beard award a couple years ago.

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          Z Grille
          104 2nd St S, St Petersburg, FL

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          1. re: Tom Scherberger

            I really enjoyed Z Grille's food when we went, and thought it was a really fun, well decorated space. +1 for Z Grille.

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            Z Grille
            104 2nd St S, St Petersburg, FL

            1. re: askdrtodd

              Ditto on Z Grille. One of my favorite restaurants.

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              Z Grille
              104 2nd St S, St Petersburg, FL

              1. re: Little T.

                just tried Z Grille for the first time monday. tried about 5 things. will probably go back this weekend it was so good.

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                Z Grille
                104 2nd St S, St Petersburg, FL