The St. Petersburg dining scene is a bit like its dating scene. You see something you like, your interest is peaked, you try something new. You then come back either wanting a second helping, or your taste buds steer you in a different direction.
Deciding which new restaurant to try shouldn’t be like speed-dating, that’s why we’re providing you with a first look of new eateries around Saint Petersburg, all within close proximity to your home at Saint James. We’re confident that something on this list is bound to make your mouth water.
Below is a restaurant roundup of some of the best new eateries Saint Petersburg has to offer. Let us know if you try any of these!
The 600 block of Central Avenue in downtown Saint Pete has turned into foodie heaven. After opening its doors in the Summer of 2018, Pacific Counter became the first build-your-own, fast-casual poke bowl and sushi burrito option in Pinellas County. The concept originated on the West coast and is chef-driven, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and high-quality seafood.
This is how we roll: Golden Hour Counter Creation (Roll it) with a Dole Whip Float
You won’t have to venture too far out of Pacific Counter’s doors for a change of scenery, because comfort food can be found at Maple Street Biscuit Company right next door. Maple Street is known for their buttery, flaky biscuits, Southern-style breakfast dishes, and their heart for community.
Our pickings: The Sticky Maple with a side of Hashups
In July, the Central Arts District of Saint Pete welcomed a new concept to the neighborhood. Beans & Barlour is a craft coffee bar and dessert lounge, offering alcohol-infused ice cream treats to the Tampa Bay area. Signature flavors are made in-house and are inspired by classic desserts and cocktails, such as tiramisu or an Irish Car Bomb float, which features St. Pete Brewing Company’s Imperial Stout. In addition to the creative list of sweets and treats, Beans & Barlour will have a food menu that reflects on a partnership with St. Pete Brewing Company, offering a variety of shareable dishes such as beer cheese fondue.
We’re drawn to: chocolate liqueur ice cream served in a chocolate teacup on a chocolate saucer with a chocolate spoon
Located at 320 3rd Street South in the base of the Camden Pier District apartment building (formerly AER) is Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi. The new spot had its grand opening October 5, 2018. Bento is a fast-casual Pan-Asian restaurant with dine-in, take out, delivery, or catering options that feature fresh fish and seafood and authentic drink creations.
We dig: Yaki Udon with a side of Garlic Edamame
Recently opened in the Historic Uptown/Crescent Heights neighborhood in St. Petersburg, The Left Bank Bistro is best described as “accessible French cuisine, coffee & cocktails in an intimate, inviting setting.” The Left Bank Bistro is cozy and homey, and draws inspiration from the rich history of art and culture that comes from the southern side of the Seine River in Paris.
J’adore: Brie & Apples and The Stein cocktail