USA TODAY Recognizes the St. Pete/Clearwater Food Scene

St. Petersburg’s culinary scene is gaining national attention as one of USA Today’s five underrated food cities on the East Coast. While the St. Pete/Clearwater area is most often recognized for its award-winning beaches, critics are also serving up mouthwatering reviews for the area’s celebrity chef restaurants and local dining gems.

Celebrity Chef Restaurants in St. Petersburg

Celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona partnered to bring a new-age culinary concept to downtown St. Pete.  Locale Market, with its 11 state-of-the-art kitchens and seasonal menus, was originally sketched for New York and is a go-to spot for gourmet ingredients from fresh pastas and locally sourced produce to seafood and meats. See inside Locale Market here.

At Cassis American Brasserie, Chef Jeremy Duclut—champion of the Food Network show “Chopped”—reinvents American classics with a subtle French flair on a moderately-priced menu. Impeccable service meets a feel-good experience whether dining inside or al fresco on the terrace.

Upscale Dining & Local Eats You Should Try

Local restaurants in the St. Pete/Clearwater area serve up experiences only available on the Gulf Coast. At Zagat-rated Café Ponte, Chef/Owner Chris Ponte livens up the palates of locals and visitors with American fusion cuisine. The Mill in downtown St. Pete was voted Best New Restaurant in Florida by Florida Trend Magazine. With decadent plates and a rich, rustic atmosphere, the menu serves up everything from charcuterie boards to Pork Tomahawk.

Grand Central District has its own unique vibe different to the beach and downtown scenes. A mix of diverse and artsy eateries fill Central Avenue from The Queens Head, to Nitally’s Thai-Mex Cuisine, and URBAN Brew and BBQ—a fast casual restaurant serving up barbecue, beer and sweet treats. If that whets your appetite, follow the Gulp Coast Craft Beer Trail for a taste of the area’s best brews.

In nearby Gulfport, Pia’s Trattoria presents authentic Italian dishes in a low-key storefront with al fresco dining on the outdoor patio. Elsewhere, in Ozona, take a trip to the islands at Café Ohana for healthy Hawaiian bites and a Friday night hula dance. Check out more local dining experiences here.

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Locale Market

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Dining

Address
153 2nd Av N
Sundial Shoppes
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-800-3204

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Cassis American Brasserie

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Dining

Address
170 Beach Dr. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-827-2927

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Cafe Ponte

City: Clearwater
Category: Dining

Address
13505 Icot Blvd., Ste. 214
Clearwater, FL 33760

Phone: 727-538-5768

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The Mill Restaurant

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Dining

Address
200 Central Av
Suite 100
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-317-3930

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Queenshead Euro Bar and Restaurant

City: St. Petersburg

Address
2501 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Phone: 727-498-8584

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Urban Brew and BBQ

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Dining

Address
1939 Central Av
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Phone: 727-822-8919

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