When visiting St Petersburg/Clearwater, you’ll soon discover that it’s more than just a pretty place framed by soft, sugary beaches and scintillating sunsets. Fortunately for foodies, there’s a burgeoning gastronomic scene with new restaurants opening all the time.
They run the gamut from cozy, hole-in-the-wall beach “shacks,” to family-owned restaurants – some of them with an ethnic flavor – to chic, upscale bistros and eateries.
There’s no chance that you’ll ever go hungry when visiting these sunny shores as there are so many options to choose from. One of the longtime favorites - Maritana Grill – remains a favorite even after the iconic Don CeSar came under new ownership earlier this year.
Another of the area’s other jewels can be found in Gulfport, in Pia’s Trattoria, where you'll find fine Italian cucina in an Old-World ambiance. Lovers of fine dining will also enjoy Il Ritorno, Café Ponte and Birch and Vine, located in the historic Birchwood Inn.
Seafood lovers shouldn’t miss Sea Salt St Pete with its extensive raw bar and fresh seafood. It’s hard to narrow the choices down to just 10, but here are some choices, sure to get your taste buds humming.