Are you making a visit to St. Petersburg and are wondering about what popular restaurants you could try? Maybe you live in the area and just want something new to eat this weekend. We all have to eat, so we scoured the area to find the must-try hot spots, as told by locals. You’ll find bars, cafes, and family owned pizza shops, among other things. Who gets your vote?
Brew D Licious
This is a little coffee shop with a great atmosphere. You’ll be greeted right when you walk in and feel like you’re right at home. Everyone is sitting around and talking like they’re friends. On top of the fantastic environment, you can pick up a great mocha, latte, java, espresso, and more. Whatever your heart desires, they have it, and they’ll get it right to your liking! You’ll also find some great snacks like muffins to satisfy your cravings. This quaint little spot blows away the big name businesses, and it could easily become your new go-to.
Engine No. 9
Engine No. 9 is a great place with awesome people. You’ll get quick, friendly, and efficient servers with smiles every time. It’s definitely a sports bar, and it’s apparent by the memorabilia hanging on the walls and the televisions at every table. The burgers are fantastic, and you’ll have a hard time choosing just one to order. It’s not just the burgers on this menu that are out of this world: make sure you also try the wings, sweet potato fries or tater tots, and anything from their bar. From the outside, it might just look like a little bar, but it’s so much more than that, and you’ll just have to see for yourself.
Here’s a great option for a Sunday brunch. The menu has lots of great options to choose from. There are even healthy options or meals for those who have a restrictive diet. Vegetarians and vegans will feel at home, but there are also plenty of meat selections for those carnivores. Everything is tasty, so give something unique a try, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The staff is always friendly and accommodating to your requests. There’s live music on the weekends which makes for a very pleasant dining experience. The ambiance is great, and won’t make you feel out of place if you decide to travel solo.
Gianni’s NY Pizza
If you want a taste of true authentic NY pizza, this is surely your place. You’ll find the classics here like the ever popular margherita, as well as some unique options that are just as tasty, such as the philly cheese steak pizza. Don’t forget the sides and appetizers, like the cheesesticks. Nothing beats melty cheese and crisp breading. Gianni’s has a great local family feel with the scenery on the walls. Their customer service is fantastic, and if you ever have issues with your pizza or your service, they’ll do whatever they can to fix the issue. Gianni’s also has a great rewards program, which just gives you more reason to go back and get more pizza!
You’ll feel immediately welcomed when you walk into The Bends. It’s a bar with two different rooms, and a great place to hang out with a diverse crowd. There’s even an arcade game and a disco ball dance floor. There are so many drink choices and cocktails to choose from, and you can get them all for an incredibly reasonable price. Not to mention the staff is amazing and will have you feeling right at home! It’s pretty laid back during the day, but the amazing local DJs really turn up the night, especially on weekends. If the weather is right, spend your time at the tables outside for a great afternoon.
Get ready to try some of the best Italian food you’ve ever had! Try the baked ziti, lasagna, and of course, any of the delicious pizzas. They have the classics on the menu, as well as some more obscure choices, such as buffalo chicken pizza or taco pizza. Everything is authentic and made with the freshest ingredients. The house salad and bread that come with the meal are just as tasty as the main course. Not only will you get great food, but great value and even better service. The manager and the entire staff are incredibly friendly and will leave you wanting to come back to visit. Of course, you’ll want to get some more food as well!
New China Kitchens
It might just seem like your average American Chinese take out restaurant, but it just might be the best one in St. Petersburg. It’s just a small restaurant, but don’t let the small size fool you. Being a family owned business, they take pride in what they cook and do a fantastic job. The food is great, it’s made fast, and never too greasy or salty like you might find with other Chinese restaurants. Try the hot and sour sou, Singapore Mei Fun, Dragon and Phoenix, or chicken with garlic sauce Egg Foo Yung. Whatever you choose on the menu, you can’t go wrong. If you want a relaxing night with good food, this is the place to go.