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Tampa St. Petersburg

Antoniad | Oct 1, 2016 01:32 PM

We recently traveled to St. Petersburg and noticed that there were not many recent posts about restaurants. Most were 8-10 years old. Here's some comments about where we ate in late September , which hopefully will spark some more discussion.

We stayed in St. Pete for our stay, but ventured into Tampa one night and boy, were we glad we did. We ate at Rooster and the Till. What a GREAT restaurant. We were a bit unsure as we drove along the street, but it was so worth it.

Some of the most inventive, delicious food we've ever eaten (and that's saying something). I "stole" the menu so I wouldn't forget. It's all small plates so there was a lot to share. Here's what we ate:

Chorizo crusted octopus with pickled raisins, carrot emulsion, squid ink black beans
Potato and Oxtail pierogi with smoked ricotta, San Marzano's, spicy pickled peperonata
Soft Shell crab, red curry coconut emulsion, honey roasted peanuts, fermented black beans, yu choy

My husband had a great local bear on tap and I had something called high spirits which was white wine, sparkling water and grapefruit bitters. Perfect for the hot humid weather.

Service was outstanding and nice decor. And not too loud. Takes reservations. Truly outstanding.

Our other dinners were great as well: Annata Wine Bar in St. Pete and The Mill, also in St. Pete. Neither takes reservations. The Mill also has some interesting and inventive food -- fried chicken salad, great mussels with gorgonzola. We started with a delicious charcuterie plate that featured octopus bacon. Delicious!

And for a really wonderful food experience, visit Mazzaro's, a large and well stocked Italian market, including a butcher, wine store, cheese store, deli, etc. with great food for lunch.

We are looking forward to our next trip!

Annata Wine Bar,
The Mill Restaurant,
Mazzaro's Italian Market
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