The secret is out. USA Today listed the Burg as one of the top five most underrated food cities on the east coast. For those who spend each and every day in the Burg, the commendation is unsurprising. To the rest of the world, however, the Burg is still a hidden paradise.
USA Today made sure to note Michael Mina and his wildly popular Locale Market/FarmTable Kitchen at the Sundial as one of the main fixtures and draws in the St. Pete food scene. Mina’s presence and name recognition also serves as a catalyst for growth within the culinary community.
James Beard Award-nominated chef Zack Gross of Z Grille touted the advancement of the Sunshine City’s food scene. “We have come a long way in the past 10 years,” says Gross. “Many may remember St. Pete to be a sleepy city, but there has been a movement with many chef-driven restaurants that have raised the expectation level for the whole city.” The article also features captures from local favorites like Red Mesa, Sea Salt, Brick and Mortar and Il Ritorno.
Our development into a culinary capital is represented in the latest food trends finding their way downtown. Artisanal crepes at the Wooden Rooster, rolled ice cream at IceBurg on the 400 block, poke at Stillwaters Tavern and even edible cookie dough courtesy of Gypster Bakery have all found their welcome way to St. Pete.
Of course, this isn’t the only accolade St. Pete has received. It seems that every week a new publication is ‘discovering’ our area and all the aspects that make it such an enchanting place to live, work and play.
We thought it best to provide our readers with a quick list of all the national acclaim the Burg has received over the past few years. So, just in case you’re tired of bragging, here are the lists and publications that will do the boasting for you: