Brooklyn South Deli named the top cheese shop in Florida by Yelp

Brooklyn South Deli named the top cheese shop in Florida by Yelp

Exterior of a deli with a giant blue cheese shop sign over the door

Brooklyn South Deli is phenomenal; it’s a taste of New York in the EDGE District of St. Petersburg. The celebrate deli on Central Avenue just recently expanded on its block to make even more room for all of its savory cheeses. Hard work has paid off, and a stream of continued excellent reviews has garnered it notoriety as the best cheese shop in Florida, according to Yelp.

Here’s a breakdown of Yelp’s methodology: This is an all-time list of the best cheese shops according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the cheese shops category, then ranked those businesses using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews. 


Brooklyn South Deli is cheese central

Brooklyn South Deli was founded by Matt Bonano, who held a lifelong passion for cheese, and his love for the food will melt your heart. The Brooklyn transplant has remained enthusiastic about the booming EDGE District. The influx of new residential buildings, and myriad cocktail bars and restaurants, and community events have put Brooklyn South near the nucleus of St. Pete’s growth.

In 2020, the business was sold to a new family, and the cheese shop itself is now managed by Christine Harrelson.

Back when Brooklyn South first opened, the original was omitted with the Sunshine City. “We fell in love with the place. We had a vision,” said Bonano. “St. Petersburg is exploding with a lot of culture. It’s also getting a lot younger. There are more foodies and people who travel around and enjoy fine foods. People are realizing it’s not just a retirement area anymore.”

A tower of cheese blocks arranged

Matt Bonano has a high cheese IQ

The new owners have upheld Brooklyn South’s fantastic standard of excellence for cheese, sandwiches, and all the exquisite additions in-between.

Visit Brooklyn South Deli at 1437 Central Avenue.

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