Burg Bits: New smoked wing pop up, free beaded art drops

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In St. Pete, we enjoy consuming good food and fine art. Two new concepts feed that insatiable Sunshine City soul with equal parts ingenuity and nostalgia.

Pirata pop up impresses in the EDGE

We first experienced Pirata at the Independent in the EDGE District. When we visited, we tasted the Cochinita Pibil Tacos.

These handheld delicacies were filled with achiote marinated pork butt and topped with salsa verde, pickled red onions and cilantro.

What else should you try?

Smoked wings reign supreme

Pirata’s signature smoked wings. These wings are brined for 24 hours, cold smoked then deep-fried and tossed in your choice of 3 house-made glazes and toppings.

Toppings include Garlic Buffalo drizzled with house Bleu Cheese, Teriyaki with toasted Sesame Seeds and Scallions and Caribbean Jerk with Scallions.

Pirata was formed in 2018 by chefs Shane Schuch and Chris Cespedes. Follow the pop up on Facebook to see where they’ll be serving food next.


Free art drops pay homage to Burg history 

Bead the Burg is an absolute marvel. The concept says it’s building St. Pete pixel by pixel — and these beaded wonders are beyond charming.

The inverted pyramid, the Banyan Motel sign, the 600 Block and the rays outside Tropicana field have all been given the bead treatment.

The artist behind the concept does free art drops for lucky residents. Follow @beadtheburg on Instagram to keep up with the latest works hiding on the streets of St. Pete.


*Header image via @beadtheburg