Tasting Table Lists St. Pete – Clearwater as Top Underrated Food Cities

It’s hard to consider St. Pete as underrated at this point. In a previous article, we listed out all of the accolades the Burg has received over the past few years. Every publication from the New York Times to Forbes has lauded our cities weather, arts scene, food community and museums. Most recently, Coastal Living listed the Burg as one of the top 20 places to live in the U.S.

Burg icon gets nod from Tasting Table

Tasting Table, a website/newsletter for culinary enthusiasts, compiled a list of the top 20 most underrated food cities in the country. Among the cities listed was none other than the Burg and Clearwater.

ted-peters-famous-smoked     *Photo via CastleBee on TripAdvisor

“Skip Miami’s touristy shores and opt instead for a trip down to this bustling bayside town that just happens to be the Sunshine State’s best-kept secret,” says Tasting Table editor Meredith Heil. One of the first spot she includes in her explanation as to why St. Pete made the cut is Ted Peter’s Smoked Fish. Even after 6+ decades in the Sunshine City, the home of smoked fish continues to impress regulars and first time visitors.

Canopy rooftop continues to receive national acclaim


In a nod to new flavor that’s added allure to the St. Pete cocktail and food scene, Heil lauds the Birchwood’s culinary prowess and the atmosphere that The Canopy Rooftop Bar on Beach Drive creates for visitors. “artfully executed global fare at the Birchwood hotel’s dimly lit Birch & Vine and fantastic specialty cocktails complemented by an even better view upstairs at the hotel’s lively Canopy Rooftop Lounge.

Maritana Grill at The Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach, and Frenchy’s in Clearwater were also recognized in the article.

Other cities that made the cut include New Haven, CT, Scottsdale, AZ, Providence, RI, and Omaha, NE. You can find a list of must-visit culinary spots on Tasting Table’s website.

Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helped develop the brand for I Love the Burg and in 2014 developed the branding for That's So Tampa and has been a regular contributor to both ever since.