The Originals: St. Pete Gems Revisited

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Over the past few years we’ve covered all the new restaurants, cafes, museums and structures arriving in the Burg. These are signifiers of a city on the rise and are emblematic of the growth in our economy and national reputation.

But there’s always been a lot to adore in the Burg. There are a select group of establishments in the city that have been staples for local residents long before the world took notice of this location.

In this series of articles we’re going to feature our favorite classic spots in the Burg. From burgers and fries to smoked fish and grits, these are the original entrepreneurs and culinary behemoths that made St. Pete the place it is today.

The Chattaway

You can’t talk about food in the Burg without mentioning The Chattaway. It began as the Four Corners Grocery Store in 1922. In the 30s an addition was added to the Grocery store and was run by two former trapeze artists, The Franks.

The Four Corners became The Chattaway Drive In in 1933 (right after Prohibition was repealed). Vibrant lights and tables filled the new space. A slew of ownership changes took place in the 40s. By 1951 Helen Lund took over The Chattaway. The space had been transformed from a grocery store to a recreation center to a restaurant.

When Helen Lund took over the popular Chattaburger was born. The spot grew in popularity in the neighborhood because of their breakfast specials and substantial chicken and shrimp baskets.

The Chattaway was run by Helen’s son. Everett, until his passing in 2002. It is now run by his wife Jill. In a time of commercial gimmicks, The Chattaway stands as a bastion for all that is good about comfort food. The Chattaburger speaks for itself.

Enjoy a taste of over 90 years of St. Pete history at The Chattaway, located at 358 22nd Avenue South.

Harvey’s 4th Street Grill

Harvey’s 4th Street Grill is comfort food and local character incarnate. They opened their doors on 4th Street more than 30 years ago. Owner Dan Harvey outfitted his restaurant with remnants from St. Pete landmarks.

The interior features floorboards pulled from The Vinoy and old slate blackboards pulled from local schools. Their front doors were originally the front doors of the Sunshine School on St. Pete Beach. Harvey’s has been a favorite among St. Pete locals since they first opened. Harvey’s late night Full Moon Parties-featuring chef specials and drink deals- are consistently can’t-miss occasions.

 

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Harvey’s continues its commitment to serving some of the best food in the Burg. In a year that has seen a true rise in 4th Street’s culinary scene (i.e. Daily Eats, Casita, Trader Joe’s, Fresh Kitchen), Harvey’s remains one of the most popular foodie spots in town.

Their broccoli bites, grouper nuggets and red eye shrimp are the ultimate appetizer combination. The patty melt is beyond words. If you want a serious brunch, you can visit them starting at 9am on Sunday and indulge in the egg sardou (poached eggs with creamed spinach and artichoke on a toasted english muffin).

Harvey’s 4th Street Grill, 3121 4th Street North.

 

 

 

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of ilovetheburg.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@ilovetheburg.com.