USA Today Names Burg One of the Top Underrated Food Cities on the East Coast

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:

30 Best Mid-Sized Cities to Visit in 2017 via TODAY

52 Places to Go in 2014 via New York Times

Where to Invest in Housing in 2017 via Forbes

The Most Pet-Friendly Cities in the U.S. via Zumper

I’ll Have St. Pete With a Squeeze of Lime via Huffington Post

10 Small Cities with World Class Food Scenes via Thrillist

America’s Fastest Growing Cities 2017 via Forbes

Mural Madness: St. Petersburg’s Street Art is a Trip via Houston Chronicle

Top 20 Cities Where Home Prices are Skyrocketing via GOBankingRates

Sampling St. Petersburg’s New Art and Food Scene via Forbes

St. Petersburg Offers a Waterfront Panorama via The Chatanoogan

34 Underrated U.S. Cities You’ll Actually Want to Move to via BuzzFeed

The 5 Best Places to See Salvador Dali’s Art via Culture Trip

Top 10 Best Cities for a Long Weekend via Orbitz

American Travel Destinations That are About to Blow Up via Thrillist



Written by Dexter Fabian

Dexter Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dexter relocated to the U.S. from Manila, Philippines in 2003 and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 2006 where he's been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helps developed 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.