Bike past 32nd Street North and Central Ave and you might catch a whiff of spicy Cajun sausage and fried okra from Doc’s Louisiana Boil, which opened quietly last month. Bringing a taste of home-cooked Louisiana cuisine to downtown, diners can enjoy grouper po’boys, garlic noodles and shrimp, and traditional seafood boils of lobster, crawfish and crab. The side item menu is just as enticing, featuring everything from fried jalapeños, fried mushrooms and fried pickles to hushpuppies and boiled peanuts.
Craving something sweet after all that crawfish? A quick pedal will bring you to one of the newest snack spots in St. Pete’s Edge District – Donut Freak at 1047 Central Avenue. The secret here is the donuts are baked, never fried. They can be enjoyed by themselves, as part of a sandwich or even to top off a cup of coffee. Fillings abound, too; try the coconut buttercream, lemon, cannoli, fudge and fluff.
Man cannot live on fried pickles and donuts alone, we know. Bringing a healthy balance to The Burg is Cornerstone Nutrition, which opened at the end of July at 169 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North. You can ride up and bundle nutritious meals like bbq turkey meatballs with collard greens and black eyed peas or tandoori grilled chicken served atop lemon garlic massaged kale, spinach and chickpeas into your bike basket, or have them delivered to your home or office.
Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi, a casual, sleek pan-Asian restaurant, is expected to open its latest location at 330 3rd St S in the AER apartment building this month. You’ll find everything from classic sushi rolls, bento boxes and grilled teriyaki options to wok stir fry dishes loaded with vegetables on its menu.
Also in the AER building, The Simple Greek will open on December 1. A traditional Greek restaurant with a speedy, interactive ordering process, guests can ask questions and customize as food is prepared in the open kitchen right in front of them. Choose your base, protein, toppings, sauce and all important finishing touches for a quick and easy meal on the go.