Recently named one of USA TODAY’s most underrated food cities on the East Coast, St. Pete’s food scene shows no signs of slowing down. Here are four new restaurants hitting our bikeable downtown soon.
Known locally as “Dr. BBQ”, longtime member of the Barbecue Hall of Fame Ray Lampe is teaming up with Suzanne and Roger Perry, owners of the Datz, Dough and Roux restaurants in Tampa, to bring a new full-service, artisanal BBQ restaurant to the EDGE District. As well as numerous smoked and sizzling food options, the new restaurant will boast an impressive selection of bourbon, curated by an award-winning mixologist, along with a creative cocktail program and local beers.
Maple Street Biscuit Co
For even more comfort food, this popular biscuit joint is slated to open on Central Avenue by the end of the year. While famed for its flakey biscuit options – like “The Five”, comprised of all-natural fried chicken breast, pecan wood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese topped with sausage gravy – patrons will also be able to enjoy glass jar salads and classic side dishes like fried green tomatoes.
On the hunt for late-night eats? You’ll love the new 24-hour diner planned for Williams Park, a partnership between Kahwa Coffee owner Raphael Perrier, chef Jeremy Duclut of Cassis American Brasserie and Tryst owner Renaud Cowez. In addition to traditional diner fare – eggs, hash browns and meatloaf – you can expect Kahwa coffee, a full liquor license and healthier menu items, too.
Sushi Sho Rexley
On 2nd Ave and 2nd St N, work is underway for a new omakase restaurant, which will serve up sashimi, sushi and Japanese craft beer galore. Doors are expected to open late summer or early fall.
Which are you most excited about?