Here are some of the things we’re excited about trying or doing (when the weather cools off, of course!).

  • If you haven’t tried Trophy Fish on Central Avenue, you should. Great atmosphere, and the fish is really fresh. Here’s a recent review.
  • Speaking of fresh fish, local restaurant legend Frank Chivas (of Salt Rock Grill fame) has revamped his old restaurant Marlin Darlin’ into a new concept called Seaweed. It’s a little tucked away in Belleair Bluffs, but apparently worth the drive.
  • Poke, mon! Okay, we couldn’t resist that pun about the new Pacific Counter poke bowl emporium in downtown St. Pete in the 600 block of Central.
  • Speaking of bowls, here’s a list of the Top 10 spots around Tampa Bay to get one.
  • Not into bowls? Then jump into the taco craze that’s happening on both sides of the bay.
  • Fried key lime pie. That’s what caught our attention from the menu of Big Ray’s Fish Camp that’s opening in the old Sail Pavilion at the Tampa Convention Center. It’s a beautiful setting, right on the water.
  • Fly Bar, which was a hugely popular pioneering restaurant on Franklin Street in Tampa for 13 years, is leaving its current location and will reopen in the Channelside District sometime next year. For the rest of this month, some old favorites will be brought back on the menu.
  • Goodbye King’s Court on Central. Instead, a new concept is coming from the same restaurant group that brought you The Avenue and Park and Rec.
  • After Midtown Sundries closed, we began to wonder when Ford’s Garage would ever open. Well, it finally did, and here’s the review.
  • A new joint called The Crafty Squirrel has opened up in the old Fortunato’s pizza hole in the 200 block of Central. It looks totally fun and features ginormous cocktails served in pitchers that are meant to be shared by the table.
  • We’re also hoping to get to this Saigon-themed bar on the same block soon. We’ve been hearing good things about it.
  • St. Pete has a new LGBTQ bar downtown called G St. Pete. It’s an offshoot of the G bar in Ybor City.
  • If you’ve wanted to do the St. Pete mural tour by bike but didn’t have the energy, now you have an electric option.
  • Here’s a fun podcast that’s a guide to the area’s art museums.
  • The new Pier is gradually coming together (see photo above). Here’s a photo and video progress report.