Downtown St. Pete gets its first Filipino spot, posh-desserts in Tampa and more in local foodie news

Plus, openings for Wild Child, Tampa Beer Works and more.

click to enlarge Downtown St. Pete gets its first Filipino spot, posh-desserts in Tampa and more in local foodie news
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The food news keeps flowing as local concepts are itching to finally make their delayed debuts (read: viral sensation Chick’nCone which was slated to open last December). Another golden nugget of foodie info is that Karma Juice Bar has taken over the Baum Avenue Market space and is sharing it with a new Filipino food joint. Tampa is getting another boutique grocery store and a chocolate shop, too. Very big things are happening, people, very big things.

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OPENINGS

Chick’nCone This weekend, August 15, the long-awaited viral concept is making its debut. Chick’nCone is known for its fried chicken, tossed in a variety of sauces ranging from sweet to mild to spicy, and served in a handheld waffle cone.The grand-opening will offer free chicken samples and $5 Chick’nCones all day, as well as $5 local beers on tap. The spot will have both indoor and outdoor seating and a dog-friendly patio. 425 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. chickncone.com

Pinoy The traditional Filipino restaurant, inspired by the Tarlac region (which is two hours north of Manila), is serving up adobo chicken, beef afritada as well as a few vegan options. The space, formerly housing Baum Avenue Market, is also home to Karma Juice Bar. 1113 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. @pinoystpete on Instagram.

Preez Distillery & Tasting Room The veteran-owned distillery specializes in vodka flights. The tasting room is hosting parties up to 20 and drop-ins. Masks are required, and social distancing is enforced. 10550 72nd St. N., no. 503, Largo. @preezdistillery on Facebook

Sus Hi Eatstation Ninja-themed joint is slinging all things sushi—burritos, bowls and rolls—near the University of South Florida. The Fry Me a River burrito is packed with white rice, salmon, tuna, spicy krab, cream cheese, avocado, edamame beans, purple cabbage and cucumbers. You can try the new ninja in town by dining in, ordering pickup or delivery. The Eatstation is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week. 2309 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. sushieatstation.com

Sucré Table The niche dessert shop offers high-end pastries and made-to-order cakes by Food Network competitor chef Brenda Villacorta. If you’re still wanting to enjoy local eats from your couch, Sucré Table can be found on Postmates, and customers can snag orders via curbside pickup. 4048 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. sucretable.com

Tampa Beer Works After being forced to close, Tampa Beer Works has reopened its doors to customers, serving brews and now grilled cheese sandwiches. The bar has acquired its 509 Restaurant License, allowing it to once again open its tasting room and serve drinks on site. Loopholes, baby. 333 N. Falkenburg Rd. no. 407, Tampa. tampabeerworks.com

Wild Child The bistro and cocktail bar makes its debut in St. Pete’s Grand Central District. Just a heads up, for the first week of its soft opening, the concept is solely offering table service. The concept is brought to the ‘Burg by The Bends’ Matt Kaye and Rob Reinsmith, former executive chef at Noble Crust. 2710 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. @wildchild_stpete on Instagram

COMING SOON

Peterbrooke Chocolatier Opening this September near Curtis Hixon Park, Peterbrooke is known for decadent truffles, hand-made caramels and cherry cordials. The shop will also be loaded with chocolate covered cookies, pretzels, scratch-made marshmallows, potato chips and strawberries are hand-dipped daily with Peterbrooke’s own proprietary blend of milk, dark and white chocolate. Have your dentist on speed dial. 777 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa. peterbrookechocolatier.com

Sprouts Farmers Market The boutique supermarket announced expansion in Tampa Heights, although a location or grand opening date have yet to be announced. The grocer is known for having a wide selection of natural and organic foods, which includes produce, vitamins, packaged groceries, seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products and frozen foods. 

Taco Dirty The health-focused Mexican fast-casual restaurant took to social media to announce the expansion into St. Pete. Although the location and opening date has yet to be announced, we can expect the concept’s signature loaded bowls and tacos on the menu.

Xtreme Tacos Looks like the restaurant is packing up its SoHo location and officially moving into its Seminole Heights location in early to mid-September. Until then, you can grab massive burritos from both its SoHo location (223 S. Howard Ave.) and food truck. 5609 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. xtremetacos.com

ICYMI 

Fido Burgers Boulevard Burgers is offering up eats for your pup. The mini-burger entree add-on is available to all guests for $3 with a purchase of any entree. The offer goes until August 31, but Boulevard’s Yappy Hour is now extended to seven days a week all month with $4 well drinks and $5 Jose Cuervo margaritas. Things might get a little weird, but at least you don’t have to share your burger with your dog anymore. 5905 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. blvdburgers.com

Made Coffee Cold brew from Tampa Bay’s Made Coffee now comes in a box. “We roast our Single Origin El Obraje coffee and cold brew it to perfection,” the company wrote. “Clean, delicious energy to keep you pumped all day (or night).” The boxes retail for $35 via drinkmadecoffee.com.

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