Best St. Pete Perk-Me-Up


The sunny yellow sidewalk furniture tips off the warm welcome you’ll get inside of Central Perks, a small breakfast/lunch place opposite the new Publix-in-progress on Central Ave. Better still is the food — much higher quality than you might expect from such an unassuming joint; try anything with roast chicken or turkey, like the chicken pesto quesadilla or the turkey mushroom melt on ciabatta with balsamic mayo. Owners Claudia and Tony Veliu, from Albania by way of Boston, clearly care that their ingredients are fresh and their seasonings savory, and they’re delightful people to chat with. 695 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-490-2017,

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