The 25 essential Central Ave restaurants in St. Petersburg

St. Pete's iconic Grand Central District is home to the Central Avenue drag. This happy-go-lucky stretch is jam-packed with cute shops and…

By CL Staff

Casita Taqueria  
    2663 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-498-8749
    Casita Taqueria is a St. Petersburg favorite for tacos with big flavor. Not to mention, the Mexican inspired taco joint has happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every week Monday through Thursday.
    
    Photo via Casita Taqueria/Facebook
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22 Cuban sandwiches in Tampa Bay you should’ve tried by now

Once known as the "mixto," the Cuban sandwich was born right here in Tampa with the melding of flavors from Cuban, Spanish,…

By CL Staff

The Columbia  
    2117 E. 7th Ave. Tampa, 813-248-4961 
    The saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” fits neatly with The Columbia’s love of Tampa history as well as its approach to the Cuban sandwich. Made with fresh bread from La Segunda, The Columbia still uses the original 1915 recipe of restaurant founder, Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. 
    Photo via @columbiarestaurant/Instagram
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24 under-the-radar restaurants you must try in Tampa Bay

Maybe its hard to find, out of the way or just looks straight up sketchy, but certain restaurants have a way of…

By CL Staff

Lolis Mexican Cravings
      
    8005 Benjamin Rd., Tampa, 813-886-7467
    Just of the Waters Avenue drag, down Benjamin Road, the chain restaurants and big box stores begin to fade in favor of houses and one hot pink building, Lolis Mexican Cravings. This hidden gem is serving up some of the best Mexican food in town including, sopes, tamales, tortas, quesadillas and tacos made with your choice of 11 proteins like ribeye, fish, lengua and a vegetarian option.
    
    Photo via Google Maps
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The 25 most beautiful restaurants in the Tampa Bay area

It's a common saying among chefs, you eat with your eyes first. Now while this usually applies to plating a dish, there…

By CL Staff

The Library  
    600 5th St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-369-9969
    Inspired by the legacy of Baltimore’s historic George Peabody Library, The Library’s hardwood floors, plush wing-backed chairs and rows upon rows of blue-spined works of literature lining the walls and balcony create an inspiring and rejuvenating atmosphere for lunch or coffee.
    
    Photo via thelibrarystpete/Instagram
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25 splendid photos inside St. Petersburg smokehouse Dr. BBQ

St. Petersburg smokehouse Dr. BBQ is what happens when visionary restaurateurs Suzanne and Roger Perry get together with Ray "Dr. BBQ" Lampe to…

By CL Staff

The rustic, industrial restaurant is two stories high with a mezzanine and trophy case for some of Lampe's many awards.
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