Brooklyn South is a small and cozy deli and sandwich shop located just east of the burgeoning Edge District in downtown St. Petersburg. They offer delectable prepared sandwiches that are the best of their style in all of Pinellas County, if not farther. They also employ a cheesemonger and other experts to explain their meats, cheeses, and crackers that are available for sale. Their hours are limited compared to other restaurants and grocery stores, but their offerings are unequaled.
The Mill Restaurant
Downtown St. Petersburg on Central Ave has a new American restaurant this year. It replaces an Italian restaurant previously found at the same location at 200 Central Ave, JoJo’s in Citta. It is a pretty amazing replacement to say the least. JoJo’s was decent and marginally good food, but certainly nothing special. The Mill Restaurant is new, refreshing, and draws you in from half a city block away with its welcoming and delicious aroma.
The Garden Restaurant
Update: The Garden Restaurant is now closed.
The Garden Restaurant is the most horrible location for lunch in downtown Saint Petersburg. The company I work for (not associated with this blog) picked up food from them for our regular company lunch. Every single one of my coworkers had a bad meal, and I believe my experience was the worst of them all. We order from many local places, and this was the most appalling ever in terms of food and service.
Dööners is a new European lunch spot in downtown Saint Petersburg. They offer a unique style of sandwich and salad I’ve never seen before. The service is still evolving and it can be a little slow and disorganized, but the food is definitely tasty and an interesting experience.
Thai Orchid Restaurant
Thai Orchid Restaurant is an excellent dine-in or delivery Thai restaurant in northwestern Saint Petersburg, officially classified part of Kenneth City. Their food appears cleaner and tastes healthier, in a good way, than most Thai restaurants in the area. Orchid’s order takers and delivery personnel are also very nice and helpful.
The Cheesecake Factory
The Cheesecake Factory is a chain of about 150 restaurants with an expansive menu including over 200 meal options. They also offer around 50 different desserts, and most are naturally cheesecake varieties. All of their meals offer very large and high calorie portions. Most are very good, especially when you consider the diversity and expansiveness of their menu.
The Hangar Restaurant
The Hangar is a smaller restaurant located upstairs at the Albert Whitted Airport near downtown Saint Petersburg. They offer a fairly priced and very clean dining experience daily from 8 AM until 10 PM. My visit this Friday night included live music. However, the service was just above unacceptably slow and the food is nowhere near as tasty as you would expect from initial impressions.