Eat, Drink And Be Merry With These St. Pete Hotspots

St. Pete's Hotel Zomora on St. Pete Beach

Here's what the Orlando Magazine had to say about St. Pete's resturant hotspots! 

By Joseph Hayes

"St. Pete has developed the kind of approachably upscale, food-centric atmosphere already found in Winter Park, and Orlando restaurateurs have taken notice by opening branches of Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria and Hawkers to compete with the Oaxacan flavors of Red Mesa and veggie haven Cider Press Cafe.

While you’re seeking out the local culinary hotspots, The Hotel Zamora ( in St. Pete Beach is a sleek place to lay your head, a tiny gem sparkling between views of the peaceful Intracoastal Waterway and the vibrant Gulf of Mexico. The first new area hotel to be built in decades, the 72 rooms are sleek and plush, service is private resort personal, and the Castile Restaurant, led by Chef Louis Scaramuzzi, does wonders with seafood, like the yellow fin tuna poke dressed in sesame oil and crisp lotus root wafers. 

Fine dining hotspot Sea Salt ( owes its reputation to AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Venetian chef Fabrizio Aielli, who creates dishes such as hand-rolled Genoese trofie pasta and Japanese Kurobuta-style pork chop saltimbocca.

Z-Grille ( gets its name from the James Beard Award semifinalist Zack Gross in the kitchen, and its menu from cross-cultural influences like tikka masala sea scallops, sweet potato tamale dumplings, and the Dr. Pepper fried ribs Chef Z calls “meat candy.”

The popular downtown Saturday Morning Market ( runs from early October to late May, offering a direct-to-consumer trade from the likes of The Dancing Goat “egg and milk boutique,” heirloom vegetables from Little Pond Farm and fresh catch from Fisher’s Seafoods. Its popularity has inspired a unique venture in the emerging Fourth Street North area: the Crescent Lake Market, an open-air food hall built on the bones of the old Monticello Motel, featuring cutting-edge chefs and vendors selling from the converted motel rooms. 

Drinks After Dinner 

In a gallery and restaurant-filled stretch of downtown’s Central Avenue, the trendy Mandarin Hide ( prides itself on a speakeasy vibe and vintage cocktails like Sazeracs and Sidecars."

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