What’s not to love about downtown St. Pete? With social lounge options like the Station House, new and award winning restaurants such as The Mill, and distinctive staples like Stillwaters Tavern, Sea Salt, or Cassis American Brasserie — all within walking distance — there’s a host of reasons to take your tastebuds on a tour of the area. Don’t forget to share the experience with friends, family, and followers using the hashtag #healthystpete! Click here to load this tour’s stops in Google Maps.
Stop 1: Cocktails in Rustic Elegance!
As one St. Pete OpenTable member recommended, Station House makes a “great starting point for an evening.” This historically located restaurant’s unique blend of technology, art, and cuisine is perfect for such occasions. Why? Besides being a hip business and entrepreneurial haven for professionals from all walks of life, the “cocktails are amazing.” This statement is backed up by its reputation as the premiere cocktail bar in Downtown St. Petersburg.
Their go-to? The Bramble. A modern classic inspired by the blackberry fields in the Isle of Wight, the Bramble is a blend of dry gin, lemon juice, and fresh fruit. Poured atop crushed ice, it was named after the visual “trickle down” effect of a bramble brush, and the light mixology of this libation will leave your figure equally as pleasing on the eyes.
Stop 2: An Appetizing Staple with a New Southern Twist!
If the night is going to be long, a little pre-meal nosh is in order to energize your body and tastebuds. Free from any reservations (they literally don’t take them), The Mill Restaurant along Central Avenue is a comfortable and inviting option. Florida Trend Magazine not only gave the restaurant a Golden Spoon award, it also declared it the Best New Restaurant in all of Florida for 2015.
Expect New Southern style cooking with special attention to detail, like locally sourced ingredients. Having the freshest vegetables available makes all the difference in dishes such as their mouthwatering Watermelon Bruschetta. Yelp reviewers agree, The Mill is one place where “EVERYTHING looks and sounds delicious.” Ready for the appetizer description then? As cunning as it is crafty, this country loaf is topped with heirloom tomato, European cucumber, whipped feta, smoked pistachio, and añejo agave syrup on a Rustic Mill Loaf.
Stop 3: A Main Course Takes Flight !
Providing another option for locally sourced ingredients, head up to Beach Drive’s Stillwaters Tavern. Described by Tampa Bay Times’ Food Critic Laura Reiley, Stillwaters is headline-worthy for “serving familiar food with flair in [a] gorgeous setting.” Their Executive Chef and one of our EAT Healthy St. Pete Ambassadors, Jeffrey Jew is constantly putting St. Pete on display for the rest of the culinary world.
Begin with a Tavern Salad, tossed with baby lettuce, romaine, and celery for the greens. Garnishments like sorghum pecans, blue cheese, apple, house dressing, and buttermilk fried chicken top this beauty. For a first class plate that truly takes flight, the pan seared Roast Chicken with jalapeño cheddar cornbread and brunswick stew can’t be beat. It’ll fill you in all the right ways.
Stop 4: Sweet Finishes !
What’s dinner without dessert? Whatever it is, we don’t want to know the answer. Thankfully Sea Salt — nestled on 2nd Ave N — has an irresistible Milk Chocolate Dome that successfully skirts the question. Covered in warm caramel sauce and sprinkled with murray river salt, it’s as sweet as it sounds, but also has that most insatiable of pairings down pat.
This delicious, drizzly work of art is just one item on a full menu comprised of only the finest organic, wild caught, and locally sourced ingredients. Patrons regularly rave about the restaurant as a St. Pete favorite on sites like OpenTable, describing it as “a wonderful dining experience” and parading that “the freshness and presentation of the food is outstanding.” Headed there Wednesday or Thursday, how does their already stunning and fluid ambience heightened by live music sound?
Stop 5: One More Before We Go !
Finally, it’s time to finish things off with an after dinner drink. Heading back to Beach Drive, Cassis American Brasserie is a surefire way to end the night on a good note. On Zagat, this prime people watching spot with outdoor seating is described as “good-looking,” and ridiculously so apparently, “like someone ‘magically beamed a true Parisian brasserie’ to St. Pete.” Or more simply stated by fellow travelers, “Our favorite find in Downtown St. Petersburg.”
Drink of choice? If you’re looking for something with a little spice for the late night, try The Clevelander. It’s a fresh fusion of Don Julio blanco tequila, lime juice, pineapple juice, and passion fruit puree, with a drop of black pepper tincture. Partake in a little paradise with the perfect tropical nightcap to an eventful evening sampling the lighter side of downtown.