Let’s Talk with Cheryl Hollon

New eateries in St. Petersburg
by Cheryl Hollon

Things are opening up quite a bit here in St. Petersburg. My husband and I have both been vaccinated and find that we’re comfortable with outside dining. We have tried a few new places. One is called Bier Boutique. They specialize in scratch-made food, a fine selection of craft beer, inventive cocktails, and fantastic service.

 

We walked over, and my husband ordered a Peanut Butter Russian while I had a draft brown ale. The starter was a heavenly bowl of candied bacon – precisely heaven. We enjoyed our meal, the setting sun, and the best fish and chips I’ve eaten in a long, long time.

Another new place for us is La V Vietnamese Fusion. We are dedicated fans of Soft Pillow Buns stuffed with grilled shrimp (his favorite) or avocado (my favorite). They also come filled with tofu, pork belly, and chicken. Pairing these with a bottle of NIgori cold sake is a perfect small plate meal. When the weather cools in November, I look forward to chicken pho soup.

Our third favorite new place is called DalMoros Fresh Pasta To Go. They make fresh pasta to eat in or to go. You can watch them making it in the front window. There’s no outside seating, so I order one of their fresh pastas covered in an in-house sauce with toppings on the side. It’s served up in a little takeaway box, and along with a salad, is a perfect evening meal for the two of us.

I think that my Webb’s Glass Shop characters will need to stop in for a meal in these new places. I know we’ll be back.

Do you have a new favorite restaurant?

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