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We were down in St Pete today to see the Star Wars Costume Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art.  Afterward, we had lunch at Stillwaters Tavern.  It was busy, but we were able to get a table without a wait.  We started off with the artichoke dip.

It was tasty.  Smoked Gouda and Parmesan with kale & artichokes served with homemade crackers.  The crackers were a little odd.  Some had way too much salt on them, some didn’t have enough.  Loren got the F.L.T which is a fish sandwich with fried green tomato, lettuce and pickled veggies.

He said it was good, but as you can see from the photo, a little awkward to eat.  I tried the Tavern burger.

Though I liked the texture of the burger, it was desperately in need of seasoning.  Just a little bit of salt would have gone a long way.   It was tender and juicy with caramelized onions and a thousand island dressing.  Total bill with a drink was $43.

Stillwaters Tavern
224 Beach Dr NE
St Petersburg, FL


We were in St Pete with friends for a show at the Mahaffey Theater and ate dinner at Gratzzi Italian Grille.  Luckily, we had made reservations because they were quite busy for a Wednesday evening at 5:30pm.  They started us out with some bread and herb infused oil, then soup or salad included in the meal.

The bread was ok; the crust a little too crunchy for my taste, but the infused oil had some nice flavors.  The salad had a variety of different things in it.  Both the Pasta e Fagioli and Italian Wedding soups looked very similar to each other, just with a few different ingredients.

Our friends ordered the Chicken Parmigiana and the Pappardelle Giuliana

The chicken parm was big enough for leftovers (we’ll get to that later) and the pasta dish had scallops in a roasted red pepper sauce.  They both said the food was good, but nothing out of the ordinary.  Loren ordered the cedar planked salmon and I ordered the chicken marsala with a side of Pappardelle Alfredo.

The salmon was nicely cooked and topped with blue crab.  Loren liked it.  The chicken marsala was tender and the sauce was good, but I’ve had more flavorful at other Italian restaurants.  The alfredo pasta was tasty, but not worth what I ended up paying for it.  (we’ll get to that later).  For dessert, we got the Lemoncello cake and our friends got the gelato.

The cake was really good.  Very strong, tart lemon flavor to it. Now, for those things we were going to get to later.  We were busy talking and not really paying attention as we paid the bills and left the restaurant.  Come to find out, they charged me the full entree price for the side of alfredo pasta that I ordered.  The waitress also didn’t bring the leftovers back to the table that my friend had from her dinner.  Drinks weren’t always filled quickly enough and Loren’s pretty sure his glass of tea was refilled with diet soda.  Overall, the food was ok, but nothing that would make us feel the need to return. And the mistakes with the check and leftovers definitely would keep us from recommending to others.  Our half of the bill was $77, $10 more than it should have been.

Gratzzi Italian Grille
211 2nd Street S
St Petersburg, FL

Gratzzi Italian Grille Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Lots of Sushi

We met a friend of ours down in St Pete at Rain Sushi for dinner tonight.  It’s an a little strip mall and you’d probably miss it if you weren’t looking for it, but it’s definitely worth seeking out.  It’s not a very big restaurant, but the sushi was fresh, tasty, and very reasonably priced.

Our friend started off with a summer roll and Loren got a ginger salad.



The summer roll was light and fresh with all sorts of crunchy fresh veggies and shrimp.  For sushi, we ordered the Ultimate Daddy which had tuna avocado, eel and fish eggs; a Sloppy Old Man which had krab and crawfish over a spicy tuna roll; a Mexican roll, Special Scallop roll, Snow Crab roll, Spicy Crawfish roll, Spicy Tuna roll and some salmon.




It was a ton of food, but every roll brought a little bit of joy to the table.  Our friend has a gluten allergy and they were very accommodating.  This is definitely a sushi restaurant we’ll return to when we’re back in the area.  Total bill with a couple of drinks was $80.


Rain Japanese Restaurant And Sushi Bar
5267 Park St. N
Saint Petersburg, Fl
(727) 545-1781

Rain Japanese Sushi Bar & Thai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



We were excited to see Hofbrauhaus, a new German restaurant open up in St. Petersburg, only to be disappointed with the quality of the food we received.  The space is a big open area with balconies.  We were seated upstairs with a view of the large hall beneath.  We got there around 11:45am and were able to get a parking space in their small lot and there weren’t that many other patrons inside which surely kept down the noise level.  I imagine with a rowdy crowd in that wide open space that it’s deafening in there.

Our entrees came out of the kitchen very quickly; unfortunately, we had ordered the potato pancakes as an appetizer which were nowhere to be seen.  The waitress apologized and went to get them, but by the time she finally returned, we were pretty much finished with our meal and just sent them back.

Loren ordered the Nürnberger Rostbratwürstl which were pork sausages served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.


To me, they tasted like regular ol’ hot dogs and Loren said without the mustard they were just very plain and uninteresting in flavor.  I ordered the Jaegerschnizel which came with spaezle.


For some reason, they thought bacon would make it better, but even bacon wasn’t going to help.  First off, the portion was very small compared to what I’ve gotten in every other German restaurant I’ve been to.  The pork was tender, but flavorless and the spaezle was dry.  There wasn’t enough mushroom gravy on it either.  The only saving grace to the meal was the Black Forest Cake.


At least they got this one right.  The cake was moist and tasty.  I would have preferred real whipped cream to whipped topping, but otherwise this was the only high point of the meal.   We won’t be going back; there are much better German restaurants in the area. Total bill with a drink was $40.

123 4th St
St Petersburg, FL
(727) 898-3333

Hofbrauhaus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



We were down in St Pete today and stopped for breakfast at Doe Does Diner.  The place was packed, but luckily we got there at the tail end of breakfast so a lot of people were leaving.   I’m guessing the only menus they have are the paper placemats on the tables because we weren’t offered any menus, which seemed strange since there weren’t any lunch selections on the placemat.  Maybe you have to ask for a lunch menu?

Anyway, we both settled on breakfast.  Loren ordered an omelette and I got the country benedict.




It was typical diner food.  Both dishes could have used more seasoning.  The biscuits in my dish were very good.  They’re buried under all of the sausage gravy in the photo.  Overall, a fairly hearty breakfast for $14.

Doe Doe’s Diner
9395 Bay Pines Blvd
St Petersburg, FL
(727) 398-2407

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