2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Categories: Top restaurant
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: Grand Central District
Central Avenue west of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street had a big year, welcoming a generous handful of independent restaurants. One of the most charming opened near the end of 2012 as an annex to the Art Pool Gallery, housing spillover merchandise, a collection of vinyl records and the small cafe presided over by C.F. Hawkins. In what was once an automotive repair shop, wide roll-up doors and a jungle of flowering Florida plants lend quirky charm, the best seats, as we move into spring’s sweet spot, on the broad patio. The menu is supremely affordable retro-styled sandwiches and vegan-friendly salads that feel more cutting-edge. The best offering, though, may be a cup of rich, espresso-bumped chocolate pudding with a rosette of whipped cream (beat that for $2). Prices range from $2.95-$7.25.
This is part of Times Food Critic Laura Reiley's 25 Top Affordable Restaurants in Tampa Bay.