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Z Grille

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Categories: Restaurant

Cuisine: American upscale, Mexican

Features: Children's menu, Date night, Outdoor seating

Cost range: 10.01-20.00

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Full bar

Parking: Street

More in this neighborhood: Downtown St. Petersburg

Zack Gross makes killer deviled eggs. He makes sticky little Dr Pepper fried ribs that you will reduce to a pile of clean bones. And he is never afraid to say precisely what’s on his mind. A James Beard semifinalist in 2009, with a hip, loosely skateboard-and-tattoo-themed restaurant at the bottom of Signature Place, he is one of the elder statesmen in the increasingly dense downtown St. Petersburg dining scene.
What to order: Despite a reputation as a meat-forward guy (that sounds unseemly somehow) — he’s known for his foie gras steak burger, and I was most charmed by his deep fuchsia root vegetable risotto, with red Himalayan rice meshed with cubes of beet, curls of wild mushroom and fluffs of goat cheese, and the bartenders seem especially gifted with Hendrick’s gin concoctions. Brunch is served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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Z Grille - Downtown St. Petersburg