Flatbread and Butter
Opened at the end of February in St. Petersburg's Historic Uptown area (don't miss the colorful Chad Mize mural on the building), this cozy cafe is nestled among the neighborhoods off Seventh Avenue. Right now, it's coffee and espresso drinks (coffee from Bandit Coffee Co.), kombucha from Mother Kombucha and pastries from Mana Bakery, but the spot hopes to introduce flatbreads and beer and wine soon. 497 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. flatbreadandbutter.com.
Boasting a large menu that runs from breakfast (bagels, vegan bread, mushroom tarts) to late-night (everything from paninis to bratwurst), the main draw at this new downtown St. Petersburg spot is knodle, little German dumplings. They have a variety of flavors, leaning heavily on sweet options like wild cherry with dark chocolate and pumpkin cinnamon. Savory options include mushroom and truffle oil, and prosciutto and mozzarella. 951 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 631-2106.
Whisky Cake Kitchen & Bar
Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar will open its seventh location on March 11 at Tampa's International Plaza. With six other locations mostly in Texas, this is the restaurant's first foray into Florida. The 8,000-square-foot space will serve seasonal cocktails and American cuisine from brunch through dinner. 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa.
Black Crow Coffee Co.
Another coffee spot, this one a second location for the eclectic Old Northeast hangout that opened in 2015. Black Crow's new spot has opened in the space that used to be Calusa Press, at the corner of First Avenue and 22nd Street S in St. Petersburg. There's a courtyard ideal for movie nights, plus plentiful parking and, like the original, single-origin coffees, a variety of espresso beverages and snacks that are often vegan or gluten-free. 2157 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 580-7200.