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What’s not to love about downtown St. Pete? With some of the Tampa Bay Area’s best restaurants and drinking establishments, all within walking distance of each other, there’s a host of reasons to take your tastebuds on a tour of the area. Don’t forget to share the experience with friends, family, and followers using the hashtag #healthystpete! Click here to load this tour’s stops in Google Maps.

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Stop 1: A Cocktail to Take on the World ! 

Carpe Dia, that’s Latin for seize the cocktail. It’s also an original concoction by Cask & Ale that’s made with Milagro Reposado Tequila, agave nectar, lime, and blackberries. And the atmosphere? One Yelp patron describes Cask as a “classy lounge to wind down after a long week” while another notes that it “is something you MUST experience at least once in downtown St. Pete.” The reason? “This place stands out because you can tell the drinks are considered an art.”

DT3_STOP2Stop 2: Aww Shucks, an Appetizer ! 

Fresh oysters are one of the finer sides of Florida life. If you’re in the mood to do some shuckin’ n’ jivin’, then take a stroll around the corner to The Oyster Bar and order… some oysters — after all, the restaurant’s named after them for a reason.

It’s clearly their specialty. We recommend keeping it regional with the Apalachicola Oysters, as this Panhandle bay’s beds are world famous for harvesting some of the finest. Take it from this Yelp reviewer, and apparent shellfish fanatic, “BEST gulf oysters I’ve ever had, and we eat oysters a lot!”

DT3_STOP3Stop 3: Everyone’s Favorite New World Trattoria ! 

Head down to the ever-lively signature New World Trattoria BellaBrava on Beach Drive. This Italian restaurant is casual, yet urban and authentic but with a modern flair. USA Today named it one of the “10 Best Foodie Spots in Tampa/St. Petersburg,” saying “the menu is to drool for.” That might be because our EAT Healthy Ambassador Jeffrey Jew is also at the helm of this one.

Their Caprese Salad includes heirloom tomatoes tossed as a salad instead of sliced and layered flat, with more of everything in each bite. For a main dish, order the Seafood Fra Diavolo with spaghetti di nero, key west pink shrimp, smoked bay scallops, calabrian chili, san marzano tomato and pecorino.

Besides the food, one TripAdvisor member describes BellaBrava as “a good place to meet interesting locals and visitors.”

Stop 4: Splurge a Little, Don’t Skip Dessert  ! 

For another one of our ambassador led restaurants, continue just a little further on Beach Drive to Parkshore Grill. Chef Tyson Grant sources organic produce from local farms, a practice captured in the Fresh Seasonal Berries dessert, fruit served over whipped vanilla mousse with shaved chocolate on top.

“Amazing and light,” according to one Yelp reviewer; it feels great, both going down and well-after. “This experience was fantastic from beginning to end… The real star of the show came in the form of dessert though,” another Yelper confirms.

Creative Loafing Tampa deemed Parkshore Grill a “Splurge Worthy” restaurant in their Dining Guide, but going with the berries is a guilt free showstopper, and proof you don’t have to skip dessert.

DT3_STOP5Stop 5: Top off Above the Skyline ! 

How do you take a South Beach vibe and make it even better? Transfer it out of Miami and place it right in the heart of St. Pete. The Birchwood has achieved exactly that.

“On the 5th level, the roof, they have a sexy lounge (The Canopy) that would rival any in South Beach or LA.” says a TripAdvisor user. The “happy throngs, tropical-inspired cocktails in hand” that frequent The Canopy even made Forbes Travel Guide.

Ask your bartender for the Stoli Spritzer, a combination of Stoli vodka and St. Germain elderflower liqueur shaken with grapefruit juice — nature’s natural metabolism booster and appetite suppressant — and topped with Italian prosecco. Ending your night at this lounge, with this drink, proves you’re already on top of things, but maybe take the stairs anyway.

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