By Restaurateur Michael Sponaugle
Michael Sponaugle is the owner of Buya Ramen in St. Petersburg, Florida. Here the restaurateur lays out his perfect day of eating and drinking in his hometown.
My restaurant, Buya Ramen, is a Japanese gastropub (izakaya) that specializes in ramen. Our ramen bowls feature proteins such as crispy duck, pork belly, braised short rib and seafood, all swimming in broths made in-house, from scratch. We also feature a craft cocktail bar with an emphasis on Japanese whisky.
911 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Michael's Perfect Day in St. Pete
The Frog Pond
This is, hands down, the best breakfast in town. While I'm a savory food guy, their cinnamon roll French toast is a must have.
7390 Gulf Boulevard, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
SHOPPING | Food Market
Meat House of St. Pete
Make sure to hit this meat market. They've got the tough-to-find cuts that up your BBQ game.
3101 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
RESTAURANT | Lunch
VIP Lounge & Mexican Restaurant
VIP on the beach is the best spot for lunch. Catch some rays on the beach and then head over to VIP for some of the best Mexican food in St. Pete. The 'Wet' burrito with steak (a messy flour tortilla with red burrito sauce) is the way to go.
10625 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island, FL 33706
AFTERNOON | Sweets
This is where it's at for sweets. They've got the best mini cupcakes, which our 3 year old loves, and a great beer selection, which I love.
2105 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
EARLY EVENING | Cocktails
The go to spot for pre-game cocktails in St. Pete. The rooftop terrace provides amazing views of Tampa Bay and they put out some pretty good bites as well. It gets busy and crowded at happy hour.
The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
RESTAURANTS | Dinner
Annata Wine Bar
I'm a big fan of Annata. In addition to a creative menu, their charcuterie is made in-house and is the best in town. Make sure you add the honey comb!
300 Beach Drive NE #128, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
LATE NIGHT | Bars
The Copper Shaker
This is where you want to be for late night. They get a great crowd and the bar staff is amazing. Give them your flavor profile and ask for the "Dealer's Choice" -- you won't be disappointed.
Open until 3am
169 1st Avenue N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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