By Restaurateur Michael Sponaugle

 St. Petersburg Street Art | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

St. Petersburg Street Art | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.


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.

 Photographs courtesy of Buya Ramen

Photographs courtesy of Buya Ramen

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Buya Ramen

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
T: 727.202.7010
www.buyaramen.com


Michael's Perfect Day in St. Pete

SOUVENIR

 Photograph courtesy of Old St. Pete Distillery

Photograph courtesy of Old St. Pete Distillery

Old St. Pete Distillery

Take home a bottle from Old St. Pete Distillery because it is a true reflection of the "spirit" of St. Pete (sorry, couldn't resist :).

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MORNING | Breakfast

 Photograph courtesy of The Frog Pond

Photograph courtesy of The Frog Pond

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
T: 727.363.7205

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
T: 727.328.1958
www.meathouseofstpete.com

RESTAURANT | Lunch

 Photograph courtesy of VIP Lounge

Photograph courtesy of VIP Lounge

 The "Wet" Burrito

The "Wet" Burrito

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
T: 727.767.0523

www.viplounge-fla.com

AFTERNOON | Sweets

 Photograph courtesy of (swah-rey)

Photograph courtesy of (swah-rey)

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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
T: 727.767.0523
www.swah-rey.com

EARLY EVENING | Cocktails

 Photograph courtesy of The Birchwood

Photograph courtesy of The Birchwood

Canopy

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
T: 727.896.1080
www.thebirchwood.com/thecanopy/

RESTAURANTS | Dinner

 Photographs courtesy of Annata Wine Bar

Photographs courtesy of Annata Wine Bar

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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
T: 727.851.9582
www.annatawine.com

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
www.coppershaker.com


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