Flavors of Tampa Bay: Emilio’s Bistro, Bakery & Bar

A great review from Channel 10 and a little sneak peak at us on TV!

“There is a new place to kick back and enjoy a great meal in downtown St. Petersburg: Emilio’s Bistro Bakery and Bar opened up just last month.Warm colors, vibrant artwork and the smell of croissants baking in the oven await.”

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A five-flame review from Moxy Recommends

Thanks to Jean Harper for her great recommendation on MoxyWomen.com.  She encourages everyone to try the honey chicken salad croissant and of course, our famous vanilla sweet potato fries!

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Creative Loafing review: “simple food done right”

We were nervous but eager with anticipation for this one!  A great review from Creative Loafing’s Brian Ries  – and great photography to accompany it from CL’s photographer, James Ostrand.

Emilio’s salads could be an object lesson for any restaurateur in town, some of the best constructed one-plate meals around. The greens are hand-ripped and come straight from a head of lettuce, not from a pre-mixed box, then tossed with just the right amount of house-made dressing to accent every piece.

Read the entire review, Restaurant Review: Emilio’s Bistro basics

And the photography, which is making us hungry!

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Downtown eatery opens in St. Pete complete with picnics in the park

From 83 Degrees:

Emilio’s Bistro Bakery and Bar recently opened at 437 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg. And not only do they have a menu of burgers, paninis, seasonal wines and craft beers, but they cater picnics, too.

Emilio’s Picnic in the Park is delivered complete with food, linens, china and bottle of wine. Emilio’s will pick it up afterward.”

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Afternoon delight!

Thank you to Billie Jo at Afternoon Delight for the very kind words!  We aim to be downtown St. Pete’s go-to lunch spot – for work or pleasure.  We want you to be able to count on great food, great service and great prices whenever you come in.

“Emilios is a great place to grab a bite to eat! There is a section in the back of the restaurant with couches and chairs, just like your living room. The walls are covered in art and I was informed that all of the paintings are local artists. . . This is definitely the place to be and be seen!!!”

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A review from Scalawag Journeys

Thanks for the amazing review – glad to see that you came back twice to try out our menu!  We are trying really hard to bring something new, affordable and delicious to downtown St. Pete – and these great reviews make us think we’re doing something right.  We’ll do our best to keep it up!

“Because it was dinner, they offer some specials that are served at dinner, but we were there for one thing only – the stuffed burgers. . . We all enjoyed our food very much. But, WOW, that was some burger! And it is amazing the number of choices you have to stuff you burger with. I felt the one thing we were missing in downtown St Pete was someplace where I could go and get an amazing burger, and now we have it. Emilio offers a wonderful new choice for downtown diners.”

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A great review from ILovetheBurg.com

Thanks to Brian and Dexter for stopping in for lunch our first day open.  It looks like you enjoyed your lunch!

“Expect a much more de-sterilized atmosphere than predecessors and an emphasis on the specialty items that are far less curious as they are tasty and practical.  Vanilla flavored sweet potato fries, for example, go alongside the bistro’s signature stuffed burgers perfectly. And that burger stuffing comes courtesy of 15 items to choose from including cheeses, vegetables and bacon.”

Read their full review:  Layman’s Review:  Will Emilio’s Survive the Curse of 437?

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It’s official: opening Monday, July 5th!

We’ve been baking and cooking, ready to serve, beers and wines ready to pour. Our tables and menus and coffees are in place. Our servers are trained and hostess, smiling.

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally ready to open our doors on Monday, July 5th.

So come in, enjoy a pastry and espresso drink or hot panini at lunch. Relax with a great glass of wine and free Wi-Fi. Get stuffed on a juicy stuffed burger chased with a frosty craft beer.

We’re excited to serve you, and hope you enjoy dining at Emilio’s.

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Emilio’s will bring food, drinks & jobs to Central Avenue

Read about us in the St. Pete Times!

June 18th has come and gone but we’re on track for opening on Monday, July 5th – as long as our menus are back from the printers!

We’ve got the taps and beers ready to pour, coffees and espresso drinks ready to foam, pastry case ready to be filled. Hope to see you soon.

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An update on our opening …

Initially set for June 18th, we’ve moved the opening back a week or two.  We’re waiting on a few supplies and a few decisions from those who make decisions about these things.  Stay tuned!

Read this article from Elizabeth Dougherty >

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