Monday, November 8, 2010
Central Avenue Oyster Bar - downtown St Petersburg, FL
As indicated by its name, this restaurant is located on Central Avenue right in the heart of things. Its brick front and window kind of draw one into the restaurant. The inside of the restaurant is very cozy and warm with its long brick wall that stretches all the way to the back of the restaurant. Also charming are the lights that resemble streetlights down the length of that same wall and the great art that contributes to the atmosphere. As it was late afternoon, we preferred to grab a comfortable spot at the bar.
My husband ordered a glass of Riesling while I enjoyed a lovely Cosmo. As we were dining somewhere else that evening, we ordered a couple of appetizers to share. We decided on the Mother's Mussels and the shrimp cocktail. The shrimp cocktail was very good and the sauce had a very nice bite. Equally delicious were the Mother's Mussels that were served in a garlic basil wine sauce. The mussel sauce was also nice for dipping bread, if you could get past the yummy dipping sauce that was served with the bread. The service and appetizers were so nice that I almost wished we didn't have reservations elsewhere. However, that leaves me the delight of going back another time and trying more of the menu because I think this will become one of my downtown favorites.
Central Avenue Oyster Bar
249 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL 33701