With your kitchen's panini presses and orange zesters inhabited by the evil spirits of dead pots and pans, cooking at home has become both time-consuming and spooky. Get quality cuisine without interference from crazed kitchenware with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of bistro fare and drinks at Emilio's Bistro in St. Petersburg.
Emilio's is one of St. Petersburg's newest additions, offering denizens a sampling of fine coffee, pastries, paninis, burgers, and more. Light the flare on flavor landing strips with Emilio's bottomless cup of blend roasted coffee ($1.50) and the morning-making berry parfait similar to earth's interior of layered crunchy granola and berries atop Greek yogurt and honey ($4.99). The baguette blanche treats midday diners to a medley of savories masked in the makeup of stacked turkey, grilled mushrooms, caramelized onions, cream cheese, and pesto ($7.99), and the roasted red-pepper and goat-cheese panini adds a dash of zest with fresh basil, red onions, and a zigzag of balsamic vinegar ($9.99). Unlike stuffed animals, stuffed burgers won't fight back when bit and can be filled with a variety of tasties such as applewood smoked bacon, sundried tomatoes, pesto, and brie ($10.99). Pair meals with one of the restaurant's many wines or craft beers.
Emilio's is owned by Emilio Brandl, who brings his panache for flavor-punching plates to St. Petersburg after successfully starting restaurants in Savannah, Georgia, Fort Lauderdale, and in an underwater cave 500 miles off the coast of Maine. Local artwork along the walls, couches in the back, and the craft-beer selection makes diners feel right at a newer home.
- Emilio’s extensive sandwich offerings boil down to burger, panini and baguette categories. In the baguette line-up the best option is the meatloaf. You could only call the massive, inch-and-a-half slice of loaf a slab of meat, tender enough to fall apart in your mouth but with enough structural integrity to survive the bite through the crusty bread. Cumin and chipotle infuse the slab, cut by the bright flavor of pickles and sharp red onion. – Brian Ries, Creative Loafing
- It did not disappoint! This small bistro has a warm, inviting ambience and a simple menu packed with fresh, delicious-sounding flavor combos. – Sarah, Urbanspoon
- I've been twice with a guest and have had the best service and food each time. I especially appreciate the uniqueness of the side dishes that they offer. – Jonathan C., Facebook