Its Thursday which means time for Take Out Thursday restaurant review from the St. Petersburg/ Tampa area! This weeks focus is one of my new found favorites Spice Routes Global Soul Food. It was first the aroma and beautiful display of food that allured me to their corner booth on the Saturdays Farmers Market downtown St. Petersburg. The staff members were friendly and tempted me with soup sample that was scrumptious. I knew then that this had to be my next restaurant review.
Spice Routes is located at 460 46th Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33703 and are open from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and then on Saturday at the Market and then Sunday for brunch. Spice Routes is hidden in a quaint little plaza near a bookshop and coffee house. They have outdoor sitting in a garden area with a fountain which is relaxing and beautiful. I found the prices reasonable well priced for the superb quality of the food. Spice Routes also caters for special occasions.
Spice Routes was founded by Judy Staunko who is also the head chef. As I talked to Judy it was clear to see her passion to create community over food. Spice Routes and their vision is stated beautifully on their website as follows.
“Just as ancient Spice Routes brought people together in ways that broadened their horizons and enriched their experience of the world, Spice Routes Cafés are meeting grounds where people of all ages, from all walks of life, come to share life, love, wit and wisdom over delicious meals. Spice Routes Cafés create a welcoming, beautiful space for community to develop and thrive.”
I recruited my Mom and sister to join me for lunch and give me their opinions as well. They graciously obliged. We were all pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the food and beautiful and colorful presentation. It was far more superb than we imagined. Every single bite was 3D flavor dimensional delightfulness. The ingredients and flavor fresh. We tried a number of items on the menu from soups to main course menu items. Every single dish was perfectly superb.
So, if you’re looking for a delicious meal for a special occasion or just an everyday meal to make you smile in your everyday life then you just have to try this place. And when you do, why not tell a few of your friends, just like I’m telling you. Great things just have to be shared, don’t they? And when you’re taking your first bite, why not look for me and we can share the moment and just maybe my favorite butternut squash mac and cheese together.