© St. Petersburg Times, published January 31, 2002
New in town
St. Petersburg's Central Ave. Seafood & Oyster Bar has opened its second location. New Tampa Seafood & Oyster Bar (15363 Amberly Drive, Tampa, (813) 910-9809) is open nightly with the same raw bar, oyster stew and mixed cocktails. Prices, $12.95 to $23.95.
Afternoon tea, anyone? Inn at the Bay B&B has added a chef, Joan Deering, to set out full tea (scones, finger sandwiches and desserts for $12) Wednesday through Sunday afternoons. Advance reservations are not needed, but because the B&B (126 Fourth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 822-1700) has only 23 seats indoors and books private parties, smart tea-takers should call ahead.
Lettuce wrap . . . Traditional Vietnamese and Thai restaurants often serve appetizers and other small bites in lettuce leaves as wraps or cups for meat or bean dishes. Smart New Wave Asian places have picked up on the idea. These vegetarian crepes are a good use for sturdy old iceberg and a great non-starch alternative for carbo-phobics.