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By CHRIS SHERMAN

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 6, 2001


Changing recipes

The Chatterbox Grill (56 M.L. King (Ninth) St. N, St. Petersburg; 823-0605), one of the oldest surviving restaurants around Tropicana Field, has a sunny coat of paint, new ownership and outlook: "A Downtown Wonder."

Yet its homey food and low prices remain appealingly out of date. Two-egg breakfasts are $1.65; spoon-thick milk shakes, $2.95; dinners from chopped steak to fried catfish are $4.25, and sometimes less.

For all the new projects afoot, a downtown and its people need more places this old.

I've had enough . . .

Atlantic salmon. Especially this time of year when we ought to be getting the best from the Pacific, where the salmon have been running in full force this summer. Make mine seared on the outside and very moist inside.

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