Favorite nearby restaurants

By CHRIS SHERMAN, Times Restaurant Critic

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 11, 1999

Ambrosia, 201 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg; (727) 898-5194; Mediterranean and vegetarian dishes; Greenwich Village atmosphere. L, Mon.-Fri; D, Sat.-Sun.

Anna's Pasta and Ravioli, 5625 4th St. N, (727) 522-6627. Fresh pasta, ravioli with creative sauces. D.

Atwater Cafeteria, 895 22nd Ave. S.; (727) 823-7018. Southern cooking, from grits and greens to turkey legs, cafeteria style. B, L, D. Sun.

Bastas, Italian and Continental favorites with ornate style, 1625 Fourth St. S, (727) 894-7880. D. Sun.

Grand Finale, 1101 First Ave. N; (727) 823-9921. New American entrees, drinks in an uptown room downtown. D, E.

Fred's Famous Bar-B-Q and Brewery, 4351 Fourth St. N. (727) 822-3733. Pork, ribs, chicken, corned beef from the smoker; sides from the country. L,D; Sun.

4th Street Shrimp Store, 10061/2 Fourth St., (727) 822-0325. Shrimp, fish and more with low frills, low prices. L,D; Sun.

Pepin's, 4125 Fourth St. N. (727) 821-3773. Spanish, Cuban and Continental in clubby surroundings. L, Tue.-Fri.; D, Tue.-Sun.

Red Mesa: 4912 Fourth St. N, (727) 527-8728. Southwestern, seafood with fresh, contemporary touches. L, Mon.-Fri; D, Mon.-Sun.

Rollin Oats Cafe, 2842 9th St. N, (727) 895-4910. Creative vegetarian and macrobiotic dishes and entrees, adjoining health food store. L, D, Mon.-Sat.; L-Sun.

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