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Tampa gets its own Bodega in Seminole Heights

Tampa Bay Times

August 16, 2018

St. Petersburg eatery Bodega has built a reputation for its Latin street food and now the fast-casual concept has expanded to a second location in Seminole Heights. Its name Bodega, which means grocery in Spanish, represents the owners, George and Debbie Sayeghs New York roots. Read More


Wanderlust Chloe (blogger)

June 18, 2018

If youve worked up an appetite, join the crowds of locals ordering lunch at Bodega. The fast-food style eatery is famous for its Cuban sandwich and trust me when I say this is a TOTAL must! It’s divine! Read More

4 Places You Have to Visit in Florida, USA

Adventurous World (blogger)

June 7, 2018

Are you looking for the best Cuban sandwiches in Florida? Then say hello to Bodega. This is a place that people flock to, and theres usually a queue no matter the time or the day. Read More

A Visit to St Pete, Florida

Twins that Travel (bloggers)

May 30, 2018

Its a hot Friday lunchtime in downtown St Petersburg, Florida the heat bouncing off the citys pavements in shimmering waves. Sat under a towering Sea Grape plant, its leaves already wrapping their way around the building next door, were waiting for plates of Cuban food of our own, courtesy of St Petes beloved Bodega streetfood restaurant. Read More


Wanderlust Chloe (blogger)

May 23, 2018

Bodegas famous Cuban sandwiches draw crowds from all over St Petersburg, and with good reason theyre SOOOO delicious! We enjoyed one with a side of their jicama slaw (fyi jicama is a type of white turnip), which contained pineapple, mango, coriander and chilli. Read More

Florida Gulf Coast Holidays

British Airways (

April 24, 2018

Get juicy at Bodega with a choice of colourful smoothies and healthy shots of wheatgrass or turmeric. Enjoy the tantalising Latin street food served up here from the flavourful Pollo Asado sandwich to fresh salads drizzled with chili lime dressing. Read More

Bodega on Central: A Cuban Street Food Date

Tampa Bay Date Night Guide

Mar 24, 2018

Located on Central in St. Pete, Bodega is a local hole in the wall restaurant, dishing out mouthwatering, authentic Latin food. It is a quaint place with a little indoor juice bar and a cozy, street-side outdoor eating area. Read More

Bodega restaurant expanding into Seminole Heights

83 Degrees

Mar 19, 2018

Bodega means grocery in Spanish. But the eatery of the same name, in St. Petersburgs Edge District, has built a reputation for Latin Street Food particularly the Cuban sandwich, along with juices and smoothies made with fresh ingredients. Read More



Mar 15, 2018

Averaging 361 days of sunshine a year, St. Petersburg or St. Pete as its more commonly referred to is a magnet for adventurous travelers, boasting white sand beaches, palm and mangrove forests, and pops of bright color at every turn. It also has plenty of luxe accommodation options and healthy, gourmet eateries. Read More

Soak up St. Pete, Florida’s art and food scenes

NY Daily News

Mar 11, 2018

Hello, Dali! That museum turned out to be a perfect start to a threeday getaway in St. Petersburg, Fla., where I knew Id find lots of sun and sand but also discovered an abundance of vibrant and surprising art. Read More

Your Next Weekend Escape: St. Petersburg

Pure Wow

Mar 5, 2018

PSA: St. Pete is Floridas most underrated gem and were here to tell you its time for a weekend trip. Its got all the fixings for an epic escape from Miami (think gorgeous beaches, cooler weather, stellar restaurants and top-notch art museums). Read More

What to expect at this year’s Tampa Bay Beer Week

Tampa Bay Times

Feb 28, 2018

Can a week be 10 or 11 days? Why not. The annual Tampa Bay Beer Week event just keeps getting longer and more packed with hundreds of events, this year running Saturday to March 11. Read More

Character is key: More on that collab between Bodega and Mandarin Hide

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

Feb 27, 2018

What happens when two St. Petersburg staples fall for a Tampa property with lots of character? An expansion and partnership across the bay. At least it did for Bodega and The Mandarin Hide, in case you missed CLs last update. Read More

Here’s where St. Pete favorites Bodega and Mandarin Hide plan to partner in Seminole Heights (Renderings)

Tampa Bay Business Journal

Feb 16, 2018

Two favorites of the St. Petersburg food scene are planning to partner on one combined location in Tampas Seminole Heights neighborhood. Bodega, which serves Latin street food along St. Petes Central Avenue, announced this week that it would launch a second location in Seminole Heights. Read More

Seminole Heights is About to Get Its Own Bodega

That’s So Tampa

Feb 15, 2018

One of St. Petes favorite quickstop Latin American joints, Bodega, is making its way to Tampa in the Seminole Heights neighborhood very soon. Known for its delicious Cuban sandwich, lechon and pollo asado platos, maduros and cafe con leche, this fast-casual spot will be a welcome addition to the growing neighborhood Read More

Pssst: Here are the renderings for Bodega’s Tampa location

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

Feb 15, 2018

St. Petersburgs fiercely loved Bodega recently began dropping hints about a Tampa expansion. To keep locals all over the region salivating with anticipation over its arrival in Seminole Heights, the restaurant has released a few more details. Read More

Top 50 Restaurants of Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Times

Feb 1, 2018

A prediction: The next time Zagat or Food & Wine publishes a list of the countrys best food destinations, Tampa Bay will be there. Charleston, S.C.; Seattle; Denver; and Richmond, Va., have had their day in the sun, and for good reason, but the stars have aligned for us and we are ready for our closeup. Read More



Dec 8, 2017

Weve already told you that Floridas Gulf Coast has some of the greatest beaches, bars and, yes, strip clubs in the entire country. But it doesnt end there. Nestled on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St. Petersburg has become one of the top destinations for food lovers Read More

For Pete’s Sake

The Improper Bostonian

Dec 8, 2017

St. Petersburg, Florida, holds Guinness World Records mark for the most consecutive days of sunshine, clocking in at a staggering 768 days of uninterrupted rays. So it’s no wonder that the Gulf Coast city’s unofficial mascot is Mr. Sun Read More


St. Petersburg

Oct 20, 2017

Once a quiet beach town where railroad tycoons built palaces on the water in boom-and-bust Florida, St. Petersburg had become a haven for retirees and a punchline for comedians who derided it as Gods Waiting Room. Read More


Alex in Wanderland

July 14 2017

Normally, I don’t put together where to eat posts after just a few short days in a new destination. Who am I to think I know the best local eats after such a brief trip? But dang, guys – St. Pete was so delicious, I just can’t resist.

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Vibrant Guide St. Pete FL

Vibrant and Pure

Sept. 3rd 2017

Bodgea is the best place ever. They serve authentic cuban food (with many vegetarian/plant based options if you need it) out of a little window on the street, and next door they serve freshly made juices. Read More

Burgers to Flip Over

Magazine Volume

May 5th 2016

Walking down Central’s Edge District you’ll likely see a line forming at any given time in front of Bodega. Don’t let the little walk up window fool you-this Cuban restaurant packs big flavor. Read More

The 25 Best Towns of 2017

Outside Online

June 15th 2017

Life is lived on the water in this old-school Gulf Coast town. You don’t even have to leave the city limits to kayak through Weedon Island Preserve, a 3,000-acre wildlife refuge with a resident population of roseate spoonbills and a well-marked four-mile water trail.  Read More

Beach, Please

Tasting Table

May 5th 2017

Though neighboring Clearwater may get all the attention for its pristine, white-sand beaches and warm Gulf waters, St. Pete has an identical shoreline, plus the added bonuses of high-quality restaurants like The Milland Sea Salt, longtime local institution Ted Peters Smoked Fish, and casual Cuban sandwich spot Bodega. Read More

St. Petersburg

FED Guide

May 5th 2016

The city formerly known as Gods Waiting Room is transforming into the city now known for its craft beer scene, local coffee roasters, and independently-owned restaurants. It also happens to average 361 days of sunshine every year. Read More

5 Ways to Experience St. Petersburg


Dec 22 2014

Dont let the lineup at this restaurant, which draws on Puerto Rican, Cuban and Jamaican flavours, deter you. Read More

Tampa Bay’s Best Cuban at Bodega St. Pete

Visit St. Pete Clearwater

Nov 12, 2015

The quest for Tampa Bays best cuban sandwich MUST include a stop at Bodega in downtown St. Pete. This Latin food walk-up is a local favorite on Central Ave. and doesnt disappoint! Read More

The 20 Best Cubano Sandwiches in America

Yahoo Food

Dec 15, 2015

Who doesnt love a good Cubano? The sandwich originated in Cuba but has since made waves in the states because it is nothing like your ordinary sandwich. Read More


By Heather Lambie, Vertical Tampa Bay

Feb 2013

As a Miami native, I take my Latin fare very seriously. Thus when I first heard about Bodega, Central Avenues newest restaurant in St. Petersburgs burgeoning Edge District, I was anxious to see how two Brooklyn expats planned to pull off a Cuban joint. Turns out, they know their coladas from their cortaditos. Read More

The Localista is Loca for Bodega

I Love the ‘Burg

Feb 20th, 2013

A Sheer euphoria! Thats what the Localista experienced when I first saw the Bodega on Central sign go up in early December … – See more at: Read More

Better at Bodega

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

Aug 15th, 2013

From Cubans to Churrasco, dont miss St. Petes Bodega on Central. Read More

Best new no-frills dining in the ‘Burg

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

Aug 15th, 2013

Order Cubans, Churrasco, homemade sodas and Cuban coffees without leaving Central Avenue. Read More

Review: Bodega offers Cuban fare from charming tiny spot in St. Pete

Tampa Bay Times

Mar 26th, 2013

Central Avenues EDGE District just got edgier. The little box at 1120 Central Ave. that has harbored chocolate cake makers, barbecue impresarios and other culinary schemers and dreamers over the years has become a hip, fun and affordable little Cuban bodega. Read More

Welcome to Bodega!

WDUV Life Favorites

Dec 9th, 2013

Bodega is a Spanish word that can mean a variety of things but it most commonly used to refer to a wine cellar, or small room. – See more at: Read More

I’ll Have St. Pete With a Squeeze of Lime

HuffPost Taste

April 14th, 2014

The rain pelted against the house, sounding like rocks tossed by an angry neighbor, waking us well before our 6 a.m. alarm went off. Read More

Spring Break in Tampa-St. Pete for Any Budget

Southern Living

Mar 25th, 2014

It used to be that this coast of Florida was a sleepy place, one where snowbirds played shuffleboard. And while some heated shuffleboard games still go on here, the area has evolved into a more metropolitan hub, where young professionals sip craft cocktails on rooftop lounges. Read More

Smooth operators: Bodega’s juice bar nearly complete

Creative Living Tampa Bay

Sep 5th, 2014

Bodega on Centrals expanded juice bar and indoor seating will debut to the masses next weekend. Read More

Why St. Petersburg, Florida Should Top Your Travel List

Forbes Travel Guide

Mar 13th, 2014

Given all the best beach lists the St. Petersburg, Fla., area has topped over the years, you could be forgiven for thinking the Gulf Coast town is all sand and no substance. Read More

Bodega’s New Juice Bar Invigorates The EDGE District

I Love the ‘Burg

Sep 03rd, 2014

The long awaited arrival of Bodegas Juice Bar is a little over a week away. We couldnt suppress our appetite for the restaurant recognized by Forbes and The Huffington Post as a foodie paradise. Read More