Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Avenue Eat/Drink ~ Burgers, Sports, Fun on the Avenue

On a boring late Sunday afternoon, the Mister and I decided to check out the Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. Both of us were craving a good burger and recent reviews sounded promising for this new addition to the downtown scene.

Yes, parking is an issue for the First Avenue South destination. There should be a website declaration on where you can park, just a suggestion.

It was a lovely cool evening and the double doors were wide open showing the patrons at the bar and tables, enjoying their football on many large screen T.V's. The decor is inviting and the disparate lighting fixtures were attractive. There is a fireplace on one end of the room and a wall of shelves filled with flotsam and jetsam. It was a jamming scene.
Note, we had to sit in the patio area. Notyourmomma has a rather large posterior and she can not fit her fanny in the lovely chairs at the Avenue. There are cushioned brick benches in the patio area, as well as two large screen TV's. It was comfortable, cool and the Mister was glad he had his jacket.
We started with a bowl of warm fresh potato chips, drizzled with barbecue sauce and sprinkled with blue cheese crumbles. They were quite good and we at every single one. Kelsey was our server and bless her heart, she was quite adept at keeping up with our drinks outside and serving her customers inside. I had feared we would be forgotten on the porch, but, she proved me wrong and was there whenever we needed her. We had an additional person joining our table and she was very accommodating to our delays in ordering. Plus, she gave the Mister the remote so he could change the channels to the ballgame. She scored major serving points with that move. He loves his remote! The Avenue Eat/Drink on Urbanspoon The Mister ordered the Rueben burger, layered with sauerkraut and swiss cheese. He declared it yummy. He said the cole slaw was "allright". He has a particular fondness for coleslaw and is quite picky. An "allright" from him is praise, believe me.
I ordered the Athens burger, topped with kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, grilled onions & tzatziki- yogurt sauce. I admit to being puzzled by the sauce in the cup, it was piped and quite smooth? Where were the garlic, onion and cucumber chunks? The olives, grilled onions and crumbled feta were quite tasty. The burger was past the medium we requested but it was still very juicy and hot.
We ordered a chicken and biscuit for the table to try, just because. The chicken was fried crispy and flavorful, the biscuit was tender and flaky. We liked the biscuit with the honey and the ranch dipping with the chicken. We deconstructed at the table and nibbled and declared it good.
The Avenue Eat/Drink on Urbanspoon Our late dining daughter finally arrived, hungry and tired. She was served quickly the ordered 'shroom and onion burger with swiss. Again, cooked just past the medium she requested, but still hot, tasty, juicy and well made.
All in all, we quite enjoyed our burgers, chips, fries and chicken biscuit. There are some items on the menu that beckon a return visit to try. Mister wants to try the Philly cheesesteak on his continual quest for the one most like home. Notyourmomma is looking at the crab cake burger with interest. We would go back to drink some beer and eat the bucket o'chips alone. (And that is why notyourmomma can't fit her fanny in a chair)!!!! It was admittedly, a bit more expensive of a meal than we would expect to pay for burgers and fries. It is not fast food quality and for that it is worth the price. If you want to enjoy a great game on TV, cheer along with friends, have an adult libation and a credible tasty burger, then the Avenue on First South is for you. It didn't hurt at all to watch the miracle pass by Tebow to propel the Broncos forward in the play off quest. It was fun, and we had a good time.

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