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Z Grille: A Twist on Modern American Cuisine

By Elisha Neubauer

Z Grille has found a way to reinvent the wheel, so to speak, when it comes to dining. Nestled in the center of downtown St. Petersburg, Z Grille conveys a fun, colorful atmosphere- complete with animated staff members, diverse entrees, and exciting cocktails. Customers have continued to rave about the eatery by filling the internet with shining reviews and recommendations.

The street face of the location begins to set the tone for your experience, with stark red and black outdoor seating contrasting the crisp white and glass-plated building front. Inside, the restaurant is set with brightly colored wall hangings, brazenly painted surfaces, and modern lighting placed accordingly at every angle. Lively wait staff finish off the fun, creative ambiance.

When it comes to the food, Z Grille does not disappoint. The same level of artistic and innovative thinking that was poured into the setting has been included in the creation of the menu. Chef Zack Gross, Head Chef at Z Grille, describes the selections as, "New American with Latin and Asian Influence." He explains that he tries to limit the number of ingredients in his dishes to avoid over-complicating them, as well as sources local products for unique and exciting tastes.

A true artist in the kitchen, Chef Zack says, "I usually just like to cook what I feel like. I never try to please everyone because that would result in me having a stroke. I just try to make food that is approachable; and most of all a fun experience." This tactic undeniably works, as clearly evidenced by his awards and glowing online reviews.

During the order process, you may have a hard time selecting a dish due to the vast collection of inspired creations. Perhaps one of the most popular one-of-a-kind concoctions is the Dr. Pepper Fried Ribs. Old time favorites also get a face-lift at the Z Grille. In fact, Chef Zack boasts that he has twelve different takes on the classic deviled eggs (both picture above). If you're headed out only for drinks, the imaginative selection can hold its own- while the distinctive bar area lends a great alternative to the typical bar scene.

All in all, Z Grille is rejuvenating the dinner setting. Chef Zack brings his own creative spins to the table, while the casual and contemporary dining environment makes for a wonderful conversation starter. The pairing of these elements has earned the restaurant 4.5 stars out of 5 on review websites such as TripAdvisor. Whether you are a local or merely visiting, Z Grille will make for a unique dining experience and is well worth the risk of skipping over the familiar comforts of chain restaurants in order to try something new.

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