For you lucky ducks in the St. Petersburg area of Florida, this Wednesday December 17th at 3PM Locale Market opens up. What is Locale Market you say?
Imagine two Chefs (James Beard Award-winning Michael Mina & Cookbook Author Don Pintabona) whose friendship has created a culinary marketplace where you can enjoy fresh pasta and gourmet cheese samplings from the handmade pasta station, cold-pressed juices featuring locally sourced produce, hot-pressed Panini sandwiches fresh off the grill, delectable hand-made chocolates and more.
Locale Market will also feature seasonal, organic and local ingredients as well as artisanal foods. Best of all, there will be made-to-order prepared and semi-prepared foods which leads into what I was really trying to tell you about, the St. Petersburger:
“It fires on all cylinders!! Flavor wise. It’s rich, smokey, earthy, salty, sweet and subtly spicy. Texturally, it’s soft, chewy, and crispy. It keeps the palate engaged to the point that when it’s gone, you wish you had just one more bite.” – Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Hileman, creator of the St. Petersburger
What’s in this bad boy? A house-ground dry aged beef patty from Locale’s dry age program. It sits on top of a bed of crisp shredded Romaine from Faithful Farms, 20 Miles south in Palmetto. The lettuce is tossed in “secret sauce.” The patty is topped with melted smoked Gouda, double-smoked crisp bacon from Miami Smokers Urban Smokehouse, caramelized onions and mushrooms and melted ‘Merican Cheese. It’s all housed on a brioche bun baked at Locale’s Bread Box bakery.
I am normally inclined to remove any type of shredded green from my Burger but I don’t think that’s gonna happen this time since it’s tossed in secret sauce. Just looking at that Burger makes me feel like jumping in my car and driving over for one right now.
The St. Petersburger is the signature sandwich of a five burger program at The Grill inside Locale Market created by Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Hillman.
The Burgers at Locale Market:
- St. Petersburg – Locale Market dry-aged beef, double smoked bacon, gouda $13.49
- Peanut Butter Crunch – Bacon jam, pimento cheese, potato chips $11.49
- Turkey Burger – Florida avocado guacamole, pepper jack cheese, sambal aioli $10.49
- BBQ Salmon Burger – Ginger aioli, Gamble Creek Farms cucumber, gochujang $11.49
- Fava Bean Falafel Burger – Gamble Creek Farms cucumber yogurt, tomato confit, tahini $9.99
Go Locale & Eat A St. Petersburger:
-All pictures courtesy of Locale Market