358 22nd Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33705
is an Old Florida restaurant in St. Petersburg, south of downtown and
in a neighborhood not at all trendy.
Chattaway, St. Petersburg, Florida
It has been operating as a business in one form or another for more than 90 years at this same location on the southeast corner of 4th Street South and 22nd Avenue South.
In fact you may drive by it for years and never think of going inside. That would be your loss. A great
visual and dining experience is yours once you park your car and walk
into this place.
The parking lot is behind the restaurant building, on
the east side, and is entered from 22nd Avenue.
This restaurant is off the
beaten tourist track, and is highly favored by knowledgeable locals.
Entrance to Chattaway, St. Petersburg
entrance is in the back of the building on the parking lot. You will
walk into an outside dining area that looks like a tropical nursery, and
in many ways it is. Picnic tables are spread around under various
awnings and shade sails and bordered by large trees. On a sunny day the
light patterns are uplifting. It just feels like a happy place, and it
IF YOU LIKE ANTIQUE BATHTUBS, YOU WILL LOVE CHATTAWAY
Chattaway Bathtub Planters
Somebody years ago must have gotten a deal on used antique clawfoot bathtubs. They are thoughtfully placed all throughout the exterior boundaries of the property and used as planters for an amazing variety of flowers and tropical plants. The minute you feast your eyes on this outside dining area, you will feel like you are in an authentic version of Old Florida.
atmosphere and menu are casual, and you can choose from a variety of
soups, sandwiches, salads or larger entrees. The most famous dish here
is the Chattaburger, a 7 ounce hamburger adorned with just about
anything you could want on a burger. They also have a lot of seafood
offerings. Beer and wine is also served.
On my visit, I had a great
bowl of chili and a grilled cheese sandwich topped with bacon. I tried
hard not to visualize my cardiologist lecturing me on this, because I
don't eat this way all the time. This was great, my New Years Day
treat, and would make up for the Gator's disastrous performance the
following day against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.