Sunday, April 10, 2016

Kings Street Food On Central

"Gourmet hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, several varieties of poutine, milkshakes, locally sourced craft beers?" why yes, I believe I will. And so we did ... make the drive from our stately pleasure dome on the beach to Kings Street Food Counter at 937 Central in downtown St. Pete.

Don't be misled by "food counter." At Kings you will receive excellent table service, or you may sit at the food counter, or tables in the outdoor courtyard. Take out is also available, and Kings offers an all-day breakfast.

The Belle of Gulf Boulevard and I arrived a little past noon last week and parked our buggy in an on-street space (free two hour parking) in front of the restaurant. We wandered in and were immediately greeted by our server, Elyssa. Menus were presented and beverages were offered. We both chose the refreshing Kings Street Gold draft beer.

Hearkening back to her school days back in Ohio I am sure, my bride could not resist the Teacher's Pet, a grilled cheese sandwich that she had been craving since ... well, forever. The Pet had brie, caramelized onions, green apples, and butter roasted almonds nestled between two slices of fresh baked sourdough bread.

Photo courtesy of Lydia Rector

This grilled cheese was a unique and filling take on a sandwich that was a staple of the common person’s diet in the 1920’s and a mainstay during the American Great Depression of the 1930’s. Each grilled cheese comes with a side of the diner's choice. The Belle chose Bacon and Bleu Mac Salad that she described as very good, though the bacon was a little scarce.

I find it difficult if not impossible to pass up a poutine. This French-Canadian dish was born in rural Quebec in the 1950's and traditionally was made with French fries and fresh cheese curds covered with gravy. Kings Street has several interpretations of this tasty treat like the more traditional Double Denim, but I could not resist the El Jefe. This boss poutine was prepared with crinkle cut fries, pork carnitas, roasted jalapeños, and pickled onions.

This poutine provided an appealingly provocative sensation to the palate. The fries were coated with Wisconsin cheese curds and then topped with the savory carnitas. This dish could serve as a snack for two people, and for one person it provided a very filling lunch time repast. Since King's is open until four in the morning on Friday and Saturday, I could certainly see the El Jefe as being a perfect hangover cure.

My dining partner was too stuffed for dessert but she couldn't resist the Chocolate Cronuts to go. This decadent dessert offering consists of two croissant donuts covered with a chocolate grenache and bacon.

The cronuts were a little messy by the time we got home, but that did not adversely affect their deliciousness.

All food and beverage came to a pocket pleasing $39.06. We added a 20% gratuity for Elyssa. Cheap eats and ice cold beer make Kings a real winner.

Kings Street Food Counter Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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