Seasonal, locally sourced ingredients work equally well in both the surf and the turf columns at Birch & Vine, which has turned The Birchwood hotel lobby and patio into an evening dining destination for hunger diners in downtown St. Petersburg. Take particular note of the orange miso scallops, and the sous vide filet mignon, contemporary preparations that complement the reimagined 1920s property. Umbrella-covered patio tables face Beach Drive and North Straub Park
to provide the best people watching. The lively weekend scene can create conversational challenges at the interior tables and banquettes; for a quiet dinner, reserve on Monday orTuesday, or arrange to rent one of the private dining rooms for up to 12 guests.