Orange Belt Cafe in St Pete – Bob Lees Tires (lobby)
We have several neighbors who are foodies, so when they ‘love’ something, I pay attention. One family was born and raised in Louisiana and recently told me “you need to visit Orange Belt Cafe in the lobby of Bob Lee’s Tires. They make the most authentic muffuletta [description below] that we’ve found outside of New Orleans”. (I’m offering TWO FREE LUNCHES FOR TWO, read below)
Turns out, Chef Thomas Musarra served as executive chef at several restaurants, including Mano’s Italian Grill (184 Google Reviews w/4.6 avg, before Covid closed it) and now he’s created his own, Orange Belt Cafe!
By all accounts, our neighbors hit the nail on the head w/ this hidden gem. The ‘St Petersburg Foodies’ publication certainly agrees, as here’s their recent raving review: https://bit.ly/3y6zXvA
St Petersburg Foodies Article on Orange Belt Cafe
“A real Cuban sandwich has salami, and Tommy’s is even more authentic because it includes Salchicon salami from Italy.” [he explains the Italian influence on the Cuban sandwich in the 1800’s] “The Orange Belt Cafe Cuban has slow roasted (in-house) mojo pork, Cuban ham, Salchicon salami, house pickle, Swiss cheese, and spicy mustard, and it is pressed. It was excellent.” He goes onto say “I ordered the “Super Italian” sandwich…and it was definitely Jersey-Boy approved, and huge. It includes soppressata, Genoa salami, prosciutto, capicola, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and house made Italian dressing.”
Colt had their freshly made pastries, while I ordered the biggest & best bacon, egg & cheese wrap, plus a muffuletta to-go for lunch. We didn’t have muffulettas on the avocado farm, but this sandwich is right up my alley! Spicy capicola ham, mortadella, genoa salami, mozzarella, provolone & olive salad.
Help show these two local entrepreneurs some love by sharing & visiting for breakfast or lunch! We’ll even select two followers Tues night (7/13), giving $30/each towards Orange Belt! To enter, simply comment if you typically prefer Pastries, Cuban Sandwiches or Italian Sandwiches. Official Rules: https://bit.ly/2ZEL7Z7
Google Reviews: 36 reviews with a 4.9/5 average
Address: 1631 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL
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