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Eat St. Pete’s Elizabeth Dougherty reviews Columbia Restaurant

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By Elizabeth Dougherty: It’s been a little while since I’ve eaten at the famed Columbia Restaurant. However, over the weekend we headed out to the Pier for a little respite and ended up there. The view, as always, is spectacular, surrounded by open water on all sides and it was a beautiful day.

The first thing I noticed was the upturn in the level of service compared to some of my visits there months ago. Our server was very attentive and I noticed the other tables around us (with other servers) were getting a short lesson on the history of the Columbia and the origin of some of the dishes. Good stuff.

We ordered the Devil Crab Croquettes as a starter and I was a little skeptical since the last time I had them (at another Columbia location quite a while ago) they were more cracker crumb and less crab. I was so happy when I tried a bite and it was exactly as it should be. Continue reading here.

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