Y’all, there are not enough good things I can say about Oxford Exchange – short story, you should go there. However, if you’re looking for that OE vibe on the other side of the bridge, look no further than their sister property, The Library.
Formerly called The Peabody, The Library St. Pete is the second concept of Oxford Commons. It’s located in downtown St. Petersburg, inside Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, and serves as the perfect brunch-slash-photo opp if you find yourself in DTSP. The restaurant is not as big as OE, but it’s just as ‘grammable, filled with blue books and cozy armchairs to settle into. I’ve also found it’s easier to get into without a reservation come Sunday morning, though I’d always recommend making one.
This past Sunday, I had the chance to bring a friend from out of town for brunch, and like all my experiences at The Library St. Pete, it was lovely. This time, I had the strawberry rose iced tea, which was so refreshing, and the sweet potato pancakes. These pancakes were wonderful and homey, with apple compote and pecans, to give you all the fall vibes even though the temperature outside was around 80. In the past I’ve also ordered the French toast, which is equally delightful. The menu does change from time to time, so keep an eye out for new dishes from their executive chef, Rachel Bennett.
If you’re not a brunch person, they also have a solid selection of small plates, salads and sandwiches to choose from. However, it’s the ambiance that will keep you coming back. The service is always very attentive, checking in to see how they can enhance the experience for you, and the vibe is elevated while attainable. It’s not a brunch you need to dress up for, but you won’t look out of place if you do. It’s also very accessible to some of the other highlights in St. Pete, like the Dali Museum and Mahaffey Theater, so it’s the perfect jumping off point for a day in the Sunshine City.
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