El Cap St Petersburg - Iconic Hamburger Joint

By Published On: September 27th, 2021

El Cap and Iconic St Pete Burger Joint

Published on 09/27/21: Several followers suggested Colt and I visit one of St Pete’s oldest burger joints, El Cap Restaurant! Located just north of downtown on 4th, El Cap burgers is one of the most iconic restaurants in the #TampaBay area, per the Tampa Bay Times. Before a brief history and summary of El Cap, for those interested in the Sky Zone winners, they’re down below. Congratulations!

El Cap has been serving up juicy burgers in St. Pete for 40+ years. The Bonfili family purchased the original bar in 1963, with Frank and Mary Jean Bonfili running with it the majority of the time. However, I’m told that Frank passed away in the early 2000’s and Mrs Bonfili passed in 2019. RIP.

Some articles I read indicate that the goal moving forward is to change very little, honoring the Bonfili’s. I mean, part of the popularity and appeal is that El Cap has resisted adapting to the modernization around St. Pete in the last 40+ years. I mean even the prices have resisted some change, with single burgers priced at $5.25 and doubles for $7.50. Was great for my wallet, as it’s not too uncommon to pay $12+ for a burger these days.

Upon walking in, my initial thoughts were “Where’s Sam Malone, Norm and Carla?”  El Cap certainly seems like a place where ‘everyone knows your name’. #Cheers. Come to find out, I’m not alone.

From I Love the Burg St. Pete about El Cap:

“…more than just homey, it feels like home. Banter from the regulars substitutes for blaring music and the servers greet you as if you’re an old friend. The evolution of the Burg’s foodie scene illuminates and makes beautiful the uncomplicated nature of El Cap’s menu. They have chicken finger baskets for kids steaming hot broccoli cheddar bites and mozzarella sticks for the family to share, and burgers that are covered in grilled onions, giant pickles and mayo.”

My other thought upon entering was “Are we in a time capsule?” El Cap has an incredible amount of great local nostalgia on the walls – photos, newspaper clippings, you name it. The restaurant has stood the test of time and is full of Tampa Bay history. Rather remarkable.

If you haven’t visited El Cap, do yourself a favor and check it out!  Address:
I’ll be visiting again soon to watch #ChampaBay games with friends! I quickly took note of the many tv’s and a sizeable outdoor area (pet friendly).

3 📸 taken directly from @ El Cap
Congratulations to the lucky followers below, each winning 2 Sky Zone passes:

Instagram: @abeautyinbeastmode & @Inkedsnowwhite
Facebook: Lori Russell and Monica Sharkey

Google Reviews: 2444 reviews with a 4.4/5 average

Address: 3500 4th St N, St Pete, FL

Phone: 727-521-1314

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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