Best Of 2015

Best Chef
The Mill

The Mill opened just a few short weeks ago, but chef Dorsey’s cuisine demonstrates a culinary mind in command of exciting juxtapositions of flavor. Scallops with curried cauliflower mash, rare tuna with ginger-carrot purée and radicchio marmalade, prosciutto and blackberry, frog’s legs and chili brown butter, and on and on. Best of all is (are?) The Naughty Bits: seared foie gras and sweetbreads atop dark and savory pork pomegranate molasses, accompanied by an anise-tinged blueberry corn muffin and a confit of soft scallions, fire-tamed until their brashness fades to become a malleable garnish for an inspired plate that’s one of the year’s best. But then, every plate at The Mill brings surprise to your taste buds and a carefully calibrated balance of exciting favors. It’s an adventure you never want to end.

Food & Drink

Food & Drink


Best All-Around Restaurant


Runners Up: Datz, Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe 

Best Almost an Arcade

Fodder & Shine may have had a bit of a hard time finding its identity in burgeoning but not completely avant-garde Seminole Heights. But, while chef Greg Baker had to tweak his authentic Florida cracker cuisine to appease the unseasoned palates of thought-they-were-brave foodies, the restaurant’s bar offerings plus video games and pool table have made it a pretty great spot to kick it into the late night. 5910 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-234-3710, fodderandshine.com

Best Bagel Shop
Shanna Gillette


Runners Up: Einstein Bros Bagels, Clearwater Bagels

Best Bahn Mi


Runners-Up: Green Mint Asian, Grill Saigon Deli

Best Bakery (Bread)
20 Shekels Bread via Facebook


Runners Up: Alessi Bakery, Bake‘n Babes 

Best Bakery (Pastries)
Chip Weiner


Runners Up: Alessi Bakery, Mazzaro’s Italian Market

Best Bar Food


Runners Up: The Stein & Vine, Engine No. 9

Best Bar When You Need a Break from Local Beer

Hey, sometimes you’re just not in the mood for another hoppy IPA or citrus-smoked bacon whatever. Cigar City’s getting the jump on the burgeoning cider and mead markets the same way it got ahead of the Bay area craft beer curve, and is putting out the area’s best stuff as a result. From sweet summery ciders to more subtle, textured concoctions and a fearless attitude toward experimenting with the ancient (and misnamed, really) “honey wine” known as mead, the staff at this casual Ybor City brewery and tasting room is friendly, skilled and schooled. If you’re willing to be curious and more than a little fearless yourself when it comes to new flavors, they’ll help you find a new obsession in something you’ve never tasted before. 1812 N. 15th St., Ybor City. 813-242-6600, cigarcitycider.com

Best Barbecue Restaurant
Holy Hog Barbecue via Facebook


Runners Up: Urban Brew & BBQ, 4 Rivers Smokehouse