Best Of 2015

Best Fraternal Trend
Lisa Mauriello

Did successful restaurateurs around the state band together to start a sibling eatery revolution in Tampa Bay? We think so. This year saw the genesis of more than 15 offshoots from independent restaurants, and while some have opened, others, including Ciccio Restaurant Group’s Fresh Kitchen and Daily Eats mashup, are on their way. Want the outdoor, pup-friendly version of downtown St. Pete’s burger-and-franks hub, Engine No. 9? Engine Rose, just up the road, has you covered. Or maybe you’re looking for a laid-back small plates joint that offers the same exceptional experience as Bern’s Steak House in SoHo. You’ll find those qualities inside the neighborhood’s nearby Haven.

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