Best Of 2015

Best Healthy Fast Food You Can Order Ahead
Fitlife Foods via Facebook

So easy you have no excuse not to eat healthier, and so fresh and tasty you’ll be happy about it, too. Pre-packaged low-cal meals in a variety of sizes, refrigerated (not frozen) so they can be heated up in two minutes or less in the microwave, they range from breakfast dishes (huevos rancheros) to dinner entrees (Jamaican pork tenderloin with pecan sweet potato and asparagus) and cost from $4.95-$12.45. You can stop by one of their seven area branches and choose from what’s on hand, or better yet, become a member so you can order ahead online or by phone and have your choices packed up and ready for you to pick up — plus, you get a member discount. Best of all: the deliciousness quotient is consistently (and surprisingly) high, and the nutritional info is spelled out clearly so you know just how many carbs and cals you’re getting.

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