Best Of 2017

Best New Food Trend
Alexis Quinn Chamberlain

Joining dining destinations like New Orleans, D.C. and Los Angeles, Tampa Heights saw the opening of its first food hall, The Hall on Franklin, in late August. Another foodporium of gourmet proportions is the nearby Heights Public Market, launching along the Hillsborough River sometime later this year. Although they’re different from one another (HPM, for one, is part of the larger Armature Works project of event spaces, co-working opportunities, a rooftop social area and two restaurants, while The Hall bills itself as a full-service collective eatery under one roof), both are collaborative in nature with local chefs, restaurateurs and other industry pros involved to offer a wide range of options for couples or groups who can’t decide on where to dine and drink, plus solo patrons who want to feel like they’re still part of the action while downing everything from cocktails to poke. —Meaghan Habuda

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Best All-Around Restaurant
Todd Bates

  • Runner Up: Ulele
  • Runner Up: Datz
Best Bagels

  • Runner Up: Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Runner Up: Clearwater Bagels
Best Bakery (Bread)

  • Runner Up: La Segunda Central Bakery
  • Runner Up: Alessi Bakery
Best Bakery (Pastries)
Best Bakery (Pastries)

  • Runner Up: Alessi Bakery
  • Runner Up: Frida's Cafe & Bakery
Best Banh Mi
freshcrackedpepper via Wikimedia Commons

  • Runner Up: Bamboozle Cafe
  • Runner Up: Saigon Deli
Best Bar Crawl
Brew Bus

  • Runner Up: Bar Crawl Nation (St. Pete)
  • Runner Up: Tampa Noles Pub Crawl
Best Bar Food
Courtesy of Dunedin Brewery

  • Runner Up: Engine No. 9
  • Runner Up: Mermaid Tavern