Best Of 2017

Scott Harrell

Even without the ever-changing hip-hop lyrics on the sign, sloth mural or funky faux-rustic patio decor, HBS would still be the best new place on Central to kill an afternoon, what with the friendly and knowledgeable staff, dogs-welcome policy, and insane beer and wine selection and prices — you can spend hours trying different singles and bottles on-site, or grab a mix to go. But it’s those little details (and a small but killer menu, including this writer’s favorite pimento cheese in the Bay) that make it a one-of-a-kind home away from home for locals, and a favorite place to bring folks from across the bridge or the country. —SH

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