Best Of 2017

Best New Restaurant

There are no foams and few modernist tricks — just imaginative ingredients in perfect combinations to make you weak in the knees. The ever-changing menu is not about quantity, but rather freshness, balance and finesse. As I reflect on my visits to The Restorative — heavenly potato agnolotti, fork-tender squares of pork cheek with pickled plums, revelatory onion soup, and a deliciously creative (and healthy) brunch — I can’t help but salivate. From the one-of-a-kind homemade sodas to dishes that silence my companions and bring them to tears, I’ve run out of superlatives. Just go. The Dunedin restaurant’s monthly wine dinner is especially divine. —Jon Palmer Claridge

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