Best Of 2017

Best Not-Kombucha
Alexis Quinn Chamberlain

Switchel is the new kombucha, people. Well, at least that’s what we’re telling ourselves now that we’ve tasted Mother Kombucha’s not-kombucha: Orange Blossom Switchel. This crisp, brilliant living beverage is equally as refreshing as the other small-batch members of the MK fam, but a little more feisty — as in, it’s got some zing from ginger and raw apple cider vinegar. Plus, local orange blossom honey adds a welcome floral flavor — and a Sunshine State edge — to the sparkling elixir. You can find the Orange Blossom Switchel in bottles (and in growler form) at a number of retailers around town. As the St. Petersburg-based company would say, “Embrace the ferment!” —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