Best Of 2017

Earth Fare

This new grocer takes buying bulk to a new level, so much so that it’s worth the drive to Seminole (and one’s opening in Oldsmar soon). I already buy spices in bulk, but Earth Fare has the best selection in the area — including honey and olive oil, items not often found this way. Plus, the place has a Boot List of “bad” ingredients; buy the Earth Fare brand and it won’t contain any of those said ingredients. Yes, it’s a chain, which is something I hesitate to support, but it’s a small chain. And, hey, the more grocery stores who embrace bulk buying, less packaging and eschew fake ingredients in food, the cheaper it is for all of us to live that way. —Cathy Salustri

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