Best Of 2017

Best Restaurant

Because I’m usually off tasting at new restaurants each week, I rarely get to return to those top tables that rank at the pinnacle of Tampa Bay’s culinary scene. And with all the buzz surrounding chef Chris Ponte’s On Swann over the last year, it’s easy to forget his flagship on the Pinellas side of the bay. I recently celebrated a special occasion there, and the Clearwater restaurant continues to click on all cylinders. The service, ambiance and fabulous food place it at the top of the heap. —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