Best Of 2017

Best Restaurant That’s So Many Other Things, Too
Meaghan Habuda

Sure, it’s an all-too-convenient lunch-and-coffee hang for folks who work at the west end of Ybor (like, um, the staff of a certain beloved newspaper), but at any given hour of the day The Bricks can morph from breakfast spot to cocktail bar to art gallery to dance club to businessmen’s lounge. And with the addition of a community space next door in the former skate shop, it now has a nice, airy location for rentals, like the recent farewell party for Jared (Space at 2106) O’Roark. And whatever you’re there for, expect to join the daily guessing game: What the heck obscure movie is running on the TVs this time? (There was a period when the gang never seemed to stop playing the 1986 flick Short Circuit with Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg. Glad that’s over.) 1327 East 7th Ave., Ybor City. 813-247-1785, —David Warner

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