Best Of 2017

Best Sandwich That Gives the Cuban a Run For Its Money
Meaghan Habuda

The grouper sandwich should be to Tampa what the muffuletta is to New Orleans (sorry, Cubano lovers), and Big Ray’s should be the torch bearer. Unlike some other places that’re putting the beloved sando to shame, the South Tampa fish camp’s blackened version — which CL recognized back in June’s sandwich-driven Food Issue — tastes super fresh, with four complementary dressings: lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar sauce. This roadside destination is a must visit for locals and tourists alike regardless. —Chris Fasick

Food & Drink

Food & Drink


Best All-Around Restaurant
Todd Bates


  • Runner Up: Ulele
  • Runner Up: Datz
Best Bagels
Pixabay


  • Runner Up: Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Runner Up: Clearwater Bagels
Best Bakery (Bread)
Pixabay


  • Runner Up: La Segunda Central Bakery
  • Runner Up: Alessi Bakery
Best Bakery (Pastries)
Pixabay
Best Bakery (Pastries)
mazzaro


  • 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