Best Of 2017

Best Way to All-You-Can-Eat
Meaghan Habuda

This Tampa Palms mainstay lets you hot pot it up (until you can’t no more) using a variety of choose-your-own ingredients — everything from dumplings and seafood to veggies and udon noodle — destined for a warm, simmering pot of house-made broth. Patrons drop and boil and flip and dunk, aka cook and eat together, as is the Chinese hot pot tradition, on easy-to-use burners built into their table. This do-it-yourself formula creates an exciting communal dining experience for lunch or dinner when combined under one roof. There’s no sneeze-guarded assembly of buffet tables at this all-you-can-eat find, either (a nice change, dontcha think?) — just an open setting fit for interaction. Oh, and for those who want to work off a meal, there are multiple rooms designed for getting your karaoke on. —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