Best Of 2019

Winner: Grain and Berry, grainandberry.com
Second Place: Nékter Juice Bar, nekterjuicebar.com
Runner Up: Escape Root Juicery, facebook.com/escaperootjuicery
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Best Alfresco Starter

M. Bird At Armature Works

The quartet of vaca frita tostones uses crisp plantains as the base for a pile of rich, shredded short ribs that are garnished with a touch of mojo, pico, and some spicy mango crema on the side. There’re so many scrumptious flavors and textures that your rooftop table will be speechless, except for a few enraptured moans. mbirdtampa.com 

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Winner: Bern’s Steak House , bernssteakhouse.com
Second Place: Gigglewaters, gigglewaters.com
Runner Up: Deviled Pig, deviledpig.com/

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Best “Phew”

Tiny Tap Tavern

We may have messed our pants when we heard the Tiny Tap Tavern was going to have new ownership. The dive bar has been a local hotspot for nearly 70 years, so when news of the sale came out, the internet was buzzing. Former owner, Casey Powell has had the joint in his family for decades. Let us not forget that TTT originated as a gas station office in 1934, and began selling beer and wine in 1951. Thankfully, the new owners are fans of the dive’s vibes and have kept it virtually exactly the same. 

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El Cap

Spill a drink anywhere else in Tampa Bay and you may be met with a side-eye, but not at El Cap. When shit goes flying thanks to a messy kid or an innocent (drunk) accident, Johnny pops out from the back area with a mop and a smile. Locals can slide by for a pitcher of beer and a daily double to catch the game and be guaranteed to get a word of inspiration from our man. When Johnny is working, it’s always a beautiful day. 

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Winner: St. Pete Bagel Co., www.stpetebagelco.com
Second Place: Bella’s Bakes Cakes and Bagels, bellasbakescakesandbagels.com
Runner Up: Clearwater Bagels, facebook.com/clearwaterbagels

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Winner: Mazzaro’s Italian Market, mazzarosmarket.com
Second Place: La Segunda Ybor, lasegundabakery.com
Runner Up: Alessi Bakery, alessibakery.com

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Winner: Mazzaro’s Italian Market, mazzarosmarket.com
Second Place: Alessi Bakery, alessibakery.com
Runner Up: The Scone Age Bakery, sconeagecafe.com

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Winner: La V, lavfusion.com
Second Place: Saigon Deli, facebook.com/Saigondeli
Runner Up: Alesia Restaurant, alesiarestaurant.com>

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Winner: Brew Bus Brewery tour, brewbususa.com
Second Place: Dunedin Beer Olympics, dunedinwaterside.com/beer-olympics
Runner Up: Pedal Pub, pedalpubstpete.com

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