Food & Drink Events

Turns out bourbon and fine-dining BBQ mix quite well, and you now have a year to save up for Tampa’s ‘Whiskey Tampa Foxtrot’ dinner

But a nose is a nose, balance is still balance.

By Jon Palmer Claridge

When Creative Loafing Tampa Bay was first invited to attend the Garrison Brothers Bourbon Dinner as part of the Bern’s restaurant family Whiskey Tampa Foxtrot, I was excited, but skeptical. I’m on record as being a big fan of Executive Chef Chad Johnson, Chef de Cuisine Martin DeJesus, and the whole special events team...

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25 lounges, speakeasies and hidden bars in Tampa Bay, and how to find them all

From speakeasies where a password is always required, to laundromats that are actually great watering holes, and no-frills lounges that are way…

By Sofía García Vargas

Dirty Laundry
1742 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-493-0040
You better pick up the phone when it rings in this ordinary-looking laundromat. A voice will tell you a code to punch into the washing machine, unveiling a vibrant indoor space and a relaxing outdoor patio.
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Everything to see and eat during Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

[image-4] Busch Gardens brought Big Easy cuisine and entertainment to Tampa a little early with Mardi Gras. But the beads and bites…

By Chelsea Zukowski

Beignets NOLA Creamery and Sweet Beignets both right next to the Garden Gate Café, is where to get sweet fried doughnuts that are a must at any Mardi Gras festival, and the options at Busch Gardens include traditional with powdered sugar, ones topped with Woodford Reserve bourbon chocolate drizzle and banana’s foster beignets. The Busch Gardens beignets also stand out for their flaky, croissant-like texture.
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Tampa Bay's 50 best restaurants of 2021

[image-51] In spite of the last two years taking so many beloved restaurants away, some local chefs and restaurateurs have found ways…

By Ray Roa, Kyla Fields, Jon Palmer Claridge, Daniel Guess, Alexandria Jones, Colin Wolf

Tampa Bay's 50 best restaurants of 2021
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The Tampa Bay restaurants and bars that have closed since the beginning of the pandemic

The past two years have been incredibly tough for local restaurants and bars, and while many have survived, adapted, or even completely…

By CL Staff

Cafe Ponte  
    13505 Icot Blvd., Clearwater
    After 18 years of serving the Tampa Bay community with its modern Italian cuisine and fine dining atmosphere, Cafe Ponte closed down for good following complications stemming from the pandemic. However, last year the owners opened a new Italian restaurant, OLIVIA, in Tampa.
    Photo via Cafe Ponte/Facebook
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January 20, 2022

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