Fatburger returns to Tampa Bay, Sea Hags Bar & Grill says goodbye, and more local foodie news

And Madison Avenue Pizza relaunches its boat delivery service, just in time for summer.

click to enlarge Fatburger returns to Tampa Bay, Sea Hags Bar & Grill says goodbye, and more local foodie news
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Fatburger, an integral part of rapper Ice Cube's 1992 single "Good Day," will finally debut its Tampa Bay location next month. It's been nearly a year since parent company Fat Brands and Whole Factor Inc announced plans to bring Fatburger to the Tampa area, and now the first outpost is slated to debut at 9950 Upper Alafia Ct., in Riverview, on June 19, according to the spokesperson. The company plans to open a total of four Fatburgers over the next years, with the other three locations yet to be announced. Fatburger is arguably best known for made-to-order, highly-customizable burgers. It also offers up milkshakes, fries, and some decent vegan options like Impossible burgers, and keto-friendly bunless “skinny burgers." The California-based chain first opened in Los Angeles over 70 years ago, and has since expanded to nearly 180 locations all over the world. Tampa Bay's last Fatburger locations were at Clearwater Mall and the International Mall back in 2003. 9950 Upper Alafia Ct., Riverview. fatburger.com—Colin Wolf

5 Bucks Drinkery
A highly anticipated bar will soon make its mid-Pinellas debut. Located in Pinellas Park—adjacent to a plaza that also houses MD Oriental and Kung Fu Tea—5 Bucks Drinkery's second location is slated to grand open on Thursday, June 15, according to owner Joshua Connell. The bar’s wide variety of beer, wine and specialty cocktails are joined by a menu of booze-friendly food, including dishes like burgers, tacos and sandwiches. A few of its signature drinks include the “Pink Taco" shot, complete with raspberry vodka, watermelon Schnapps, Sprite and sour mix, and the “Slutty Peter” cocktail loaded with dragon berry rum, peach Schnapps, pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine. While the drinks and food items at 5 Bucks used to be $5 each, most cocktails average around $5.99 these days (thanks, inflation). Luckily, all domestic beer tall boys are still only $3.50. In a conversation with Connell last year, he told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that 5 Bucks’ signature cocktails will also be available in 32-ounce to-go containers for folks that want to get sloshed via Uber Eats or DoorDash. 7402 49th St. N, Pinellas Park. fivebucksdrinkery.com


Sea Hags Bar & Grill
Last week, Sea Hags announced the imminent closure of its popular beachside restaurant on social media, stating that it's last day open will be Monday, June 5. "We all kind of knew this day was coming when a developer bought the property a few years ago, but that doesn’t make any easier," Sea Hags recently wrote on Facebook. "We got 15 years out of this place—which was a pretty good run for an old fishing hut built in the 1950s. But like so much waterfront property in Florida, it’s going to be torn down and redeveloped...thanks to everyone for all the support over the years. It’s been a pleasure to serve you and we hope to see you one more time." Located on St. Pete Beach, Sea Hags is known for its menu of freshly-caught seafood, live music and "Old Florida Charm." The beachside restaurant is retaining its entire staff until its last day open and will continue to boast daily specials like baked sea bass, grilled snapper and smothered ribeyes, in addition to hosting its popular live music. 9555 Blind Pass Rd., St. Pete Beach. seahagsbarandgrill.com


‘Goats, Golf & Good Times’
A new hangout spot is about to launch in Largo, and it’s one of the most unique late night experiences in Pinellas County. DK Farms typically hosts kid’s birthday parties and goat yoga. But starting this weekend, it’s launching a new late-night “Goats, Golf & Good Times” event—chock full of beer and wine, bar-friendly eats from its new food truck, mini golf, a mechanical bull and tons of friendly farm animals. Guests will pay $13.95 to have full access to the farm and its amenities, in addition to whatever food and drink they'd like to purchase. While this Saturday night event—which runs from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. each week—is aimed towards adults, parents are welcome to bring their kids as well. Starting this Saturday, June 3, DK Farms will offer a variety of local wines, beers and sangrias, plus small plates like nachos, mozzarella sticks, fries, chili and goat-shaped soft pretzels. 1750 Lake Ave. SE, Largo. Dkfarmsandgardens.com Grove + Surf Coffee’s 3rd anniversary
If you haven't visited Grove + Surf Coffee on your way to St. Pete Beach yet, there's no better time than its third anniversary this weekend. The specialty cafe and retail surf shop celebrates three years at 7370 Gulf Blvd. on Saturday, June 3 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The coffee shop will sling $3 cookies and cream lattes, plus offer 30% off Grove + Surf t-shirts all day long. Folks that spend over $50 will be entered into a raffle giveaway, while big spenders with purchases of $100 or more get a free gift. n addition to slinging espresso-based beverages and offering a beachside workspace, Grove + Surf also sells a variety of Florida-themed merchandise and apparel, ideal for out-of-towners and lovers of the Sunshine State. Besides its new cookies and cream latte, the cafe sells a variety of other seasonal drinks like its toasted coconut and lemon drop lattes, alongside a spread of teas and pastries. 7370 Gulf Blvd.,St. Pete Beach. grovesurfandcoffee.com Saigon Summer Night Market
Fingers crossed that Florida’s impending hurricane season won’t affect a brand new night market that’s popping up in Clearwater this summer. Located at 14100 US Hwy. 19 N at Clearwater’s Little Saigon Plaza, a night market chock full of Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian delicacies will pop up every Saturday and Sunday night starting on June 3. It’s free-to-attend and kid friendly, and will run from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. both nights. From boba teas, spring rolls and barbecue to specialty desserts, papaya salad and Vietnamese-style crawfish—the newly-launched Saigon Summer Market is a great place to sample a variety of freshly-made street foods. Some of the vendors that attendees can expect at next weekend’s market include boba slingers Bambu, Tampa’s Gao Restaurant, Thuy Cafe, Juju Tayaki, T & T’s Pho, Quan Ngon FL, JuMary Eats, Basil & Rosemary, alongside a dozen other small businesses. 14100 US Hwy. 19 N , Clearwater. Saigon Summer Night Market on Facebook
Event Details

Saigon Summer Night Market

Saturdays, 6-11 p.m. and Sundays, 6-11 p.m.

Little Saigon Plaza 14100 US Hwy. 19 N, Clearwater Clearwater


Dunedin’s Madison Avenue Pizza relaunches 'Pizza Skiff' delivery service this summer
If you ever find yourself day-drunk off the coast of the Gulf and absolutely starving, chances are you can get a slice of za’ delivered right to your boat. Dunedin favorite and Best of the Bay-winning Madison Avenue Pizza recently relaunched its Pizza Skiff, which delivers its prized pies right to your boat, waterfront house or sandbar. “​​We can deliver pizza, wings, tenders, salads or anything else on our menu to your beachside location!,” ‘The Pizza Skiff posted on social media yesterday. The Pizza Skiff can fulfill delivery orders throughout the Northern Pinellas area spanning from Indian Rocks Beach to Anclote River Park, but may be able to accommodate other areas on request, including land locations that have docks. Folks from Madison Avenue Pizza tell CL that their Pizza Skiff's hours are typically at the mercy of Florida’s wishy-washy weather. For now, the Pizza Skiff delivers on Saturdays and Sundays—weather permitting—but can fulfill catering orders throughout the week. @pizzaskiff on Instagram

Big Storm Brewing named ‘Florida Distillery of the Year’ at international spirits competition
Most folks might recognize Big Storm Brewing Co. from its variety of IPAs, pilsners and ales, but the Clearwater-based company recently earned a prestigious title for its distilled spirits. The New York International Spirits Competition named Big Storm as the "Florida Distillery of the Year" at its massive event earlier this month. Other Sunshine State-based spirits companies that received similar awards were Town 'n' Country’s Gamblers Bay Distillery, which snagged “Florida Gin Distillery of the Year,” as well as Revenge Rum out of West Palm Beach, which won “Florida Rum of the Year.” In addition to its several new accolades, Big Storm Brewing operates five outposts throughout Florida in cities like Clearwater, Tampa, Cape Coral, Odessa and Orlando. bigstormdistillery.com

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Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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