Local heavy hitters unite for Noble Tavern, Roam Restaurant & Bar opens in St. Pete, and more Tampa Bay foodie news

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Sunken Gardens’ botanical paradise, or at the grand opening of St. Pete’s newest Mexican restaurant, Tacos my Love.

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Tacos My Love St. Pete welcomed its newest taco spot, Tacos My Love, for a soft-opening this week. The new restaurant—owned by Pedro Rosales— will replace the Mid Peninsula Seafood Market, and offer authentic Mexican food with a fine dining twist. Menu items include traditional Mexican dishes like tacos and fajitas, as well as plant-based options like vegan nachos and jackfruit tacos. Also on the menu are signature drinks like a smoky basil mezcal cocktail, jalapeño pineapple margarita and baby mango with todka Tamarindo.The restaurant is currently taking reservations for this week and for its Cinco de Mayo grand opening with live mariachis and DJ. 400 49th St. S , St. Petersburg. tacosmylove.com

Roam Restaurant & Bar If you're wandering around St. Petersburg, don't forget to stop in Roam. A new restaurant is open in the Lealman neighborhood, and it is self described as a “fusion of classic French cooking and NY Steakhouse with a Southern twist.” The Roam Restaurant and Bar soft opened last week, and is now open Thursday-Sunday as it transitions into a more robust dining schedule, dishing out its thick steaks and signature cocktails. 3405 34th St. N St.Petersburg. @roamresturantstpete on Instagram

Popstroke It's tee time at Popstroke’s new location, which opened this week in Sarasota. The golf and dining concept, founded by golf legend Tiger Woods with partner Greg Bartoli, features two decked-out 18-hole mini-golf courses, outdoor dining, table and lawn games as well as three bars—one of them on the rooftop of the building. Popstroke serves a variety of dishes, including tuna tartare, a black bean veggie burger and reuben egg rolls as well as draft beer, wine and hand-crafted cocktails. 195 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota. popstroke.com

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Noble Tavern Two local favorites will join forces to bring a new concept to St. Pete. Noble Tavern will combine concepts and atmosphere from Noble Crust and Fat Beet Farm Kitchen & Bakery. The “polished casual craft cocktail bar with creative culinary dishes” will have an ambiance set to mimic that of an old world tavern and wrap it into a modern design, according to Noble Tavern’s Instagram. The restaurant will be located in the newly built Tru by Hilton St. Petersburg at 17th Street and Central Avenue in the Grand Central District and will debut sometime in 2023. 1650 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. @nobletavern on Instagram

Top Shelf Sports Lounge A new place to watch sporting events (or eat chicken wings and pretend like you’re watching) is slated to open in one of downtown Tampa’s most notable towers. As ThatssoTampa reported earlier this week, Top Shelf Sports Lounge will open on the bottom floor of the revamped and newly-renamed Truist Building. The 4,674-square-foot restaurant—which features an outdoor patio—will debut sometime in 2023. The only Top Shelf Sports Lounge in Tampa Bay is located inside of Wesley Chapel’s AdventHealth Center Ice. 401 E Jackson St., Tampa. topshelftampa.com

JB3 Dough Joe Self-described as a “bread.coffee.love. spot,” Tampa’s beloved bread-slingers just announced their latest venture—a grab-and-go located in the heart of historic Ybor City. “ We will start the remodel immediately and take each day as it comes. We do not have a tentative opening date but we will work as fast as we can to get that bread back to you,” a recent post from its Facebook reads.  Known for everything from cinnamon buns to sourdough to fancy focaccias—and even special gluten-free and vegan loaves— Jamison B Breadhouse Bakes’ wide variety of offerings can tickle any dough-lover’s palette. The new cafe will debut in Ybor City—although an exact location and slated opening date have not yet been determined. jamisonb.com


Kids eat free every Thursday at Nebraska Mini Mart It seems restaurants in Seminole Heights are finally figuring out that kids, and their beer-buying parents, are actually good for business. Nebraska Mini-Mart, owned by the Proper House Group (Rooster & the Till, Dang Dude, and Gallito), is now offering a free meal to children 12 and under every Thursday— with an adult purchase of equal or greater value. The offer is also only good for dine-in purchases. There are tons of kid-friendly bar-tivities at the Mini-Mart, just don't let 'em walk on the shuffleboard courts. 4815 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. nebraskaminimart.com —Colin Wolf

Arcadia’s Shelter Farm Sanctuary becomes nationally recognized With its recent accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Shelter Farm Sanctuary is only the second Florida-based nonprofit to be recognized for its high standards of animal care, sustainability, ethical principles, education, outreach and safety. Shelter Farm Sanctuary has been rescuing abandoned and neglected animals since 2019. It offers monthly tours to provide visitors the opportunity to make connections with animals they normally wouldn’t get to know on a personal level. 1837 SW CR-769, Arcadia. shelterfarmsanctuary.org

The Peach Truck heads to Tampa this summer This Nashville-based fruit truck heads to Tampa Bay this summer to help you distinguish the difference between freshly-picked peaches and their grocery store counterparts. The Peach Truck embarks on its Florida tour in June, serving the greater Tampa area from June 14-0. You can pre-order your peaches on its website after selecting a corresponding pick-up location—which range from Tampa to Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Lutz, and Brandon. thepeachtruck.com


Sunken Gardens’ Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Happening on Thursday, May 5, tickets for Sunken Gardens' party run for $45 and come with light Mexican bites from CALI St. Pete, margaritas and Mexican beer, and some of the most scenic views in St. Petersburg. There will also be a docent-led tour throughout the multi-acre botanical gardens to teach guests about its upcoming history center, which is slated to debut this fall. Where else can you drink margaritas amongst flamingos? 1825 4th S.t N, St. Petersburg. sunkengardensfoundation.org
The 17th Annual Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival Hope you've been practicing your dance moves, because Carnival is back in town. Although the parade itself takes downtown Tampa by storm on Saturday, April 30, Tampa Caribbean Festival Inc. is hosting an entire slew of events this weekend to celebrate this year’s Carnival—a colorful party filled with dancing, food, music, local vendors and larger-than-life costumes. VIP tickets for this weekend’s celebration are already sold out, but general admission passes are still available and start at $35. tampabaycaribbeancarnival

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Kyla Fields

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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