New seafood market in St. Pete, Sunda New Asian comes to Tampa, and more local foodie news

And you can grab some of The Brutalist’s exclusive can and bottle releases as its grand opening party in The Burg’ this weekend.

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Openings

Pierogi Bar Adjacent to Treasure Island Beach and Gulfport, the aptly-named Pierogi Bar boasts a small, straightforward menu filled with variations of the Eastern European delicacy. There are many types of fillings for its pierogis, ranging from savory options like the traditional potato and cheese to sauerkraut and mushrooms. Other dishes on the newly-opened restaurant’s menu include fried potato pancakes, the traditional beet-based soup borscht and its exclusive Kozak platter—complete with two kobasa sausages, three potato pancakes and three pierogis. Before the recently-acquired brick and mortar, owner Daryna Voloshyn's customers placed bulk orders via phone and either picked them up at her house or got their pierogies delivered, cottage kitchen-style. 6661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. pierogi.bar

Coming Soon

Sunda New Asian With the recent debut of modern Japanese eatery Noble Rice and Chef Richard Hales’ Blackbrick on the way, Tampa is quickly becoming a hot spot for high-end Asian cuisine. Midtown Tampa—one of downtown’s fastest growing developments—will soon be the home to Florida’s very first Sunda New Asian restaurant, slated to open towards the end of 2022. Drawing from the multifaceted cuisines of countries like China, Japan, Korea, The Philippines , Thailand and beyond, Sunda's menu is a true culmination of Asian fusion. Options range from a la carte dim sum, noodle entrees, sushi rolls and sashimi, Filipino dishes like sisig and crispy pork belly and unique fusion items such as oxtail potstickers and bulgogi roti tacos. 3659 Midtown Dr., Tampa. sundanewasian.com

I.C. Sharks Bar & Restaurant The popular seafood market soft-opened its outdoor bar and restaurant this week to the delight of loyal patrons. Located directly behind its retail space on Gandy Boulevard, the new menu obviously showcases its fresh-caught goodies, as you can order raw oysters, steamed clams or shrimp, poke bowls and I.C . Shark's famous smoked fish dip alongside bar food offerings like BLT's and other sandwiches. It’s currently open Thursday-Friday from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The I.C. Sharks Facebook—where it also posts the catches of the day—says operating hours will expand soon. 10020 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. facebook.com/icsharks

Events

Good Fortune Baby’s upcoming pop-ups Tampa's most prized Asian fusion small plates are back, but there are only two opportunities to snag them. Good Fortune Baby's Instagram recently announced its pop-up schedule for the next few weeks—which include May 27 at Cafe Hey for the "Bloom on Franklin" market, as well as on June 4 at Crowbar for Emo Night Tampa 's anniversary show. With the help of her mom and family members, GFB’s Julie Sainte usually sells out of her dumplings, buns, and other Filipino-inspired small plates quickly—so make sure to get to those pop-ups a little early. The GFB Instagram recently posted a sneak peek of its menu for next week’s pop-up at Cafe Hey, which includes new plant-based Filipino “chicken” BBQ skewers, in addition to pancit-filled dumplings and peppercorn pork dumplings. @goodfortunebaby on Instagram

The Brutalist and Temple of Beer’s grand opening party The folks behind King State—Tampa’s go-to spot for craft coffee and beer—are finally ready to celebrate the grand opening of their new brewery and taproom across the bridge. The Brutalist and its taproom counterpart Temple of Beer will host its first party on Saturday, May 21 at noon. Alongside live music provided by Tampa acts Alien House and Notsew, made-to-order pizzas from Luna Rossa Cucina Rustica and exclusive bottle and can releases will fuel the partygoers until who knows how long. Special releases to grab at this weekend’s grand opening party include Brutalist collaborations with the Illinois-based Mikerphone Brewing and Sarasota’s Calusa Brewing, its debut imperial stout and more. 1776 11th Ave., St. Petersburg. templeofbeer.com


ICYMI

Hyde Park Village kicks off its monthly fresh market On the first Sunday of every month, South Tampa’s Hyde Park Village hosts a massive farmers market with hundreds of local vendors—slinging everything from fresh produce to plants to handmade art and vintage wares. The market usually runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and you can grab some lunch from some of the readymade food vendors as well. This is a pet and kid-friendly monthly event, as its next installation will take place on Sunday, June 5. To apply to become a vendor, please visit tampabaymarkets.com. 1602 W Snow Cir., Tampa. hydeparkvillage.com/event/fresh-market

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