St. Pete’s new food hall, drive-thru brisket in South Tampa, and more local foodie news

And Side Piece is closing in Dunedin.

If you’ve ever fantasized about brisket drippings greasing up your steering wheel on a drive through South Tampa, then Grill & Provisions’ new concept has you covered. Look below to read more, bookmark to get updates in real time and don’t forget that the Florida State Fair—with all its crazy food—starts today.

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Brisket Shoppe Barbeque supply emporium Grill & Provisions opened a second shop with The Brisket Shoppe restaurant attached and ready to sell smoked meats and accompaniments three days a week. Located where Holy Hog’s old Palma Ceia West location used to be, the menu focuses on three types of brisket: prime, USDA prime, and Wagyu. In addition, there are Texas hot links, smoked beef sausage, stuffed poblano peppers, and nachos. Of course all good barbeque comes with sides—at the shoppe, they’re collard greens, brisket and beans, mac and cheese, and potato wedges. The shoppe opens at 11 a.m. on Thursday and Fridays, and 9 a.m. on Saturdays when you can get El Guapo breakfast brisket burrito. Closing time, for all three days, is when the brisket is sold out. 4004 Henderson Blvd., Tampa.

Manhattan Casino’s 22 South Food Hall Technically not open until April 30, the hall at this historic South St. Pete venue is home to some of the Sunshine City’s best Black-owned businesses like Ray’s Vegan Soul, Three Generations, Deuces Cafe, Callaloo and more. Executive Chef John Karasiewicz is even running VJ’s, an American food concept that’s a tribute to late Tampa Bay Buccaneer and philanthropist Vincent Jackson, whose charity—Jackson in Action 83 Foundation—will receive a portion of the proceeds. 642 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg.

Red Star Live Seminole Heights’ Red Star Rock Bar expanded in February with this new restaurant and venue at Brandon Harley-Davidson. Blues songwriter Damon Fowler’s been hosting a Thursday residency there, but the menu features classic bar fare including burgers, wings, and oyster specials on Sundays all served inside a massive space with three stages, two bars, a giant outdoor patio and a full service restaurant serving lunch and dinner seven days a week. 9841 E. Adamo Dr., Tampa.

Willa’s Provisions Mini-King State vibes and a stacked menu arrived in NoHo last week when this Willa’s companion concept opened for brekkie (8 a.m.-11 a.m.) plus lunch and afternoon service (11 a.m.-5 p.m.). Items available on site and for pickup include breakfast tacos, baked goods (carrot cake loaf!), King State coffee and fresh fruit plus chicken soup, a gem wedge with lemon vinaigrette and red ion, farro salad, handheld wraps, ice cream, beer, wine and more. 310 N Rome Ave., Tampa.—Ray Roa

Coming soon

Fo’ Cheezy Twisted Meltz Owner Robert Hesse told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that the second location of his grilled cheese sandwich concept is scheduled to open in downtown St. Petersburg this June at the old Five Guys spot. A portion of all sales will go towards his non-profit No Kid 86’d, which helps Tampa Bay area at-risk youth gain opportunities and mentorship, but in the meantime check out the flagship brick-and-mortar location at at 6305 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach. 111 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg.

Q Southern Outpost Dunedin BBQ newbie moves into Caledonia Brewing where Side Piece used to live. In a recent review, CL food critic Jon Palmer Claridge wrote that Q’s chef Cameron Capri cooks up a perfect storm of the best American barbecue. 587 Main St., Dunedin.


Side Piece April 25 is the final day of service for the literal side piece of Restorative masterminds Jason and Cricket Borajkiewicz, who’ve decided to focus more on their original restaurant and their love of fine dining. Enjoy the last few days of paninis—like the “quack attack” with confit duck french dip, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and thyme au jus, or the vegetarian “mary mo” and the meaty “hey mario"—and snacks like pad thai popcorn, smoked fish dip plus a cheese and charcuterie plate. 587 Main St., Dunedin @sidepiecedunedin on Instagram


Seminole Heights’ Jug & Bottle is asking Tampa City Council to let its customers drink on site Supporters and haters can chime in on Thursday, April 22 during a Tampa City Council hearing, but in the meantime grab some 3 Dot Dash vegan food inside, then try the public bidet on your way out. 6203 N Florida Ave., Tampa.—Ray Roa

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