Best New Restaurant

Samba Room

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Chip Weiner
Best New Restaurant

When a new restaurant announces its presence with the exuberance of Brazilian Carnival, it’s good that it’s named Samba Room. Chef Felicia Lacalle’s tapas bounce around your mouth with flavor combinations that you don’t see coming, and the result is thrilling. From the panzanella salad to the guava glazed pork belly to the dreamy tres leche cake, this place delivers more taste per calorie than any new addition to Bay area cuisine. 1502 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-251-4022,

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Jon Palmer Claridge

Jon Palmer Claridge—Tampa Bay's longest running, and perhaps last anonymous, food critic—has spent his life following two enduring passions, theatre and fine dining. He trained as a theatre professional (BFA/Acting; MFA/Directing) while Mastering the Art of French Cooking from Julia Child as an avocation. He acted...
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