The 20 most-anticipated new Tampa Bay restaurants opening this spring

Last year was tough for local restaurants, and Tampa Bay said goodbye to plenty of iconic spots. The good news, spring is…

By CL Staff

Twisted Indian  
    
    2641 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 
    St. Pete Rising says the popular food truck is shooting for a spring opening for a brick and mortar location in St. Petersburg’s Grand Central neighborhood.  The menu will include some of the Indian food truck’s popular dishes like tikka masala naanwiches in addition to new items.
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20 Tampa Bay rooftop bars with incredibly scenic views

Tampa Bay actually has plenty of rooftop bars, but not all of them are paired with a scenic view. Here are a…

By CL Staff

SIX at JW Marriott   
    510 Water St., Tampa 
    Overlooking the hotel’s gorgeous rooftop pool and bay views, SIX creates an IG-worthy backdrop for visitors and hotel guests. Open for lunch and dinner reservations, the menu is an eclectic mix of chef crafted specialties from cocktails to hearty entrees. 
    
    Photo via EDGE’s website
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All the deals you can try for $10 or less during Tampa Bay Pizza Week (2/18-2/28)

Life happens, pizza helps. Tampa Bay Pizza Week is back! Now through February 28th, enjoy 10 days of pizza specials $10 and…

By CL Staff

Fabrica Pizza
    Multiple locations
    fabricapizza.com  
    $10 - Margherita pizza.
    Takeout (call-in), Dine-in
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Tampa Bay's 25 most romantic restaurants for dine-in or takeout

Here you'll find a few of the best local spots for Valentine dishes, and to help come up with this list, Creative…

By CL Staff

 6. Oak and Ola 
    1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa, (813) 773-1901
     “What an amazing experience, my friends and I enjoyed some libations and appetizers, about 20 of us all together. Service was prompt and Sal was a great server, I recommend him to any new comers because of his knowledge of the menu and his attentiveness. I will be back for sure, and can't wait to try more menu items!!" - Taylor S. 
    Photo via Jim C./Yelp
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Tampa Bay restaurants that closed their doors in 2020

The restaurant industry is a tough one to begin with, even in the best of times. 2020 has presented a whole bunch…

By CL Staff

Hall on Franklin  
    701 N. Franklin St., Tampa
    Tampa’s Hall on Franklin, the area's first food hall, closed in mid December following a lawsuit with the landlord. “As great as the original Franklin Street site was, there are certain things we were not able to do there, such as outside dining, adding a private dining room and other amenities that are especially important amid COVID-19,” founder Jamal Wilson told CL. Wilson's next concept, Hall at Midtown, is expected to open in 2021. 
    Photo via Colin Wolf
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The 25 most anticipated Tampa Bay restaurants opening in 2021

Surprisingly, 2020 saw plenty of new eats in Tampa Bay, and it's looking like 2021 will be just as good. From boozy…

By CL Staff

Sal Y Mar 
    3650 Midtown Dr., Tampa
     This rooftop bar is scheduled to debut in January 2021. Expect a casual and sophisticated vibe, and a menu filled with tapas, cocktails, as well as local craft beers and wine. Sal Y Mar boasts indoor and outdoor seating amid Mayan-inspired decor, and a 360-degree view of the Bay area through floor-to-ceiling windows. 
    Photo via Concord Hospitality
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Tampa Bay's best restaurants of 2020, according to local chefs and foodies

[image-51] I’m not sure about you, but March 20 feels like a couple of lifetimes ago for me. That was the day…

By CL Staff

Tampa Bay's best restaurants of 2020, according to local chefs and foodies
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St. Pete had more new restaurants than anywhere else in Tampa Bay this year, here are 25 you should know

Out of all the Tampa Bay areas, no place witnessed a bigger explosion of new, exciting restaurants in 2020 than St. Petersburg.…

By CL Staff

On The Fly
    4447 4th Street N., St. Petersburg, (727) 325-2973
    From popular Tampa Bay restaurant group Ciccio comes On The Fly, a food hall concept containing some of the groups most popular restaurants. Vendors include Sweet Soul, an acai and bowl spot, Fresh Kitchen, a health-conscious build-your-own restaurant, Better Byrd, a chicken-centric concept and Taco Dirty, a Chipotle-esque modern Mexican place.
    Photo via On The Fly/Instagram
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25 essential suburban restaurants that opened in Tampa Bay in 2020

Despite all of *points to the world outside* this, plenty of new restaurants sprang up in Tampa Bay this year, and while…

By CL Staff

Side Piece
    587 Main St., Dunedin, (727)-351-5105
    From the owners of popular Dunedin restaurant The Restorative comes this casual concept, Side Piece. Standouts on the menu are paninis like the “liz lemon” with turkey, pastrami, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing or the vegetarian “fungus amungus.” The concept also offers dishes like hot dogs and pad thai popcorn.
    Photo via Side Piece/Instagram
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Every Tampa Bay restaurant offering sit-down and takeout Thanksgiving meals or specials

Everything we loved and took for granted about Thanksgiving is in question this year. So, with huge family gatherings not being the…

By CL Staff

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House
    400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-896-2400
    For $39.95 you can enjoy a three-course Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dishes include butternut squash bisque, roasted turkey, grouper, and pumpkin cheesecake. Kids under 12 can opt for a smaller turkey meal for $17.95.
    Photo via 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House/Facebook
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The 20 best new restaurants to open in Tampa Bay in 2020

This year has thrown a wrench into a pastime that for so many years we took for granted: eating out without feeling…

By CL Staff

Wild Child Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
    2710 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (813) 769-9983 
    Take a visit to bistro and cocktail bar Wild Child and enjoy meals ranging from a tomato and peach salad to a Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich, all while relaxing under the restaurant’s covered patio space.
    Photo via Wild Child Restaurant & Cocktail Bar/Facebook
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All the beefy deals you can try for $10 and under during Tampa Bay Burger Week (11/5-11/15)

When life throws you a burger, eat it. Starting today, burger enthusiasts will have access to 10 straight days of deals thanks…

By CL Staff

Yeoman's Cask & Lion
    202 N. Morgan St., Tampa
    813-224-9367
    yeomanscaskandlion.com
    BBQ Mac Daddy Burger - $10
    8 oz. Angus patty on a pretzel bun, piled high with house made creamy mac n cheese, crispy onion straws, and tender pot roast smothered in BBQ sauce.
    Online ordering (pickup), dine-in
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20 essential Tampa Bay grouper sandwiches everyone should try at least once

Basically, there are two iconic sandwiches in Tampa Bay, the Cuban and the grouper. And, since we've already ran down our favorite…

By CL Staff

Big Ray’s Fish Camp
    813-605-3615, 6116 Interbay Blvd., Tampa bigraysfishcamp.com  
    Big Ray’s claims to have the “freshest seafood in South Tampa.” Big Ray’s red grouper sandwich is $15 and comes grilled, blackened or fried with lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar sauce. Big Ray's also has a location at the Sail Pavilion in downtown Tampa.
    
    Photo via Big Ray’s Fish Camp/Facebook
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27 hispanic-owned restaurants in Tampa Bay you should've tried by now

Tampa Bay has a multitude of hispanic-owned restaurants worth celebrating. It is, after all, the birthplace of the Cuban sandwich. So, in…

By CL Staff

TacoSon
    7521 N 56th St., Tampa, (813) 989-2080
    This family-owned Mexican restaurant originally comes from Sonora, Mexico, hence the name TacoSun. It also pulls its menu directly from traditional northern-style Mexican cuisine, with tostadas, chimichangas, and the Sonoran Style hotdog, which is topped with white onions and hot sauce and served with Mexican style homefries.
    Photo via TacoSon/Facebook
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The 25 most-anticipated restaurants coming to Tampa Bay this fall

Summer already saw a slew of new eateries debut in Tampa Bay, but the year isn't over. From new Indian street food…

By CL Staff

Hiccups & Churroholic
    13030 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
    This Asian-inspired chain is coming to Tampa soon. A collaboration between Hiccups Teahouse and Churroholics, they will sell dishes like popcorn chicken, pho, kimchi fried rice, garlic noodles, and of course, churros. The churros are made-to-order and come in a variety of unique flavors like matcha.
    Photo via Hiccups & Churroholic/Facebook
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Over 50 new restaurants opened in Tampa Bay this summer, here are a few worth trying

Without a doubt this past summer was one of the toughest environments for Tampa Bay businesses, especially restaurants. But despite the pandemic,…

By CL Staff

Pinoy
    1113 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 281-0072
    This recently opened Filipino restaurant in St. Petersburg offers traditional Filipino dishes as well as drinks like buko juice, which is coconut milk made with young coconut meat. For vegan patrons, Pinoy offers dishes like vegetable lumpia, curry and pancit made up of stir-fried rice noodles, carrot, celery, green beans, onion and cabbage.
    Photo via Pinoy/Facebook
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All the deals available right now for Tampa Bay's Taco Takeover

Tacos are taking over Tampa Bay now through Tuesday, September 1. Enjoy 15 days of takeout and dine-in taco plus drink specials…

By CL Staff

Taco Bus
    Multiple locations
    $6.99 for 2 blackened shrimp tacos with your choice of tortilla topped with cheese, cabbage, pico de gallo. Ordering options: Takeout (call-in), Dine-in.
    Photo via Taco Bus
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The 20 hottest restaurants in Tampa Bay right now

Since COVID-19, many Tampa Bay spots have closed, re-opened, instituted changes or debuted for the first time. It's been a tough few…

By CL Staff

Fo’Cheezy Twisted Meltz
    6305 Gulf Blvd., St Pete Beach, (727) 498-3205
    The brainchild of Celebrity Chef and Food Network contestant Robert Hesse, Fo’Cheezy serves up signature grilled cheese sandwiches like the Cluck Norris “Ass Kickin Chicken” served with smoked gouda, aged cheddar, Nashville hot sauce, southern fried chicken, pickled red onion, dill pickles and cut slaw.
    Photo via Fo’Cheezy/Facebook
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20 Tampa Bay restaurants with rain-friendly outdoor patios

If you're not ready to eat inside a crowded restaurant yet, an outside patio is the way to go. As Florida approaches…

By CL Staff

Columbia Cafe
    801 Water St., Tampa, 813.229.5511
    Located inside of the Tampa History Center, it’s a convenient place to stop by after touring the museum. You can also enjoy a nice, secluded waterfront view. Also, how many deviled crab croquettes can you eat in one sitting?
    Photo via Columbia Cafe/Website
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20 iconic Tampa Bay sandwiches you can order right now

With local restaurants taking a big hit due to the pandemic, delivery and take-out services are more important than ever. However, since…

By CL Staff

Mac Daddy from the Deviled Pig  
    3307 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., 813-766-1188
    The Deviled Pig has many signature sandwiches from the pitmaster queban to the pirate shipwreck, but this slide is about the mac daddy. As the name suggests the mac daddy is a chopped brisket sandwich with melted cheese topped with mac and cheese on a griddled round roll.   
    ORDER HERE   
    
    Photo via The Deviled Pig/Facebook</a
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30 new restaurants that opened in Tampa Bay so far this summer

It takes a true herculean effort to open a new restaurant, bar or brewery right now. Despite Florida becoming the epicenter of…

By CL Staff

Hoots
    204 1st Ave N., St. Petersburg, (727) 220-4607
    Hoots is a fast casual wing joint from Hooters which describes itself as &#147;a little bit Hooters, a little bit its own thing,&#148; which may refer to the fact there&#146;s no servers in pantyhose, and instead the staff (including men) sport khakis and orange shirts. Like it&#146;s mother nest, Hoots focuses on wings, tenders, shrimps and boasts 11 different sauces. The new 1,000 square-foot space also includes outdoor seating, and the full menu is available on most delivery apps, as well as for takeout.
    Photo via Hoots
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The 25 best Tampa Bay restaurants for takeout and delivery, according to Yelp

Looking for a new go-to takeout spot? Sick or hearing our opinion? Well, Yelpers have plenty of opinions, especially now that takeout…

By CL Staff

11. Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery 
    4.5 out 5 stars, 228 reviews
    Vegan, bakery, breakfast, brunch
    803 N. Tampa St., Tampa
    "We were at Glasers Children's museum and we got hungry so we used Yelp to help us find a dinner spot. It's in the duckweed urban grocery so we were a bit confused at first. There is limited seating and this is definitely more of a take out place. I ordered the Frisco melt which was delicious. Honestly best vegetarian I have had. We also got the cashew Mac and cheese and my husband got the jerk burger which was also very good. The food is 5 stars but it is not a sit down place more of a take out place and also it's a bit pricey." - Tiffany D. 
    
    Photo by via Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery/Facebook
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25 extremely outdoor restaurants in the Tampa Bay area

When you get tired of take-out but still don't want to dine inside, there are plenty of eateries in the Tampa Bay…

By CL Staff

M. Bird
    1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa (813) 250-3725
    M. Bird is an outdoor rooftop bar and eating area sitting above Armature Works. Its 21+ only and serves curated cocktails and high-end small plates and bar eats. 
    Photo via M. Bird/Facebook
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The most-anticipated new restaurants coming to Tampa Bay this summer

While the pandemic took a lot of restaurants and small businesses down with it this year, Tampa Bay is still seeing new…

By CL Staff

Pickford Sundries  
    2606 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa
    The historic Pickford Sundries is reopening with a new restaurant concept, Lesiak&#146;s Counter. With a section of the spot dedicated to the history of Pickford Sundries, the new restaurant concept will feature modern twists on classic southern menu items. 
    
    Photo via Ben Pomales
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30 new Tampa Bay restaurants that opened this spring

It's been a turbulent few months for Tampa Bay's food industry, to say the least. But through it all some new and…

By CL Staff

Red Mesa Quatro  
    128 3rd St., St. Petersburg
    Part of the Red Mesa Cantina&#146;s line of restaurant concepts, Quatro is a ghost kitchen serving a little bit of everything. Located on the second floor of Red Mesa Cantina, Quatro is offering pickup or delivery options, but its dining room remains closed.
    
    Photo via Red Mesa Quatro/Facebook
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25 Tampa Bay restaurants with outdoor patios open this weekend

In Phase One of Florida’s plan for reopening during the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants are permitted to open their patios with six-feel social…

By CL Staff

The Salt Shack
    5415 W Tyson Ave, Tampa, (813) 444-4569
    The Salt Shack, one of Tampa&#146;s largest outdoor tiki bars and waterfront patios, has reopened to the public. Guests can expect their regular full menu featuring their staple grouper sandwich, fish tacos and frozen daiquiris, as well as increased precautions like spaced out tables and a limited capacity.
    Photo via Salt Shack/Website
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33 Tampa Bay restaurants offering family-style meals for takeout or delivery

Stuck in the house with the whole family? Just don't feel like cooking for a few days straight? This list is filled…

By CL Staff

Dr. BBQ
    727-443-7227, 1101 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg. drbbqs.com  
    Takeout and delivery. Dr. BBQ is still out here smokin' butts and makin' cornbread. Quarantine Date Night Kits available for $70, featuring one bottle of Nieto Senetiner Malbec, one wedge salad, shareable Hatch Chile Mac n&#146; Cheese, 4oz. pork brisket, 4oz. beef brisket, and one slice of peanut butter pie. Plus, curbside booze available: beer, wine, and cocktails to go. Use code HERE4U to receive 15% off your pickup order.
    
    Photo via Dr. BBQ The Restaurant/Facebook
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These Tampa Bay pizza joints are still offering takeout or delivery

Let's be honest, right now pizza is having a moment. Here are a few local spots still offering pies for delivery or…

By CL Staff

Cappy&#146;s
    Multiple locations. cappyspizzaonline.com  
    Takeout and delivery. Soul-warming NYC- and Chicago-style pies are served up in this pizzeria&#146;s homey digs. The Cappy and The Veggie are its signature creations, and every location has its own special qualities.
    
    Photo via Cappy&#146;s Pizza/Facebook
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25 essential Tampa Bay taco spots offering delivery or takeout

Quarantine doesn't necessarily mean you have to miss out on Taco Tuesday...or tacos any day of the week. Here you'll find a…

By CL Staff

Taco Dirty
    (813) 314-7900, 2221 W. Platt St., Tampa,
     tacodirty.com  
    Takeout and delivery. Family-sized (serves 8) meal packages, plus beer and wine to go. 50% off for first responders.
    
    Photo via Taco Dirty/Facebook
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Tampa Bay bars and breweries offering curbside alcohol carry-out

Just because we’re all in quarantine doesn’t mean we can’t have a few brews. We’ve put together this list of bars and…

By CL Staff

Mandarin Heights
    (813) 501-9585. mandarinheights.com  
    The cocktail bar in Seminole Heights is packing cocktails to go, but orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and picked up on Wednesday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.. A menu is available on Instagram via @mandarinheights and cocktail prices range from $9 to $16. 5901 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 
    
     Photo via Mandarin Heights/Facebook
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