How to support Tampa Bay's food and drink scene while social distancing

Tampa Bay restaurants and breweries are reacting to concerns about the novel coronavirus by being even cleaner than normal, offering carryout and…

By CL Staff

Dr. BBQ
    1101 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-443-7227
    Dr. BBQ in St. Petersburg is offering 15% off takeout orders through any delivery app.
    
    Photo via  Dr. BBQ’s Instagram
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Tampa Bay's women-owned restaurants you should've tried by now

Talk about girl power. In a male-dominated industry, these Tampa Bay women are making a huge mark in the culinary world. That…

By CL Staff

Bodega and Baba 
    Debbie Sayegh  
    Bodega: 1120 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Baba: 2701 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
    This Latin street food joint serves its hot pressed Cubans, fresh juices and more from a boxy little building on Central. Bodega’s come-as-you-are atmosphere and high-quality fare have made this hole in the wall a Tampa Bay favorite. Duo Debbie and George Sayegh also own Greek eatery Baba, located down the street.
    
    Photo via Bodega on Central/Facebook
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The most-anticipated new restaurants coming to Tampa Bay this spring

From viral food joints to local breweries, Tampa Bay has a lot to look forward to this Spring. Here are a few…

By CL Staff

Chick’nCone  
    425 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
     Get ready for fried nuggets of chicken tossed in sauces of your choice including sweet, mild and spicy. Food porn sensation Chick'nCone is opening a franchise location on the 400 block in St. Petersburg. On a phone call with CL, franchisee Kyle Blanchard said despite setbacks, the restaurant is set to open in late March or early April.
    
    Photo via Chick’nCone/Instagram
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24 hole-in-the-wall Tampa Bay sandwich spots you should've tried by now

Cold sammies, warm sammies, long sammies, and little ones too — no matter how you prefer your favorite sandwich, we won't judge…

By CL Staff

Cass St. Deli  
    1331 W. Cass St., Tampa
     Tampa’s first and only New York-style Jewish deli. The deli is serving up signature dogs, corn beef sandwiches and more five days a week, Wed-Fri. from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    
    Photo of the fried bologna sandwich via Ray Roa
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All the Guy Fieri 'Triple D' restaurants within driving distance of Tampa Bay

Guy Fieri’s frosted tips and kooky catchphrases have captivated audiences for years. Inspired by his “gangsta” outlook on life, we decided to…

By CL Staff

Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish 
    1350 S. Pasadena Ave., South Pasadena
    When Guy Fieri visited Ted Peters, he was able to get in the kitchen to see how the restaurant has been smoking fish since the late ‘40s. Raw fish is cooked over the course of four-six hours over Floridian red oak. Alton Brown, another Food Network celebrity, featured the smoked mullet fish dinner on the show “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” 
    
    Photo via YouTube
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Everyone we saw at Tampa's Brunched 2020

On Saturday, those who prefer the meal between breakfast and lunch packed the Tampa River Center for the annual Brunched 2020 event.…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at Tampa's Brunched 2020
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Here's what happened to every Florida bar featured on 'Bar Rescue'

The state of Florida has been a longtime favorite for the reality show "Bar Rescue," where host Jon Taffer – inventor of…

By CL Staff

New England's Ale House Grille 
    3419 US-19 ALT, Palm Harbor
    During recon, the owner of New England’s Ale House discovered that the bar’s kitchen had sanitary issues. Multiple members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made guest appearances in this episode and the Ale House was rebranded as a German-themed restaurant named Das Brauhaus. The restaurant closed in 2019 and the owner repurposed the bar’s Facebook to promote her real estate business. The space is still vacant.
    
    Photo via Paramount
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25 new and exciting Tampa Bay restaurants that have opened this year

Well, 2020 is coming in hot, folks. We're only a couple months in, and Tampa Bay is already serving up some heavy…

By CL Staff

Counter Culture  
    2909 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa
    At the beginning of January, five-time James Beard Award Semifinalist Jeannie Pierola opened her latest concept Counter Culture in South Tampa, serving up elevated plates in a 3,700-square-foot space. The site features a 14-foot wood-fired grill customized with a wood-fired oven and cast-iron plancha stations, a roll-up garage door for views of the Bay, and an indoor-outdoor full-liquor bar. 
    
    Photo via Counter Culture/ Facebook
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Everyone we saw at the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival

The popular Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival returned to St. Pete's Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum Saturday afternoon. Now in…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival
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25 essential pizza restaurants in Tampa Bay you should've tried by now

While we may not be known for pizza, Tampa Bay is rich in legit slices. Whether you're just looking for delivery on…

By CL Staff

Corner’s Pizza  
    615 Channelside Dr, Space #9, Tampa
     This walk-up window joint has outdoor seating and a simple menu. The square pizzas make it a corner-piece-lover’s paradise.
    
    Photo via The Corners Pizza?Facebook
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The 25 'most romantic' restaurants in Tampa Bay, according to Yelp

Earlier this week, Yelp released its annual list of "100 most romantic" restaurants in the country, and a couple Tampa Bay spots…

By CL Staff

8. Ulele
    1810 N. Highland Ave., Tampa, (813) 999-4952
     “This place is perfect for any occasion whether it's for a birthday, anniversary, date night or just wanting to have a nice meal out! I love the Native American and Florida waters inspiration for this place.”- Julie J. 
    Photo via Rebecca G./Yelp
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Photos from Tampa's Dessert Wars at Armature Works

Over 50 local vendors competed for the crown at the largest dessert-only competition in America Sunday afternoon. Participants, which included spots like…

By CL Staff

Photos from Tampa's Dessert Wars at Armature Works
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20 Black-owned restaurants in Tampa Bay you should've tried by now

Tampa Bay's vibrant restaurant scene has been making a name for itself for awhile now. But any examination of our restaurant scene…

By CL Staff

Pop Goes The Waffle  
    Sara Gerald Fludd  
    Location varies
    Sara Gerald Fludd has been crafting different waffle concoctions since receiving a Belgian waffle iron for Mother’s day. Founded in 2017, Pop Goes the Waffle is a food truck, so you’ll need to check their schedule if you want to try sweet or savory waffles.
    
    Photo via Pop Goes The Waffle website
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Photos from the Florida Food & Brews Festival in Pinellas Park

Dozens of local bars and restaurants, and wiener dogs  got together Saturday morning for the 2020 Florida Food & Brew Festival at…

By CL Staff

Photos from the Florida Food & Brews Festival in Pinellas Park
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Photos from Tampa Bay's 2020 Highball craft cocktail competition

The finest bartenders in Tampa Bay got together Friday night for Creative Loafing's annual Highball craft cocktail competition at Nova 535.01/31/2020 Photos…

By CL Staff

Photos from Tampa Bay's 2020 Highball craft cocktail competition
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Everyone we saw at Tampa Bay's Highball 2020

The finest bartenders in Tampa Bay got together last night for Creative Loafing's annual Highball craft cocktail competition at Nova 535. Here's…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at Tampa Bay's Highball 2020
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25 essential Bradenton restaurants worth a road trip from Tampa Bay

These restaurants may be a bit of a hike from Tampa Bay, but they're worth the trek. Right now, the Bradenton area…

By CL Staff

Caddy's Bradenton  
    801 Riverside Dr. E, Bradenton
    Accessible from the Manatee River, visitors are able to sit by the water and munch on American food at Caddy’s Bradenton. The restaurant is pet friendly and has a sand volleyball court. They also serve local craft beer and have a liquor bar. Caddy’s Bradenton is opens daily at 11 a.m. The restaurant closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 10 p.m. all other nights.
    
    Photo via Caddy’s at the Pointe/Facebook
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The 23 most picturesque places to grab a drink in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay bars are constantly serving Instagram-worthy views alongside craft cocktails, locally-brewed beer, choice wines and spirits. Whether they deliver panoramic sights…

By CL Staff

M. Bird
    1903 Market St., Tampa.
    Perched on the second-floor rooftop of Armature Works, one of the most appealing offerings at the rooftop bar is the fact that it’s 21 and up. That’s right, no kids allowed. Grab a drink and lounge in the tropical, mod deco-style bar with views overlooking the Hillsborough River. 
    
     Photo via M. Bird/Facebook
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Everyone we saw at the 2020 Forks & Corks food festival in Sarasota

International wineries merged with local restaurants yesterday at the 13th annual Forks & Corks food festival, held in the courtyard of The Ringling…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at the 2020 Forks & Corks food festival in Sarasota
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The 25 under-the-radar bars in Tampa everyone should try

Just because a bar isn't always jam packed, doesn't mean it isn't loved. Here you'll find some of Tampa Bay's essential dive…

By CL Staff

Hampton Station  
    5921 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
    A laid-back dining spot in Seminole Heights with tasty laid-back chow like pizza and wings that complement the roomy bar's pours of craft beer. Diners can sit on the covered, outdoor patio or choose a spot inside at the bar. Kids are not allowed. 
    
    Photo via Hampton Station/Facebook
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The 25 hottest restaurants in Tampa Bay right now

In terms of new culinary offerings, 2020 is already off to a bang in Tampa Bay. From new beer bars, viral fast…

By CL Staff

Luv Child  
    516 S Howard Ave, Tampa
    Ciccio Restaurant Group (Fresh Kitchen, Green Lemon, Taco Dirty, Forbici) opened a 70s-inspired mexican restaurant in SoHo. The restaurant has a separate brunch and dinner menu, both accompanied by their own cocktail menu, featuring beer, wine, and frozen mojitos. 
    Photo via Luv Child/Facebook
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All the pooches we saw at the Dog Bar's 3rd annual 'Onesie Pawty' in St. Pete

This weekend, hundreds of well-dressed and merry dogs descended on the Dog Bar in St. Pete for their 3rd annual "Onesie Pawty."…

By CL Staff

All the pooches we saw at the Dog Bar's 3rd annual 'Onesie Pawty' in St. Pete
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Tampa Bay's 50 best restaurants of 2019, according to the area's longest running food critic Jon Palmer Claridge

NOTE: What follows is based on a verified transcript of an email exchange with serious implications. It was not placed on a…

By CL Staff

Tampa Bay's 50 best restaurants of 2019, according to the area's longest running food critic Jon Palmer Claridge
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The most-anticipated new restaurants coming to Tampa Bay in 2020

This year was good, but next year is looking even more delicious. The Tampa Bay restaurant scene is about to serve up…

By CL Staff

Chick’nCone  
    425 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
    The fast-casual concept serves fork-free chicken and waffles on-the-go. Get ready for fried nuggets of chicken tossed in sauces of your choice including sweet, mild and spicy. Signature menu options include Cinna-Maple which is a cone of fried chicken tossed in maple syrup, Kick'n Ranch, Buffalo Blue, and Peri Peri (and African chili) then drenched in chili sauce.
    
    Photo via Chick’nCone/Facebook
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Everyone we saw at the fourth annual Frogman Feast dinner in St. Petersburg

Frogman Feast returned to St. Petersburg's 3 Daughters Brewing on Sunday, and successfully married the worlds of Navy Seal families (stylized "SEAL")…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at the fourth annual Frogman Feast dinner in St. Petersburg
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Everyone we saw at the 'World's Largest Food Truck Rally' in Clearwater

Day one of what organizers call "The World's Largest Food Truck Rally" went down (with a side of live wrestling matches) at…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at the 'World's Largest Food Truck Rally' in Clearwater
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The best way to understand Publix is through the memes of its employees

Lakeland-based Publix is a multi-billion dollar company. In its annual 2018 report, the employee-owned grocer giant reported higher earnings than Nike, with…

By CL Staff

The best way to understand Publix is through the memes of its employees
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The 25 best new restaurants to open in Tampa Bay this year

There’s been an explosion of food news, openings, closings and expansions in 2019. You name it, Tampa Bay experienced it all this…

By CL Staff

Forbici Modern Italian 
    1633 W Snow Ave., Hyde Park. 
    Locals and Hyde Park residents took to Forbici like fish to water. The concept recently launched a pizza window that lets you slide by for a slice while you’re around shopping and exploring the village.
    
    Photo via Forbici Modern Italian/Facebook
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The 25 best patios with a view in Tampa Bay right now

With temps finally starting to drop, it's finally patio season in Tampa Bay. But not all bar and restaurant patios were created…

By CL Staff

Salt Shack on the Bay
    
    5415 W Tyson Ave, Tampa, FL
    Overlook old Tampa Bay as you eat your fresh seasonal seafood and drink a few cocktails––but you might have to fight for a table, especially at sunset. Salt Shack on the Bay offers a Caribbean inspired menu, the freshest seafood, and an absolutely unbeatable gulf view.
    
    Photo via Salt Shack on the Bay/Facebook
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25 essential Tampa Bay bars with food as good as their drinks

Sometimes a bag of chips or a bowl peanuts just doesn't cut it. Here are a handful of Tampa Bay bars that…

By CL Staff

The Independent Tampa
     5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL
    Ever heard of an indie grilled cheese? Well, they have ‘em at The Independent. The bar also offers live music and movie showings, for those looking for entertainment in addition to food and drink. 
    Photo via The Independent Tampa/Facebook
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