Every pirate we saw at Tampa's Halfway to Gasparilla pub crawl

Hundreds of pirates slapped on their eye-patches and peg legs for Saturday's Halfway to Gasparilla pub crawl. The event was hosted by…

By CL Staff

Halfway to Gasparilla Bar Crawl 2019
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22 Cuban sandwiches in Tampa Bay you should’ve tried by now

Once known as the "mixto," the Cuban sandwich was born right here in Tampa with the melding of flavors from Cuban, Spanish,…

By CL Staff

The Columbia  
    2117 E. 7th Ave. Tampa, 813-248-4961 
    The saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” fits neatly with The Columbia’s love of Tampa history as well as its approach to the Cuban sandwich. Made with fresh bread from La Segunda, The Columbia still uses the original 1915 recipe of restaurant founder, Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. 
    Photo via @columbiarestaurant/Instagram
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25 Tampa Bay brunch spots serving bottomless mimosas this weekend

To those who say you can't get tipsy in the a.m., brunch says, "Hold my mimosa." Here are a few local joints…

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Boca Kitchen   
    901 W. Platt St., Tampa, 813-254-7070
     Mimosas and Bloody Marys come bottomless for $15 at Boca’s Saturday and Sunday brunch, served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    
    Photo via Boca Tampa/Facebook
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24 under-the-radar restaurants you must try in Tampa Bay

Maybe its hard to find, out of the way or just looks straight up sketchy, but certain restaurants have a way of…

By CL Staff

Lolis Mexican Cravings
      
    8005 Benjamin Rd., Tampa, 813-886-7467
    Just of the Waters Avenue drag, down Benjamin Road, the chain restaurants and big box stores begin to fade in favor of houses and one hot pink building, Lolis Mexican Cravings. This hidden gem is serving up some of the best Mexican food in town including, sopes, tamales, tortas, quesadillas and tacos made with your choice of 11 proteins like ribeye, fish, lengua and a vegetarian option.
    
    Photo via Google Maps
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The real drinker's guide to St. Pete's essential dive bars

Over the years St. Pete has seen its share of new, hip, and overly-themed watering holes, and while there's plenty of room…

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Mahuffer’s  Pub  
    19201 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL 33785,  (727) 596-0226 
    
     It's likely that Mahuffer’s Pub will be the most eclectic, uniquely decorated dive bar you’ll ever grab a cheap beer at. Most of the decor consists of underwear, dollar bills, and a bar cat––think dive bar meets flea market. The ultra-casual, neighborhood bar that you’ll just have to tell your friends about after.  
    
    
    Photo via Mahuffer’s Pub/Facebook
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25 essential restaurants in Dunedin you should’ve tried by now

Dunedin, the small but incredibly fun beach town just west of Tampa, has experienced a bit of a culinary boom as of…

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 Taco Baby
     
    235 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698,  
    Dubbed as “Florida’s tiniest taqueria” and rightfully so, it was born from a renovated ATM stand. Taco Baby serves fresh tacos, chips, and salsa daily. They have a small menu to match their small storefront but have recently added recently popularized jackfruit taco to the selections.  
    
    Photo via Taco Baby/Facebook
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The 25 most beautiful restaurants in the Tampa Bay area

It's a common saying among chefs, you eat with your eyes first. Now while this usually applies to plating a dish, there…

By CL Staff

The Library  
    600 5th St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-369-9969
    Inspired by the legacy of Baltimore’s historic George Peabody Library, The Library’s hardwood floors, plush wing-backed chairs and rows upon rows of blue-spined works of literature lining the walls and balcony create an inspiring and rejuvenating atmosphere for lunch or coffee.
    
    Photo via thelibrarystpete/Instagram
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25 kid-friendly spots in Tampa Bay where parents can get a damn drink

Sometimes you need to bring the little ones to a kid-friendly adult place, so you can have a little fun too. And…

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Sparkman’s Wharf  
    615 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, (727) 317-5751, (813) 345-5881 
     
    A large, waterfront space filled with restaurants, live music, a biergarten (for mom and dad) and a spacious astroturf area for the kids to run around, Sparkman’s Wharf is the ideal family destination. Kids love that astroturf. 
    
    Photo via Sparkman’s Wharf/Facebook
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All the photos from the 2019 Meet The Chefs photobooth at The Vault

The Vault in downtown Tampa played host to this year's Meet The Chefs, our annual spotlight on the areas top chefs. Here's…

By CL Staff

All the photos from the 2019 Meet The Chefs photobooth at The Vault
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Everyone we saw at Meet The Chefs 2019 at The Vault in downtown Tampa

To kick off Tampa Bay Restaurant Week, the area's top chefs got together at The Vault for Meet The Chefs, our annual…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at Meet The Chefs 2019 at The Vault in downtown Tampa
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25 new restaurants opening this summer in Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay area's restaurant scene has been exploding with new concepts over the last few weeks. If you haven't had a…

By CL Staff

Pete’s General Store  
    495 7th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-440-6183
    Since its opening in April, locals have been raving about Pete's General Store's signature bagels. The general store, which aims for waste consciousness as well as convenience, is inspired by the weekend markets in Tampa and the bodegas of New York. While the store is mainly grab-and-go, outdoor seating with string lighting and picnic tables are available if you want to kick back with a beer and stay a while.
    
    Photo via Pete’s General/Facebook
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Everyone who stumbled into the 2019 Whiskey Business photo booth

Whiskey Business, our annual booze-fueled party feature the best in local whiskey, scotch and bourbon, went down at Nova 535. Here's everyone…

By CL Staff

Everyone who stumbled into the 2019 Whiskey Business photo booth
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Everyone we saw at Whiskey Business 2019

Creative Loafing's Whiskey Business went down Friday night at Nova 535! The area's best whiskey, scotch, and bourbon offerings converged for a…

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Everyone we saw at Whiskey Business 2019
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20 hidden gem restaurants only found in Tampa strip malls

Not all great restaurants are easy to find. Sometimes you have to hook a few U-turns and let your GPS reroute until…

By CL Staff

 Tara’s Roti 
    10006 N 30th St, Tampa, Florida, (813) 866-8272 
     Probably the most authentic Trinidadian food you’ll find in the Tampa Bay area, and Tara’s Roti is a little hard to find hidden in a large plaza next to about dozen other storefronts. Fresh dishes are made daily, and yes the 75 year old Tara herself stills serves customers.  
    Photo via Google Maps
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The 25 best restaurants in Tampa Bay right now, according to Yelp

Tired of us telling you where to eat? Well, here are some other people's opinions. Whether a hole-in-the-wall establishment or a chain,…

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18. Rooster & the Till 
    4.5 out 5 stars, 492 reviews
    6500 N Florida Ave, Seminole Heights, Tampa
    "I ate here on a busy Friday night. The food was unique and well thought out. The chef certainly tries to incorporate unique flavors and blend different culinary traditions. At first I was skeptical about the options for vegetarians like myself but turns out the menu rotated frequently and it wasn't at all a disappointment. I had the paratha which was basically an Indian style paratha grilled and with topping of raita. What made it interesting were the dates and fried plantains on top. It was a great starter dish. I think it could have been made better with addition of a bit of heat- but then again I love the mix of spicy and sweet foods! The wine list is the other reason to come here. It's long and affordable with excellent wines" - Ruchi D. 
    
    Photo by Rooster & the Till/Facebook
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25 classic Tampa restaurants to put on your bucket list

Whether you're a local or just passing through, these local joints are a must-go. Either chosen for their cult following, ridiculous flavor,…

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Columbia Restaurant
    2025 E. 7th Ave. Tampa, 813-248-4961
    Founded in 1905, this Spanish restaurant’s ornate tile work, lofty arches and intricate chandeliers make the Columbia feel like a perfectly preserved relic of the past. Recipes for  dishes like Chicken and Yellow Rice “Valenciana” and their signature, tableside tossed 1905 salad have been passed down through five generations of family ownership.
    
    Photo via Photo via columbiarestaurant.com
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25 hidden Tampa Bay taco spots you should’ve tried by now

Here you'll find a few of Tampa Bay's best destination tacos. From off the beaten path spots, to tacos tucked away in…

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Loli’s   
    8005 Benjamin Rd, Tampa, 813-886-74671
    Do yourself a favor and call ahead to order to avoid the massive crowd that gathers outside of this house turned taqueria. Down for the wait? There are seats and napkins out on the patio so you can eat among the madness.
    
    Photo via Loli's/ Facebook
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24 essential Seminole Heights restaurants you should've tried by now

The Seminole Heights restaurant scene has been booming, and there have been plenty of new additions as of late that have been…

By CL Staff

Cappy’s Pizzeria  
    4910 N Florida Ave, Tampa, 813-238-1516
    Cash only! This pizza joint is like a scene from Stranger Things, nothing but vintage decor. Slide in for a pie. 
    
    Photo via Google Maps
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These vintage photos give us a glimpse inside Florida's first Publix stores

On September 6, 1930, George Jenkins would arguably change the state of Florida by opening the first Publix store in Winter Haven.…

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Interior view of a Publix supermarket in Sarasota, Florida, 1958.
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Everyone we saw at the 2019 Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival

The 2019 Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival went down last Sunday at the Tampa Garden Club. The ultimate Sunday Funday event featured…

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Everyone we saw at the 2019 Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival
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24 Florida-based restaurant chains that are actually good

Florida is rich in chain restaurants, Tampa Bay is too, but that isn't always a bad thing. Not all chains are crap,…

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Kahwa Coffee
    Locations: Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota
    UPDATED:05/21/20 5:45 p.m.Arguably one of Tampa Bay's most celebrated coffee shops, Kahwa is one of those chains that locals actually like, and for good reason. Don't come asking for a caramel machiato though (Kahwa's version of a caramel latte is a a traditional Italian espresso, which you can add caramel to). Do grab a few of those ham and cheese croissants, however, and order a "salted caramel latte" if you must.  
    
    Photo via Kahwa/Facebook
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28 essential Tampa Bay coffee shops that aren't Starbucks

Drop your allegiance to Starbucks and pledge it to local shops brewing up some damn good espresso around Tampa Bay. From hole-in-the-wall…

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King State
    520 E. Floribraska Ave., Tampa.
    The specialty roaster’s first brick-and-mortar cafe will fuse coffee, beer and food under one roof. 
    Photo via Jenna Rimensnyder
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Remembering the legendary Kapok Tree Inn, Florida's most insane restaurant

During it's heyday, from the 60s through the 80s, the Kapok Tree Inn in Clearwater was one of the most over-the-top restaurants…

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The Florida room at the Kapok Tree Inn.
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25 Tampa Bay hole-in-the-wall breakfast spots everyone should know about

Whether they are off the beaten path, or legit hole-in-the-wall joints, these old faithful restaurants are essential for lowkey breakfast bites in…

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Skyway Jack’s  
     2795 34th St. S., St. Pete, 727-867-1907
    Take a trip to St. Pete for a Southern-style breakfast that is sure to end all hopes of your summer body. Totally worth the extra time at the gym. 
    
    Photo via Google Maps
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Tampa Bay's best brunches worth getting out of bed for

You're not honoring the weekend if you're not brunching. Roll out of bed, put your sunglasses on, and head out to these…

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Datz  
    2616 MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-7000 
    A burger with glazed donuts for buns? Seems like the only way to properly brunch. This is a must if your IG is in need a Willy Wonka moment.
    
    Photo via Datz/Facebook
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24 essential St. Pete area restaurants that aren’t on Central Avenue

Don't us get wrong, Central Avenue in St. Pete is a culinary destination in itself, but there's tons of eateries worth exploring…

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Stella’s   
    3119 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport, 727-498-8950
    Established in 2009, this waterfront eatery caters to tourists and locals providing tasty breakfasts all day. Because this spot is so popular, they will soon be moving to a larger location.
    
    Photo via Google Maps
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Every new Tampa Bay restaurant that's opened so far in 2019

So far, this has been a great year for new Tampa Bay restaurants. From taco joints to new hole-in-the-wall sushi spots, it's…

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Wine & Wood  
    614 S Howard Ave, Unit C, Tampa, 813-284-7346
    With a veggie-forward fare, Wine & Wood has an extensive wine bar, and also carries two cocktail-y options, red sangria and mimosas, plus draft beer.
    
    Photo via Wine & Wood/Facebook
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25 small town restaurants worth a weekend road trip from Tampa

Time to venture out to parts unknown. Get adventurous and let your tastebuds decide where you should travel during the weekend for…

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Peachey’s Baking Co.  
    Traveling food truck
    Stationed all around the Sarasota area, this truck bakes up the best pretzels and glazes sourdough doughnuts to perfection. Make the drive, get a dozen and try not to eat them all before making it back to Tampa. Check in on Peachey’s Facebook page to see where the trucks are stationed.
    
    Photo via Peachey’s Baking Co./Facebook
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Everything we saw at Tampa's 2019 Cuban Sandwich Festival

Restaurants and fans from all over the world gathered in Ybor City last weekend for the 2019 Cuban Sandwich Festival. Here are…

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Everything we saw at Tampa's 2019 Cuban Sandwich Festival
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The 24 Tampa Bay restaurants you need to try before you die

Whether you’re visiting for the weekend or a local, these are the spots you need to dine at before you die. A…

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Al’s Finger Lickin’ Good Bar-B-Cue  
    1609 Angel Oliva Sr St. Tampa, 813-956-0675 
    Lowbrow, but a local favorite for its Tennessee-style bbq plates. Don’t want to miss these flavors if you’re in the mood for pulled pork or the occasional turkey leg. 
    
    Photo via Al’s Finger Lickin’ Good Bar-B-Cue Columbia/Instagram
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