A definitive guide to Tampa Bay's best beachside restaurants

This round-up of some of Tampa Bay's most appealing waterfront restaurants was a no-brainer for CL. Yeah, sometimes work and other life…

By CL Staff

Toasted Monkey Beach Bar & Sports Grill
    6110 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach
    You won’t get the clearest gulf vistas, but the casual beachside bar wields its own sort of charm.
    Photo via Toasted Monkey Beach Bar & Sports Grill
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21 dreamy photos of New American tavern Oak & Stone in St. Petersburg

Downtown St. Pete's Oak & Stone was a mixed bag for CL Restaurant Critic Jon Palmer Claridge. His recent visit, however, proved…

By CL Staff

The burrata caprese with marinated grape tomatoes halves, a bunch of arugula, balsamic syrup, chili oil and a piece of crunchy garlic toast.
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The best places to eat on National Taco Day in Tampa Bay

National Taco Day is back. Annually observed on Oct. 4, the food holiday is arguably one of the most popular around. Here's…

By CL Staff

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar
    International Plaza, 2223 N. Westshore Blvd. #203, Tampa
    Choose between four kinds of tacos: hongos (vegan mushroom, tequila, jalapeño, garlic), The Korean (hoisin barbecue beef, kimchi, cilantro, spicy peanuts), chorizo (spicy sausage, cotija cheese, cilantro, onion, verde) or The Brooklyn (pulled pork, smoked bacon, chorizo, pork belly, cilantro, onion, salsa brava).
    Photo courtesy of Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar
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7 tasty gluten-free foods at Disney's Epcot International Food & Wine Fest

Walt Disney World's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a brilliant way to taste a little bit of everything. Small plates…

By CL Staff

Gluten Free Epcot food and wine
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Here are the photos from the Best of the Bay 2018 party at St. Pete's Mahaffey Theater

Best of the Bay 2018 is finally here! YOU voted on your favorite local people, places, artists, retailers, events, scandals, and more.…

By CL Staff

Here are the photos from the Best of the Bay 2018 party at St. Pete's Mahaffey Theater
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The best Tampa Bay restaurants of 2018, as chosen by our readers

CL's annual Best of the Bay is finally here for 2018, and it's a big one. To celebrate, peruse this assortment of…

By CL Staff

Best Cheese Course
    RUNNERS-UP: Bern’s Steak House, Cheese Please and Clooney’s Wine Bar
    Photo by James Ostrand
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10 photos inside St. Petersburg's Twin Bays Hop Farms

Harvest time is getting closer for St. Petersburg's Twin Bays Hop Farms, the first hydroponic hop farm in the Southeast. Years in the…

By CL Staff

Twin Bays Hop Farms' custom greenhouse will produce 4,464 plants every 90 days.
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17 irresistible images of The Local's Southern flair in South Tampa

The Local's Southern flair in South Tampa led to an enjoyable experience for CL Food Critic Jon Palmer Claridge. Splendid cocktails? Check. Southern…

By CL Staff

Chicken pot pie swaps pastry for delicious cornbread topping to cover chunks of juicy chicken interspersed with sweet peas, carrots and celery in a succulent herb gravy.
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23 photos and menus for Gulfport's Chefs Table

OK, so the Gulfport Chef’s Table isn’t until November 5, but if we wait until the week of to tell you to go, you…

By CL Staff

Gulfport Chef's Table 2018
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And now, 17 photos of Tampa chef Chad Johnson eating wings and drinking beer

Flip through the slideshow above for nearly 20 photos that hit one CL editor's inbox this week (it was mine). They accompanied…

By CL Staff

And now, 17 photos of Tampa chef Chad Johnson eating wings and drinking beer
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20 mouthwatering photos from The Getaway at St. Petersburg's Maximo Marina

CL Restaurant Critic Jon Palmer Claridge kicked back with The Getaway at St. Petersburg's Maximo Marina, which offers a menu with lots to…

By CL Staff

The good, ol' fashioned po' boy is served open-face-style with huge, delightfully crunchy fried oysters sitting on a bed of crisp lettuce, ripe tomato and some thinly sliced onion.
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Essential Tampa Bay poke spots everyone needs to try

Well, it kinda took a minute, but now there’s no shortage of poke restaurants all over Tampa Bay. While a seasoned raw…

By CL Staff

Poké Rose at The Hall on Franklin
    1701 N. Franklin St., Tampa. 813-405-4008.
    Among the tenants inside the European-inspired Hall on Franklin, Poké Rose knows how to whip up a damn good bowl — so much so that chef-owner Jason Cline has expanded his thoughtful, fresh lineup to Largo. Per bowl: $8.95-$15.95.
    Photo by Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
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Here's what we ate at St. Petersburg's Champagne restaurant Flûte & Dram

For our latest issue, CL Restaurant Critic Jon Palmer Claridge visited downtown St. Pete's Flûte & Dram, which doesn't have a kitchen,…

By CL Staff

Burrata with black lumpfish caviar.
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Here are all the photos from Bolts Brew Fest at Tampa's Amalie Arena

Did you join us for the 2nd annual Bolts Brew Fest (sponsored by CL!) at Amalie Arena on Friday? If not, you…

By CL Staff

Here are all the photos from Bolts Brew Fest at Tampa's Amalie Arena
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Take a look at Seminole Heights' new Nebraska Mini-Mart in Tampa

Everybody in Seminole Heights has been waiting for the opening of Nebraska Mini-Mart, the hip new eat-and-drink-and-hang venture by the folks behind…

By CL Staff

Take a look at Seminole Heights' new Nebraska Mini-Mart in Tampa
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Tampa's Nebraska Mini-Mart is in soft-opening mode in Seminole Heights

Tampa’s new Nebraska Mini-Mart is big — in size, yes. But also because it kinda just feels good to be at the Seminole…

Tampa's new Nebraska Mini-Mart is a partnership between Ty Rodriguez and chef Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till and co-owner Chon Nguyen
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5 summertime cocktails meant to be enjoyed on National Rum Day

Wednesday is National Rum Day, and the spiked occasion couldn't have come at a better time. One: It's been steamy lately. But also,…

The Old Cuban is basically the sophisticated version of a mojito.
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Rawk Star Cafe delivers a pleasant plant-based surprise in St. Petersburg

Rawk Star Cafe 3.5 out of 5 stars 740 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Breakfast: $5-$8, plus add-ins ; lunch & dinner: $5-$13.50;…

Perhaps the biggest surprise of our meal at Rawk Star Cafe is the raw burger platter.
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There's now a vegan deli in Gulfport called Golden Dinosaurs

Wait, did you say vegan deli? Yup. Earlier this month, husband-and-wife duo Brian and Audrey Dingeman quietly debuted Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli, Gulfport's…

Husband-and-wife owners Brian and Audrey Dingeman, who opened Golden Dinosaurs earlier this month.
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Need weekend plans? Try these Tampa Bay food and drink events

Throughout the weekend, follow this beverage-heavy rundown on five food and drink events that're not to be missed. See? There's plenty of…

Celebrate the start of a new school year with one beer on the house from Brew Bus — if you're a teacher, that is.
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South Tampa's Sociale Italian Tapas + Pizza Bar serves mostly superb food

Sociale Italian Tapas + Pizza Bar 3.5 out of 5 stars 5427 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. Appetizers: $1.50-$22; entrees: $10-$32; desserts: $2-$8; beer,…

Sociale Italian Tapas + Pizza Bar's classic pappardelle with Bolognese is very satisfying.
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Check out the weekend's best Tampa Bay food and drink events

A handful of happenings to ensure the weekend isn't free of your necessary intake of local bites and beverages. • So, uh,…

Get Low at Green Bench Brewing Co. with cider and mead slushies, session beers and food, plus a two-story waterslide.
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What's on the menu at St. Petersburg's soon-to-open Beans & Barlour?

UPDATE: Beans & Barlour celebrated the first day of its soft opening on Aug. 3. Summer in Florida can be nearly unbearable,…

What's on the menu at St. Petersburg's soon-to-open Beans & Barlour?
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Iron Oak is a triumph of American regional cuisine in Palm Harbor

Iron Oak New American BBQ 4 out of 5 stars 917 11th St., Palm Harbor. Appetizers: $5-$14; entrees: $10-$24; desserts: $6-$7; beer,…

A great way to sample Iron Oak New American BBQ's smoked goodness is to order The Cycle.
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Margarita Wars 2018 Gallery

More than 1,000 people joined us for the fiesta of the summer on Friday, July 27th, at TPepin's Hospitality Centre for Margarita…

Margarita Wars 2018 Gallery
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Best things to do with food and drink in Tampa Bay this weekend

The CL editorial staff and I have plans on Friday night, as our annual clash of the bartenders, Margarita Wars, returns to…

Hit up the St. Pete Grouper & Craft Beer Festival for grouper-inspired dishes from local food trucks, as well as craft beer and live music.
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Peep the renderings for Tampa's new waterfront hangout, Sparkman Wharf

Here’s what will replace Channelside Bay Plaza in Tampa: Sparkman Wharf, a reimagined, mixed-use waterfront hangout that acts as a gathering place…

Fermented Reality, Sparkman Wharf's open-air biergarten adjacent to the dining garden and recreational lawn, pours 30 taps with a Sunshine State emphasis.
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Best New Brewery winners in Pinellas, Hillsborough from Best of the Bay's past

CL's Best of the Bay is an annual tradition, but the Best New Brewery award, part of the Food & Drink category,…

Best New Brewery 2014, Hillsborough: Coppertail Brewing Co. in Tampa's Ybor City
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Everything You'll Find at Margarita Wars

Margarita Wars is almost here! We're counting down the days until the event THIS FRIDAY, July 27th. Ready to fiesta? Don't miss…

Unlimited margarita samples made with Tres Agaves Blanco tequila by bartenders from 15+ bars and restaurants from around the Tampa Bay area.
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First Capital Tacos for Pinellas opens in St. Petersburg this weekend

The first Hillsborough location for Capital Tacos opened late last year, which was a huge deal. An outpost in Brandon meant that…

The Spicy Banty — an exclusive taco at Capital Tacos St. Pete — features fried chicken glazed with spicy agave and covered in waffle bits, bacon, cilantro and cheese.
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