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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Amazing food and drink events in Tampa Bay this weekend

You're gonna need a ticket for most of the food and drink happenings included in this next round-up. But there's plenty of…

Take advantage of the new Riverwalk Cafe's cocktails and fresh oysters during happy hour inside the Tampa Museum of Art.
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You can taste the difference in the fresh catches at St. Petersburg's Trophy Fish

Trophy Fish 3 out of 5 stars 2060 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Appetizers & sides: $3-$12; entrees: $16; desserts: $4; beer, cocktails…

Trophy Fish's grilled grouper sandwich is so fresh that it almost jumps off the plate.
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South Tampa sees official premiere of its own Nueva Cantina

Ahead of its official premiere at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nueva Cantina's South Tampa location hosted a VIP grand opening the previous night.…

See? The outdoor patio is not to be missed.
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Preview dinner offers taste of anticipated Tampa Italian restaurant Osteria

“Pasta doesn’t wait.” That was celebrity chef, restaurateur and big personality Fabio Viviani, best known for his debut stint on Top Chef, instructing guests…

On Monday night, "Top Chef" alum Fabio Viviani was in attendance at Osteria's invitation-only preview dinner.
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Grand Hacienda's St. Petersburg location is missing a delightful Mexican kick

Grand Hacienda 2 out of 5 stars 399 11th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Starters: $5-$16; entrees: $8-$30; desserts: $5.50-$12.50: beer, cocktails &…

Opened in May, Grand Hacienda St. Pete is an attractive space.
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Inside La Segunda's South Tampa location before it launches on July 18

La Segunda Central Bakery’s second location is under construction in South Tampa. But that didn’t stop the lunch crowd from attempting to…

The finishing table at La Segunda Central Bakery's South Tampa location — La Segunda Bakery & Cafe — is an interactive feature where guests can watch bakers and pastry chefs prepare signature items on-site.
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Prost Kitchen + Bar delivers superb start with drinks, appetizers in Tampa

Prost Kitchen + Bar 3 out of 5 stars 2802 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa. Appetizers: $5-$11.50; entrees: $8-$24.50; desserts: $6-$8; beer, cocktails…

Nearly the size of billiard balls, Prost Kitchen + Bar's arancini are made of Parmesan risotto stuffed with mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes.
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The C House kitchen is kicking ass in Tampa's Seminole Heights

The C House 3.5 out of 5 stars 6005 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. Appetizers: $4-$14; entrees: $14-$33; desserts: $2-$7; beer, cocktails &…

The C House's cheese and charcuterie boards are built upon chef-paired seasonal accoutrements.
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