20 essential suburban restaurants in Tampa Bay you should've tried by now

These spots aren't located in the heart of the city, but they still have our heart. Along with subdivisions, Tampa Bay's suburbs…

By Max Steele

Babushka’s
12639 N 56th St., Temple Terrace, 813-515-7415
Babushka means grandmother, who’s also usually the best person at cooking in your family. Serving traditional Russian and Eastern European cuisine in an underrepresented Tampa Bay, Babushka’s menu is full of foods that look really good but are hard to pronounce. From brunch foods like oladi pancakes and hachapuri breakfast pie to dinner specialities like golubtsy cabbage rolls and lamb plov, there's so many unique dishes that will be hard to find anywhere else in Florida. A new South Tampa location has that SoHo shine, but the OG in Temple Terrace is where it’s at.
Photo via Babushka’s - Temple Terrace/Google
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Photos from Saturday's March For Our Lives march in St. Petersburg

On Saturday, Tampa Bay joined hundreds of other cities across the country to say that thoughts are no longer enough in the…

By Ray Roa

Photos from Saturday's March For Our Lives protest and march in St. Petersburg
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Photos of St. Pete peace-punk collective Work Stress playing If I Brewed the World

"Your white supremacy will challenge compassion, and it will never prevail."That's just part of the message St. Petersburg DIY punk collective Work…

By Ray Roa

Photos of St. Pete peace-punk collective Work Stress playing If I Brewed the World
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Everyone we saw at the rain-soaked Chvrches concert in St. Petersburg on Memorial Day

The skies on Monday evening were far from the clearest blue, but the thunder's warning call was not enough to keep Chvrches…

By Ray Roa

Everyone we saw at the rain-soaked Chvrches concert in St. Petersburg on Memorial Day
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Photos: The Head and The Heart, Jade Bird play Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

Even State Rep. Anna Eskamani took a break from her life to stop into Jannus Live last Friday and soak in the…

By Ray Roa

Photos: The Head and The Heart, Jade Bird play Jannus Live in St. Petersburg
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Photos: Gypsy-punk favorite Gogol Bordello rocks St. Pete's Jannus Live

There's a war going on in Ukraine, and Gogol Bordello is doing what it can to help. On Saturday, the Gypsy-punk band—whose…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Gypsy-punk favorite Gogol Bordello rocks St. Pete's Jannus Live
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'We can lead with love, but let there be some anger in that': Equality Florida director delivers powerful call to action

[image-256]In her remarks to Equality Florida's annual gala last weekend, the nonprofit's director, Nadine Smith (pictured above), spoke openly about the fear…

By Ray Roa

'We can lead with love, but let there be some anger in that': Equality Florida director delivers powerful call to action for LGBTQ+ allies
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Photos: Dying Fetus brings Chelsea Grin, Body Snatcher and more to St. Petersburg

If your Friday night in St. Petersburg was marked by blast beats and guttural singing, thank Dying Fetus. The Maryland metal giant…

By Jon William

Dying Fetus
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Review: In reboot at St. Pete’s Floridian Social Club, Houndmouth gives State Theatre a proper goodbye

[image-15] After a run through “Cool Jam” on Tuesday night, Houndmouth drummer Shane Cody looked into the chatty crowd and said, “It's…

By Ray Roa

Houndmouth plays Floridian Social Club in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 26, 2022.
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Epic photos of Arch Enemy, Behemoth and Napalm Death playing St. Pete's Jannus Live

When metal shows get too big for Ybor City's Orpheum and The Ritz, they head across the bridge to St. Petersburg, and…

By Ray Roa, Jon William

Epic photos of Arch Enemy, Behemoth and Napalm Death playing St. Pete's Jannus Live
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20 things even the most seasoned locals haven't done in Tampa Bay (and a bit beyond)

When someone spends their days writing about dead people, they’re bound to learn a few things about how to live. Just ask…

By Ray Roa

Visit an actual castle in Ona4533 Solomon Rd., Ona. (863) 494-6077 Solomon's Castle is, literally, a castle. It closes during the summer, but take the tour when it's open and make sure to visit the restaurant that's a boat on a moat for lunch.
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Every son of a bitch we saw at the Wolf-Face 10-year anniversary concert in St. Pete

When you're immortal, a decade is barely a blink, but that didn't stop St. Pete punk band Wolf-Face and its fearless, teenage…

By Dave Decker

Everyone son of a bitch we saw at the Wolf-Face 10-year anniversary concert in St. Pete
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Photos of the Dropkick Murphys playing a very sold-out St. Pete show at Jannus Live

Sometimes a show is so sold-out that even your closest friends don't get in, and that's what happened Monday, 10 days before…

By Dave Decker

Photos of the Dropkick Murphys playing a very sold-out St. Pete show at Jannus Live
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Tampa Bay's essential women-owned restaurants of 2022

It's easy to see why Tampa Bay's women-owned restaurants are making a huge mark on an otherwise male-dominated history.  Since March is…

By Sofía García Vargas, Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda

Michelle Faedo's Tampeño Cuisine
Michelle Faedo
601 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-284-5756
The restaurant location in downtown Tampa at the County Center offers made-to-order bites like tostones, plantains, deviled crab, crab cakes and its famous Cuban sandwiches. 
Photo via Michelle Faedo's Tampeño Cuisine/Facebook
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Photos from Avail and Hot Water Music's St. Pete show at Jannus Live

In a throwback to the "Book Your Own Fucking Life" days when you'd book a tour by telephone, two giants of the…

By Dave Decker

Avail
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Outside St. Pete City Hall, residents demanded rent control now

[image-46] Over a hundred citizens, maybe more, crowded outside St. Petersburg’s City Hall Thursday night demanding “rent control now,” while declaring that…

By Arielle Stevenson, Dave Decker

Outside St. Pete City Hall, residents demanded rent control now
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MLK Day Parade: Photographer Tre Butler shows us the beauty of south St. Pete's 'Dream Street'

Tre Butler was born-and-raised on the southside of St. Petersburg. And on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 9th Street was the only…

By Tre 'Junior' Butler

MLK Day Parade: Photographer Tre Butler shows us the beauty of south St. Pete's 'Dream Street'
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22 Tampa Bay rappers to watch in 2022

[image-23] When the rest of the nation thinks of Florida rappers they may first point to the scene down south in counties…

By Aaliyah Selene Pasols

22 Tampa Bay rappers to watch in 2022
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All the Tampa Bay locations featured in Netflix's 'Selling Tampa'

Selling Tampa has taken Netflix by storm, and on its release week the reality series ranked No. 1 among the streaming service’s…

By Alexandria Jones

Pier Teaki
800 2nd Ave. NE., St. Petersburg
Sharelle, Juawana, and Tennille meet up on St. Pete’s brand new pier to talk about an upcoming house showing.
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Gas Plant and Laurel Park neighborhood reunion brings new mural to St. Pete’s Campbell Park

[image-1] The Dec. 12 Gas Plant/Laurel Park neighborhood reunion brought yet another fresh piece of street art to downtown St.Petersburg. The new…

By Jennifer Ring

Gas Plant and Laurel Park neighborhood reunion brings new mural to St. Pete’s Campbell Park
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Photos: The Nervous Girls say farewell with sweaty show at The Bends in St. Pete

Tampa rock band the Nervous Girls released a new EP last Friday, and celebrated with a show at The Bends in St.…

By Ray Roa

Photos: The Nervous Girls say farewell with sweaty show at The Bends in St. Pete
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A 39,000-pound blackout curtain is key to the magic of St. Pete’s ‘Enchant’ Christmas light maze

[image-19] If you need to forget about your worries and your strife or sip cocktails from a giant blinking light bulb, head…

By Chelsea Zukowski

A 39,000-pound blackout curtain is key to the magic of St. Pete’s ‘Enchant’ Christmas light maze
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Everything up for bid during CL's Holiday Auction benefiting Metropolitan Ministries (11/22-11/29)

Get your shopping list ready! Our annual virtual Holiday Auction is a unique opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences you won't be able to find…

By CL Staff

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Shaquil Barrett Signed Custom Football
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Tampa Bay protesters decry Rittenhouse verdict, wonder about their own safety going forward

The Tampa Bay chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation holds protests for a variety of social and political reasons, and…

By CL Staff

Tampa Bay protesters decry Rittenhouse verdict, wonder about their own safety going forward
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20 Tampa Bay Filipino restaurants and eateries everyone should try at least once

Filipino American History month was in October, but we’d like to highlight businesses throughout Tampa Bay that specialize in Filipino cuisine whether…

By CL Staff

Manila Eats
    10621 Tucker Jones Rd., Riverview
    You can’t miss this stationary food truck decked out in tiki thatch and Philippine flag colors. Although Manila Eats just opened last summer, it often sells out of popular items like lechon kawali and bulalo soup, and has to close early, so make sure you check Facebook before heading out to the Brandon/Riverview area. Manila Eats also has a Christmas countdown in October, as it should.
    Photo via Manila Eats/Facebook
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Everyone we saw in downtown St. Petersburg on Halloween weekend

Halloween is back in 2021, and we’re all wearing a different kind of mask this time around. Here’s what the scene looked…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw in downtown St. Petersburg on Halloween weekend
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The former mansion of a Tampa police officer arrested in a cocaine sting is now for sale

A lakefront mansion once owned by a former Tampa police officer busted in an undercover drug sting is now on the market…

By CL Staff

The former mansion of a Tampa police officer arrested in a cocaine sting is now for sale
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Photos of Angels & Airwaves headlining St. Pete’s Jannus Live

The aliens stayed away, but fans landed at Jannus Live on Tuesday night to see Tom DeLonge lead his band, Angels &…

By CL Staff

Photos of Angels & Airwaves headlining St. Pete’s Jannus Live
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All the bands and music lovers we saw at St. Pete’s four-day Reggae Rise Up festival

Only Thursday tickets remained for Reggae Rise Up when the festival kicked off last week, and sold-out crowds packed Vinoy Park over…

By CL Staff

All the bands and music lovers we saw at St. Pete’s four-day Reggae Rise Up festival
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Photos of Modest Mouse playing a sold-out Jannus Live in St. Pete

Tickets to see Modest Mouse play Jannus Live in St. Petersburg sold out shortly before going on sale this summer, and the…

By CL Staff

Photos of Modest Mouse playing a sold-out Jannus Live in St. Pete
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