Photo by Melissa Santell / Design by Jack Spatafora
In spite of the last two years taking so many beloved restaurants away
, some local chefs and restaurateurs have found ways to not only survive, but thrive over the last 12 months.
Sure, a lot of us still aren’t going out—with many more doing so cautiously, mask in hand—but the last year was a time to reconnect with old favorites and find new ones, too. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay staff and contributors joined you in doing our best to support the local food and drink scene, and while these are such “unprecedented times” (aren’t you so sick of hearing that phrase an unprecedented number of times??), what follows is a rundown of our favorite food experiences of the last year, be they classic spots, brand new digs, coat-and-tie kinda joints or straight up holes in the wall.
Here’s to an even better 2022, keep on tipping like your money is on fire, people.—Ray Roa