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  1. No Thanksgiving plan? Head to one of these Tampa Bay restaurants for traditional feasts and more

    Food & Dining

    You realize Thanksgiving is just a week away, right? No pressure. If you don't have a holiday game plan for Nov. 23, let's do this thing. There are still a bunch of options, many traditional Thanksgiving repasts and some a little less conventional. Call ASAP for reservations, but here are some that as of this printing …

    Pelagia at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, as it does every year, offers a prix-fixe menu that is a selection of Thanksgiving favorites and less traditional temptations, all the handiwork of executive chef Brett Gardiner.
  2. Oak & Stone with self-serve beer coming to St. Pete, South Tampa's Byblos to reopen

    Food & Dining


    Been to Oak & Stone in Sarasota? In early 2018 we'll get one in St. Petersburg at 199 Central Ave., next to the newly constructed Hyatt Place. The concept is wood-fired pizzas mated with a self-serve beer wall highlighting craft beers (mostly locals like 3 Daughters, …

  3. A St. Petersburg artist created the labels for this year's Beaujolais Nouveau wine release

    Food & Dining

    Every year, there are bad things we can count on: taxes and death. And good things: Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of November and on the Thursday before, the Beaujolais nouveau arrives. What is less predictable is just how this vin de l'annee ("this year's wine") stacks up.

    Georges Duboeuf hires a new artist to design labels every year, and in 2017 that artist is St. Petersburg mixed media artist Ari Azzopardi Robinson. Azzopardi Robinson?  s work, ?  Candy Coated,?   was selected from hundreds of submissions in a social media contest this spring.
  4. Restaurant review: NuMex needs to tell its story better to stand out among St. Petersburg's taco scene

    Food & Dining


    I seldom have been so perplexed about a new restaurant. The prospect of NuMex's opening in the Grand Central District swirled more than a year ago and I watched the hip little building come together. The spelling of the name itself was confusing: Was this the food of New Mexico, or more nuevo

    Enchiladas are among the items at NuMex. The menu depends on Hatch chiles, and should explain how New Mexican cuisine is different.
  5. Proper in downtown St. Pete to close as Park & Rec takes over its space

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — Next week, something almost unprecedented is happening in St. Petersburg's restaurant scene.

    Park & Rec is expanding into the Proper Kitchen & Cocktails space on First Avenue S in St. Petersburg.
  6. Calling food fans: This weekend has food festivals in Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach and more

    Food & Dining

    Let's hope you've been in an abstemious mode, maybe even fasting this past week, because things are about to get real for Tampa Bay foodies.


    Hillsborough, Tampa, 11-7-15---People lined up for food Saturday at the Eat Dance and be Greek festival at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. The festival continues Sunday. ANDY JONES/STAFF
  7. Don't want to cook on Thanksgiving? Where to pick up every part of the meal in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    Some years you're feeling it. The peeling of the pearl onions, the procuring of the chestnuts, that one creepy moment when you're nearly elbow-deep trying to locate the bag of giblets. Thanksgiving is the most important cooking holiday of the year, the one that has you scribbling a week's worth of to-do lists, the one …

    You can order a turkey for Thanksgiving at many places in Tampa Bay.
  8. Naples is a dining destination worth visiting, rich with newcomers and long-standing favorites

    Food & Dining


    Naples Restaurant Week is a semiannual promotion celebrating the region's best dining at an affordable price, with lunch and dinner prix fixe meals available for either $25 or $35, depending on the location. This year it's slated for Nov. 30 to Dec. 13, with 60 restaurants on board. I'm a big fan of …

    Chef Jason Goddard mans the mozzarella bar at Barbatella in Naples on Monday, October 30, 2017. Barbatella is the sister restaurant of Sea Salt.
  9. After multiple delays, American Social opens on Harbour Island

    Food & Dining

    It was August 2015. Jeff Vinik's highly anticipated Channelside construction was much in the news. Curtis Hixon and Tampa's Riverwalk were recent additions and all of downtown seemed rife with new promise and energy.

    The third American Social Bar and Kitchen, located at 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., has more than 9,000 square feet of interior space and 5,000 square feet of bayfront patio dining.
  10. The Rez Grill is the latest celeb-chef concept coming to the Seminole Hard Rock

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — Newish Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa president Joe Lupo sat across the table from newly appointed creative culinary director Frank Anderson. In the private dining room of Rise Bakery on Tuesday, they paused before unveiling the dining concept that will "rise" in this space Dec. 14. It's one of a …

    The 5,000-square-foot Rez Grill will be a creative collaboration between designer Lawrence Lee Associates and architect Klai Juba Wald. Modern and rustic details will be juxtaposed with design features including driftwood beams and of-the-moment mosaic tiles. Courtesy of Hard Rock.
  11. Tampa pizza restaurant Hampton Station banned kids, and some parents are not happy

    Food & Dining

    Last week, a sign went up. It caused a lot of other stuff to go down.

    A sign on the door of Hampton Station says it all. “It’s one of the toughest things I’ve ever done,” owner Troy Taylor said.
  12. Restaurant review: Bulla Gastrobar is solid, especially for brunch, but is there too much tapas competition in SoHo?

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    Bulla Gastrobar, the fifth location for the Florida-based chain by Centurion Restaurant Group, opened Sept. 28 in the densely competitive South Howard corridor. Inspired by the famous gastrobars of Spain, the casual 172-seat tapas bar offers indoor and outdoor seating, and Luna Lounge, a rooftop bar, one of …

    Bulla Gastrobar in Tampa is a casual 172-seat tapas bar that offers indoor and outdoor seating.
  13. 5 new Tampa Bay restaurants to check out in October

    Food & Dining

    Restaurant industry growth tends to hit a lull in August and September in Tampa Bay, with a notable surge in new openings in October.

    1895 Kitchen - Bar - Market in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
  14. Dining Planner: Celebrate Oktoberfest, the Day of the Dead and the glories of Neapolitan pizza

    Food & Dining


    This week concludes Mr. Dunkerbak's monthlong Oktoberfest celebration. Thursday through Sunday, to the tunes of Accordion Joe and the USF Tuba Quartet (you can never have too many tubas), guests can enjoy traditional German food and buy a Dunder-liter mug to get …

    Pizzafire will open on Fowler Avenue this month. It boasts of fresh ingredients. Photo courtesy of Pizzafire
  15. Sunday Supper returns with 25 chefs, food fests galore

    Food & Dining

    Save the date: SUNDAY SUPPER

    This just might be the dinner of the year. The Bern's family of restaurants has organized a James Beard Foundation fundraiser to fund the Bern Laxer Memorial Scholarship for culinary students in the state of Florida for a number of years. But this week they announced the …

    Bern’s Steak House located at 1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa on Wednesday 2/19014