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  1. Empire Oyster popup raises the raw bar in St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Kevin Joseph stands behind the counter wearing farmer's overalls, his 1967 Chevy Sportvan 108 Deluxe "Shuck Truck" pulled up outside.

    Kevin Joseph imports his Empire Oyster bar to Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails in St. Petersburg four nights a week.
  2. Dining Planner: New restaurants coming: the Lure in Tampa, Urban at the Trop

    Food & Dining

    COMING SOON:

    THE LURE TAMPA

    The Lure opened in downtown St. Petersburg in January 2016, one of a raft of new casual, mid-price restaurants to debut in town. Fifteen months later, partners Tom Golden (formerly of the Rack in Tampa) and Michael Stewart (Ava, 717 South) announce that …

    A stack of Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwiches from The Floridian, for the Cuban Sandwich Festival.
Photo by Scott Purks (2016)
  3. Restaurant review: The Reading Room in St. Petersburg gets many things right, from food to decor

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    The Reading Room is doing so many things right that I'm a little dubious I can ram it into 25 inches of copy, so strap in and let's go.

    From left are Reading Room executive chef Lauren Macellaro, sous chef Jenna Gabrielian, garden caretaker and baker Margo Paraska and service and beverage leader Jessika Palombo.
  4. Times food critic Laura Reiley named a James Beard award finalist for Farm to Fable series

    Food & Dining

    The Tampa Bay Times' series Farm to Fable was named a finalist in the 2017 James Beard Media Awards, announced Wednesday in Los Angeles during a breakfast at a.o.c.

  5. Dining Planner: Restaurants and bars to celebrate St. Patrick's this year

    Food & Dining

    Easy being green: Celebration spots

    Eleanor Buist, left, Anne Slattery and Pat O’Reilly Hauser toast during a St. Patrick’s Day lunch at Four Green Fields.
  6. Dining Planner: Bulla Gastrobar coming to Tampa; Nutrition Factory, Uncle Maddio's pizza open

    Food & Dining

    COMING SOON:

    BULLA GASTROBAR

    Bulla Gastrobar is coming to the 5,500-square-foot space within the Morrison mixed-use development at 936 S Howard Ave., joining the previously announced Zoe's Kitchen. The Morrison is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017. A …

    The Tampa Convention Center will add Datz to its culinary lineup this fall.
  7. Restaurant review: Acqua Alta is a charmer in Clearwater, partly for what it doesn't have

    Food & Dining

    CLEARWATER

    There's a first time for everything. About a month ago, a new restaurant at the border of Safety Harbor and Clearwater started tweeting at me. The gist of the tweets was "Check us out," accompanied by come-hither food photos of pastas and pastries and interesting veggie-forward appetizers.

    Acqua Alta offerings include Ricotta and Shrimp Ravioli, made with tomato and scallop sauce.
  8. Dining planner: Food fests galore, from Strawberry Festival to Busch Gardens Food & Wine

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    Thursday marks the launch of the Florida Strawberry Festival, an annual paean to this state's favorite berry. Just looking for the unvarnished fruit? On the south side of the festival you can pick up a flat from Parkesdale Farms and on the northeast corner Wish Farms is …

    Parkesdale Farm Market in Plant City.
  9. Restaurant review: Asiatic Street Food & Noodle Bar brings solid Thai dining option to Centro Ybor

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Centro Ybor has been rough stuff when looking for something good to eat over the years. Samurai Blue has always held down the fort, as has Tampa Bay Brewing Co., and certainly Hamburger Mary's gets some points on the board for providing a rollicking good time.

    The Thai Chicken Biryani is chicken marinated in cumin, garlic, yogurt and coriander, baked and served over jasmine rice.
  10. Dining Planner: Local roasters compete at CoffeeFest in Nashville, chocolate festival at Ren Fest

    Food & Dining

    What's the buzz: CoffeeFest

    Florida has more than 70 coffee roasters and more than 200 coffee shops, even keeping Daddy Starbucks out of the mix. Two establishments in the state have been selected to participate in the cold-brew competition at CoffeeFest in Nashville, Tenn., March 17-19. …

    Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters owners James and Heather Cook have been tapped to compete in the cold brew category at CoffeeFest in Nashville, Tenn.
  11. Two 24-hour diners are opening this spring in downtown St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    Two new diners will open in downtown St. Petersburg this spring and eventually never close — not even for an hour.

    At least, that's the plan.

    A rendering of what 2nd & Second diner will look like when it opens. [Image via Fraze Design Inc.]
  12. Restaurant review: Noble Rice is doing the most exciting izayaka dining in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    When Eric Fralick first fell in love with Japan, it was with anime and video games. It was much later that other kinds of love settled in.

    Eric Fralick is the owner of Noble Rice located on 807 W. Platt Street in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
  13. Semifinalists for 2017 James Beard awards include Tampa Bay chefs Chris Ponte and Ferrell Alvarez

    Food & Dining

    Chris Ponte, chef-owner of Cafe Ponte in Clearwater and On Swann in Tampa, was clearly recovering from Valentine's Day, a nightmare for chefs and the second busiest restaurant day of the year. (Mother's Day is first.) Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till in Tampa was coming off two weeks of 16-hour days thanks to some …

    Ferrell Alvarez is chef and 
co-owner at Tampa’s Rooster & the Till.
  14. Dining Planner: New restaurants: Suegra Tequila Cantina, the Raven, the Grateful Fed Pub

    Food & Dining

    CELEB POWER: Suegra Tequila Cantina

    Suegra Tequila Cantina opens sometime in March.
  15. Interview: Guy Fieri talks new projects, criticism and the Triple D effect at Disney Springs in Orlando

    Food & Dining

    LAKE BUENA VISTA

    It didn't go smoothly. Guy Fieri was visiting Disney Springs — the reimagined dining, retail and entertainment district at Walt Disney World Resort — for the relaunch of Planet Hollywood. The restaurant had been completely overhauled, transformed into a four-story stargazing …

    Fieri poses with one of his “Big Bite Burgers.” He created the burgers and some signature sandwiches for Planet Hollywood.