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  1. Shake Shack, Momofuku and more: Please come to Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    Fabio is coming!

    Not the Fabio on your romance novel, with the billowing hair and large quantities of artificial butter. This Fabio, in all likelihood, uses real butter. And olive oil.

  2. Time to carbo load: Three new bakeries include an Australian bakery, second La Segunda

    Food & Dining

    LA SEGUNDA

    A Tampa Bay giant has stirred and is on the move. La Segunda Central Bakery, a family-owned Ybor City institution for nearly 103 years (they celebrated that birthday Jan. 15) and the largest producer of Cuban bread in the world, will open a second location in South Tampa in early summer.

  3. Restaurant review: Byblos Cafe has busted out of its mold with a broader Mediterranean menu, and that's good

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Seldom have I paid such close attention to a restaurant closure, remodeling and reopening. Byblos Cafe began a major renovation last year, keeping the restaurant open as long as possible during the summer with some nifty temporary walls to shield diners from the mess. After Hurricane Irma they closed to do …

  4. Top Chef's Fabio Viviani will open a restaurant in downtown Tampa

    Food & Dining

    The Tampa Bay restaurant scene has hit a certain kind of critical mass. For several years, rumors have swirled that the nation's celebrity chefs were considering this part of the Florida peninsula as "the next big thing," a place to colonize and set up shop.

  5. Tijuana Flats now sells a 'take-home burrito meal kit' and Rattle N Hum offers BOGO shots

    Food & Dining

    THE TWO B'S: BEER AND BACON

    For the second year, Patrick Green is putting on the St. Pete Beer and Bacon Festival at Vinoy Park from 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 20. Last year more than 5,000 people showed up to celebrate both B's. Why this particular dynamic duo?

  6. The future of food includes insect cuisine, edible packaging, sea vegetables and more

    Food & Dining

    Insect cuisine. Edible packaging. High-tech rooftop gardens. The future of food is around the corner.

  7. La Segunda Bakery to open new South Tampa location — with seats

    Food & Dining

    A Tampa Bay giant has stirred and is on the move. La Segunda Central Bakery, a family-owned Ybor City institution for nearly 103 years (they celebrate that birthday Jan. 15) and the largest producer of Cuban bread in the world, will open a second location in South Tampa in early summer of 2018.

  8. Restaurant review: Ichicoro Ane brings ramen, Japanese small plates and a whole lot of fun to St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    When Station House restaurant opened on Christmas Eve 2014 it was a totally reinvented space, Steve Gianfilippo's vision for the basement level of a 104-year-old, five-story, 30,000-square-foot building he'd bought for $3 million. For years, that space had been Cafe Alma — some good years, …

  9. Our food critic's tips for eating out and not gaining weight in 2018

    Food & Dining

    There's a three-panel comic circulating on social media right now. In the first panel is a stick figure with a Santa hat, the caption, "festive." In the second panel a pudgier stick figure is wandering, confused, with a wedge of cheese in his hand. In the third, the stick figure stands, demoralized and rotund. Ah, the …

  10. Restaurant review: Pin Wok and Bowl in St. Petersburg blends Thai and Japanese for familiar but solid fare

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    Take a look at the map. There's Thailand down there, Myanmar up above it and Cambodia below. Japan, on the other hand, is way up there, Taiwan and a whole lot of other stuff in between. So why is it that in these parts Thai food is so often partnered up with Japanese sushi? Sure, it could be because …

  11. Dining planner: New grocers and shops for last-minute holiday shopping

    Food & Dining

    DREAMS OF SUGARPLUMS: WESTSHORE PLAZA

  12. American Social tries to draw a young Tampa crowd with New York prices

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Paul Greenberg and Rick Mijares believe something. They believe that millennials are nostalgic for a time they didn't live through. American Social, the long-anticipated waterside restaurant adjacent to Jackson's on Harbour Island, reads like a sports bar from 1995. There is unironic use of plaid, …

  13. A vegan soul food eatery is opening in St. Petersburg

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    SOUL FOOD: VEGAN STYLE

    Ray Milton is a boxing instructor and former pastry chef and proprietor of Sugar Ray's Bakery in St. Petersburg. In the past couple of years he has branched out with something entirely different. He runs a food truck that sells soul food, a cuisine increasingly in …

  14. Hotly anticipated Ichicoro Ane is now open in St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    Noel Cruz seemed remarkably chill. As did his partner Kerem Koca. All around them in the Station House building in St. Petersburg, workers pounded the last nails, bartenders unpacked boxes of glassware and jewel-toned bottles of Amari, and the kitchen rolled through a final round of karaage and izakaya small plates. The …

  15. Restaurant review: Let the food and outstanding cocktails at CW's Gin Joint transport you back to the 1920s

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Maybe it's the twinkling chandeliers. All skajillion of them. Or maybe it is the rhythmic syncopation of ice cubes in shiny shakers. It could be the old-timey metal dessert cart with its silver cloches and chafing dishes, or else the chummy-but-menacing tuxedoed guy at the door who gives you the once-over …