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Dining review: What the heck is an arepa?

Dining review: What the heck is an arepa?

What I ate: What the heck is an arepa? It’s the national sandwich of Venezuela and neighboring Colombia, and at Nico’s Arepas Grill, it can be stuffed with nearly 20 choices of fillings.
Published: 07/27/16
Bloomin’ Brands testing delivery at Tampa Bay Outback and Carrabba’s restaurants

Bloomin’ Brands testing delivery at Tampa Bay Outback and Carrabba’s restaurants

Tampa-based Bloomin’ Brands is the latest company to get behind the online ordering and delivery trend by testing food delivery at some Tampa Bay area Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Outback Steakhouse locations.
Published: 07/19/16
Tampa Bay doughnut master Bill Fray on what makes a good doughnut

Tampa Bay doughnut master Bill Fray on what makes a good doughnut

TAMPA — On a recent Monday, Bill Fray, 62, had jury duty. A prosecuting attorney asked him a question.
Published: 07/18/16
Looking for the bay area’s best doughnuts? These 10 shops are tops

Looking for the bay area’s best doughnuts? These 10 shops are tops

Here are Tampa Bay’s top 10 doughnut shops, the goods rigorously selected for tenderness, flavor, crumb, presentation, topping range and sheer audacity.
Published: 07/18/16
Refinery owner Baker recalls Tampa and Portland punk scenes

Refinery owner Baker recalls Tampa and Portland punk scenes

Before he opened acclaimed Seminole Heights restaurants the Refinery and Fodder & Shine, Greg Baker was navigating the unruly ‘80s punk scene in Tampa and babysitting the legendarily raucous band the Replacements in Portland.
Updated one month ago
Discover roti, the popular Caribbean dish that has a following in Tampa Bay

Discover roti, the popular Caribbean dish that has a following in Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — Shak Sinanan sections off a handful of dough, rolls it on the stainless steel countertop a couple of times into a smooth ball, then flattens it into a thick disc. To his right, a flat, edgeless pan called a tawa is heating up ...
Updated one month ago
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest turns 100, celebrate with Tampa Bay hot dogs

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest turns 100, celebrate with Tampa Bay hot dogs

July 4? Sure, sure, Independence Day. But in some circles, the main attraction is the annual Nathan’s Famous International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, which dates back exactly 100 years to 1916. It’s an annual tr...
Updated one month ago
Restaurant review: Thai Prime Kitchen & Bar brings a new cuisine to Boy Scout Boulevard’s restaurant row

Restaurant review: Thai Prime Kitchen & Bar brings a new cuisine to Boy Scout Boulevard’s restaurant row

TAMPA — MetWest International has added to its already stacked lineup at its retail center across from International Plaza and Tampa International Airport. Joining Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, Kona Grill, Texas de Brazil and Del...
Updated one month ago
Restaurant review: With food and decor, On Swann brings high level of excellence to Hyde Park Village

Restaurant review: With food and decor, On Swann brings high level of excellence to Hyde Park Village

TAMPA — So many amateurs get into the restaurant business. They think: I’ve been eating out my whole life. What is there to know? You make food, you serve food, you clean up afterward, right? And these people, by and large, fail.
Updated one month ago
From On Swann to Portillo’s, 11 Tampa Bay restaurants opening this summer

From On Swann to Portillo’s, 11 Tampa Bay restaurants opening this summer

Just as the Florida growing season is winding down, a new crop of Tampa Bay restaurants has sprouted. Makes sense. Summer tends to be a little slow for our dining scene, so it yields an ideal time to throw open the doors and work out the kinks before...
Updated: 2 months ago