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Tampa Bay burger lovers have spoken, or at least worn out their fingers voting for their favorite burger joint in the area.
In a very unscientific poll conducted for two weeks on tampabay.com, Burger Monger (10412 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa) edged out rival Burger 21 (9664 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa) in the popularity contest. Both are newcomers to the area dining scene, having opened last year. More than 30,000 votes were cast, and people were allowed to vote multiple times.
Coming in third, and tops in St. Petersburg, was the venerable El Cap (3500 Fourth St. N). Another city legend, Chattaway (358 22nd Ave. S), ranked fourth.
The other restaurants in the poll were the Refinery and Square One, both in Tampa; Harvey's and Munch's, both St. in Petersburg; Nauti-Nancy's, Clearwater; and Cafe Alfresco and Delco's Original, both in Dunedin.
The poll was part of a special issue on hamburgers in the St. Petersburg Times' Taste section. To read that report, which includes cooking tips, reviews, wine-pairing suggestions and a video of Times staff writer Sean Daly taking on a 5-pound burger, go to tampabay.com/burgers.
Queenshead promotes sous chef
The Queenshead (2501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg) will mark its second anniversary this month by naming its second chef. Scott Jones, who has been sous chef to executive chef Christopher Greer, will take over when Greer moves to Portland, Ore. Greer and the restaurant have earned critical acclaim for their updated European cuisine. Greer will stay on to help with the transition until the end of the month, and co-owner Darren Conner says favorites will remain on the menu. "This is part of a natural evolution," Conner said. "Chris did great work while he was here, and Scott has some ideas that he'll bring to the table now."
Openings and closings
• Walt's Seasonal Cuisine, known for its lively chef's counter and focus on fresh ingredients, closed June 4. Owner Walt Wickman plans to focus on his new business, the Olde Bay Cafe & Dunedin Fish Market (51 Main St., Dunedin).
• Wickman sold the Walt's Seasonal Cuisine location (1140 Main St., Dunedin) to Steve and Patty Tingas, who plan to open Bistro Atlantis, featuring "casual fine dining with an old world Grecian flair." Tentative opening date is July 5.
• Red Snak Shak (1701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg), a neighborhood favorite for Southern cooking and soul food, closed.
• World of Beer and Pete's Wood Fired Pizza will open concurrently in downtown St. Petersburg. World of Beer will move into the building that was Paddy Burke's (100 Fourth St. S), and Pete's will be next door in the former Mercantile Bank. The two businesses will share a patio area, and expect to open by September.
• Jonny Primo's (33180 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor) closed, and the building will become a new location of Lucky Dill.
Jim Webster, Janet K. Keeler and staff reports