Restaurants to offer tax relief today
P.F. Chang's China Bistro invites guests nationwide to enjoy a 15 percent discount on their bills today in honor of Tax Day. Cinnabon at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, plans to sweeten Tax Day with free classic bites from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today — the promotion is called, quite deliciously, "Tax Day Bites!" And Chick-fil-A has what they're calling an Instant Rebate Daytoday: Make a purchase and save your receipt. Then redeem that same purchase for free on your next visit before the end of the month.
'Bon Appétit' picks Florida's finest
Bon Appétit has just unveiled its May issue and "United Plates of America," the magazine's first U.S. travel issue, with picks for the best eats in every state. Two local businesses got ink: "What to buy: Shrimp from Fresh From the Boat Seafood; (727) 385-5662. What to eat: Delmonico Steak at Bern's Steak House, 1208 S Howard Ave., Tampa; (813) 251-2421."
Fresh From the Boat supplies fresh markets, or call the store at the number above. They also ship seafood through freshfromtheboat.com.
Sandpearl Resort ranks No. 8 worldwide
The Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach has been ranked eighth on Expedia Insiders' Select 2009, a ranking of the top hotels and resorts worldwide based on customer satisfaction and value for the dollar as determined by Expedia.com experts and customers. The list represents the top 1 percent of the nearly 80,000 properties offered by Expedia.
Altro Posto Cafe launches in Dunedin
Cappuccino's Bakery Cafe (733 Broadway St., Dunedin) has changed its name to Altro Posto Cafe and is now serving dinners from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings. A la carte dinner items start at $9, and there's an interesting list of mostly organic beers.
Crazy Conch closes; WineBurgers opens
Seven-year-old Crazy Conch Cafe (1110 Pinellas Bayway S, No. 206, Tierra Verde, (727) 865-0633) has just announced to its longtime customers: "The Crazy Conch Cafe is no longer a viable business endeavor. . . . While our food costs continue to soar, our guests' disposable income continues to dwindle. Mom used to say, 'If you don't bend, you break.' We've decided to bend." Crazy Conch closed last Friday, and WineBurgers opens in its place around May 1. The new concept is affordable and casual: burgers, sausages, grilled cheese, soup, milk shakes and cupcakes.
Dunkin' Donuts seeks a pastry genius
It's a "Create Dunkin's Next Donut" contest, with the grand prize winner hauling in $12,000. The winning creation will be sold in participating stores all over the country. You can't get all kooky (foie gras and guava paste, sea salt jimmies), and there are a certain number of permitted flavors, toppings, shapes, etc. The winner will be announced June 5, which is, you guessed it, National Doughnut Day.
Laura Reiley, Times food critic