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  1. Our food writer conquers Arby's Meat Mountain: Is it any good? (w/ video)

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — I planted my flag on Meat Mountain, and it was good.

     It's not on the menu, so when you go to Arby's you have to ask for the Meat Mountain.  It costs $10 and has pepper bacon, roast beef, cheddar cheese, angus beef, brisket, corned beef, swiss cheese, ham, turkey and a chicken tender. And, supposedly, it's only 1,275 calories. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  2. Trouble brewing at CopperFish over city fines, unpaid rent

    Retail

    TAMPA — A suit filed this week in Tampa may cause a ripple of fear among local foodies: South Tampa's CopperFish, one of the most exciting debuts of 2013, has hit a rocky patch.

    EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN   |   Times  The CopperFish Platter, consisting of jumbo prawns, chef's choice oysters, Middle Neck clams, poached lobster, and crab cocktail.
  3. Third independent grocery store helps low- and middle-income families

    Business

    BRANDON — Fatima and Ali Jaber moved here from New Jersey 11 years ago with an idea to focus on meeting the grocery needs of middle- and low-income families. Ali ran three stores up north for two decades and together the couple opened the 22,000-square-foot Mega Supermarket on Nebraska Avenue in Tampa featuring a …

    Edwin Cheguen, manager at Brandon Meats & Market, checks on some of the produce items at the store, the third for Fatima and Ali Jaber, at 247 W Brandon Blvd.
  4. Review: Steel City Brewhouse, New England Ale House offer comfort food

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG AND PALM HARBOR

    Comfort food is idiosyncratic, often a reflection of where we were raised and what foods were on our holiday tables or what we remember Nana whipping up those times Mom and Dad absconded to Atlantic City or Aruba.

    At New England Ale House Grille, there are solid seafood dishes, such as fish and chips, crispy white fish with fresh cut fries, lemon, coleslaw and house-made tartar.
  5. After rough times, talk of optimism by Florida shopping center leaders

    Retail

    ORLANDO — After a long, hard climb out of the recession, Florida shopping center officials are seeing better times ahead.

    COMING TO YBOR: A 7-Eleven is scheduled to open Friday on Seventh Avenue, across from Centro Ybor.
  6. Plenty of new places to eat at Universal's CityWalk

    Food & Dining

    ORLANDO

    Opened in 1999, Universal CityWalk sits at the entrance to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, with a gorgeous 20-screen AMC movie theater and a real range of dining and imbibing possibilities open along a two-tiered promenade. But like the parks themselves, the dining-shopping-entertainment …

    Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: Latin Quarter is out, and Antojitos is in at Universal CityWalk. It’s the best of the new crop of eateries. The food and decor are memorable, and so are the margaritas. And if that’s not enough, there’s entertainment (a mariachi band, of course).
  7. Enjoy prix fixe meals across Orlando for $33 during September

    Food & Dining

    In the early 1900s, hotels offered "table d'hote" or "prix fixe" menus to guests as a form of loss leader. Hotels didn't necessarily make money on these lower-priced, multicourse inclusive meals, often served at communal tables, but they made up for it on the booze. Prohibition may have contributed to a gradual shift …

    Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner. More than 75 of the greater Orlando area's best restaurants offer three-course meals for $33, excluding beverage, tax and gratuity. [Luma on Park]
  8. Ulele restaurant unveils native-inspired menu

    General

    TAMPA — The much anticipated Ulele Native-Inspired Food and Spirits serves four kinds of oysters: on the half shell, in kale and apple cabbage cups, charbroiled with garlic and cheese, and fresh as a shooter, with or without tequila.

    Guests were able to enjoy crab claws, lobster cakes, seafood pot pie and more at the new restaurant in Tampa Heights.
  9. Mexican restaurant headed to Hyde Park Village

    Retail

    A long-awaited restaurant is headed to Hyde Park Village in Tampa.

  10. Mediterranean cuisine, simply mac and cheese, a new salon and event decor

    Retail

    DAVIS ISLANDS — Downtown Davis Islands' popular dining corner's newest incarnation, Fountain Square Mediterranean Cuisine, combines "the best of 14 countries on the Mediterranean Sea," says owner Alex Chouri, naming some of his Lebanese, Greek and Italian specialities. Previous tenants at the East Davis Boulevard …

  11. Tijuana Flats opening two locations in Tampa

    General

    Tijuana Flats is opening two locations in Tampa: one in its former spot along Platt Street, the other across from Britton Plaza on S Dale Mabry Highway.

  12. Heavenly Sweets gets Valrico home; Peck's chicken back in Brandon

    Business

    VALRICO — Guy Hermis wrapped up a career in the Army right about the same time his wife, Mary, had her hours cut back working at a local department store.

    Guy and Mary Hermis plan to open Heavenly Sweets & Pastries at 1745 State Road 60 after running it from home for four years.
  13. Tampa Bay restaurateurs share tales of customers behaving badly

    Food & Dining

    The couple's first Match.com date was not going swimmingly. Sitting at the wine bar at Clearwater's Cuvée 103, the woman seemed exceptionally, er, thirsty. Eventually she stood up and wobbled her way onto the stage where a jazz trio was getting into full swing, Florida Orchestra bass player T.J. Glowacki plucking …

  14. Wake up: Orlando chain to open Keke's Breakfast Cafe in Tampa

    Retail

    A new breakfast spot opening in Tampa is out to prove that the first meal of the day isn't just the most important, it's the best.

  15. Vue 19 nightclub, Vue Sushi & Martini Bar have closed

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — Despite an initial $2 million investment and a location offering views of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Vue 19 nightclub on the 19th floor of One Progress Plaza has closed. Vue Sushi & Martini Bar, which was started by the same owners on the first floor, has also closed.

    The Vue Sushi & Martini Bar on the first floor of One Progress Plaza has now closed.