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  1. Lector Social Club and Wine Bar set to open in Tampa Heights this fall

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA HEIGHTS — In the increasingly restaurant-rich Tampa Heights neighborhood, Lector Social Club and Wine Bar will debut this fall.

    This rendering shows plans for Lector Social Club and Wine Bar at 2307 N Florida Ave. in Tampa Heights. The venue plans to hold live music and literary readings and open in October.
  2. Tampa institution returns as Goody Goody opens in Hyde Park Village (w/video)

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — Goody Goody is officially back in business.

    Mike Smith of New Tampa waits for doors to open at Goody Goody about 5:30 a.m. He was first in line at 4 a.m. for the grand opening of the new restaurant at 1601 W Swann Ave. in Hyde Park Village. Smith, who was born in Tampa in 1952, says some of his earliest childhood memories are of Goody Goody. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times] 
  3. Here's how one writer invented a totally fake food holiday

    Food & Dining

    Tuesday is National Cuban Sandwich Day.

    It will be celebrated in Tampa, where the Cuban sandwich was born, and across the bay in St. Petersburg, where you can get some pretty good ones.

    Times staff writer Christopher Spata "created" a National Cuban Sandwich Day. Here's how.  SCOTT KEELER | TAMPA BAY TIMES
  4. Dr. BBQ, Datz owners bringing 'artisanal barbecue' to St. Petersburg's Edge District

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — At 1:40 p.m. Monday, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman tweeted, "Attention, St. Pete foodies! Stand by for some really delicious, big news." His 9,679 followers didn't have to wait long.

    Ray Lampe of St. Petersburg is known as Dr. BBQ and will debut what will be called Dr. BBQ’s in the Edge District this winter. 
SCOTT KEELER      |     Times (2014)
  5. Restaurant review: Pizza Box brings more good pizza to St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Tiny House Hunters may have run its course (seriously, people, stop kvetching about closet space; the whole house is 300 square feet), but I have the next HGTV hit: Really Microscopic Restaurants.

    The margherita pizza features fresh mozzarella and house-made San Marzano tomato sauce and is finished with fresh basil.
  6. August restaurant openings in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    Buya Ramen

    The ramen scene's newest kid on the block opened Aug. 10 at 911 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. With menu items including ramen bowls, izakaya small plates and craft cocktails, the restaurant is operating on a reservation-only basis during soft open. Prices range from $8-$18 for various dishes. …

    Goody Goody, the iconic Tampa burger chain that closed its doors more than a decade ago, returns Aug. 23 with a new location in Tampa's Hyde Park Village. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  7. Dining Planner: Tampa Bay Lobster Fest or Craft Beer Experience plus grilled cheese

    Food & Dining

    CLAWS CELEBRE: LOBSTER FEST

    Is it sacrilege to say Maine lobsters are the crowning crustacean? That they beat the bib off Florida's own spiny lobsters? If you agree with me, this week is for you. On Saturday and Sunday, head for the third annual Tampa Bay Lobster Festival at the Kapok Special …

    The Craft Beer Experience will take place Saturday at Mahaffey Theater and will give beer drinkers a chance to sample more than 100 craft brews. 
  8. As the Cider Press Café celebrates its first birthday, owner talks vegan food

    Food & Dining

    It started with a dog.

    In 2007, when Roland Strobel's Jack Russell Welsh corgi, Jack, got sick from his dog food, Strobel and his partner, Johan Everstijn, decided to change his diet. They made his food at home from vegan ingredients and instantly noticed a change in the 7-year-old pup.

    The Pad Thai at the Cider Press Cafe on Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. [Photo by LARA CERRI  |   Times]
  9. Restaurant review: Oggi Italian Street Food offers solid contemporary Italian, on the sweet side

    Food & Dining

    DAVIS ISLANDS

    Joe DeBartolo has pizza in his blood.

    He came from a Sicilian family of restaurateurs (his dad, Vito, opened his first pizzeria in 1966), then ended up owning 75 I Love NY Pizza locations up and down the eastern seaboard. He sold them all in 2008 when the economy got bumpy for New York-style …

    The Sorrentina Rigatoni is among the offerings at Oggi Italian Street Food on E Davis Boulevard in Tampa.
  10. A push toward eating 'trash fish' may take pressure off endangered seafood species

    Food & Dining

    SARASOTA

    Chef Steve Phelps of Indigenous in Sarasota leaned over the makeshift prep tables to monitor the assembly of pulled barbecue amberjack sitting on a corn cake with kale slaw.

    The Open Blue Cobia crudo appetizer incorporates espelette pepper, truffle yuzu vinaigrette and jalapeno dragon fruit salad prepared by chef Evan Gastman of the Cottage.
  11. Dining Planner: Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest, Ferran Adria immersion dinners at the Dalí

    Food & Dining

    BAKEOFF: CUPCAKE WARS

    Think you got what it takes? You still have time to enter your cupcakes in the sixth annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest on Aug. 20 at the Morean Arts Center. A $15 entry fee allows each participant to enter one submission, which requires a minimum of four delicious …

    Republic National Distributing Co. employees sample products from St. Petersburg Distillery, whose offerings include Old St. Pete craft spirits.
  12. New restaurant opening today: Buya Ramen in downtown St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    Ready for more ramen?

    Opening today is newcomer Buya Ramen, bringing springy noodles and complex broths to 911 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg.

    Opening today is newcomer Buya Ramen, bringing springy noodles and complex broths to 911 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg. [Buya Ramen]
  13. Restaurant review: Don't let a bad location stop you from dining at charming Casa Cosenza

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    OLDSMAR

    In general, there is rough justice in the restaurant world. Good ones survive, the goofy bad ideas flail around, offer Groupons and die grim, solitary deaths. But occasionally good people with interesting vision and laudable skills are saddled with a location so tough the day-to-day slog can verge on …

    From left are husband and wife Giuseppe and Fabrizia Cosenza, owners of Casa Cosenza in Oldsmar. The couple hail from Italy.
  14. Tampa International Airport's Hard Rock has gear from Gaga to the Rolling Stones

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Peel your eyes at Tampa International Airport, and you might just see the Rolling Stones boarding a private plane. You might see Debbie Harry lounging in a terminal. You might see Jimi Hendrix and his band striding across the tarmac.

    Tampa International is home to North America’s first Hard Rock Cafe in an airport. 
[ ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times ]

  15. Dining Planner: Special wine and beer dinners to quench summer doldrums

    Food & Dining

    ON THE MENU: SPECIAL DINNERS

    There comes a time each summer in Tampa Bay when the weather starts to get you down. Maybe it's the afternoon gloom and storm. Maybe it's how many days in a row your steering wheel has caused you to hot-potato from fingertips to fingertips. If you can't board a plane this week …

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