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  1. Restaurants, breweries collaborate to offer signature beers

    Food & Dining

    Every restaurant worth its salt these days offers a selection of craft beers, often drilling down to showcase local and regional options. And now restaurants are taking it one step further, brewing their own beers or partnering with local breweries to develop signature suds. • These "bespoke beers" are one …

    Ty Weaver, head brewer at 3 Daughters Brewing, and Vinoy executive chef Mark Heimann collaborated on the signature Paul’s Landing. Heimann created a few dishes to go with the fruity wheat beer named for William Paul, who helped to start the orange groves in the area in 1854.
  2. Review: Explore rich flavors of Afghanistan at Anaar in Tampa

    Food & Dining


    I am going to wager that most of you haven't eaten it. Yes, you've covered your knees with an afghan when you're a little chilly, you've watched those silky Afghan hounds prance at dog shows, but have you ever tried Afghan cuisine? Didn't think so. That's because there are so few restaurants in the United …

    The offerings at Anaar, on Henderson Boulevard in Tampa, include, from left, Kabuli Palaw, Lia’s Loaded Fries and Chicken Carahi. Family-style meals, which are appetizer-entree-dessert combinations, also are available. And, there’s a full bar.
  3. Our food writer conquers Arby's Meat Mountain: Is it any good? (w/ video)

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    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]
  4. Trouble brewing at CopperFish over city fines, unpaid rent


    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.
  5. Third independent grocery store helps low- and middle-income families


    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.
  6. Review: Steel City Brewhouse, New England Ale House offer comfort food

    Food & Dining


    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.
  7. After rough times, talk of optimism by Florida shopping center leaders


    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.
  8. Plenty of new places to eat at Universal's CityWalk

    Food & Dining


    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).
  9. 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]
  10. Ulele restaurant unveils native-inspired menu


    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.
  11. Mexican restaurant headed to Hyde Park Village


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

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


    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 …

  13. Tijuana Flats opening two locations in Tampa


    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.

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


    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.
  15. Tampa Bay restaurateurs share tales of customers behaving badly

    Food & Dining

    The couple's first 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 …