Restaurant news

  1. Fitlife offers healthy, fresh meal options in Brandon


    BRANDON — The mac 'n' cheese has carrots and veggies hidden in the sauce, and the brownies are made with a dried plum base.

    From left, Tiffany Doyle, community store leader, Jim Studdiford, franchise owner, and David Osterweil, founder, gather this month at the grand opening of Brandon’s first Fitlife Foods store. It’s the sixth area location for the concept that began in 2011 and allows customers to purchase healthy, ready-made meals in three sizes and heat them up at their convenience.
  2. Frenchy's rooftop bar opening at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre


    CLEARWATER — When the renovated Capitol Theatre reopened for business last December, concertgoers were wowed by its acoustics, its lineup of shows, its state-of-the-art sound system, its wraparound exterior balcony and the cool bars in its lobby and mezzanine.

    Frenchy’s Rooftop Terrace, at the newly renovated Capitol Theatre, will offer drinks and free hors d’oeuvres on show nights.
  3. Two Twistee Treat ice cream stands slated to open


    TOWN 'N COUNTRY — Two new Twistee Treat ice cream stands are opening in North Tampa in time to provide some tasty relief from the sweltering summer heat.

    You’ll soon be able to visit two cone-shaped Twistee Treat spots locally. One location will open on Sheldon Road this month, and another will open on Fletcher Avenue in August.
  4. Review: Guy Harvey RumFish Grill makes a big splash in St. Pete Beach

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETE BEACH — There are those stores that are like clubs. Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shops, even Apple stores — yes, they sell stuff, but it's more aspirational than that. These are lifestyles on offer.

    A stunning aquarium, designed by the Tanked guys, overlooks diners at RumFish Grill & Bar in St. Pete Beach on July 10.
  5. Former Gator, NFL star Crawford Ker sells WingHouse to grow it


    After 20 years in the business of chicken wings, beer and sexy waitresses, Ker's WingHouse has a new owner. But Big Daddy remains in charge.

    Former Florida Gator Crawford Ker started WingHouse in 1994.
  6. Local restaurants serve up sides of classes, paddleboarding, yoga

    Food & Dining

    you sit there, they bring you the food. Chew, swallow, pay, depart. Unless you're an exceptionally vigorous chewer, you're not breaking a sweat the whole evening. It's why most of us go out to eat: so we don't have to do the work. But when you think about it, it's a little passive. For you overachievers, what if …

    You can learn Italian and enjoy a meal with Roberto Alvarez.
  7. Visit Tallahassee for fine and funky food and lodging (and football)


    TALLAHASSEE — Boiled p-nuts. Sometimes "boiled" is spelled wrong, too. There are stands that dot the back roads of the rural Florida Panhandle, fronted by hand-lettered signs that tout the glories of the green peanut. The outskirts of Tallahassee are P-nut Central, the stands' proprietors hunkered over burners at …

    For a terrific view of Tallahassee, head to the Level 8 bar atop the Hotel Duval on Monroe Street. It offers one of the nicest views of Tallahassee looking west toward Florida State University. The Capitol can be seen to the south.
  8. Review: Farm-to-table food wows at Tampa Marriott's Waterside Grill

    Food & Dining


    The Waterside Marriott closed its marquee restaurant, Il Terrazzo, in January. This moves its No. 2 restaurant, Waterside Grill, into the primary spot. The decor will underwhelm you, as will the service, but then the food comes and Kapow! you're shocked by how good it is. Longtime chef Rich Willerer is …

    Grilled mahimahi ($24) sits on a bed of cucumber, radish, cilantro, lime and jalapeno salad at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel.
  9. Restaurateur Richard Gonzmart crowdsources food sampling for Ulele restaurant

    Human Interest

    TAMPA HEIGHTS — Dinner one day last week for a lucky few — 40 or so — was a sampling of ice creams vying to make the menu of soon-to-open Ulele.

    Richard Gonzmart, who also owns the Columbia, says that the opening date of Ulele, featuring native-inspired cuisine, is not set.
  10. Rococo among Tampa Bay restaurants honored by Wine Spectator

    Bars & Spirits

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rococo Steak's efforts paid off.

     From left Josh Fan, Chris Prachar and Joe Orsino stand in the temperature controlled cellar of Rococo Steak. [LARA CERRI  |   Times]
  11. Bacco and Venere restaurant takes a Roman spin


    TEMPLE TERRACE — One of the newest additions to the city's dining scene takes its name from the Roman god of wine and the goddess of beauty.

  12. Plenty of new dining choices on the Pinellas beaches

    Food & Dining

    You drag the pool noodles back to your towel, futilely attempt to dislodge the sand from the thigh band of your swimsuit and wonder idly if SPF 50 is really any better than the 30. And then this happens: You realize a day at the beach has made you powerfully hungry. And thirsty, very thirsty. In Pinellas County, there …

    The new Gypsy Souls Coffeehouse, at 17465 Gulf Blvd., across from the gulf in Redington Shores, sells teas, local baked goods, smoothies and more. It has a heavy globe-trotting theme, in part thanks to its owner, Matt Olafsen, an airline pilot with a “gypsy soul.”
  13. Clearwater restaurant boasts best key lime pie — and can prove it

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — The best key lime pie in America can be found on Sunset Point Road, according to some folks who ought to know.

    Zukie Tzekas of Clearwater’s Sunset Grill recently won first place with her key lime pie in the 2014 American Pie Council’s national championship in the Independent division.
  14. Investment firm buys Ker's WingHouse


    NFL player-turned-restaurant chieftain Crawford Ker is selling his Largo-based sports-themed restaurant chain Ker's WingHouse to investors who have aggressive expansion plans on the menu.

    NFL player-turned-restaurant chieftain Crawford Ker is selling his Largo-based sports-theme restaurant chain Ker's WingHouse to investors who have aggressive expansion plans on the menu. [Luis Santana | TBT]
  15. Despite 'sighting,' Anthony Bourdain tweets he was not in St. Pete

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — A celebrity sighting in a downtown coffeehouse on Tuesday was eventually debunked by the celebrity himself.


    FILE - In this July 30, 2009 file photo, Anthony Bourdain attends the premiere of "Julie & Julia" at The Ziegfeld Theatre, in New York. The Travel Channel is home to popular shows such as Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations," where the sharp-witted author and chef trots the globe in search of tasty local cuisine and color. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)