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  1. Iconic Goody Goody restaurant returning to Tampa

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Longtime Tampa residents get misty-eyed when you mention Goody Goody, the iconic restaurant known for its pies and bags of hamburgers "POX" — that's pickles, onions and the fabled secret sauce. On Monday restaurateur Richard Gonzmart announced he is bringing it all back in a new Goody Goody.

    All eyes were on manager Yvonne Freeman as she brought an order to a table at 
he Goody Goody restaurant in Tampa before it closed in 2005. (Times photo by Cherie Diez)
  2. Food from farm to table: an illuminating process

    Books

    It all started with a pig. Or, more specifically, half a pig. Jim Webster, when he was a copy editor and writer for the Tampa Bay Times, drove up to Nature Delivered, Rebecca Krassnoski's farm near Tampa, with the aim of filling up his freezer with humanely raised pork. He wasn't looking for loin, shank and belly …

    Jim Webster, America Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers
  3. Review: Villa Bellini brings upscale Italian to Tio Pepe space

    Food & Dining

    CLEARWATER

    It's got pilasters and curved archways and marble statuary and carved fireplace mantles and complicated deco wrought-iron work. In short, the new Villa Bellini in the 1928 building that housed Tio Pepe for decades is a knockout. There's valet parking, a gracious gaggle of lovely young women at the front …

    Available at Villa Bellini in Clearwater is Pasta Calamarata, a medley of crab meat, pasta, shrimp, scallops served with a light cherry tomato sauce.
  4. As St. Petersburg's Beach Drive hops, valet permits stop

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Beach Drive's success has bred traffic jams, parking shortages and the demand for more valet services. • Though these aren't the worst problems to have, Mayor Rick Kriseman and other city officials are talking with business owners to figure out how to address them.

    Cassis on Beach Drive NE in St. Petersburg is one of several downtown restaurants that offers valet parking for customers. It is the only one directly on Beach. Others are on side streets.
  5. Dough, Max & Chz and Mr. Lasagna home in on a single food in South Tampa

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    In metro areas where restaurants densely stud every street, entrepreneurs have gotten tunnel vision: Serve a single food, do it right, carve a niche, plug it on social media, watch the lines grow. In New York alone, you'll find the Meatball Shop, S'Mac (mac and cheese mania), Potatopia (all spuds, all the …

    Mr. Lasagna Veal lasagna stacks up against any Italian mother’s.
  6. Noi and the Bake cook Italian to Interbay; the Joint cracks Palma Ceia, Amelia's Abubut fashions for kids

    Retail

    INTERBAY — An Italian renaissance is under way at the southern end of Bayshore Boulevard with the arrival of the Bake, a cafe and bakery, and Noi (translates as "us") Italian Kitchen and Bar.

  7. James Beard Foundation scholarship fundraiser draws Tampa Bay's rock star chefs

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — BT Nguyen leaned over the first plate, spreading bits of hearts of palm, mango, celery and sweet pepper on the plate, topping that with a ripe wedge of avocado and gently poached lobster, finishing the dish with a confetti of micro-herbs and passion fruit vinaigrette.

     Chef BT Nguyen makes some final adjustments to her lobster and avocado with sweet peppers, mango, celery, palm hearts, mint, cilantro and passion fruit vinaigrette.
  8. Bern's Steak House little sister SideBern's to become Haven wine bar

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — When the doors reopen at 2208 W Morrison Ave. at the end of the year, it will no longer be SideBern's. Say hello to Haven, a midpriced wine bar restaurant.

    SideBern's closed June 24 to undergo what was announced as a serious gussying up. At an all-star James Beard Foundation scholarship dinner at the Epicurean Hotel on Monday night, David Laxer, Bern's owner and Epicurean Hotel partner, announced that plans have changed. [Google Street View]
  9. Review: Bodaciously fresh bowls off Bayshore — that's Fresh Kitchen

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Takeout parking spots in front are for 7.5 minutes only. The restaurant closes at 9:35 p.m. What gives? They are memorable. But those 30 seconds and that five minutes are not the only things that separate the new Fresh Kitchen from so many other South Tampa restaurants.

    Among the choices for bowls are coconut cauliflower, grilled broccolini, and roasted Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. Or you can choose from “chef’s specials,” the all-in-one-meal ranging from $9.50 to $12.
  10. Millennials' influence changing fine dining in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    Haute is no longer hot.

    In Tampa Bay and nationally, nearly all of the exciting, high-profile restaurants to open in the past two years have been casual and moderate to mid-priced. At none of them are you required to wear a jacket. At none will you find tuxedoed waiters or red roses in crystal vases. In short, …

    David Rojas, a waiter at Donatello Italian Restaurant since 1988, takes orders on a Friday night last month at the fine dining establishment at 232 N Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. High-end meals are in decline in favor of more casual dining.
  11. Fresh Kitchen bowls over SoHo; jeans and java in Ybor

    Retail

    SOUTH TAMPA — It doesn't get much easier — or healthier — than a breakfast, lunch or dinner bowl at Fresh Kitchen, the newest addition to the Ciccio Restaurant Group.

  12. Despite fire, annual charity Pasta Fest will take place Tuesday at Papa Joe's

    Business

    BROOKSVILLE — Only the foundation has been poured for the new Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant rising out of the ground east of Brooksville, but that won't stop the family-owned dining mainstay from carrying on with an annual tradition.

    Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant was destroyed in a fire Jan. 24. Proceeds from this year’s Pasta Fest will go to churches that helped the restaurant’s employees who lost work because of the fire.
  13. Everybody's Business: a new gluten-free option in Carrollwood

    Retail

    CARROLLWOOD — Business is booming at Stacy's Gluten Free Goodies following a move to Carrollwood.

  14. Review: Yard of Ale GastroPub is a winner by a mile

    Food & Dining

    CLEARWATER

    I reviewed this space favorably back in 2008 when it debuted as The Venue, then less favorably in 2011 when the nightclub concept's ambitious restaurants were dumbed down, then less favorably still in 2012 when it changed hands and became the V. In all of its incarnations, one of the chief problems was …

    The grilled chicken flatbread features roasted tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil and chipotle mayonnaise. Yard of Ale’s sophisticated small plates make it a good girls’ night out venue, too.
  15. Review: Alma in Madeira Beach needs fresh approach

    Food & Dining

    MADEIRA BEACH

    Cake mixes were a convenience food launched after World War II, better living through science where all you had to add was water. Only, home cooks didn't like them. They thought it was cheating to claim authorship of such a cake. So Duncan Hines et al retooled and offered cake mixes to which you had …

    Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella ($8), pictured alongside a sage-, raspberry- and blackberry-infused Tanqueray gin martini, is among Alma’s offerings.