Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Restaurants

Late-night deals at Green Iguana Ybor, from Beaks to Butler's, Italian Bakery Cafe opens, more pizza and beer

Listen up, night owls. Dan Soronen, former manager of Beak's Old Florida and former owner of Shackleton's Folly, is now managing Green Iguana Ybor. Since taking on the job last month, he's been running the full menu for half price from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. nightly. The two-story historic brick house has been a stalwart in Ybor City since 1994, with live music nightly and a menu that spans wings, naked tacos and planked salmon.

Meanwhile, at the former Beak's location in St. Petersburg, Butler's Old Key West Bar and Grill opens Wednesday at 11 a.m. with 60 cent wings, Bud Lights and oyster shooters. The Glass Half Full Band plays at 6 p.m. and a pig picking starts at 4 p.m. until the pork runs dry. The name Butler's is no accident: This is a new restaurant from the folks who ran Butlers Barbecue for nearly 20 years in a strip mall off Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Street at 94th Avenue N in St. Petersburg. Butlers, which closed in 2011, was famous for its North Carolina barbecue. As fans will fondly remember, it was pork roasted over an open grill, chopped and then settled into a tangy bath of vinegar and red pepper sauce. Let's hope the new Butler's follows suit.

Downtown St. Petersburg will see the Italian Bakery Café debut Friday at 119 First Ave. N in St. Pete. An Italian company with other locations going into Dubai and Russia, this is a traditional Italian bakery, with 100 kinds of bread, 50 kinds of pizza made from sourdough starter brought from Italy, and 40 to 50 kinds of Italian pastries and sweets. The 60-seat restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, with eat in as well as take out (and pizza by the slice for grab-and-go). Owner Luigi DeLucia has brought his brother, well-known Italian chef Gianluca DeLucia to oversee the kitchen. Look for lasagna, cannelloni and other classics.

The big news of this week? Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opened Monday at 2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd., across from the Clearwater Mall. So what, you say? Founded in 1974 in Atlanta, this is cult-status pizza, no question. Each Mellow is locally owned and operated with a hippie-collegiate 1970s vibe and lots of vegetarian-friendly options, as well as choices for those eschew the dreaded gluten. To find the location, look for the 50-foot-tall and 100-foot-wide tree, fully LED lit. Inside you'll find rainbow-colored clouds, a 10-foot mushroom bench and a pirate cove table. And look for lots of regional craft beers, because what goes better with pizza?

In other beer news (it's Tampa Bay Beer Week, after all), Steel City Brewhouse opens soon at 10400 Roosevelt Blvd. N in St. Petersburg (an old Hooters location), and New England's Ale House Grille is set to open later this month at 3419 Alt. 19 in Palm Harbor. If you want more information about Beer Week events, go to tampabaybeerweek.com.

Comments
Hungry at Gasparilla? Eight great restaurants near the parade route

Hungry at Gasparilla? Eight great restaurants near the parade route

GASPARILLA: THE DINING EDITIONGasparilla. Some things are certain. There will be scantily clad pirates and liquid libations. At some point, it is advised to eat some food. Here are some of the top places that are easily accessed along the invasion ro...
Published: 01/23/18
We Tried That: Taking a food tour of Dunedin

We Tried That: Taking a food tour of Dunedin

It’s cold and overcast when I pull into Sea Sea Riders, a seafood restaurant on Dunedin’s Main Street. I’m flustered because I’m running late, about 5 minutes past our 1 p.m. start time, and I pull my sweater around me to ward off a gust of wind as I...
Published: 01/23/18
This year’s Florida State Fair food oddities include catfish ‘sundae’ and chicken and waffles pizza

This year’s Florida State Fair food oddities include catfish ‘sundae’ and chicken and waffles pizza

Being the first in the country on the fair-going calendar, the Florida State Fair is also the first to roll out the outrageous, deep-fried, bacon-wrapped, cheese-covered foods on a stick that perfume the midway. While cotton candy, corn dogs and funn...
Published: 01/22/18
Shake Shack, Momofuku and more: Please come to Tampa Bay

Shake Shack, Momofuku and more: Please come to Tampa Bay

Fabio is coming! Not the Fabio on your romance novel, with the billowing hair and large quantities of artificial butter. This Fabio, in all likelihood, uses real butter. And olive oil. Fabio Viviani, the charming Top Chef alum known for appearances...
Published: 01/17/18
Time to carbo load: Three new bakeries include an Australian bakery, second La Segunda

Time to carbo load: Three new bakeries include an Australian bakery, second La Segunda

LA SEGUNDAA Tampa Bay giant has stirred and is on the move. La Segunda Central Bakery, a family-owned Ybor City institution for nearly 103 years (they celebrated that birthday Jan. 15) and the largest producer of Cuban bread in the world, will open a...
Published: 01/17/18
Restaurant review: Byblos Cafe has busted out of its mold with a broader Mediterranean menu, and that’s good

Restaurant review: Byblos Cafe has busted out of its mold with a broader Mediterranean menu, and that’s good

TAMPASeldom have I paid such close attention to a restaurant closure, remodeling and reopening. Byblos Cafe began a major renovation last year, keeping the restaurant open as long as possible during the summer with some nifty temporary walls to shiel...
Published: 01/16/18
Restaurant review: Ichicoro Ane brings ramen, Japanese small plates and a whole lot of fun to St. Petersburg

Restaurant review: Ichicoro Ane brings ramen, Japanese small plates and a whole lot of fun to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURGWhen Station House restaurant opened on Christmas Eve 2014 it was a totally reinvented space, Steve Gianfilippo’s vision for the basement level of a 104-year-old, five-story, 30,000-square-foot building he’d bought for $3 million. For y...
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/13/18
Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani will open a restaurant in downtown Tampa

Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani will open a restaurant in downtown Tampa

The Tampa Bay restaurant scene has hit a certain kind of critical mass. For several years, rumors have swirled that the nation’s celebrity chefs were considering this part of the Florida peninsula as "the next big thing," a place to colonize and set ...
Published: 01/12/18
The future of food includes insect cuisine, edible packaging, sea vegetables and more

The future of food includes insect cuisine, edible packaging, sea vegetables and more

Insect cuisine. Edible packaging. High-tech rooftop gardens. The future of food is around the corner. With a current world population of 7.2 billion, the United Nations is projecting an increase of 1 billion people over the next 12 years, and 9.6 bi...
Published: 01/10/18
La Segunda Bakery to open new South Tampa location — with seats

La Segunda Bakery to open new South Tampa location — with seats

A Tampa Bay giant has stirred and is on the move. La Segunda Central Bakery, a family-owned Ybor City institution for nearly 103 years (they celebrate that birthday Jan. 15) and the largest producer of Cuban bread in the world, will open a second loc...
Published: 01/09/18