Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Bars & Spirits

Local craft beer of the week: Solera Projekt #5, Dunderbräu

Local craft beer of the week: Solera Projekt #5, Dunderbräu

Mr. Dunderbak’s has been a staple for beer lovers for nearly as long as Tampa has had breweries. Even back in its former location at University Mall, Dunderbak’s was known as the place for import and craft beers, also doubling as a monthly meeting sp...
Published: 09/13/18
From ‘Top Chef’ stardom to bankruptcy: The rise and fall of Mike Isabella

From ‘Top Chef’ stardom to bankruptcy: The rise and fall of Mike Isabella

WASHINGTON — Sitting in a private dining room at Arroz, his Spanish-inspired restaurant, Mike Isabella wants to explain his side of the story. It’s the day before the chef and restaurateur will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and he wants to dispel w...
Published: 09/10/18
Taste test: New peanut butter snacks

Taste test: New peanut butter snacks

Since many of us are reaching for portable snacks to pack in school lunch boxes, our tasters thought this would be a good week to give some of the new snacks a try. We picked four peanut butter-flavored snacks, figuring parents and teachers would hav...
Published: 09/10/18
Muralist gives latest Tijuana Flats a Valrico touch

Muralist gives latest Tijuana Flats a Valrico touch

VALRICO — Nate Baranowski has become a regular at Tijuana Flats. Oh sure he may enjoy fast casual Tex-Mex fare like most people, but it’s not the food that keeps him returning. Executives of the Florida-based chain keep inviting him back for his arti...
Published: 09/03/18
Updated: 09/09/18
Tampa’s Fly Bar and Restaurant will move locations

Tampa’s Fly Bar and Restaurant will move locations

TAMPA — Restaurant announcements for Sparkman Wharf and Strategic Property Partners’ 50-acre Water Street Tampa project have come fast and furious the past couple weeks. With a price tag of more than $3 billion and reading like a who’s who of Tampa B...
Published: 09/07/18
James Beard winner Anne Kearney to open Oak & Ola in Armature Works

James Beard winner Anne Kearney to open Oak & Ola in Armature Works

TAMPA — It was always part of the plan for the 22,000-square-foot Heights Public Market at Armature Works to have two anchor restaurants in addition to the fourteen quick-serve vendors. The developers debuted Steelbach, a sprawling steaks and chops b...
Published: 09/06/18
What’s new in food: The Artisan, Big Ray’s Fish Camp, Joe and Son’s Olive Oils

What’s new in food: The Artisan, Big Ray’s Fish Camp, Joe and Son’s Olive Oils

COMING SOON: THE ARTISANGulfport is heating up. I’ve been hearing raves about Golden Dinosaurs vegan deli, and now it seems that seasoned restaurateurs Michael Stewart, left, and Tom Golden will open an art and food collective called the Artisan in G...
Published: 09/05/18
Updated: 09/06/18
Are tacos the new burgers? A slew of new taco-centric places in Tampa Bay make the case

Are tacos the new burgers? A slew of new taco-centric places in Tampa Bay make the case

One thing has remained constant. Ketchup may give way to salsa as the dominant condiment, with sriracha nipping at its heels, but for decades the hamburger has been the No. 1 most-purchased menu item in food service. There it is, the hallowed beef pa...
Published: 09/05/18
Bar review: At Top Shelf Sports Lounge, beer comes with side of hockey rinks

Bar review: At Top Shelf Sports Lounge, beer comes with side of hockey rinks

Of all the implausible locations I’ve visited for a night at the bar, a hockey rink in Wesley Chapel is one of the most unique. A few months back, I caught wind of a new sports bar’s grand opening, located in the upper deck of Florida Hospital Center...
Published: 09/06/18
Craft beer of the week: Barrel-Aged Hazelnut Imperial Stout with Cacao Nibs, Cycle Brewing

Craft beer of the week: Barrel-Aged Hazelnut Imperial Stout with Cacao Nibs, Cycle Brewing

St. Petersburg’s Cycle Brewing has built its name on a series of rich, robust and decadent barrel-aged imperial stouts, earning it an international — yes, international — reputation as one of the top stout breweries out there. In years past, getting ...
Published: 09/03/18
Updated: 09/04/18