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  1. Boca Kitchen Bar Market

    South Tampa : 901 W Platt St., Tampa, 33606

    Along with a growing group of Tampa Bay restaurants, the new Boca Kitchen Bar Market isn't satisfied with a little local lettuce and some backyard herbs—it sources locally, Big Time. The locavore fervor wouldn't mean much if what Boca did with all this bounty was ho-hum. Executive...

  2. Chouinard's Cuisine

    9617 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, 33708

    It isn’t in a location that you would expect to find fantastic food, but if you make the effort to get there, that is what you’ll find. Chef Joseph Chouinard’s St. Petersburg dining roots go back to his days as the original chef of then-landmarks Redwoods and Pacific Wave down...

  3. Armani's

    Editor's pick

    Rocky Point : 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, 33634

    One of Tampa's top special-occasion and I-need-to-clinch-this-deal restaurants, Armani's has undergone major renovations and has seen new faces in the kitchen in recent years, but some of the traditions at the top of the Grand Hyatt remain unchanged: the antipasto offerings still have a...

  4. Craft Street Kitchen

    West Pasco : 3216 Little Road, Trinity, 34655

    Craft Street Kitchen, a booming indoor-outdoor gastropub that is equal parts big-time fun and serious gastronomic ambition, with novel cocktails (in a Smoked Old Fashioned, the glass is infused with cedar smoke) and a stupendous chalkboard of craft beers. Once you've nabbed a table, a major...

  5. Jackie's on Corey Bistro & Catering

    South Pinellas beaches : 338 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Chef Jackie likes to please, with a little bit of sweetness and big-hearted portions, but always with an eye to what's healthy. She's big into dishes that go light on carbs and gluten but focus in on gutsy veggies and fresh gulf fish. She respects her classical roots (steak Diane, an es...

  6. Capital Tacos

    Land o' Lakes : 6765 Land O Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes, 34638

    Bobby Heskett  and his wife Kristel opened Capital on a budget, and avid travelers both, they've spent time lingering in the taquerias of Denver, Austin and elsewhere, putting together a dream list of Tex-Mex dishes. There's regional Mexican thrown into the mix, and a little Baja s...

  7. Sohkdii Restaurant

    4749 66th St. N, Kenneth City, 33709

    Laotian food resembles that of neighboring Thailand, but it's a mistake to assume they are just the same. A collaboration of owner Toy Dongsavanh, managers Anny Phouthavong and Turtle Vorasane, and chef Kay Vorasane, this newcomer is a pretty restaurant with shiny wood floors, a central sus...

  8. German Bistro

    MacDill Area : 5232 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33611

    People may be drawn in by the lure of free beer, but the menu boasts a variety of wursts and schnitzels, and all are good options. Go hungry and start with the potato pancakes. and whatever entree you pick, make sure to get a side of spaetzle and red cabbage. Or sauerkraut and potato dumpling. ...

  9. Laughing Cat

    Ybor City : 1811 N 15th St., Tampa, 33605

    Laughing Cat built an avid clientele over 11 years so that by 2010 the place was turning away eager supplicants in droves. It recently marched its business right across the street, taking up residence in the twice-as-big space formerly home to Streetcar Charlie’s. It serves food that migh...

  10. Shubee Shack

    North Pinellas beaches : 91 171st Ave. E, North Redington Beach, 33708

    Pat Bearry has brought Thrasher fries along with a few others Maryland-style delicacies to the beach here. It’s a Maryland snack shack, not fancy, no credit cards, nowhere to sit. Order at the counter and Bearry, a huge man with an unruly mop of hair held in check with a bandanna, gets to...

  11. Mo' Ziki

    10801 Starkey Road, Largo, 33777

    In the Bardmoor Promenade Center. Operating a little like a Middle Eastern Subway with an eye toward healthy options, the most exciting things at Mo’Ziki are the sauces, a passel of flavored tzatzikis (thus the restaurant name), from roasted red pepper to lemon avocado. These serve as dip...

  12. Stella's Deli

    Gulfport : 3119 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport, 33707

    It's a different kind of mug shot. Along one whole wall of Stella's Deli hang coffee mugs. Maybe 60 of them, regulars' coffee vessels. Stella’s isn’t just breakfast. Lunch was added a while back, but it's with morning foods that Stella's hits its stride: Kahwa co...

  13. Apropos Restaurant & Catering - CLOSED

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 8 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    It was a go-to spot for lunch in downtown St. Petersburg in late 1980s, everyone in the know singing the praises of the tarragon chicken salad and the tomato basil tart. But all good things must come to an end. Suzy Johnson and her partner/husband Ron Lees were divorced and he got custody of th...

  14. Slyce Pizza Bar

    North Pinellas beaches : 311 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    "Hip" is the word that comes first to mind at Slyce, the down side being that it can be noisy and a little frenetic. As per the pizza, there are some shock-value pies: A Coney Island topped with chili and sliced Sabrett dogs; the super-spicy Sunburn with chilies and hot sausage and a ...

  15. Cena

    Channelside : 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33602

    The Grand Central in Tampa's vital Channel District has been up and running for a while. There's the Pour House and City Dog Cantina on one side of a central courtyard, and Stageworks Theatre and stylish little Cena on the other side. The dinner-only menu is resolutely Italian, but very...

  16. Kurdi's Fresh Mediterranean Grill

    Downtown Tampa : 777 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Heveen Kurdi launched this spot several years ago, really a straight-up example of the foods from her home in Amman, Jordan. Like more familiar Lebanese cuisine, it was rife with kebabs, hummus, falafel and shawarmas. It became a go-to spot for business lunchers, but as the sophistication level...

  17. Bern's Steak House

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 1208 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Naysayers can grouse, but there's no denying the fine meat and one of the world's best and cheapest wine lists. You can drink back through 20 years in Spanish, Italians, Rhones and zins for $75 or less. Lighten up and relax; just exploring the menu's new additions takes time. Desser...

  18. Beaune's Wine Bar

    Ybor City : 2009 N 22nd St., Tampa, 33605

    Beaune's Wine Bar is a classy yet comfy lounge, perfect for a first date or an intimate night with friends. Beaune's (pronounced "bones," after the city in Burgundy) wine shop has been a go-to place for local oenophiles, and the wine bar gives wine lovers a place to linger in ...

  19. Lulu's Portuguese & Brazilian Steakhouse

    122 Third Ave. N, Safety Harbor, 34695

    Tucked into a bungalow a block off Safety Harbor’s Main Street is an upstart churrascaria serving meat off skewers. The vibe is relaxed and the six meat options don’t go on the fire until your table is ready for them. It’s fun and different. Lunch and dinner, closed Mondays.

  20. Diner Sixty West

    2525 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater, 33765

    Get in early to allow proper time to go through the huge menu. You’re bound to find something to interest you, because there is a little of everything, but a couple of tips: the chicken sandwiches are good, as is the meatloaf. And save room for a slice of pie from the dessert...

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