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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. Z Grille

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 104 Second St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

  3. Cafe Cibo

    8697 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

  4. Chief's Creole Cafe

    901 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg, 33712

    Read a review here.

  5. Blue Rooster

    Sarasota : 1525 4th St , Sarasota, 34236

    Sunday Gospel Brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. Read more here.

  6. Ha Long Bay

    Editor's pick

    5944 34th St. N # 41, St. Petersburg, 33714

    It has an expansive Chinese menu with a smattering of Vietnamese dishes. At lunch look for well-formed har gau (shrimp dumplings), pillowy pork buns, slithery rice noodle rolls and shu mai (crimped dough blossoms with ground pork jutting out the top). And in the evenings you’ll find styli...

  7. Rococo Steak

    655 Second Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    From side dishes to musical selections, Rococo has brought a subversive eye to reinventing the steakhouse, its presence alone a novelty in downtown St. Pete, where there is an odd paucity of steakhouses. Rococo Steak offers no creamed spinach, no boats of béarnaise, no baked potatoes, no...

  8. The Living Room

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin : 487 Main St, Dunedin, 34698

    Sarah Johnson wants people to hang out in the Living Room, and Dunedin residents have responded favorably. The affordable small-plate menu has been embraced for its novelty and vegetarian friendliness. A plate of snappy haricots verts is perfectly paired with almonds and shallots in a classic b...

  9. 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...

  10. Mezze On Main

    Dunedin : 680 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    Slightly away from Main Street's main drag, it's a free-standing house with an inviting deep porch and an indoors with one long wall of bookshelves, warm lighting and lots of wood. Food draws inspiration broadly from the Mediterranean, with moderately priced Italian brick-oven pizzas as...

  11. Queens Head

    Editor's pick

    Grand Central District : 2501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    The work of Darren Conner and Paul Smith, Queens Head is an adorable, cheeky and emphatically stylish addition to St. Petersburg's Grand Central district. The small bar-restaurant is a delightful addition, a British pub with a little South Beach glamor and New York club smarts (it's har...

  12. Cafe Vienna

    5625 Fourth St. N # 6, St. Petersburg, 33703

    Look around the pretty, forest green dining room, flanked at the front by a bar lined with personalized beer mugs and wine glasses, and it's clear: This place has devoted regulars. They find their mug, have it filled with a Spaten pilsner or Franzikaner weissbier, and then consider — ...

  13. Fetishes Dining & Wine Bar

    South Pinellas beaches : 6305 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    For years it was an outlier on St. Pete Beach, a community more comfortable with flip-flops than flambees. Bruce Caplan's salaciously named Fetishes Fine Dining was a throwback of sorts, a nod to the Continental restaurants of yore. Just eight tables and a menu that boasted tournedos, quene...

  14. 1200 Chophouse

    South Pinellas beaches : 5007 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    1200 Degrees Chophouse opened in 2013 in St. Pete Beach, a town not swimming in steak houses. It feels charmingly retro, tiny and intimate, with just 48 seats and a wall of faux cowhide that sets off a little "moo" in your mind. It's not just the restaurant's size that's d...

  15. Bamboozle Cafe

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 516 N Tampa St., Tampa, 33602

    It's Vietnamese quick-service downtown in all its vibrant, punchy glory, but served up in a way that's accessible and not intimidating. Step in line and order from the board. Fresh rolls are customized to suit, a water-moistened rice paper round cradling vermicelli, green leaf lettuce, ...

  16. Vintage On 5th

    Editor's pick

    Citrus County : 114 NE Fifth St., Crystal River, 34429

    Set in a rehabbed 1940s church, Vintage is preoccupied by the grape, offering 20 pours by the glass and lots of liquid temptations, duly sanctioned by the Wine Spectator. Still, it goes far beyond the traditional wine bar model where food plays second fiddle to the potables. The menu i...

  17. Verducci Pizzeria & Trattoria

    South Pinellas beaches : 7736 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Bustling, intimate, without unnecessary razzle-dazzle and just plain good homemade Italian pizzas and pastas, Verducci has been discovered by snowbirds and winter tourists at the beach. With no shortage of places to eat along Blind Pass or Gulf Boulevard, what stands out here is a commitment to...

  18. Bascetti's Italian Grille

    Countryside : 1568 Main St, Dunedin, 34698

    Features house-made pastas and simple, gutsy pizzas and salads. The restaurant space itself is pleasant and inviting, nothing super fancy, but with generous booths and white-clothed tables, a separate barroom featuring a long, marble-topped bar and comfy leather bar stools. Service is similarly...

  19. Bavaro's

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 514 N Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    In Tampa's deliciously blossoming downtown, this is pure Neapolitan know-how. Dan Bavaro spent time roaming Italy, falling deeply in lust with the mosaic-tiled, rounded brick pizza ovens handmade by Stefano Ferrara and his family outside Naples for the...

  20. Alesia Restaurant

    7204 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33707

    Alésia is utterly charming, with a menu of casual French and Vietnamese cafe classics at super-reasonable prices, nothing over $8.50. This isn't fancy French-Vietnamese fusion — it's coffee shop fare, a gooey croque monsieur next to a rice noodle bowl; pho next to a flaky c...

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