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  1. Edison food+drink lab

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 912 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33606

    Edison embodies what was most exciting and new in 2012. I’ve heard restaurant industry folks grousing: How does Jeannie Pierola keep the prices so reasonable at her inventive Kennedy Corridor newcomer, opened in August (foie gras dishes under $20?!)? To them she might ...

  2. Maritana Grille

    Editor's pick

    South Pinellas beaches : 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    A major renovation in the dining room has made one of the area’s more swanky restaurants more contemporary. The renovations made their way into the kitchen, too, where fruits are being compressed and fish are being cooked in warm water baths. The black grouper cooked sous vide and served ...

  3. 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...

  4. CopperFish Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

    South Tampa : 1502 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Gordon Davis and SoHo Hospitality partner Kevin Enderle brought on partners Chas and Kyle Bruck to put together a new concept: craft cocktails like sister restaurant Ciro's, farm-to-table fare like Boca, with a focus on super-fresh, largely local fish grilled simply over hardwood. There'...

  5. Haven

    South Tampa : 2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Hours: 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Wed., until 11 p.m. Thur.-Sat., closed Sun.

    A 2015 newcomer set in the old SideBern's location, this Bern's sibling less old-school fancy than Bern's, and less expensive than SideBern's, but no less ambitious than either. It has without a doubt the...

  6. Rooster and the Till

    6500 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 33604

    Without calling it this, Ferrell Alvarez and Ty Rodriguez have launched the most diligently local-farm-to-table restaurant in the area, its name a veiled reference to farm animals and fertile earth. They use Buddy Brew coffee; Hooker Tea Company; local craft beers; pork from Pasture Prime in Su...

  7. Texas de Brazil Brazilian Steakhouse

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza District : 4112 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    The number of varieties of meat on sticks that will come straight from the first to your plate — via a sword-like skewer — will be in the double digits. Try as many as you deem responsible, but don’t miss a visit to the salad area, with a magazine-like spread of vegetables and...

  8. 717 South

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 717 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Read a review here.

  9. Local Public House and Provisions

    East Pasco : 32750 Pennsylvania Ave., San Antonio, 33576

    Curtis and Rebecca Beebe of Pearl in the Grove in Dade City debuted Local in the summer of 2014. Residents of San Antonio sniffed around for months as the Beebe team set about transforming the century-old former general store. It's a cavernous space with enough residual rough-hewn folksy ch...

  10. Cafe Dufrain

    Editor's pick

    707 Harbour Post Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Boasting one of Tampa's best views, this Harbour Island bistro is one of downtown's best getaways. Get smart eating from lemongrass soups to diver scallops, risotto, short ribs and salmon with frizzled leeks. Flavors come from the Pacific and the Americas, but the style is Tampa lofty. ...

  11. Pappas Ranch

    Editor's pick

    West Pasco : 11345 State Road 54, Odessa, 33556

    It's been an interesting road for the veteran restaurateur Louis Pappas, from his family's flagship business in Tarpon Springs years ago, to overseeing a fleet of eponymous fast-casual Mediterranean-Greek spots. He sold the big restaurant in Tarpon in 2002 and at one point oversaw seven...

  12. Mad Dogs & Englishmen

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 4115 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33611

    Mad Dogs and Englishmen has a sense of humor. Perhaps that explains its longevity. Its new menu sports the old joke: "Two cannibals eating a clown. One says to the other, 'Does this taste funny to you?' " Talking about things tasting funny on a menu? Is this a good idea? Co-ow...

  13. Marchand's Bar & Grill

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The Vinoy has undergone a major makeover that includes retooling of Marchand's, showing off the central Vinoy Bar. A small wine cellar room provides an enviably intimate dining space for four. But perhaps the biggest change is the dining concept: One side used to be Marchand's, with a M...

  14. 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...

  15. Parts of Paris

    Editor's pick

    146 Fourth Ave. N, Safety Harbor, 34695

    This charmer, set in a 1936 Florida bungalow, has a recently expanded menu of traditional French bistro fare, with steaks (entrecôte, ribeye, filet) that can be paired with optional sides (pommes Lyonnaise, haricots verts, little French lentils) as well as full liquor service, and an attr...

  16. Ohana Cafe

    Palm Harbor : 306 Orange St. N, Palm Harbor, 34660

    Teresa Pablo calls herself a nutritarian, which essentially means someone who is mindful about the nutritional quality of her diet. In a menu of healthy; largely veggie; antibiotic-, hormone- and nitrate-free; organic and sustainable foods, she's making it easy for diners to be more mindful...

  17. Darwin's on 4th Peruvian Cuisine & Brewery

    Sarasota : 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 34236

    Darwin Santa Maria first introduced his stylish Peruvian vision to locals at Selva Grill, which he sold some time back. He now has inherited a fabulous Rosemary District restaurant space formerly occupied briefly by Mad Crow Brewery and Rustic Grill before that. He has lightened up the space bu...

  18. Cigar City Brewpub

    15491 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    In what was once a T.G.I. Friday's, Joey Redner has launched his first Cigar City Brewpub, the work of a brilliant team in fine fettle. Superbly designed, it's whimsical and lively with a short, affordable menu that feels like a breath of fresh air. It's gastropub fare with a spin, ...

  19. 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...

  20. Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe

    Editor's pick

    Seminole Heights : 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 33603

    Ella’s has been embraced by...

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