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  1. Pinky's Eatery

    South Tampa : 3203 W Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, 33629

    Pour yourself a cup of coffee (self-serve in mix-and-match mugs) and eavesdrop. South Tampa families, lovers in next-day, omelet-eating languor, UT academics — it feels like a hip, big-city breakfast oldtimer. Jacob Shirai, formerly of Soho Sushi, Bern's and other Tampa restaurants, and St …

  2. La V

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 441 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    V is for Vietnamese, the stylish cafe proffering an expanded menu of the noodles, soups and banh mi sandwiches that made the lovely Thuy Le's 34th Street N spot a foodie destination. Le herself is a smiling presence in the dining room, where high ceilings and high spirits can make things noisy.  …

  3. 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's an exh …

  4. Sawgrass Tiki Bar and Tea House

    Grand Central District : 2315 Central Ave. , St. Petersburg, 33713

    The vibe: a Pacific islands themed bar with unique tiki style drinks and exotic teas.Read a review here.

  5. Sea Salt at Sundial

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 183 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Fabrizio and Ingrid Aielli opened the glamorous second outpost of their Italian seafood extravaganza (the first is in Naples, Fla.) early in 2015. This is traditional fine dining with a deep-pockets/far-reaching wine list and a sumptuously appointed dining room. (Even the ladies' room boasts exc …

  6. Pom Pom's Teahouse and Sandwicheria

    St. Petersburg : 2950 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33712

    Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, until 6 p.m. Sunday.Read a review here.

  7. Blind Goat Food and Drink Co.

    South Tampa : 4106 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa, 33629

    Hours: 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday, until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.Read a review here.

  8. Le Petit Bistro

    Editor's pick

    Belleair Bluffs : 796 Indian Rocks Road N, Belleair Bluffs, 33770

    Formerly Le Bouchon Bistro, new owners and new chef revamp the French bistro in May 2015.

  9. Ciro's Speakeasy & Supper Club

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 2109 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, 33606

    Buy into the pervasive Prohibition era theme and it will pay off. The fare ranges from high-class finger food like truffled popcorn and manchego soft pretzels to seared tenderloin with a stack of fries cooked in duck fat. All that comes after a pick from an extensive cocktail menu where the drin …

  10. Fred's Market Restaurant

    Plant City : 1401 W Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Plant City, 33563

    The Johnson family started selling barbecue sandwiches out of a filling station in Plant City in the 1950s. Eventually the filling station gave way to Johnson's Restaurant, which in turn spawned a mini empire of Johnson Barbeque and Fred's Market restaurants.The flagship restaurant, within spit …

  11. Acapulco Mexican Grocery and Taqueria

    Tampa : 1001 N MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33607

    At the front it's snack food and canned goods and a small produce case. Unless you look beyond the last aisle, you might not even see the cafe in back. And that would be a shame. The sopes here are wide and thin, like little crispy masa pizzas on which to heap lengua (beef tongue) or buche (beef …

  12. Roux

    South Tampa : 4205 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33611

    Suzanne and Roger Perry (Datz, Dough) announced in early 2014 they were turning the defunct Wimauma space on MacDill Avenue into the Creole/Cajun-inspired Roux. They brought in gleaming pressed-tin ceilings and loads of wrought iron, but more importantly they consulted with folks in Louisiana an …

  13. Dulcet Restaurant and Lounge

    West Pasco : 6220 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, 34652

    Dulcet is equal parts restaurant and nightclub, the brainchild of local pharmacist Nelson Ohihoin. He was nonplussed by the area's lack of nightlife, importing, with partner David Hall Jr., innovative technology to the 6,200-square-foot property. There is a constellation of more than 40 Bose spe …

  14. Besito Mexican

    Westshore : 205 WestShore Plaza, Tampa, 33609

    Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, until 9 p.m. Sunday. Lunch service begins May 11.Read a review here.

  15. Chief's Creole Cafe

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

  16. Noble Crust

    St. Petersburg : 8300 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Another pizza place on Fourth Street N? Not exactly. It's a novel kind of fusion, where rustic Italian meets gutsy Southern, the project of partners T.J. Thielbar and John Mays, veterans in the restaurant business. There's a lively scene along the funky-industrial sheet-metal bar, some hightop a …

  17. Blue Marlin Grill

    Manatee beaches : 121 Bridge St., Anna Maria, 34205

  18. Acropolis Bar & Grill

    Tampa : 14947 Bruce B Downs Blvd. # 100, Tampa, 33613

    Sam and Costa Waez tweaked their Ybor City Acropolis formula for suburban sensibilities, opening at the site of the defunct Tampa Brickyard. The kitchen serves until 3 a.m. on the weekends, midnight during the week. The staff is young, attractive and prone to launching into fits of grapevine dan …

  19. Brix 33 Fine Wines and Bistro

    New Port Richey : 8351 State Road 54, #109, New Port Richey, 34655

    One side is a smartly curated wine shop and the other is a warm and convivial wine bar and restaurant. Together, it is a prime opportunity to drink something wonderful paired with salads and shared plates, cheese and charcuterie. Any bottle from the retail side is available in the dining room at …

  20. 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  …

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