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  1. Castile Restaurant and Rooftop at Hotel Zamora

    St. Pete Beach : 3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Right out of the gate, Hotel Zamora, a stylish 50-room boutique, seems to be doing things its own way. It's not on the beach side of Gulf Boulevard, but uses its bayou-side setting to best effect with a ravishing waterside pool and patio (and it's constructing a full rooftop bar and restaurant t …

  2. Del Frisco's Grille

    International Plaza District : 4138 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    Read a review here.

  3. Rooster and the Till

    Tampa : 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 Sum …

  4. Elevage at the Epicurean Hotel

    Tampa : 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

  5. Waterside Grill at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina

    Downtown Tampa : 700 S Florida Ave., Tampa, 33602

    The Marriott's casual dining restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with fresh produce gathered from the rooftop garden. A bonus is that if the weather is nice, you can enjoy outside dining that overlooks the channel and some of Tampa Bay's largest boats that are docked behind the hotel. …

  6. Yard of Ale Gastro Pub

    Gateway : 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, 33762

    Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Sun.-Wed., until 1 a.m. Thur., until 3 a.m. Fri.-Sat.Read a review here.

  7. Nordstrom's Bazille

    International Plaza District : International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    In early 2013, as part of a major renovation, Nordstrom revealed its new cafe, Bazille. Replacing the more generic Cafe Bistro, Bazille is lovely, all curvy ceiling lines and warm chocolate browns. Although its interior is decidedly contemporary, there is something that makes one nostalgic for t …

  8. Three Oaks Cafe

    Clearwater : 1575 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater, 33756

  9. Cuvee 103 Restaurant and Wine Bar

    Clearwater : 2454 McMullen-Booth Road, #103, Clearwater, 33759

    Hours: 3-10 p.m. Mon., 3-11 p.m. Tues.-Tues.-Wed., 3-midnight Thurs., 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 2-8 p.m. Sun.Read a review here.

  10. Cigar City Brewpub

    Tampa : 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, bringing some …

  11. Red Door Wine Market

    Lakeland : 733 E Palmetto St., Lakeland, 33801

    Lunch and dinner in a California wine country tasting room setting.

  12. Stann's on 5th

    Safety Harbor : 155 Fifth Ave. N, Safety Harbor, 34695

    Hours: 4-9 p.m. Tues.-Thur., 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun.Read a review here.

  13. Louies Modern

    Sarasota : 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, 34276

    Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., closed Sun.Read more here.

  14. 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 escargot na …

  15. Birch & Vine at the Birchwood

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Wander from the white-curtained cabanas to the edge of the rooftop with its sweeping views of Tampa Bay and Straub Park and you'll hear people all saying the same thing: "Why doesn't every place on Beach Drive have a rooftop bar?" Still, the main attraction is the ground-floor 225-seat …

  16. 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 quote Thomas A. Edison hims …

  17. The Kitchen

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 226 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight.-Sun.-Thur.; 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Fri.-Sat.Home delivery service includes beer, wine or liquor.Bar features martini-style drinks, classic cocktails with a twist.The vibe: Mostly outdoor bar and restaurant with creative menu.Read a review here.

  18. Grille One Sixteen (South Tampa)

    Tampa : 612 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33609

    Terence Terenzi and partner Tom Schelldorf did the same very smart thing they did with their flagship restaurant of the same name in Carrollwood: They hired Angel del Monte of Alfonso Architects to do the design. It is drop-dead hip, super Miami-glammy. It is chock-full of white leather and slee …

  19. Duval's New World Cafe

    Sarasota : 1435 Main St., Sarasota, 34236

    Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sun.

  20. Besa Grill

    Clearwater : 2542 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 33761

    In the spot that used to be Tuscano Grill, adjacent to the slick-Med Carmel Café and around the corner from the popular Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Besa Grill opened at the end of 2011. Sister restaurant to FlameStone in Oldsmar, it's Latin-inspired, not Mexican exactly, with stylish, nig …

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