Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Laura Reiley, Times food critic

Laura Reiley, Times food critic

Laura Reiley is the Tampa Bay Times' restaurant critic and a former critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Baltimore Sun. She is the author of four books in the Moon Handbook series: Florida Gulf Coast; Walt Disney World and Orlando; Tampa and St. Petersburg; and the Paradise Coast. She has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. In 2017 she was a Pulitzer and James Beard finalist and won the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism.


Friday is National French Fry Day. Find (free!) fries in Tampa Bay.

Guess what Friday is? Itís National Fry Day (#FRYdayThe13th, see what they did there?). Fun fact: Their origin story may not lie in France but in Belgium. So why do we credit France? Thomas Jefferson is said to have introduced deep-fried potatoes at a...
Published: 07/11/18
Here's what we learned about buying and cooking beef after spending time with Niman Ranch

Here's what we learned about buying and cooking beef after spending time with Niman Ranch

We started off our education at a Niman Ranch family ranch, where the Edelman family raises Angus beef, birth to finish, in the Flint Hills of Sabetha.
Published: 07/09/18
Debbie Waldecker has just opened the Donut Experiment at 19705 A Gulf Blvd. in Indian Shores. Photo via the Donut Experiment.

Restaurant openings: The Donut Experiment, Oak and Stone, new offerings at Disney Springs

NOW OPEN: DONUT EXPERIMENTDebbie Waldecker has just opened the Donut Experiment in Indian Shores. Things start with a fresh-made, warm cake doughnut and then you pick from a huge selection of icings and toppings. Yours...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/06/18
The Getaway in the Skyway Marina District of South St. Petersburg, is a restaurant and bar with a tropical ambiance. The large, open space features indoor and outdoor seating, several bars, open views of the marina, and even a space to dig toes in the sand. June 28, 2018.

Getaway's new location in St. Pete is a hidden waterside oasis

Have you been?
Published: 07/02/18
New restaurants: Taco spots in Tampa, a World Cup St. Pete pop-up

New restaurants: Taco spots in Tampa, a World Cup St. Pete pop-up

Updated one month ago
Whoopi Goldberg brought chocolates to Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on The Tonight Show last week from William Dean Chocolates in Belleair Bluffs. Photo courtesy of William Dean.

Whoopi Goldberg brings Tampa Bay William Dean chocolates to the Tonight Show

Whoopi Goldberg walked on set last week and offered the Roots a chocolate first. Then, Jimmy Fallon. Wearing a vest her granddaughter painted and a chunky pair of Doc Martens, she sat in the guest chair and opened the large, wooden lacquered box.
Updated one month ago
Passersby examine the menu at the Red Hen Restaurant Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Lexington, Va. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday in a tweet that she was booted from the Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump. Sanders said she was told by the owner of The Red Hen that she had to

The Red Hen kicked out Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Would Tampa Bay restaurant owners do the same?

The Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Va. probably never predicted the President would weigh in on the state of their paint job and canopies. Co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson probably never imagined herself at the center of a social media kerfuffle, or...
Updated one month ago
Bucatini all' Amatriciana with panchetta and a cherry tomato sauce topped with pecorino romano at Viva Napoli on June 21, 2018, in Tampa, Fla.

Restaurant to Try: Viva Napoli lovingly recreates Italian cuisine’s greatest hits

Have you been to this Tampa restaurant yet?
Updated one month ago
Alicia Wolding, pastry chef at Dough in Tampa, is among the contestants on Netflix's new show, Sugar Rush. Courtesy of MTV.

See Datz pastry chef Alicia Wolding on Netflixís Sugar Rush

When Alicia Wolding joined Datz as the new executive pastry chef last year her hair was rainbow ó pretty much the whole ROY G BIV spectrum in cascading tresses. More recently, itís bright purple, somewhere between iris and lilac. This is the color...
Updated one month ago
Heights Public Market at Armature Works in Tampa has been drawing about 2,000 to 3,000 visitors a day during the week. On weekends, the crowd numbers 10,000 to 15,000. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Wine dinners, beer projects and more will wet your whistle this summer

FILIPINO FOOD: WELCOME CHISMISHave you been to the Heights Public Market at the 73,000-square-foot Armature Works yet? Itís the buzzy food market in Tampa Heights with more than a dozen vendors...
Updated one month ago