Saturday, March 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.

A House Smoked and Grilled Boneless Pork Chop is served with greens and mashed potaotes at the new Callaloo Southern Fare Restaurant, in the historic Manhattan Casino building, St. Petersburg. It will have a soft opening, Monday 3/19/18. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

Restaurants to Try: Callaloo and Pipo’s open in the Manhattan Casino

ST. PETERSBURG — Monday will mark the next chapter for a hallowed St. Petersburg space.Callaloo and Pipo’s will open on the ground floor of the Manhattan Casino, a landmark building in the city’s historic African-American business and...
Published: 03/15/18
I Wanna Wok made fresh wraps before guest's very eyes Burger culture brought the beef to the Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta Wednesday afternoon. KATIE RAINS/ TBO SEEN STAFF

Food events this week: St. Patrick’s Day block party, beer-tasting battle, food truck rally

ST. PADDY: BLOCK PARTYWe’ve got a heap of green-tinged, boozy shenanigans for St. Patrick’s Day, but Sea Dog Brew Pub Treasure Island is hosting one that is family friendly on Saturday. Doors open at 11 a.m. for an...
Published: 03/14/18
CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times

Restaurant To Try: Asie Pan-Asian by the stylish brain behind La V

ST. PETERSBURGI know I just have super heroes on the brain. Black Panther, Wonder Woman, more Avengers coming up. But here’s one who hasn’t gotten much press: Thuy Le, the lovely and stylish owner of Thuy Café on 34th Street...
Published: 03/12/18
Hillsborough, Tampa, 3-9-13---People chowed down on a variety of foods Saturday while attending the Gasparilla Music Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The festival featured multiple bands on multiple stages, a variety of food and refreshments and vendors selling items as diverse as hoola hoops, musical instruments to cigar boxes. ANDY JONES/STAFF

Here’s all the food at the Gasparilla Music Festival

GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL: THE FOOD EDITIONSure, it’s definitely about the music. But the seventh annual Gasparilla Music Festival, presented by Cigar City Brewing, is also all about the comestibles. Held...
Published: 03/07/18
Cirque du Soleil VOLTA workers eat at the show's onsite kitchen tent Friday, March 2, 2018 in Tampa. The kitchen tent travels with the show. It takes approximately four to five days to erect the kitchen tent which serves 125 meals twice daily. Cirque du Soleil VOLTA will continue in Tampa until March 18. CHRIS URSO   |   Times

We had lunch with performers from Cirque du Soleil’s Volta. Here’s what they eat.

TAMPA — Chef Chrissy Camba, who’s been on Top Chef, scooped stir-fried Chinese broccoli into a serving bowl while kitchen manager Ariel Layug erased the white board and started over: Not tomato soup, smoky butternut instead. Such is life in...
Published: 03/02/18
What to expect at this year’s Tampa Bay Beer Week

What to expect at this year’s Tampa Bay Beer Week

Published: 02/28/18
Updated: 03/02/18
There are 14 different food vendors at Heights Public Market at Armature Works in Tampa. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Heights Public Market at Armature Works is a game changer, the kind of ambitious food hall that elevates Tampa Bay’s culinary scene

TAMPAThere they were. I caught them red-handed. Folks from the Hall on Franklin, Tampa’s first hip food hall concept that opened last year in Tampa Heights, were skulking around (okay, eating dinner) at the brand new 22,000-square-foot...
Updated one month ago
Patrons dine on the upper deck of The Refinery, 5137 N. Florida Ave. (Times files)

The Refinery is relocating, taking over Fodder & Shine

The Refinery, one of Tampa’s most iconic restaurants, is relocating. It is moving from its current location this week to its nearby younger sibling restaurant, Fodder & Shine. Fodder will cease to exist and the Refinery will incorporate a...
Updated one month ago
This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

FIELD OF GREEN: COLLARD FESTOn Saturday you can devote your whole day to the beauty of collard greens. Well, that’s the jumping off point.
Updated one month ago
The Fremont burger features red onion marmalade, aged bleu cheese and a brioche bun. It's easily apparent from the food that chefs with pedigrees are involved. (OCTAVIO JONES   |    Times)

Review: Platt Street Borough is casual Tampa dining with high standards

TAMPAIt wasn’t that long ago that Platt Street was a bit of a conundrum for restaurateurs: Not exactly downtown, without the dense auto traffic of Kennedy, and far enough off the South Howard main drag that it didn’t entirely qualify as part of...
Updated one month ago