Wednesday, September 19, 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.

Love bugs can be seen on the bumpers of many cars in Florida. (Times files)

What’s that bug gunk on your car? There’s an app for that

Florida is rich in biomass. It’s got a lot of bugs.
Published: 09/18/18
A corn bread chicken pot pie is served at the Local in Tampa. (TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times)

Restaurant review: The Local doesn't stand out enough above its Tampa neighbors to make an impact

Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18
TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times 
Chef John Rivers, who has 14 barbecue locations in Florida, prepares a plate of Cantina Tacos on Sunday as part of the Bucs\u2019 new Celebrity Chef Showcase at Raymond James Stadium.

Tampa Bay chefs get fresh platform at Bucs home games

TAMPA — It was almost like a sitcom spit take. People in Buccaneers-red and Eagles-midnight green would walk up to the makeshift kitchen in the West Stadium Club, look at the huge poster of chef/restaurateur John Rivers, then glance at the guy in the...
Published: 09/17/18
St. Petersburg's Made Coffee debuts in cans this week in Publix stores.

St. Petersburg company Made Coffee expands its cold brew to all Publix stores, debuts new con leche flavors

ST. PETERSBURGYou could say that Michael Rideout and Taylor Prater have got it made. When they started in 2015, they were delivering their cold-brewed coffee by bicycle, serving it at local events from a keg hooked up to the back of the bike.
Published: 09/14/18
A sample platter from Flock and Stock sits in the kitchen area ready to be served during the Sparkman Wharf preview. (TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times)

Chefs offer up a taste of what’s coming to Sparkman Wharf

TAMPA — On Wednesday night, about 60 people got a sneak preview of what Tampa diners soon will experience at Sparkman Wharf, part of the $3 billion Water Street Tampa neighborhood that Jeff Vinik and Strategic Property Partners are developing in what...
Published: 09/14/18
Photo by John Turzewski
The ride from Condon to Seeley Lake featured some of the most beautiful scenery (but was also the day of a serious 5.5-mile ascent and then the infamous singletrack).

Weeklong cycling trip through Montana slightly frightening at times but totally fun

Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Workers clean up thousands of small fish that washed onto North Redington Beach on Tuesday as a result of the Red Tide bloom afflicting the Gulf. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TIMES]

Red Tide: Is Florida seafood safe to eat?

The major red tide algae bloom along the Gulf Coast is certainly smelly, and at worst may have negative health effects in exposed humans.But what about locally-caught seafood? What’s safe to eat right now? With customers staying away from...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/13/18
Empty tables can be seen at the BRGR Kitchen and Bar, Treasure Island Beach Resort, Wednesday, 9/12/18. Business is off due to the recent reports of Red Tide on Pienllas County beaches. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times

Check, please: In red tide outbreak, diners and tourists are staying away

The red tide algae bloom along the Gulf Coast that began in mid-August is the strongest since the...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/13/18
Courtesy of the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce
Promoted by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce, this restaurant week is celebrating its ninth year starting Friday and running through Sept. 23. The culinary celebration offers foodies an opportunity to experience top-notch dining and casual cuisine at favorite hot spots. 
During the ten-day festival, participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus from $15 to $35. Some restaurants also offer a prix-fixe lunch menu from $10 to $15. The menus from participating restaurants are listed at

What’s new in food: Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week, National Cheeseburger Day

DINE AROUND: CLEARWATER BEACH RESTAURANT WEEKPromoted by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce, Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week is celebrating its ninth year Friday through Sept. 23.
Published: 09/12/18
Photos by EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
Trophy Fish in St. Petersburg is essentially a bar under an overhang, surrounded on several sides by bar stools, with wooden tables extending to an order-at-the-window kitchen.

Restaurant review: Part fish shack, part high-end cocktail bar, Trophy Fish in St. Petersburg thrives on a fresh approach

ST. PETERSBURGI value restaurants and people the same way, I suppose. I like those with a take. They don’t have to be the smartest or the prettiest, but the ones I like have a unique perspective, something that differentiates them from...
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 09/11/18