Meaghan Habuda, Features Producer

Meaghan Habuda

Features Producer

I’m a Florida native who began covering the Tampa Bay bar and restaurant scene more than five years ago. After graduating from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, I cut my teeth in journalism with local alternative weekly Creative Loafing, where I served as food and drink editor. I joined the Times in March 2019 and will continue to sniff out all sorts of food news — openings and closings, events, chef moves, you name it — while spearheading other print and web duties on the Features team. So, yes, tip me off to all of the scoops, including the ice cream kind.

Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: The Big Catch starts luring St. Petersburg, Wesley Chapel welcomes Rice n Beans

Started as a tiny restaurant in Lutz, Rice n Beans recently reopened in larger digs as the latest addition to the Wesley Chapel dining scene. [MEAGHAN HABUDA   |   Times]
Plus, Unrefined Brewing focuses on small-batch sweet stouts and kettle sours in the heart of Tarpon Springs.

What’s happening in Tampa Bay food: Dunedin Orange Festival, Epic Chef Showdown

On Saturday, the Dunedin Orange Festival, now in its 10th year, will revisit Edgewater Park. [Courtesy of Dunedin Orange Festival]
Plus, more than 30 local restaurants take home ‘Wine Spectator’ nods for their standout wine lists.

Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: Pokeworks in Tampa, Il Ritorno owners announce salad joint Greenstock

Pokeworks, which launched its first Tampa Bay location last month at Tampa’s International Plaza, specializes in poke bowls, salads and burritos. [Pokeworks]
A tiki hangout has also debuted inside Anise Global Gastrobar, plus Oldsmar is getting Beachwood Seafood Kitchen and Bar.

Bring the heat with these 7 local hot sauces

Courtesy of Taco Jesus
These Tampa Bay hot sauce purveyors know a thing or two about flavor.

What’s happening in Tampa Bay food: Maritana Grille to get a makeover, 23 years of Dunedin Brewery

As a countdown to its fall renovation, St. Pete Beach’s Maritana Grille has started offering Dining of the Decades menus. Featured dishes for July include the jumbo shrimp scampi with spaghetti squash and garlic crostini. [The Don CeSar]
Plus, Birch and Vine samples Spanish wine, the latest on local brewery kitchens and Jug and Bottle turns 4.