Arts & Entertainment




  1. Columbus, Ohio-based Jeni’s Spendid Ice Creams plans to open two locations in Tampa this summer. [Courtesy of Jeni’s Spendid Ice Creams]
  2. New Orleans-based Dat Dog offers exotic sausages like alligator, duck and crawfish, along with multiple vegan options and more than 30 toppings. The chain is seeking franchisees to bring a location to Tampa Bay. [Dat Dog]
  3. The Cheesecake Factory will bring an iconic selection of more than 50 cheesecakes and desserts to Clearwater mall Westfield Countryside this year. [Courtesy of the Cheesecake Factory]
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  5. The Shamrock Shake returns to stores nationwide today for the first time since 2017 as McDonald’s celebrates the 50th anniversary of the mint-flavored treat. [McDonald's]
  6. Expect to see lots of traditional Mardi Gras masks like this during the annual Mardi Gras parade in downtown Dunedin on Feb. 22. [Tampa Bay Times (2018)]
  7. After nearly four decades of operating a restaurant on Fourth Avenue in Ybor City, Cephas Gilbert has a new location. He now runs a juice hut inside Tequilas Ybor in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  8. The Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival, which will return to Temple B'nai Israel in Clearwater on Sunday, has featured desserts like mini linzer tarts in the past. [Courtesy of Justinfocus Media]
  9. Plant City's Fancy Farms off County Line Road will host its annual U-pick event on Feb. 22. [Tampa Bay Times (2011)]
  10. Blue crab chilau at West Ybor Barterhouse. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  11. Johnson Barbeque's brisket berry tacos, served as part of Florida Strawberry Restaurant Month this year. [Courtesy of Rick Tauceda]
  12. Meatballs with fennel and lentils [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  13. Strawberry chocolate tea cakes [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  14. Mary Margaret's Olde Irish Tavern co-owner Pete Boland poses with photos of his family that will hang in the new St. Petersburg pub. He's holding a portrait of his late grandmother Mary Margaret Prescott, whom the bar is named after. [MEAGHAN HABUDA  |  Times]
  15. Treasure Island is home to the flagship Caddy's outpost. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times (2009)]
  16. Author, educator and activist Toni Tipton-Martin talks about history and food culture as keynote speaker at the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival on Saturday in the gardens at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  17. Central Park Food Hall, a three-story food hall, restaurant and event space, is set to open at 551 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg in 2021. [Courtesy of Central Park Food Hall]
  18. St. Petersburg Italian restaurant BellaBrava will open a second location in the new mixed-use Midtown Tampa development in 2021. [Courtesy of Walker Brands]
  19. Celebrate Valentine's Day with these local events. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  20. Rooster & the Till in Seminole Heights features plenty of bar seating and is a good spot for solo diners. [Times (2018)]
  21. Grain & Berry's namesake acai bowl, left, features organic granola, banana, strawberries, blueberries, peanut butter, Nutella and coconut flakes. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Tampa Bay Times (2018)]
  22. Dark chocolate yogurt cake [LORRAINE FINA STEVENSKI  |  Special to the Times]
  23. The Fair Foodie Crawl on Feb. 13 in Tampa will feature these cheesy sriracha funnel cake bites from Florida State Fair vendor Out of This World Funnel Cakes. [Courtesy of the Florida State Fair]
  24. Louisiana Barbecue Shrimp. [Courtesy of Jerrelle Guy .]