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Laura Reiley - Former Food Critic

Former Food Critic

Laura Reiley is a former Tampa Bay Times' restaurant critic.

  1. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times Reading Room executive chef Lauren Macellaro cuts onions and preps food recently at the St. Petersburg restaurant. Macellaro was a James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef South this year.
  2. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Times food critic Laura Reiley, pictured at Armature Works in Tampa, is leaving the Tampa Bay Times for a job at the Washington Post
    After 11 years, food critic Laura Reiley hangs up her fork, with some observations about how our restaurant scene has changed.
  3. Courtesy of the Tampa Theatr
    Spring is coming. Celebrate with a whole bunch of beer and food festivals this weekend.
  4. David Benstock, the chef at Il Ritorno in downtown St. Petersburg, adds Parmesan cheese to the finished dish of Charred Brussel and Corn Tagliatelle. (Times file, 2018
    Most of us dine out frequently in Tampa Bay. Here's how to do it better.
  5. SCOTT KEELER  |   TimesAlto Mare Fish Bar, 300 Beach Drive NE, Suite 124, St. Petersburg. The restaurant is a seafood concept with a Hamptons seaside coastal airy feel
    Alto Mare means "deep sea," aptly named as this newcomer has a deep understanding of seafood.
  6. MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesCollard greens, bread pudding, turkey wings and yellow rice, prepared by Sallie Ann Robinson, The Gullah Diva, on February 3, 2019, in Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
    Robinson, who has written a couple cookbooks, heads to St. Pete to teach us a thing or two about Lowcountry collard greens.
  7. Shutterstoc
    This weekend is all about food festivals. Two words: elastic waistband.
  8. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
The Empire State Stacker sandwich at the Lucky Dill is made with corned beef, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, Swiss and provolone cheeses, lettuce, tomato, red onion and Russian dressing and served on marble rye bread
    The new Lucky Dill on Boy Scout Boulevard has been three years in the making.
  9. The Pearl in Treasure Island is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu that includes lobster bisque, a tuna martini and entrees like huge Maine lobster tails. (Times file, 2010
    Feb. 14 is the second-busiest restaurant day of the year. What were you thinking? There still may be some options.
  10. Not feeling a box of chocolates? We've got you covered.