Meaghan Habuda - Times Features Producer

Times 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 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Johnson Barbeque's brisket berry tacos, served as part of Florida Strawberry Restaurant Month this year.
  3. 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.
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  5. Treasure Island is home to the flagship Caddy's outpost.
  6. The Pasco County Fair will kick off on Feb. 17 in Dade City.
  7. Grain & Berry's namesake acai bowl, left, features organic granola, banana, strawberries, blueberries, peanut butter, Nutella and coconut flakes.
  8. 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.
  9. Charred romaine salad at Brick & Mortar in St. Petersburg
  10. Cornish game hen is among the dishes at the K Club Bar & Bistro, recently launched at Clearwater's Karol Hotel.
  11. Tampa Theatre's latest installment of WineFest, which will take place on Feb. 8, was inspired by "Caddyshack" starring Bill Murray, pictured.
  12. A rendering of the new fast-casual Italian restaurant Oronzo, which will bring its first location to Tampa.
  13. The Florida State Fair will open in Tampa on Feb. 6, running through Feb. 17.
  14. Set to open in February 2020, DeVito's Italian Specialties will offer traditional Italian dishes for lunch and dinner.
  15. St. Petersburg brewery Pinellas Ale Works will release a lineup of whiskey barrel-aged beers on Feb. 1.
  16. The interior of St. Pete Beach restaurant Maritana, which the Don CeSar has refreshed with a design that embraces its history in a modern way.
  17. A rendering of the Urban Stillhouse's main bar and dining room. The St. Petersburg tasting room and entertainment facility expects to open in early spring.
  18. The Honu in Dunedin has quietly launched a tiki bar, which gives off a particularly cool vibe at night.
  19. Kumquats in Dade City.
  20. Catrinas Tacos and Tequila brought its tacos back to Tampa in a new location on Jan. 17.
  21. St. Peterburg's iconic restaurant the Belmark was known as an inexpensive spot to grab a meal.
  22. The crowd lining Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa celebrates during the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in 2019.
  23. St. Petersburg restaurant Brick & Mortar serves dishes like this miso-marinated black cod with broth of coconut milk and ginger, baby bok choy, sticky rice and house pickled jalapeno.
  24. A rendering of Frenchy's To Go, which Frenchy's Restaurants hopes to launch in Clearwater this spring.