1. Sunda New Asian offers spins on South Asian, Japanese and Chinese fare, like this dish of crispy rice with spicy tuna. The restaurant will open at Midtown Tampa in late 2022.
  2. A surf and turf burger is served at The Helm, a new seafood market and restaurant in St. Pete Beach.
  3. The new Michelin Guide Florida will be revealed on June 9 during a live ceremony. Rooster and the Till in Seminole Heights, shown above, is one of the Tampa restaurants that could be recognized by the elite guide.
  4. The band Lady A, composed of Dave Haywood, left, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, will headline Tampa’s Pig Jig on Oct. 22 at Julian B. Lane Park in Tampa.
  5. A staff worker hand rolls and fills pierogi at a house in St. Petersburg on March 2, 2022. Pierogi Bar is a Ukrainian cottage kitchen that will soon open its own restaurant on Central Avenue.
  6. Two Tampa pitmasters faced off Friday during a segment of Good Morning America's "United States of BBQ" tour. (Shown above: A half rack of ribs from Betterway BBQ at 22 South, the food hall inside the historic Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg).
  7. Celebrity chef Mario Batali listens at Boston Municipal Court during trial this week. A judge acquitted him on Tuesday.
  8. A Sunset Gun cocktail is served at Tampa's On Swann, made with 400 Conejos Mezcal and infused with basil, elderflower, yellow chartreuse, honey and habanero. Tequila and mezcal are increasingly popular spirits on cocktail menus at Tampa Bay bars and restaurants.
  9. Colette Murray and Jay Lycke prepare food in the kitchen on Jay's Sand Bar Floating BBQ, serving pork nachos and alligator bites to hungry boaters and bikini-wearing partiers on the sandbar in Ft. Lauderdale in 2020.
  10. The Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar at 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd. in Tampa will close and move to a new location next door in summer 2023, at which point it will be replaced by a Bonefish Grill.
  11. Actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul pose for a selfie with fans at American Social in Tampa.
  12. An espresso martini is served at Luv Child in Tampa. The popular drink is experiencing a renaissance at bars and restaurants across the country.
  13. Food items available at the Publix Community Market food pantry during Feeding Tampa Bay’s first “Senior Wellness Shopping Day,” which aims to get food to senior adults by adjusting the hours they come in to the pantry to earlier in the day. Seniors, who have been particularly affected by rising costs including grocery prices, told the organization they had concerns about driving in rush hour traffic and heading home later in the day when visibility might be a problem.
  14. The display case with assorted pastries at La Segunda’s new cafe, March 7 in St. Petersburg.
  15. Three weeks after announcing a 5-to-1 stock split, Publix announced shares would increase from $13.76 to $14.91 per share on Monday.
  16. The crowd at Riverfest 2017 watched hot air balloons at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The illuminated balloons will return for Riverfest May 6-7 in Tampa.
  17. Mother's Day is May 8. We found 43 suggestions on ways to take Mom out for a meal, dessert or a drink in the Tampa Bay area.
  18. This rendering shows a design for a smaller Outback Steakhouse, as envisioned by Tampa-based parent Bloomin' Brands. The company is planning up to 100 slightly smaller restaurants with added emphasis on carryout and delivery in 2022, 2023 and beyond.
  19. Cap's, a new seafood-focused restaurant and cocktail bar, opens next week at 226 First Ave. N in St. Petersburg.
  20. The San Marino pizza at Smokin' Oak Wood-Fired Pizza and Taproom, which is opening May 3 in Brooksville.
  21. The owners of Noble Crust are teaming up with Tampa's Fat Beet Farm to open Noble Tavern Off the Farm in St. Petersburg's Grand Central District.
  22. One of the larger area Cinco de Mayo celebrations takes place at Casa Tina's in Dunedin and spills out into John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park.
  23. Attendees enjoy sun, shade and cold drinks at the 2014 Margarita Festival. After taking a two-year break because of the pandemic, the festival will return to downtown Tampa on May 28.
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