1. Raising Cane's has hired more than 130 people to staff the Clearwater location, according to the company.
  2. The dining area of Rocca Italian restaurant in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
  3. Boulon Brasserie, a new modern French American restaurant, opened Tuesday at Water Street Tampa.
  4. A prime 14-oz New York strip, served with garlic green beans, is available at Roam Steakhouse and Bar in St. Petersburg.
  5. Owners Kendra and Mike Conze pose for a portrait inside of Common Dialect Brewery on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Tampa.
  6. Pastina pasta, pictured above, is a favorite for children.
  7. A make-your-own-bao dish with roasted duck is served at Sarasota's Meliora, our critic's pick for the best new restaurant to open in 2022.
  8. A “surf and turf burger” at The Helm on St. Pete Beach, Wednesday, May 11, 2022 in St. Pete Beach.
  9. Tacos at Martha's Mexican Restaurant in Kenneth City were among some of the best dishes our food critic had in 2022.
  10. Louis Kinney is pictured here with his wife, Cheryll Kinney. The couple have two children and own Safety Harbor's Whistle Stop Grill and Bar. Louis Kinney died in December at 42 of cardiac arrest.
  11. El Cap is known for its hamburgers, including the "World Champ" Cheeseburger, shown, and original red neon sign with a baseball and bat.
  12. The Saturn, left, and Frankie Goes to Dollywood drinks are displayed at Good Intentions in St. Petersburg. Frankie Goes to Dollywood is a mocktail made with pineapple, orgeat, Monin blue curacao, lime and club soda.
  13. In the weeks leading up to Epiphany, Hellas Bakery in Tarpon Springs will sell hundreds of loaves of the sweet yeasted New Year’s Day bread called vasilopita. There is a coin hidden inside the loaf, and like the cross divers, the finder of the coin is endowed with extra blessings.
  14. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opened Springs Taproom, a new casual and laidback lounge located in the Bird Gardens area of the park. Springs Taproom replaces Garden Gate Café, an evolution of what once was the iconic Hospitality House, available to guests when Busch Gardens made its grand opening to the public in 1959.
  15. The Mill's downtown St. Petersburg location opened in 2015.
  16. Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas is the world's largest cruise ship, holding nearly 7,000 passengers and 2,300 crew members.
  17. St. Petersburg's Dr. BBQ has closed. [Courtesy of Dr. BBQ]
  18. Tampa Bay Times staffer Mari Faiello makes pizzelle every Christmas with her grandmother. They use a family recipe for the popular Italian waffle cookies.
  19. Munch's has been serving customers at 3920 Sixth St. S in St. Petersburg since 1952. The restaurant was started by the late Dean and Clariece Munch. It is known for its burgers, fried chicken, fried green tomatoes and hand spun milkshakes.
  20. A cheeseburger served at El Cap restaurant in St. Petersburg. It’s fresh, charred, tangy and savory. It’s big enough, but not an unwieldy mess. The fatty burger juice increasingly soaks the bottom bun as the meal progresses.
  21. A new all-day cafe from the owners of Pete's Bagels will open in Ybor City next spring.
  22. Canadien customers Rita Syroteuk, 97, of Guelph, Ontario, left, and Gary Collins, 84, of London, Ontario, congratulate Chatterbox Family Restaurant owner Billy Drulias, 59, of Palm Harbor, on his pending retirement during the restaurant’s final day on Monday, Dec 12, 2022, in Dunedin.
  23. Oranges rot on the ground on Oct. 12 at Roy Petteway's Citrus and Cattle Farm after they were knocked off the trees from the effects of Hurricane Ian in Zolfo Springs. According to U.S. Agriculture Department estimates released Friday, production of oranges in Florida is forecast to drop by 36% for this season compared with estimates from October, in part a reflection of twin hurricanes that battered growing regions.
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