1. Zach Pace, left, and Ro Patel will soon open Ten Rooms, an ambitious new dining and retail destination inside El Centro Español in Ybor.
  2. Beachgoers enjoy alcoholic drinks near Caddy's on the Beach on Treasure Island in 2019. It's legal to drink on Treasure Island, but with a set of rules including no kegs and no glass bottles.
  3. A strip steak is served with a black garlic demi-glace sauce at The Estuary in downtown New Port Richey.
  4. Get ready to collect some colorful beads and listen to jazz music. Here is a list of 16 ways you can celebrate Mardi Gras in the Tampa Bay area.
  5. Webb's City Cellar at Green Bench Brewing Co. in St. Petersburg is a 2024 semifinalist for a James Beard Award in the Outstanding Bar category.
  6. A pair of manatees is visible from the Manatee Viewing Center near Tampa Electric Company’s Big Bend Station in Apollo Beach in South Hillsborough County on Jan. 17. The mammals are drawn to the toasty-warm waters here.
  7. Tampa Bay Times food critic Helen Freund reflects on returning to the dining beat in 2024.
  8. The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship carries members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla en route to the Tampa Convention Center during the Gasparilla Invasion in 2023. It is once again time for pirates to take over Tampa.
  9. After 35 years and three different locations, Ringside Cafe at 350 First Ave. N in St. Petersburg has announced it is permanently closed.
  10. Fireworks go off in the Vinoy Yacht Basin in St. Petersburg as part of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Here is a list of nearly 100 things that are happening around the Tampa Bay area.
  11. The Floridian Social Club,  formerly known as the State Theatre in downtown St. Petersburg, is up for sale. The owner hopes to find a professional arena manager to take over the concert venue.
  12. Apple Snyder prepares a coffee drink at King State Coffee's Tampa location in 2020. King State's St. Petersburg location opens with full food and bar service on Dec. 12.
  13. Shoppers browse for items at vendor booths at Shopapalooza in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023.
  14. A Paper Plane cocktail at Midtown Tampa restaurant Ponte.
  15. A rendering of Alter Ego, a new cocktail bar from Proper House Group that will open at Water Street Tampa in early 2024.
  16. Since opening the first location in Clearwater 40 years ago, Hooters has enjoyed a wild ride.
  17. Bianco di Ampeleia, 2017, from Tuscany in Italy, is pure into a glass at Cru Cellars on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 in Tampa.
  18. Halloween is just around the corner as evidenced by this array of carved pumpkins displayed in the front yard of a Tampa area home .
  19. Canadian Maurice Harquail of Ottawa gets a couple of pecks on his cheeks from friends Heidi Watson, left, and Kerry Kinsalla, both of Port Richey, while attending Flanagan's Irish Pub's 2015 St. Patrick's Day Street Festival on Tuesday in downtown Dunedin. The annual party is celebrated with live music, bagpipers, Irish step dancers, traditional Irish food and beer.
  20. Lead singer Soleil Sarcinello (left) and Summer Strickland (right) of Spoiled Rat at their show on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023 at The Bends in St. Petersburg.
  21. A chicken crosses 7th Avenue in Ybor City on Friday, May 19, 2023.
  22. Raise a stein to Oktoberfest celebrations across the Tampa Bay area.
  23. Morgan Zuch mixes up a cocktail at Mandarin Heights in Tampa.
Today's Featured Advertisers
Dig in to Tampa Bay’s food and drink scenes

Dig in to Tampa Bay’s food and drink scenes

Subscribe to our free Taste newsletter

Get the restaurant and bar news, insights and reviews you crave from food and dining critic Helen Freund every Thursday.

You’re all signed up!

Want more of our free, weekly newsletters in your inbox? Let’s get started.

Explore all your options