1. 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).
  2. Actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul pose for a selfie with fans at American Social in Tampa.
  3. 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.
  4. Cap's, a new seafood-focused restaurant and cocktail bar, opens next week at 226 First Ave. N in St. Petersburg.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Brothers Christian and Joshua Jackson of Red's BBQ are opening Roam, a new steakhouse concept, on 34th Street N in St. Petersburg.
  9. Jay Luigi, a new restaurant on Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg, brings a modern, fast-casual spin to Italian dining.
  10. Order an Easter meal pack with baked ham or roasted turkey for pickup from Metro Diner. Dine-in options are also available.
  11. A peanut butter and caramel milkshake from Beans & Barlour comes with a Cracker Jack rim and is among a long list of new and returning treats served at Tropicana Field this season.
  12. Noble Rice, a modern Japanese restaurant, is now open at Tampa's Sparkman Wharf.
  13. House of Vegano, a new restaurant specializing in vegan sushi, is now open in St. Petersburg.
  14. The team behind Oxford Exchange will open a new restaurant and home decor concept called Predalina on the ground floor of the Cora building, part of the growing Water Street Tampa development.
  15. Banners for Bernini and the Roman Baroque hang from the front of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg on Beach Drive NE.
  16. Flocale, a new restaurant and nightlife venue opening in Tampa's Seminole Heights, will feature food from King of the Coop and Westshore Pizza and a bar program from Rock Brothers Brewing.
  17. Bruce Karlin opened his Chicago-themed restaurant Bruce's Chicago Grill & Dog House in Largo in 1994. Last year, he asked his customers to send testimonials to the Tampa Bay Times food critic, and more than 200 people sent recommendations.
  18. This year's Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival will feature items such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee BBQ Short Ribs served on a jalapeno cheddar corn muffin top, left, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Elote Street Corn. The festival runs weekends through May 22.
  19. Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg is now selling pizza out of a vending machine.
  20. La Segunda's third location will open this month in St. Petersburg and features the iconic bakery's signature Cuban bread as well an assortment of pastries, sandwiches and salads.
  21. Charred octopus with fregola, lemon aioli and crispy garlic is served at Two Graces restaurant in St. Petersburg.
  22. Tampa Bay Beer Week 2022 begins March 4 and runs through March 13.
  23. This year's Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival will feature items such as a Braised Rib Slider, left, served on a jalapeno cheddar corn muffin, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos elote street corn. The festival runs weekends March 11-May 22.
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