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  1. Inclusivitea, the new sex-friendly tea shop, is located in St. Petersburg's Grand Central District.
  2. The menu at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House has been completely overhauled and includes new dishes like shrimp and grits, pictured here. The restaurant, along with nearby spots Annata Restaurant & Wine Bar and Alto Mare Fish Bar, were recently purchased by new hospitality group Volet Hospitality, which has big plans for the Beach Drive NE restaurants.
  3. The Chicharron sandwich served at Meanchi's Peruvian Inspired Sandwiches features roasted and fried pork shoulder, salsa criolla and fried sweet potatoes on a roll.
  4. Local school teachers collect cards from students for first responders on 9/11.
  5. Jambalaya is served at Bayou Bodega, a new Davis Islands restaurant in Tampa with a focus on natural wine and Creole and Caribbean fare.
  6. A new lineup of restaurant partners and signature dishes from Legends Hospitality are now on the menu at Raymond James Stadium.
  7. Italian restaurant BellaBrava is now open at Midtown Tampa.
  8. Yellow-eye snapper is served over pea puree with Calabrian chile oil at Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria, a new restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg.
  9. Busch Gardens has brought back Bier Fest for its fourth round, with food, beer and cocktails offered at stations across the park.
  10. Russian restaurant Babushka's, pictured here in an artist's rendering, will open inside the former Boca space in South Tampa as early as next month. The restaurant will serve traditional Russian dishes in an upscale setting.
  11. Dunedin's The Nest, a new cocktail lounge from the team behind Caracara, features a French colonial-themed food and drink menu.
  12. Liaza Brauer and Bailee Johnson assemble meals at Poppo's Taqueria in St. Petersburg. The chain is set to open another location in downtown Tampa on Aug. 16.
  13. Irwin Scheineson, 65, and Denise Scheineson, 59, enjoy dinner and cocktails at the Beach Bistro in Anna Maria Island on Aug. 7. Guests making reservations at the restaurant are first asked if they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before their reservation is booked.
  14. Cake designer and Wandering Whisk Bakeshop owner Jennifer Jacobs' recipe for Mini Piña Colada Pavlovas is easy to replicate at home.
  15. After abruptly closing last week, 22 South — the food hall inside the historic Manhattan Casino — will reopen after all.
  16. Spanish tapas bar and restaurant Ceviche is now open at 332 Beach Drive NE in St. Petersburg.
  17. Takeout options from Sap Sap Lao Cafe in Pinellas Park include thum mua, left; nam khao, top, and sai gok, bottom.
  18. The space at 22 South, the new food hall inside the historic Manhattan Casino, has closed.
  19. Server Hanna Holt, center, discusses the lunch menu with Dana Nafe of Tampa, left, Terianne Curcia of Apollo Beach, and Jolie Marjama of Wesley Chapel, right, on July 27 at Ulele in Tampa. Ulele owner Richard Gonzmart has requested that all staff return to wearing face masks at work as COVID-19 cases surge.
  20. Willa's, a new neighborhood restaurant in North Hyde Park, is one of Tampa's hottest new restaurants to open this year.
  21. The McDonald's restaurant, at 347 S Gulfview Blvd on Clearwater Beach, is among the “nonstandard” locations.
  22. Red Tide fish kills have been heavy near the St. Pete Pier, where restaurants like Doc Ford's are faced with customers increasingly weary about waterfront dining.
  23. A seafood case filled with grouper, snapper and tile fish at Wild Seafood at Johns Pass Boardwalk in Madeira Beach. Most of the local fish sold in restaurants and seafood markets is fished far offshore and safe to eat despite the ongoing Red Tide, experts say.
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