1. Kale pesto and avocado "toasties" are served at The Works, a new plant-based cafe in St. Petersburg's Historic Uptown from the owner of Squeeze Juice Works.
  2. The Tampa Sports Authority announced it is bringing the Tampa Taco and Margarita Festival to Raymond James Stadium on March 12. But Tampa organizers say they have learned from the past mistakes of the event's promoter and are taking measures to control the event.
  3. Chef Jada Vidal, right, works a popup event at Willa's in Tampa. Vidal, 20, has hosted a series of tasting menu dinner events since competing — and winning — on "Guy's Grocery Games" last fall.
  4. Grilled bone marrow with balsamic onions and citrus gremolata is on the opening menu at Taverna Costale, chef Fabio Viviani's new Italian restaurant opening in downtown St. Petersburg.
  5. Clockwise, from left: Roasted beets and apple salad, fish and grits, ceviche and braised short ribs from Wild Child in St. Petersburg, one of Tampa Bay's best new restaurants to open during the pandemic.
  6. The Scacciata Siciliana served at Casa Santo Stefano was one of the best dishes our food critic ate in 2021.
  7. Guests gather on the patio at Pizzeria Gregario in Safety Harbor, where outside dining is the only option.
  8. Cold soba noodles are served at In Between Days, a new sake bar and Tokyo-style listening room in St. Petersburg.
  9. Ceviche's new location in St. Petersburg features plush banquettes inside and an outdoor patio overlooking Beach Drive NE.
  10. The Pearl, which will open in downtown Tampa in fall 2022, specializes in seafood dishes like shrimp boils, pictured, oysters and fish and chips.
  11. Metro Diner has a large selection of family style bundles and meals to-go for you to enjoy on New Year's Eve, without going out. [Courtesy of Metro Diner]
  12. The Columbia Restaurant located on 7th Avenue in the Ybor City neighborhood in Tampa, Florida will be having dine in and take out specials for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  13. In Between Days, a new Tokyo-style listening bar, opened in St. Petersburg's Grand Central District in August.
  14. All assets from St. Petersburg’s iconic Biff-Burger are set to be sold at auction next week.
  15. This photo collage (left to right) shows the Cuban sandwich on the menu at Dirty Laundry in St. Petersburg, the payphone where guests get a password and outdoor seating.
  16. A decline in frozen turkey stock and supply chain lags mean diners are likely looking at a pricier holiday meal this year.
  17. You can order a Thanksgiving meal pack with baked ham or roasted turkey for pickup from Metro Diner.
  18. For those looking to purchase locally this holiday season, artisanal bakeries like St. Petersburg's The Crumb Factory are selling gift cards and assorted holiday baskets.
  19. The Bestia pizza at Pizzeria Gregario features tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, 'nduja and arugula. The popular Safety Harbor restaurant recently reopened for limited takeout service and outdoor dining.
  20. Willa's, a new neighborhood restaurant in North Hyde Park, is one of Tampa's hottest new restaurants to open this year.
  21. Italian restaurant Timpano has reopened in Hyde Park with a new chef at the helm and an all-new menu.
  22. Tampa's Mise en Place restaurant, seen here, could be eligible for Michelin stars, but news of the guide's expansion doesn’t apply to the whole Tampa Bay region — just Tampa. That means restaurants in other culinary hotspots, like St. Petersburg and Dunedin, won’t be awarded stars at this time.
  23. Leslie Ann Ciccone, Swah-Rey's owner, is shuttering the business to continue her work with the Federal Aviation Administration.
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