1. Chilean sea bass is served at Ponte Modern American in Midtown Tampa.
  2. Champagne and a shellfish tower are served at The Pearl, a new restaurant at Water Street Tampa.
  3. Danielle McCoy serves a Bin Board to guests at Bin 6 South, a new restaurant that serves up big flavors in a tiny St. Petersburg space.
  4. 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.
  5. Tacos at Martha's Mexican Restaurant in Kenneth City were among some of the best dishes our food critic had in 2022.
  6. The bar Good Intentions, a new vegan restaurant in St. Petersburg, features a horseshoe-shaped bar with towering shelves stacked with lush plants, ceramics, glassware and books.
  7. Brothers Steven, Paul, and Vinny DeCosmo pose for a portrait during a soft opening at the new DeCosmo Italian Market on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
  8. Mapo tofu is served at Flaming Mountain, a new Chinese restaurant and skewer bar in Tampa.
  9. A tuna steak is served at Sol St. Pete Bistro, a new farm-to-table restaurant in St. Petersburg's Warehouse Arts District.
  10. Jay Luigi, a new restaurant on Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg, brings a modern, fast-casual spin to Italian dining.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg is now selling pizza out of a vending machine.
  14. Charred octopus with fregola, lemon aioli and crispy garlic is served at Two Graces restaurant in St. Petersburg.
  15. At Quirky Fork in Tarpon Springs, the menu changes nightly and guests can tailor dishes to their liking.
  16. Cafe Largo owners Yvonne and Linus Rickenbach bought the iconic French restaurant in Largo last fall.
  17. Hand-pulled noodle soups are the focus at Lan Zhou Lamen Noodle House, a Chinese restaurant in Tampa.
  18. 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.
  19. Guests gather on the patio at Pizzeria Gregario in Safety Harbor, where outside dining is the only option.
  20. Cold soba noodles are served at In Between Days, a new sake bar and Tokyo-style listening room in St. Petersburg.
  21. Ceviche's new location in St. Petersburg features plush banquettes inside and an outdoor patio overlooking Beach Drive NE.
  22. In Between Days, a new Tokyo-style listening bar, opened in St. Petersburg's Grand Central District in August.
  23. 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.
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