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  1. 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.
  2. Guests gather on the patio at Pizzeria Gregario in Safety Harbor, where outside dining is the only option.
  3. Cold soba noodles are served at In Between Days, a new sake bar and Tokyo-style listening room in St. Petersburg.
  4. Ceviche's new location in St. Petersburg features plush banquettes inside and an outdoor patio overlooking Beach Drive NE.
  5. In Between Days, a new Tokyo-style listening bar, opened in St. Petersburg's Grand Central District in August.
  6. 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.
  7. Mapo ho fun, a dish made with rice noodles, spicy broad bean paste and Sichuan peppercorns, is served at Lingr, a new Nordic and Asian-inspired restaurant in St. Petersburg.
  8. The team behind the popular chef's table dinner series Abandon Izakaya has opened a street food-themed brick-and-mortar restaurant in Seminole.
  9. 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.
  10. Jambalaya is served at Bayou Bodega, a new Davis Islands restaurant in Tampa with a focus on natural wine and Creole and Caribbean fare.
  11. 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.
  12. After abruptly closing last week, 22 South — the food hall inside the historic Manhattan Casino — will reopen after all.
  13. Takeout options from Sap Sap Lao Cafe in Pinellas Park include thum mua, left; nam khao, top, and sai gok, bottom.
  14. Octopus has surged in popularity in recent years and can now be found on menus all over the Tampa Bay area, including a version shown above, served at Fado, a new Portuguese restaurant in St. Petersburg.
  15. Fado, a new restaurant in St. Petersburg, serves traditional Portuguese fare like this polvo a lagareiro, a broiled octopus dish served with olive oil-drizzled vegetables and potatoes.
  16. Taco Bus founder Rene Valenzuela poses for a portrait at his taco truck Rene's Mexican Kitchen in Tampa.
  17. Chef Rick "Ricky P" Parsons serves up a Louisiana feast during his monthly crawfish boil at the Big Catch at Salt Creek In St. Petersburg. It's crawfish season and a number of Tampa Bay restaurants and chefs are celebrating the tradition with weekly boils.
  18. This pickle pizza is one of the new offerings at the Florida State Fair this year.
  19. Lingr, the highly anticipated new restaurant from chef Jeffrey Jew, will open for breakfast and lunch in mid-May at 400 Sixth St. S in St. Petersburg.
  20. Cabbage and chive dumplings are served at CORE, a vegan bistro and market in Safety Harbor.
  21. Tampaville Hot Chick'n burgers are served at 3 Dot Dash in Seminole Heights in Tampa. The restaurant, which specializes in vegan comfort food like chicken sandwiches and burgers, is helping to redefine the vegan scene in Tampa Bay.
  22. Downtown takeout restaurant Nojaks has temporarily closed. The owners will open Supernatural Food & Wine, a sandwich and natural wine shop, later this month.
  23. The Brussels Sprout Melt at Pickford's Counter in Tampa features Brussels sprouts, caramelized onions and a choice of Swiss or vegan cheese on toasted bread.
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