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  1. 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.
  2. Munch's has been serving customers at 3920 Sixth St. S in St. Petersburg since 1952. The restaurant was started by the late Dean and Clariece Munch. It is known for its burgers, fried chicken, fried green tomatoes and hand spun milkshakes.
  3. A cheeseburger served at El Cap restaurant in St. Petersburg. It’s fresh, charred, tangy and savory. It’s big enough, but not an unwieldy mess. The fatty burger juice increasingly soaks the bottom bun as the meal progresses.
  4. Canadien customers Rita Syroteuk, 97, of Guelph, Ontario, left, and Gary Collins, 84, of London, Ontario, congratulate Chatterbox Family Restaurant owner Billy Drulias, 59, of Palm Harbor, on his pending retirement during the restaurant’s final day on Monday, Dec 12, 2022, in Dunedin.
  5. Ponte Modern American, from chef Chris Ponte, opened Nov. 30 at Midtown Tampa.
  6. Reservations at several restaurants in Tampa Bay, including Bern's Steak House, have become increasingly hard to get. Some blame informal swapping sites and online bidding services, but insiders say the answer is more complicated.
  7. Tessie Ferlita of Tampa walks past the banquet hall while arriving for lunch at Tony's Ybor Restaurant in Tampa.
  8. Backfin Blue Cafe in Gulfport has closed.
  9. Richard Gonzmart, fourth-generation caretaker of the Columbia Restaurant Group, speaks to attendees of the April 28 Familia Martinez Bujanda wine dinner at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor.
  10. Munch's has been serving customers at 3920 6th St. S in St. Petersburg since 1952. The restaurant was started by the late Dean and Clariece Munch. It is known for it's burgers, fried chicken, fried green tomatoes and hand spun milkshakes.
  11. Richard Gonzmart, left, is the fourth-generation caretaker of the Columbia Restaurant Group. His daughter Andrea Gonzmart Williams, 43, is taking on a greater role in the family business.
  12. Colette Murray and Jay Lycke prepare food in the kitchen on Jay's Sand Bar Floating BBQ, serving pork nachos and alligator bites to hungry boaters and bikini-wearing partiers on the sandbar in Ft. Lauderdale in 2020.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Cafe Largo owners Yvonne and Linus Rickenbach bought the iconic French restaurant in Largo last fall.
  16. Celebrity chef Alton Brown is bringing his live comedy and cooking show, "Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats," to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday. He has been tweeting for restaurant recommendations in the Tampa Bay area.
  17. Artist Jennifer Kosharek with the razed Seminole Heights Baptist Church steeple she transformed in Tampa.
  18. You can order a Thanksgiving meal pack with baked ham or roasted turkey for pickup from Metro Diner.
  19. A look at the outdoor dinning at La Croisette, 7401 Gulf Blvd, on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 in St Pete Beach.
  20. Busch Gardens has brought back Bier Fest for its fourth round, with food, beer and cocktails offered at stations across the park.
  21. Fans at Slipknot's Knotfest Roadshow watch the show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 4, 2019. Concert promoter Live Nation, which produces shows at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, has announced that anyone attending or working at Live Nation events will have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test starting Oct. 4.
  22. Tampa's Busch Gardens is set to be Chick-fil-A's first Florida theme park location.
  23. Matt Loder Sr., CEO of the Original Crabby Bill’s, displays "Outlaw Trails," which was written by adventurer George Witten.
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