Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Laura Reiley, Times food critic

Laura Reiley, Times food critic

Laura Reiley is the Tampa Bay Times' restaurant critic and a former critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Baltimore Sun. She is the author of four books in the Moon Handbook series: Florida Gulf Coast; Walt Disney World and Orlando; Tampa and St. Petersburg; and the Paradise Coast. She has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. In 2017 she was a Pulitzer and James Beard finalist and won the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism.

EVE EDELHEIT   |   TimesChorizo Frito Pie, Fritos covered in our house-made chorizo blend, tequila habanero aged cheddar queso and jalape?os served at Dr. BBQ in St. Petersburg on November 1, 2018. The new restaurant is a collaboration between Dr. BBQ Ray Lampe and Roger and Suzanne Perry, of Datz, Dough  and Roux.

Restaurant review: New St. Petersburg hot spot Dr. BBQ delivers on flair and solid, elevated barbecue

The folks behind Datz teamed up with Dr. BBQ himself, Ray Lampe.
Updated: 11 hours ago
Times (2011)
Seafood of all types are on offer at the Sponge Docks Seafood Festival in Tarpon Springs, this year celebrating its 31st anniversary.

What’s happening in food: Ribfest, The Chowder Challenge, Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks Seafood Festival

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of St. Petersburg's Ribfest, but Tarpon Springs goes one better with the 31st edition of the Sponge Docks Seafood Festival
Published: 11/07/18
Braised Spanish Octopus is among the offerings at Osteria Bar + Kitchen in Tampa. (JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times)

Restaurant review: Fabio Viviani’s sophisticated Italian newcomer Osteria brings a bit of drama to downtown Tampa

Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani has teamed up with a local restaurant group to debut Osteria, a sophisticated Italian newcomer downtown.
Published: 11/05/18
Times (2014)
This year’s Tampa Bay Veg Fest gets a new location, with dozens of vendors setting up shop in Perry Harvey Sr. Park in Tampa on Saturday. [Times 2014]

Food Events: Clearwater Beach Uncorked or Tampa Bay Veg Fest and a charcuterie class

It's a delicious week for foodies in Tampa Bay, from Clearwater Beach Uncorked to the annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest, or you could hone your chops and dive into a two-day charcuterie workshop.
Published: 10/31/18
Updated: 11/01/18
Mole Verde from the Valles Centrales region of Oaxaca is presented with pork tenderloin and white beans for the Seven Moles of Oaxaca, a seven-course culinary presentation from chef Chris Fernandez. (MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times)

Chef brings new dishes and new ideas from Oaxaca to St. Petersburg

Chris Fernandez, the executive chef of the Red Mesa group, hosts occasional Oaxacan dinners to showcase the cuisine of his home state in Mexico.
Published: 10/31/18
MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesThe Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, from Cigar City Brewing pairs well with Skittles, photographed at The Brass Tap on October 23, 2018 in Tampa, Fla.

How to pair Halloween candy and craft beer like the pros

Matt Stock of Brass Tap walks us through the intricacies of pairing Halloween candies and craft beer. For when the kids have fallen asleep and it’s time to raid.
Published: 10/30/18
Updated: 11/01/18
EVE EDELHEIT   |   TimesA Pao Pao Spicy Cream chicken bento box with wok-fried in our signature spicy cream glaze; green + red bell pepper, white rice, lo mein, ginger salad and string beans served at Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi is a quick-casual pan-Asian restaurant with 9 locations throughout Florida.

Restaurant review: Will Bento stand out in downtown St. Petersburg’s crowded pan-Asian scene?

Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi brings quick-serve, mostly take-out pan-Asian to downtown St. Petersburg, just steps from where hungry university students congregate.
Published: 10/29/18
Owners of Gulf Coast Sourdough Christina Cann & Brett Wiewiora pose for a photo with a freshly baked tray of their signature Sand Dollar Sourdough bread at their Tampa facility. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

What’s new in food: Natural Wine Festival, new coffee roasters and bread bakers coming.

This weekend Tampa Bay food fans can sip craft beers and learn about natural wines, and on the horizon is a new coffee roaster and sandwich shop.
Updated one month ago
TJ Ward hugs Sharon Fitzgerald, an oyster farmer while at 13 Mile Seafood Market in Apalachicola, Florida on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Throughout the morning, seafood industry workers stopped by the shop for hugs and to survey the damage done to TJ's family's store. The 13 Mile Seafood market and oyster house were badly damaged after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

After Hurricane Michael, a hunt for surviving oysters in Apalachicola

APALACHICOLAT.J. Wardís phone rang. Service had improved in the days since Hurricane Michael."Get another scrub brush and a squeegee," he told his sister. "The littlest one you can find."The Ward familyís 13 Mile...
Updated one month ago
Photos Courtesy of Dr. BBQ
The wood behind the bar is all reclaimed at Dr. BBQ, which opens to the public \uFEFFtoday in St. Petersburg\u2019s Edge District.

Dr. BBQ opens to the public today. Hereís a look.

ST. PETERSBURGDr. BBQ needed a beer. Mission accomplished: A sip of Green Benchís Dr. BBQ Pale Lager dispatched, he was ready to start the tour. See that teal tufted couch against that wall? Itís like something from Girl & the Goat in...
Updated one month ago