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Meaghan Habuda - Times Features Producer

Times Features Producer

I’m a Florida native who began covering the Tampa Bay bar and restaurant scene more than five years ago. After graduating from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, I cut my teeth in journalism with local alternative weekly Creative Loafing, where I served as food and drink editor. I joined the Times in 2019 and will continue to sniff out all sorts of food news — openings and closings, events, chef moves, you name it — while spearheading other print and web duties on the Features team. So, yes, tip me off to all of the scoops, including the ice cream kind.

  1. EggFest competitors will cook on demo Big Green Egg grills at Tabellas at Delaney Creek in Tampa on Feb. 29.
  2. Downtown St. Petersburg's Watergarden Inn at the Bay houses a new popup restaurant called the Kitchen at Watergarden.
  3. Chef Joe Isidori will lead JoToro, which is opening soon at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa.
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  5. Tampa's El Toro Loco features more than a dozen tacos, including crispy fried fish, center.
  6. Gulfport's North End Taphouse pours a Tampa Bay-focused lineup of craft beers, ciders and hard seltzers. [MEAGHAN HABUDA | Times]
  7. New in Clearwater, the Healthy Hive specializes in energizing teas and protein smoothies.
  8. Columbus, Ohio-based Jeni’s Spendid Ice Creams plans to open two locations in Tampa this summer.
  9. The Cheesecake Factory will bring an iconic selection of more than 50 cheesecakes and desserts to Clearwater mall Westfield Countryside this year.
  10. The Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival, which will return to Temple B'nai Israel in Clearwater on Sunday, has featured desserts like mini linzer tarts in the past.
  11. Johnson Barbeque's brisket berry tacos, served as part of Florida Strawberry Restaurant Month this year.
  12. Mary Margaret's Olde Irish Tavern co-owner Pete Boland poses with photos of his family that will hang in the new St. Petersburg pub. He's holding a portrait of his late grandmother Mary Margaret Prescott, whom the bar is named after.
  13. Treasure Island is home to the flagship Caddy's outpost.
  14. The Pasco County Fair will kick off on Feb. 17 in Dade City.
  15. Grain & Berry's namesake acai bowl, left, features organic granola, banana, strawberries, blueberries, peanut butter, Nutella and coconut flakes.
  16. The Fair Foodie Crawl on Feb. 13 in Tampa will feature these cheesy sriracha funnel cake bites from Florida State Fair vendor Out of This World Funnel Cakes.
  17. Charred romaine salad at Brick & Mortar in St. Petersburg
  18. Cornish game hen is among the dishes at the K Club Bar & Bistro, recently launched at Clearwater's Karol Hotel.
  19. Tampa Theatre's latest installment of WineFest, which will take place on Feb. 8, was inspired by "Caddyshack" starring Bill Murray, pictured.
  20. A rendering of the new fast-casual Italian restaurant Oronzo, which will bring its first location to Tampa.
  21. The Florida State Fair will open in Tampa on Feb. 6, running through Feb. 17.
  22. Set to open in February 2020, DeVito's Italian Specialties will offer traditional Italian dishes for lunch and dinner.
  23. St. Petersburg brewery Pinellas Ale Works will release a lineup of whiskey barrel-aged beers on Feb. 1.
  24. The interior of St. Pete Beach restaurant Maritana, which the Don CeSar has refreshed with a design that embraces its history in a modern way.