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  • adventure_island_tube0
    June 1, 2015
    Tampa Bay is a place that's built for summer. What are you waiting for? RIDE, SLIDE AND DINE for $99 Now through June 14, Tampa Bay visitors can buy a $99 pass to Busch Gardens Tampa that also gets them access to Busch Gardens' Adventure Island water park. The "Ride, Slide & Dine" ticket lets you choose two visits and two meals at either park. Tickets must be bought by June 14 and can be used by Oct. 11. They're only available for purchase online . Tampa Bay is built...
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    May 26, 2015
    It’s finally here – Tampa Bay Restaurant Week. For the 8 th year in a row, the food-loving folks at Creative Loafing invite you to get a taste of Tampa’s best restaurants. For one week only (well, 10 days, if we’re being honest), dozens of the restaurants you have been dying to try, or already love, will offer a $30 prix fixe menu. The process is simple: Step 1: Choose from 40 (and counting) restaurants participating in Tampa Bay Restaurant Week, including Mise en...
  • sweetwater
    May 7, 2015
    As great restaurants continue to open in Tampa Bay, great chefs come along with them. That wealth of creativity opened the door for The Rooted Door -- billed as a “fully-immersive, creative dining experience designed to share the stories and explore the palates of our greater community’s culinary experts.” Tucked away in the Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, diners will pick their own ingredients for custom cocktails before sitting down to enjoy farm-to-table cuisine from...
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    April 23, 2015
    The owners of Tampa Bay's Ulele restaurant unveiled this week a bronze statue of their restaurant's name. The statue of Princess Ulele stands across from the entrance to the restaurant, which sits at the northern end of the Tampa Riverwalk just minutes from downtown. The statue depicts the princess with one hand raised as she beseeches her people to spare the life of Spanish explorer Juan Ortiz as he was about to be murdered as revenge against Europeans in Florida. The story has led...
  • cigarcitybrewing
    April 15, 2015
    It's been a big couple weeks for the guys over at Cigar City Brewing. Last week, Thrillist named the Tampa Bay craft brewery the best brewer in Florida . The next day, the guys shed their beards -- and we're talking Grizzly Adams-level beardage here -- to raise funds to fight pediatric cancer. Now comes the listicle makers at Buzzfeed, which has caught wind of our favorite microbrew makers and named them one of the " 29 Breweries In The U.S. You Must Visit Before You Die ."...
  • cigarcitybrewing
    April 7, 2015
    It has happened again: National Beer Day has snuck up on us, and here we are without so much as a Happy National Beer Day card. Fortunately, we're in Tampa Bay, Florida's hub for craft brewing and the state's historic home of beer. Ever since Florida's first brewery opened in Ybor City more than a century ago, Tampa Bay has know its way around a keg. Busch Gardens Tampa grew up around an Anheuser-Busch brewery and biergarten. In the same North Tampa neighborhood sits the...
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    April 2, 2015
    Two Tampa Bay restaurants -- Ulele and Ciccio's and Water -- have made Open Table's list of its 100 highest consumer-rated restaurants nationwide. Ulele opened last summer to strong reviews. Four months after it opened, it was already among Open Table's top 100 restaurants for 2014. The unranked listings were generated by Open Table users, who posted 5 million reviews from March 1, 2014 through Feb. 28, 2015. Any restaurant with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were...
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    March 25, 2015
    The finalists have been decided and Bern’s Steak House is the only Florida restaurant in the running for a 2015 James Beard Award. Bern’s is facing FIG and McCrady’s in Charleston, A16 in San Francisco and Spago in Beverly Hills for honors in the Outstanding Wine Program category. "Two days a week (the wine team) goes over and spends time in the warehouse. It's the Home Depot of wine. There's so much in there that they are constantly discovering things. They...
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    March 19, 2015
    Tampa's own Bern's Steak House has been featured among the Travel Channel's "Greatest Steaks of America." The Soho restaurant was highlighted for it's massive and masterfully grilled grilled steaks, which are cut to order each and every time. Although the show was really all about the meat, it also took a look inside Bern's insane wine collection -- the largest restaurant wine collection in the world. The most expensive? A magnum 1855 Chateau Gruaud-Larose for...
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    March 3, 2015
    The Refinery and Fodder & Shine , two Seminole Heights foodie havens owned by James Beard-nominated chef Greg Baker, mark milestones today. The Refinery celebrates its fifth anniversary this month with a double-sided menu featuring both the current offerings and those from the opening day. Fodder & Shine, which opening in December, will hold its grand opening today with a new menu that also celebrates Florida's 170th birthday. Fodder & Shine specializes in Cracker cuisine, the...