Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Dining & Nightlife
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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...
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    February 23, 2015
    Greg Baker, executive chef and owner of The Refinery and Fodder & Shine , has scored another nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award. Baker was nominated as a semifinalist in the Best Chef: South category.He's competing against 19 other chefs, seven others from Florida. The awards are presented by the James Beard Foundation . Tampa Bay chefs and restaurants are regularly named as nominees. Tampa Bay's other nominee was Bern's Steakhouse. The Tampa Bay institution,...
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    February 10, 2015
    Valentine's Day is Saturday, and Tampa Bay venues has deals for you and your sweetheart. Dining Del Frisco's Grille 4138 W. Boy Scout Blvd. (West Shore area) For Valentine's Day, Del Frisco's has built upon its regular menu with a special dessert: red velvet waffle ice cream sandwiches with warm chocolate sauce for two. (Look at that image up top and dream...) ---------- Fodder & Shine 5910 N. Florida Ave. (Seminole Heights) Fodder & Shine, Seminole Heights newest...
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    February 6, 2015
    Foodie alert! Busch Gardens Tampa debuts its first Food and Wine festival this spring, starting March 7 and running through May. Food and wine stands will operate from noon to 9 p.m. The festival is included in the price of admission to the park, but you’ll have to buy your tastings individually. Luckily, there’s an app for that. The food and wine tastings will be spread throughout the park. You’ll be able to nosh your way from gourmet versions of old stand-bys like macaroni...
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    January 31, 2015
    Upscale Mexican restaurant Hablo Taco is the latest addition to Tampa Bay's Channelside Bay Plaza . Offering Mexican "Sol" Food, the menu is written in laid-back Spanglish. The doors open at 4 p.m. How do you say "Happy Hour" in Spanish? Hablo Taco is part of the reinvention of Channelside Bay Plaza under new owner Jeff Vinik. Vinik also owns the Tampa Bay Lightning, whose mascot helped with the ribbon cutting. Hablo Taco's menu promises roasted corn on the cob with...
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    January 30, 2015
    Things at Hogan's Beach , the Tampa Bay venue owned by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, are about to get quieter. The club has agreed to city requests that it stop holding concerts after neighbors complained. The club hosted DJ Skrillex for a show in October. It held it's New Year's Eve party in a hotel. Future concerts have been cancelled, according to The Tampa Tribune . Club owners are working with the city to determine what kind of activities can go on at Hogan's Beach.
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    January 22, 2015
    Bam! One of Tampa Bay's newest gems, the Ulele restaurant , has caught the eye of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. The Gonzmart family's native-inspired creation will be featured this weekend on an episode of "Emeril's Florida" dedicated to waterfront dining. Lagasse will speak with Richard Gonzmart, president of the Ulele's parent company, the Columbia Restaurant Group, about the Tampa Bay restaurant's unique offerings. Ulele's menu is built around the kind...
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    January 7, 2015
    Looking for a new lunch place? Try Ava. South Tampa's newest restaurant is now open for lunch at 718 S. Howard Ave. Less than two months after pulling back the curtain on his piece of Tampa Bay's trendy SoHo area, principal owner Michael Stewart has expanded his offerings beyond dinner. "We've got our dinner service in shape, and we thought starting lunch in the new year made sense," Stewart told the Tampa Bay Business Journal this week. Lunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2...
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    December 26, 2014
    Tampa Bay's trendy Seminole Heights neighborhood sprouts another cutting-edge restaurant today with the opening of Fodder & Shine. Fodder & Shine (@FodderandShine), 5910 N. Florida Ave., was created by Greg and Michelle Baker, owners of the award-winning Refinery restaurant a few blocks to the south. The restaurant's "Heritage Florida Cracker" menu is built around the food served by Florida's earliest white settlers -- the so-called Crackers, named after the...
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    December 17, 2014
    Three months after it opened, Tampa Bay's Ulele restaurant has made Open Table's list of the Top 100 restaurants in the country. “This is a great honor, especially because Ulele has only been open since Aug. 26,” said Richard Gonzmart, fourth generation co-owner and president of the Columbia Restaurant Group. “I want to thank all of the Open Table reviewers who put us on this very exclusive list.” The Gonzmart family, owners of Tampa Bay's iconic...