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  1. Hotly anticipated Ichicoro Ane is now open in St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    Noel Cruz seemed remarkably chill. As did his partner Kerem Koca. All around them in the Station House building in St. Petersburg, workers pounded the last nails, bartenders unpacked boxes of glassware and jewel-toned bottles of Amari, and the kitchen rolled through a final round of karaage and izakaya small plates. The …

  2. Restaurant review: Let the food and outstanding cocktails at CW's Gin Joint transport you back to the 1920s

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Maybe it's the twinkling chandeliers. All skajillion of them. Or maybe it is the rhythmic syncopation of ice cubes in shiny shakers. It could be the old-timey metal dessert cart with its silver cloches and chafing dishes, or else the chummy-but-menacing tuxedoed guy at the door who gives you the once-over …

  3. Restaurant review: 1895 Kitchen Bar Market needs to do a lot more to stand out in downtown Tampa

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Just a block away from CW's Gin Joint, the folks at Urban Juice Co. have retooled, taking the historic Franklin building, one of the city's oldest, erected in 1895, and re-envisioning it in September as 1895 Kitchen-Bar-Market, a "Southern comfort bar and kitchen" concept where the cocktails are fueled by …

  4. Food news: Byblos reopens in South Tampa, Arab food festival this weekend

    Food & Dining

    REOPENING: BYBLOS

    You know that hour before people show up for a dinner party where you think, "Holy smokes, I'll never be ready in time. What was I thinking?"

  5. These Tampa Bay restaurants took honors in the Golden Spoon Awards

    Food & Dining

    Florida Trend's annual Golden Spoon awards were announced last week, honoring Florida's best restaurants.

    Rimma Kolesnikova, owner of Ristorante Acqua Alta, 2454 N McMullen Booth Road, serves desserts to customers. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
  6. Restaurant review: Clear Sky on Cleveland Global Bistro tries to cover every food on the planet

    Food & Dining

    CLEARWATER

    All three of the Clear Sky restaurants read like the work of someone who's been paying attention to what folks want.

    Cannoli Blintzes are crepes stuffed with sweet ricotta creme topped with chocolate chips and whipped cream.
  7. This week's food news: Clearwater Beach Uncorked, happy 25th birthday to Guppy's

    Food & Dining

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY: GUPPY'S

    Twenty-five years for a restaurant is a stupendous achievement in an industry with a two-thirds failure rate. So let's bake a cake for Guppy's on the Beach, or at least go there and eat cake. It opened its doors at 1701 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Rocks Beach in 1992.

    Learn to make prime rib with a class at Just Grillin in Tampa.
  8. Lolita's Wine Market in St. Pete is tasty, but good luck deciphering your bill

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    So much charm packed into so little space.

     Lolita’s Wine Market opened in June 2017 on 18 Street South in St. Petersburg. The cozy space has a laid back feel.
  9. Dining news: More poke coming, Frogman Feast raises money for SEALs and Gold Star families

    Food & Dining

    FUNDRAISER: FROGMAN FEAST

    Last year, the first celebrity chef charity event called Frogman Feast raised more than $12,000 for Navy SEALs and their Gold Star families. Ken Bowen is spearheading the effort again this year from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg. This year's …

    The Frogman Feast last year raised more than $12,000 for Navy SEALs with a casual, family-friendly station meal prepared by more than a dozen local chefs.
  10. St. Petersburg's Red Mesa Cantina expands to top two floors

    Food & Dining

    The Red Mesa group has grown again.

    It's been in the works for a while: downtown St. Petersburg's Red Mesa Cantina expanded vertically, annexing the space that belonged to Push Ultra Lounge and DeSanto before that. With no grand opening, not even a soft opening or an announcement, the Cantinita Bar, a second-floor …

    Red Mesa Cantina in downtown St. Petersburg. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  11. No Thanksgiving plan? Head to one of these Tampa Bay restaurants for traditional feasts and more

    Food & Dining

    You realize Thanksgiving is just a week away, right? No pressure. If you don't have a holiday game plan for Nov. 23, let's do this thing. There are still a bunch of options, many traditional Thanksgiving repasts and some a little less conventional. Call ASAP for reservations, but here are some that as of this printing …

    Pelagia at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, as it does every year, offers a prix-fixe menu that is a selection of Thanksgiving favorites and less traditional temptations, all the handiwork of executive chef Brett Gardiner.
  12. Oak & Stone with self-serve beer coming to St. Pete, South Tampa's Byblos to reopen

    Food & Dining

    COMING SOON: OAK & STONE

    Been to Oak & Stone in Sarasota? In early 2018 we'll get one in St. Petersburg at 199 Central Ave., next to the newly constructed Hyatt Place. The concept is wood-fired pizzas mated with a self-serve beer wall highlighting craft beers (mostly locals like 3 Daughters, …

    Oak & Stone 5405 UNIVERSITY PKWY UNIVERSITY PARK, FLORIDA 34201
  13. A St. Petersburg artist created the labels for this year's Beaujolais Nouveau wine release

    Food & Dining

    Every year, there are bad things we can count on: taxes and death. And good things: Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of November and on the Thursday before, the Beaujolais nouveau arrives. What is less predictable is just how this vin de l'annee ("this year's wine") stacks up.

    Georges Duboeuf hires a new artist to design labels every year, and in 2017 that artist is St. Petersburg mixed media artist Ari Azzopardi Robinson. Azzopardi Robinson?  s work, ?  Candy Coated,?   was selected from hundreds of submissions in a social media contest this spring.
  14. Restaurant review: NuMex needs to tell its story better to stand out among St. Petersburg's taco scene

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    I seldom have been so perplexed about a new restaurant. The prospect of NuMex's opening in the Grand Central District swirled more than a year ago and I watched the hip little building come together. The spelling of the name itself was confusing: Was this the food of New Mexico, or more nuevo

    Enchiladas are among the items at NuMex. The menu depends on Hatch chiles, and should explain how New Mexican cuisine is different.
  15. Proper in downtown St. Pete to close as Park & Rec takes over its space

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — Next week, something almost unprecedented is happening in St. Petersburg's restaurant scene.

    Park & Rec is expanding into the Proper Kitchen & Cocktails space on First Avenue S in St. Petersburg.