Tampa Bay's best places to eat, according to Yelp's 'Top 100 Florida Restaurants' of 2022

Yelp released its "Top 100 Florida Restaurants 2022" list and a handful of Tampa Bay food spots made the final cut, including highly-ranked…

By Max Steele

Uptown Eats
689-D Dr Martin Luther King Jr St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-810-3287
”They have a large variety of pastries and baked goods. I ordered a cappuccino and it was really really good. As for the food, I had a berry scone and then I also purchased the yogurt with granola, fresh fruit and coconut flakes. Delicious and nutritious!” - Noaa B.
Photo via Uptown Eats/Facebook
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20 essential suburban restaurants in Tampa Bay you should've tried by now

These spots aren't located in the heart of the city, but they still have our heart. Along with subdivisions, Tampa Bay's suburbs…

By Max Steele

Babushka’s
12639 N 56th St., Temple Terrace, 813-515-7415
Babushka means grandmother, who’s also usually the best person at cooking in your family. Serving traditional Russian and Eastern European cuisine in an underrepresented Tampa Bay, Babushka’s menu is full of foods that look really good but are hard to pronounce. From brunch foods like oladi pancakes and hachapuri breakfast pie to dinner specialities like golubtsy cabbage rolls and lamb plov, there's so many unique dishes that will be hard to find anywhere else in Florida. A new South Tampa location has that SoHo shine, but the OG in Temple Terrace is where it’s at.
Photo via Babushka’s - Temple Terrace/Google
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Everyone we saw during Meet the Chefs 2022 at The Orlo in South Tampa

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's annual celebration of the Tampa Bay culinary scene returned this week when celebrated local chefs took to South…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw during Meet the Chefs 2022 at The Orlo in South Tampa
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The best places to eat and drink outdoors in Tampa Bay right now

In Florida, it's almost always a good time to be outside. So it makes sense that Tampa Bay would be come to…

By Molly Ryan

Ulele  

1810 N Highland Ave., Tampa, 813-999-4952
With the looks over the Hillsborough River and Tampa’s skyline in the distance to the south, Ulele is the place to be at sunset. With an outdoor bar that hosts a list of thoughtfully-curated cocktails, beer and frosé, Ulele’s grassy landscape has fun for the whole family with direct access to the Riverwalk and lawn games like cornhole. Ulele was also listed as a "recommended" restaurant in the new Florida Michelin Guide.
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All of the Tampa Bay locations offering prix fixe menus during Restaurant Week (6/16-6/26)

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's annual Food Issue hits stands on June 16th, and to celebrate, we're hosting our 16th annual Tampa Bay…

By CL Staff

Rooster & the Till
6500 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
(813) 374-8940
tampabayrestaurantweek.com/rooster-the-till
Dine-in
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The 25 most-anticipated new restaurants coming soon to Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay's massive amounts of growth and development in the last year does not only mean shiny new buildings and clogged highways…

By Molly Ryan

Dave’s Hot Chicken  

Multiple locations
It’s no secret that the Tampa Bay Area is becoming a haven for chicken lovers, and L.A.-based Dave’s Hot Chicken is coming to hop in on the action. Signing a deal to open eight locations in the greater Tampa area in the coming years, the chicken spot carries something for all eaters with spice levels ranging from “no spice” to “the reaper”.
Photo via Photo via Dave's Hot Chicken/Website
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20 essential old-school ice cream shops in Tampa Bay

Florida and ice cream go together like spotty bananas on a chocolate sundae, and it's been this way for a long, long…

By Molly Ryan

Dairy Joy
3813 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa, 813-839-5485 
While scooping ice cream since 1958, Dairy Joy fell under new management in 2018 and received a revamped, '50s-inspired pastel makeover. Located in the true heart of South Tampa, Dairy Joy, complete with an Elvis outside, offers outdoor seating and serves a vast selection of soft serve, dipped cones, and old-fashioned sundaes and shakes. 
Photo by Molly Ryan
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The 25 hottest new restaurants in Tampa Bay right now

From vegan sushi to pierogis, the cuisine across Tampa Bay has never been more expansive. We're already halfway through 2022, and the…

By Max Steele, Molly Ryan

Black Radish Grocer
246 Dr M.L.K. Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-623-9877
Though this vegan grocer opened its St. Pete location last December, Black Radish has earned a spot for its expansive fare and cuisine. Like its sister location in Tampa’s Ybor City, the store offers a variety of items beyond your run-of-the-mill supermarket finds in addition to vegan staples like Impossible meats and Daiya cheeses. The new location also offers a deli, serving made-to-order sandwiches and other daily specials. 
Photo via blackradishgrocerdtsp/Instagram
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Everyone we saw at Margarita Wars 2022 at Tampa's River Center

Margarita Wars, one of the biggest booze-related battles in Tampa Bay, went down at Tampa's River Center last night, with over 16…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at Margarita Wars 2022 at Tampa's River Center
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The 20 best kid-friendly Tampa Bay restaurants, that aren't Chuck E. Cheese

Don't get us wrong, kid's love Chuck E. Cheese, aka a child casino that sells pizza and beer. But you can't eat…

By Sofía García Vargas

Caddy’s Treasure Island
9000 W Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, 727-360-4993
Another perfect beach day location is Caddy’s at Treasure Island. The restaurant offers dining and drinks directly on the sand plus views of the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, Caddy’s has live music every day so you can dance the worries away and take in beautiful sunsets.
Photo via Caddy’s Treasure Island/Facebook
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All of the Tampa Bay restaurants and bars coming to Margarita Wars (5/19)

Your favorite tequila battle is back! Join Creative Loafing for a unique opportunity to sample margaritas created by more than a dozen…

By CL Staff

Bogota Kitchen + Bar
Competitor
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25 can't-miss restaurants in Clearwater

From surf-and-turf to pizza and beer, Clearwater has an extensive offering of unique restaurants. Pair your beach day with a meal at…

By Sofía García Vargas

Big Storm Brewing Co.
12707 49th St N, Clearwater, 727-201-4186
As one of Tampa Bay’s most prolific breweries, you will try unique and local flavors at Big Storm Brewing Co. Pair your beer with bar food, including chicken wings, tacos and handhelds. The brewery also hosts trivia nights on Mondays and live music on Fridays.
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25 Tampa Bay brunch spots worth getting out of bed for

Falling between breakfast and whenever they kick you out, brunch is that beautiful boozy meal best enjoyed on lazy weekends. Whether it…

By Sofía García Vargas

Counter Culture
2909 W Bay to Bay Blvd Suite 100, Tampa, 813-570-8660
Offering weekend brunch only, Chef Jeannie Pierola creates a modern homage to classic dining in its barstool dining and kitchen. Choose from Counter Culture’s individual meals from its fresh bakery, griddle and eggs menu, or from its three-course brunch option paired with a recommended “domaine font mars” wine. 
Photo via Counter Culture/Website
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25 essential Tampa Bay pizza spots everybody should try at least once

Tampa Bay may not be known for pizza, but that's starting to change. Recently, the area was ranked among the top pizza…

By Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda

Madison Avenue Pizza
2660 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 727-754-6144
The reigning champ, Madison Avenue Pizza, bagged this year's CL Best of The Bay "Reader's Choice" award for best pizza, so you know they take their pie seriously. Keep it tame with your usual order, or test your stomach’s limits with its 32” pizza challenge (I’d pay good money for the crass t-shirt you get as a prize).
Photo via Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
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23 hidden Tampa Bay taco spots you should’ve tried by now

Sometimes the best street tacos require a bit of a scavenger hunt. Throughout this list you'll find plenty of hole-in-the-wall spots with…

By Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda

Ranchero Tacos
4901 N Florida Ave, Tampa, 813-495-2635
This joint was CL's Best of the Bay's 2021 "Best Seminole Heights Restaurant," and for good reason – tortillas are fresh and pressed to order and carnitas are juicy and crispy. Also, don’t sleep on the weekend-only tamales.
Photo via Ranchero Tacos/Facebook
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23 small-town restaurants worth the road trip from Tampa

Tampa Bay is a melting pot of cuisines and flavors from all around the world, but you don't have to be a…

By Sofía García Vargas

Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar
148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, 727-733-2151
Founded four decades ago, Bon Appetit provides a near undefeated setting for delectable cuisine, craft cocktails and special moments with special people just 50 minutes away from Tampa. This restaurant is a tad more upscale than the rest, offering dishes like bouillabaisse, rack of New Zealand lamb, lobster tails and more. 
Photo via Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar/Facebook
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24 essential Brandon and Riverview restaurants everyone should’ve tried by now

The suburbs of Hillsborough County hold a lot more than fast-food chains and never-ending real estate construction. Whether you're searching for a…

By Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda

Tiki Docks
10708 Palmetto St., Riverview, 813-683-8454
Overlooking the Alafia River in the fast-growing suburb of Riverview is this tropical-themed restaurant that truly contrasts the country riverside surroundings. A raw bar with ahi-tuna poke and fresh oysters or the unique varieties of “Alafia Tacos” await patrons that enter the waterfront eatery.
Photo via Tiki Docks Website
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20 essential restaurants in Wesley Chapel you should've tried by now

Pasco County is blowin' up. The area has experienced an insane amount of growth over the last decade, with a 21% spike…

By Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda

The Bacon Boss
5888 Grand Oro Lane no. 112, Wesley Chapel, 813-922-9290
 Chow down on mobster-labeled entrees like Fat Tony tater tots and McCullough mac and cheese at the bacon-centric eatery.
Photo via The Bacon Boss/Facebook
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20 tiny restaurants in Tampa Bay that draw big praise

Square-footage is not an issue with these Tampa Bay institutions. In fact, being small is part of the charm. Here are a…

By Sofía García Vargas

Taco Baby
​​235 Main St, Dunedin
This ATM turned taqueria is simple but effective. With only five menu items, including chips and queso, chips and salsa, yucatan popsicles, nachos with your choice of chicken, jackfruit or pork and tacos with the same meat offerings, Taco Baby is perfect for a delicious meal on the go.
Photo via Taco Baby/Facebook
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All of the specials you can try during Tampa Bay Taco Week (3/31-4/10)

Live every day like it's Taco Tuesday during Tampa Bay Taco Week, with ten straight days of exclusive dine-in and takeout specials.…

By CL Staff

Taco Dirty
2221 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 314-7900
4447 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33703
(727) 325-2973
tacodirty.com

$2 Build-Your-Own Tacos & $3 Corona Lights
Available Tuesday, Saturday, & Sunday during Taco Week
$5 margaritas daily during Taco Week

Dine-in
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25 Tampa Bay restaurant patios with incredible scenic views

Rooftop views, ocean views, skyline views, Tampa Bay restaurants and bars really do have some top-notch patios. Here you'll fine some of…

By Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda

360 Rooftop Bar
3701 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, 727-456-8660
Found along the same scenic landscape as the historic Don Cesar, just two minutes down the road, take in the hotel bar’s stellar view of the Gulf of Mexico while sipping on a tropical Rum Runner.
Photo via The Hotel Zamora/Facebook
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35 Tampa Bay restaurants to take an-out-of-towner, and what to get

It's spring break, and with a house full of guests, feeding everyone can be tough. However, Tampa Bay has something for everyone.…

By Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda, Sofía García Vargas

SuperNatural Food & Wine
What to get: Breakfast sandwich and sour doughnuts
305 E Polk St., Tampa, 813-758-6230
Offered from 7:30 a.m.-2:29 p.m., SuperNatural's breakfast menu and doughnuts are its staple, along with its selection of mighty wine available any time. The breakfast sandwich, which celebrity chef Alton Brown recently called  the "best I’ve ever had," is made with fresh focaccia bread roll and egg with the option to add cheese and bacon (BEC is where it's at). The doughnuts are made with cinnamon sugar, organic flours and single-origin spices, but most importantly, it’s all vegan!
Photo via SuperNatural Food & Wine/Instagram
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Tampa Bay's essential women-owned restaurants of 2022

It's easy to see why Tampa Bay's women-owned restaurants are making a huge mark on an otherwise male-dominated history.  Since March is…

By Sofía García Vargas, Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda

Michelle Faedo's Tampeño Cuisine
Michelle Faedo
601 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-284-5756
The restaurant location in downtown Tampa at the County Center offers made-to-order bites like tostones, plantains, deviled crab, crab cakes and its famous Cuban sandwiches. 
Photo via Michelle Faedo's Tampeño Cuisine/Facebook
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20 truly beachside restaurants and bars in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay has plenty of great tiki huts, waterfront bars, and fish shacks, but not all of them are directly on the…

By Sofía García Vargas

Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill
7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 813-281-0770
With its own private beach and Causeway locale, Whiskey Joe’s is one of Tampa’s most visible beach bars. You can brave Ben T. Davis, or pay a small fee to access Whiskey Joe’s beachside bar and party area. 
Photo via Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill/Website
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Everyone we saw at Brunched 2022 in St. Pete

The vibe shift was evident this weekend at Brunched 2022. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's annual celebration of the day's best meal went…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at Brunched 2022 in St. Pete
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Photos from Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's Brunched 2022

A few of Tampa Bay's essential brunch spots joined forces to celebrate the best meal between breakfast and lunch. On Saturday,  Feb.…

By CL Staff

Photos from Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's Brunched 2022
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The 20 most-anticipated new bars and restaurants coming to Tampa Bay this spring

From Chicago-style glizzies, to new karaoke bars and tasting rooms, Tampa Bay has a lot to look forward to this spring. Here…

By Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda

Portillo’s
2302 Tyrone Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, 630-954-3773
St. Pete residents can now transport themselves to the suburbs of Chicago in the vintage chain’s next location. Commuters have noted the building is close to completion, so let’s hope we can pick up our chocolate cake shake in the coming weeks.
Photo via Portillo’s Website
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The 25 most popular Tampa Bay restaurants right now, according to Yelp rankings

Look, we've already told you our picks for Tampa Bay's top 50 restaurants, but sometimes it helps to have  another perspective. Here are…

By Sofía García Vargas

8. Bodega
 1180 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-623-0942
“Dude. I love Bodega. You will too. Eat here, right now. Vegan options, meaty options, yummy aguas frescas, robust cafecito AND the most friendly staff. For real. Thank you Bodega!” -Amber S.
Photo via Bodega/Facebook
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25 hard-to-get restaurant tables in Tampa Bay that are totally worth the wait

Forget "peak hours," most of these Tampa Bay hot spots always have a wait, and it's understandable,  they're all really great. From…

By Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda

Meat Market Steakhouse
1606 W Snow Ave., Tampa, 813-280-1113
 While making it into the highly sought after lounge setting is more difficult than dine-in seating, the cocktail menu makes for a fun night out for those that can get a reservation.
Photo via Meat Market/Facebook
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All the Tampa Bay restaurants coming to Brunched 2022

Saturdays are for brunch, and Creative Loafing has an absolutely irresistible invitation for you: a unique opportunity to sample unlimited brunch bites…

By CL Staff

7th + Grove
For the comfort food connoisseur searching for fresh authentic taste with a down home flair 7th+ Grove delivers an elevated southern menu, warm ambiance, extraordinary service and creatively crafted cocktails.
7thandgrove.com
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