Dining and Drinks

What you need to know about Septembeerfest

Published:   |   Updated: September 22, 2014 at 01:37 PM
By Olivia Stacey

Sure, you’ve heard of Oktoberfest, but what about Septembeerfest?

On Saturday, Sept. 27 six local breweries will offer tastings in Southern Brewing & Winemaking’s biergarten for the third annual Septembeerfest.

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5 new Mexican restaurants opening in Tampa

Published:   |   Updated: September 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM
By Olivia Stacey

♦ OE Market

Oxford Exchange’s OE Market, at the corner of Hyde Park and Grand Central, recently experienced a menu transformation. Rather than sandwiches, the market now features build-your-own tacos.

Customers can pick a protein from a list including spicy pork belly, crispy chickpeas, and ground sirloin. Taco toppings range from pickled jalapeno relish to salsa verde. Of course there’s also options for the taco ‘shell’, including tortillas, rice, super greens and quinoa.

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How you can help Tampa win ‘Best Beer Town’ title

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Local microbreweries and a growing craft beer scene have helped Tampa onto a list of 20 cities in the running to be named Best Beer Town.

A panel of beer experts that includes writers, critics and business people has chosen the Cigar City to be part of the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards contest, promoted by USA Today. Now, Tampa is competing against cities like Portland, Austin and Philadelphia.

“Tampa is home to more than 30 breweries and brew pubs, with more opening every day,” a description on the contest’s Tampa page reads. “The inventive and progressive lineup of breweries started in ‘Cigar City’ keeps the offerings fresh and relevant, while the Florida sunshine makes Tampa an excellent place for enjoying a brew outdoors, even in the dead of winter.”

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How to order a customized doughnut at new Perk’s Donut Bar

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Does Tampa deserve better doughnuts? Katie and Shane Perkey think so.

That’s why they’ve created Perk’s Donut Bar in Tampa, according to TBO.com.

It’s a new build-you-own doughnut shop at 2109 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. It had a soft opening in late August and is giving away free doughnuts to the first 100 customers during its official grand opening on Sept. 20 beginning at 6:30 a.m.

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Holy Hog opens Thursday downtown

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you love barbecue, you’ll soon have a new place to eat in downtown Tampa.

Holy Hog Barbecue is opening up its fifth location at 302 E. Kennedy Blvd. on Thursday. It already has restaurants at 4004 Henderson Blvd. in South Tampa and 3501 N. Armenia Ave. in West Tampa, as well as two locations in the Amalie Arena, previously known as the Forum.

The new downtown location served guests for a few hours on Monday. At least 30 people were in line for lunch, according to TBO.com.

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5 ways to enhance your cooking skills in Tampa Bay

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By Olivia Stacey

Whether you’re looking to add zest to tailgating season, impress at a dinner party or make food prep easier, there are a variety of ways to sharpen your cooking skills in Tampa Bay.

Here is an overview of five different classes.

♦ Sushi 101

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Graffiti Junktion is new burger place to try

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

After finding success in greater Orlando with six eateries, Graffiti Junktion has opened its first Tampa area restaurant in Temple Terrace.

Step inside the sports bar and you’re surrounded by street-style art, HDTVs showcasing athletic events, and diverse burger options.

The most popular item on the menu? The Green Mountain, which has Canadian bacon, a fried egg and cheddar cheese, according to TBO.com. Another favorite is The Sin City burger, made up of jalapenos and a combination of Brie and pepper jack cheeses topped with bacon.

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5 new restaurants coming to Tampa this Fall

Published:   |   Updated: August 25, 2014 at 09:53 PM
By Olivia Stacey

Fall is bringing a few new additions to the Tampa Bay dining scene. From upscale Mexican to Creole-Cajun eats, these restaurants are adding diversity to local cuisine. Here is a sneak peek of five new restaurants in town and what they’ll be serving.

♦ Ava

The owner of South Tampa’s popular restaurant 717 South, Michael Stewart and Rays manager Joe Maddon are opening a new restaurant, which will be on the ground floor of Post SoHo Square. The restaurant will serve “inspired Italian cuisine,” featuring a wood-fired oven for Neapolitan pizzas, and an extensive wine list. Chef Joshua Hernandez will head its kitchen, who was previously with Los Angeles restaurant Bestia.

Address: 718 S. Howard Ave., Tampa

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Check out the ‘wow factor’ at Ulele restaurant opening Tuesday

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The doors to Ulele, one of Tampa’s most highly-anticipated restaurants, officially open Tuesday, Aug. 26.

The red-brick building in Tampa Heights that used to serve as a steam-powered pump house has been transformed into an upscale eatery with a rooftop bar, beer garden and microbrewery.

Ulele’s “native-inspired” menu features locally-sourced foods, which pay homage to Tampa’s pre-European tribal cultures and pioneer days.

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Where to get free breakfast Monday

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you’d like to enjoy the first meal of the day without paying a cent, you might want to check out Ikea.

For a limited time, you can get a free small breakfast with scrambled eggs, turkey sausage and home fries every Monday, 9:30-11 a.m.

No purchase is necessary, and no substitutions are allowed.

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