Dining and Drinks

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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Dave ReynoldsTBO Seen

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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Pumpkin Spice Latte makes an early return to Starbucks

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By Olivia Stacey

The Pumpkin Spice latte has become a beloved beverage of many coffee lovers and one of the most popular in the Starbucks line-up. The drink which is released once a year in the Fall is making an early debut this year.

According to the official Pumpkin Spice Latte Twitter, (yes, it exists) on Aug. 7, the PSL announced its early release saying, “18 days until I’m back from vacay. Get ready to “fall” in love all over again. However, there’s a catch. To order the fall beverage early you have to figure out the code word.

As Tampa Tribune’s Rich Mullins wrote in a recent article, fans can find a series of quiz questions on the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s twitter account. If you decode all the clues, you get the code word.

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5 things you might not know about Ulele restaurant

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Ulele restaurant is opening Aug. 26 in the former Tampa Water Works Building along the Hillsborough River in Tampa Heights.

The restaurant is putting an emphasis on its native-inspired food, which is made from ingredients from Tampa Bay and Florida. The space itself has a two-level dining room, bar and patio, an oyster grill, a beer garden, and a spring-fed pond.

You probably know a little about Ulele from all the media coverage of the restaurant and the adjacent Water Works Park. Here are a few things that might have slipped through the cracks.

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Supper Club at Epicurean is ‘culinary experience’

Published:   |   Updated: August 18, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Dave ReynoldsTBO Seen

The Epicurean Hotel is quickly becoming a destination spot for Tampa Bay-area foodies.

Now, there’s a new way for people to satisfy their cravings for something fresh and exciting, and meet new friends at the same time.

Dave Reynolds has the story of The Supper Club.

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Master the grill with tips from the ‘GrillSmith’ himself

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By Olivia Stacey

GrillSmith is celebrating 10 years and offering special throwback menu items this August. All five of Grillsmith’s Tampa Bay locations will feature an anniversary menu this month which includes:

♦ Chicken Croquettes: Flash–fried chicken smothered with a creamy cheese sauce, topped with seasoned bread crumbs and served with a mild horseradish sauce.

♦ Bacon-wrapped Scallop Delight: Bacon-wrapped scallops grilled to perfection, topped with a shrimp Bienville stuffing and placed over a roasted bacon corn sauce.

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Why WXYZ at Aloft isn’t your typical hotel bar

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Dave ReynoldsTBO Seen

Looking to be on the cutting edge of the latest entry into Tampa’s bar scene with unique architecture, awesome sunsets and great drinks?

Then check out the WXYZ Bar in the lobby of the recently opened Aloft hotel.

Dave Reynolds has more on the newest player, which is part of the city’s boutique hotel boom.

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How to get free wings at James Joyce Irish Pub

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

One of the reasons I like James Joyce Irish Pub is because it’s the only bar I know of locally that has offered Woodchuck Pear cider on tap.

(If there are other places in the Tampa area to get this selection, let me know in the comments.)

Although the refreshing pear cider isn’t listed on their updated beer menu, the Ybor City pub has given me another reason to visit. James Joyce claims they have the best boneless wings in town, and they’re willing to let you try them for free through Sept. 4 to prove it.

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