Dining and Drinks

10 Tampa restaurants you should try according to Food Network

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

The Tampa area has its share of fast food joints and chain restaurants, but you can also find delicious local cuisine here, too.

In “Welcome to Tampa: A Newcomer’s Eating Tour,” Food Network explores 10 of these eateries with help from three local experts, including Jeff Houck, food writer for The Tampa Tribune.

Featured restaurants include:

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How to score free iced tea this week

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By Olivia Stacey

Iced tea is a staple of summertime and on Thursday you can grab a free one at McAlister’s Deli. July 24 is Free Tea Day and McAlister’s is celebrating by offering tea-lovers or who they call ‘tea freaks’ a choice of sweet or unsweetened tea throughout the day.

Guests also have the opportunity to win $25 gift cards, along with a grand prize of $250, during the restaurant’s countdown-to-Tea-Day sweepstakes, which is happening on social media and their website.

There are two McAlister’s restaurants in Tampa Bay:

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Here’s where to get free ice cream Wednesday for ‘National Vanilla Ice Cream Day’

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

What do Blue Bell Ice Cream and Outback Steakhouse have in common?

They’re teaming up to offer free ice cream to customers who dine in at the Australian-themed restaurant on Wednesday.

July 23 is “National Vanilla Ice Cream Day,” and anyone who eats at Outback in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties gets a free serving of Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, 5-8 p.m.

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Where to celebrate ‘National Hot Dog Day’ Wednesday

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

July 23 is National Hot Dog Day, and if you’ve got a hankering for this American cookout staple, then check out area Evos locations.

On Wednesday, they’ll offer buy-one-get-one on their all-beef hot dogs, which are hormone-, nitrate- and antibiotic-free. They buns are also organic.

According to TBO.com’s Free and Cheap blog, you’ll find the following hot dogs on the menu:

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Popular Tampa mixologists share funniest bartending moments

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By Olivia Stacey

They mix, shake and make sure your happy hours are happy. Although they serve you with a smile, bartending is no easy feat. Your favorite mixologists from Ciccio’s, Lodge, 717 South and Sunova Beach tell us their funniest and most embarrassing moments.

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3 ways to celebrate Hot Dog Month

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By Olivia Stacey

Dogs, brats, frankfurters, wieners, sausages — whatever you call them, hot dogs have become a staple food in America. Since July is National Hot Dog month, we stopped by Burger 21 to show you three different takes on the dog. Take a look at this video to see the tasty selections.

As an added bonus, through Thursday, July 10, guests who mention Hot Dog Month when placing their order will receive the 101 Dog for free with the purchase of fries and drink. Burger 21 has four locations in the Tampa Bay area: Carrollwood, New Tampa, Westchase and Lakeland.

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Why these wines might appeal to you even if you’re not a wine lover

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By Olivia Stacey

It’s summertime, and that means refreshing beverages. Sure, you’ve heard of fruity cocktails, but have you tried tropical wine? If you think wine requires grapes to be tasty, think again. A family-operated winery in St. Petersburg specializes in wines made from tropical fruit. Their best-sellers include key lime, mango and cranberry.

Florida Orange Groves is the only winery of its kind in Florida and one of a few in the entire country. They’ve won over 276 medals in international competitions and made a splash at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. At last year’s festival, their key lime wine was the number-one best selling wine. Florida Orange Groves has been bottling up the award-winning wines for 16 years and have 43 flavors of wine and counting. We explore the unique winery in this video.

Want to try it for yourself? The winery is open for tasting and tours Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sunday hours are from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

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New breakfast, lunch option coming to downtown Tampa

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you’re looking for lunch in downtown Tampa, you’ll soon have a new choice come mid-July.

That’s when Nature’s Table is aiming to open a new location on the Ashley Street side of their office building at 400 N. Tampa St., according to TBO.com.

The 1,200-square-foot restaurant will be placed within a 5,000-square-foot space left vacant since 2008 after the Lucky Dill Deli was evicted for unpaid rent.

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Which barbecue restaurant is expanding in downtown Tampa?

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Nothing says summer quite like sinking your teeth into tender barbecue and savoring the sweet taste of the sauce, amiright?

Well come August, you’ll be able to do that at Holy Hog in downtown Tampa.

The new location in a 1,000-square-foot space next to the Tampa Police Department along Lykes Gaslight Square is under construction, according to TBO.com. It will occupy the former Quiznos Subs location at 302 E. Kennedy Blvd.

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PHOTOS: Piquant and Don Me Now bring chic French flair to Tampa

Published:   |   Updated: June 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM
By Katie Rains

Fashion and Food combined for a night on the town as Hyde Park’s Piquant and Don Me Now reminded guests of what is feels like When In France.

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