Dining and Drinks

Rooster & The Till will expand into space next door

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

When Chef Ferrell Alvarez and Ty Rodriguez opened Rooster & The Till in Seminole Heights nine months ago, some people thought they were crazy.

That’s what Alvarez told TBO.com last week. Now, the restaurant where patrons can watch cooks create adventurous, outside-of-the-box food is expanding to a space next door.

Owners have already signed a lease for the space that used to house Figure 8 Art Supplies. That store relocated to another space nearby.

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Free coffee at Chick-fil-A throughout October

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Chick-fil-a is getting in on the free coffee action and upping the ante.

Monday was National Coffee Day and some local restaurants celebrated with free java, but one day is nothing compared to the chicken chain’s new offer.

Through Oct. 31, participating Tampa area Chick-fil-A locations are giving away free hot coffee every morning from opening until 10:30 a.m., and free iced coffee every afternoon from 2-5 p.m. No purchase is necessary, but the offer isn’t valid with any other discounts or coupons. Chick-fil-A is open every day except Sunday.

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Where to get free coffee on and before National Coffee Day 2014

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you love coffee, get ready to celebrate on Monday.

National Coffee Day falls on Sept. 29 annually, and national chains are offering free java.

Here are three freebies we found:

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New Seminole Heights restaurant will feature plant-based menu

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By Olivia Stacey

Seminole Heights will soon have a new restaurant, one that will have an entirely vegan menu. Delicious Surprise- Food for Thought is set to open in October at 5921 N. Nebraska Avenue, making it the first independently owned plant-based restaurant in Tampa.

The restaurant will be owned by Michelle Lyons Ehrlich and her husband, Howard. According to a recent TBO.com article, she operates a plant-based food service business and recently hosted a pop-up brunch event in August. After the success of the pop-up event, Ehrlich said she knew more than ever that Tampa was ready for a plant-based restaurant.

The restaurant is located in Old Seminole Heights in between Ella’s and The Mermaid.

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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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