Dining and Drinks

Taco Bus rolling into SoHo

Tribune Staff

Taco Bus is coming to SoHo.

The popular Mexican restaurant chain that started in a converted school bus years ago announced on Facebook Saturday that it will open a location at 401 S. Howard Ave.

A “coming soon” sign is already hanging on the side of a stand-alone red building that was most recently home to Ribit’s Bar-B-Que,

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Free tenders bonus with PDQ combo meal

Janine DorseyTBO.com

Fans of fresh fried chicken can get more bang for their ‘cluck’ when they visit Tampa Bay area PDQ locations on ‘National Chicken Tenders Day.’

On Monday, July 27, those who purchase any tenders combo meal will get a card for a free order of three tenders, good on a future visit.

The free tenders card is valid from July 28 through Aug. 31.

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Bern’s earns Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, 17 other Tampa restaurants honored

TBO.com staff

Bern’s Steak House has once again earned Wine Spectator’s prestigious Grand Award — one of only 81 restaurants in the world to receive the honor in the magazine’s latest issue.

Grand Award winners generally offer 1,000 or more wines, and feature serious breadth and depth in choices from many of the world’s classic wine-producing regions, excellent harmony with their menu, and superior organization, presentation and wine service, according to Wine Spectator. They also pass a rigorous inspection, the publication said.

A total of 18 restaurants in Tampa were honored with another level of Wine Spectator award for 2015.

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Coffee, clothes & co-work: Blind Tiger Cafe offers space for ‘real conversation’

Published:   |   Updated: July 24, 2015 at 11:19 AM
Brianna KwasnikTBO Seen

The Blind Tiger Cafe, located on E. 7th Ave. in Ybor can easily be missed, if you don’t know about it, or you’re not looking for it. The door is angled on the corner, making it possible for busy locals to pass-it by. It would be a shame, too, to miss out on the delicious pastries and full-bodied coffee offered inside.

Perhaps the best way to describe the space is one part Americana-themed denim apparel shop, one part hip coffee and tea bar, and one part collaborative workspace.

Blind Tiger has been open for just under a year, offering a quiet atmosphere from the routine noise of Ybor.

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“Hecho En Mexico” festival celebrates National Tequila Day

Published:   |   Updated: July 21, 2015 at 03:30 PM
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National Tequila Day may not be until Friday, but why wait to celebrate?

Gaspar’s Grotto is inviting tequila lovers to ring in the holiday a day early. The bar’s “Hecho En Mexico” festival, which translates to “Made in Mexico,” will bring food, premium spirits samples and agave experts to Ybor City on Thursday night.

Guests will enjoy tequila tastings, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a silent auction. There’s also a cocktail competition to determine a “people’s choice” winner.

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How to score a cheap meal on ‘hot dog day’

Janine DorseyTBO.com

This week is National Hot Dog Day and fans of the hand-held treat can celebrate with both cheap and healthy variations on the sandwich.

Evos Feel Good Food is offering their version of hot dogs with a buy-one-get-one free deal all week long.

Through July 24, their homone/antibiotic/nitrate-free naturally raised beef weiners served on an organic bun are available at a discount and can be accompanied with a penny-per-calorie shake, too.

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5 places to celebrate National Ice Cream Month in Tampa Bay

Sophia MirandaTBO Seen

July is a pretty sweet month for many reasons including holidays and summer weather. A great way to beat the heat is with ice cream.

In honor of July being National Ice Cream month, here are a few places to enjoy a cool treat in Tampa Bay.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for these five local ice cream spots.

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The Sip: 7 Tampa notables share their favorite places to imbibe

Published:   |   Updated: July 15, 2015 at 12:42 PM
TBO Seen staff

From swanky speakeasys to cool rooftop bars, Tampa Bay is filled with unique places to enjoy a cocktail. We recently asked a few Tampa locals to share their favorite bars in the area and what they recommend on the menu.

• Brooke Palmer Kuhl, Owner and president of RSBP Events

“A tough question, but honestly, I love the bar at Bern’s. You can’t beat it. My drink of choice is Bourbon or Crown Royal. I also love a French Burgundy. However, if I’m at Bern’s bar, I get a glass of Faust.”

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That’s not Guinness, that’s Ginger Beard Coffee in the Channel District

Christopher SpataTBO.com

It comes from a tap behind a bar, forms a creamy head and gets served in a glass, but the newest drink in the Channel District isn’t a stout beer, it’s a strong, cold coffee.

Ginger Beard Coffee opened this morning inside the Pour House bar in the Grand Central at Kennedy condominium complex. The coffee looks so much like a beer, they’ve been using the hashtag #notguinness to promote Ginger Beard on Twitter.

Named for its red-haired founders Derek Scanlon and Josh Glass, who both sport massive beards, Ginger Beard has four taps at the end of the bar that will be serving up several varieties of its nitro cold-brewed coffee.

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Dress like a cow, score free chicken

Janine DorseyTBO.com

Chick-fil-A’s annual “Cow Appreciation Day” is almost here.

That’s the one day of the year when Chick-fil-A customers can get a free meal just by donning a cow costume.

This year it falls on Tuesday, July 14.

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