Dining and Drinks
Keli SipperleyTribune correspondent
In a dimly lit tavern with skimpy service and no TVs, an occasional laugh rose above the hum of chatter.
Some patrons played board games they’d selected from a shelf on the wall. Others, like my friend Kim and I, talked nonstop because we had a lot of catching up to do.
We’d picked the right spot.
Buddy Brew Coffee is opening a location in Hyde Park Village.
The Tampa craft coffee roaster will open its fourth location by the end of the year, according to a release from the village’s owner WS Development, which is working to revitalize the iconic shopping center.
Buddy Brew will be located on Snow Avenue between Wine Exchange Bistro & Wine Bar and bartaco.
TBO Seen Staff
Busch Gardens thrill-seekers will soon have a new place to eat at the Tampa theme park. What once was the Desert Grill, more recently known as Pantopia Grill, is now Dragon Fire Grill.
The all-new restaurant officially opens on June 1, and will feature cuisine inspired from around the world. Located in Pantopia, Dragon Fire Grill features market-style dining, a wide selection of beverages and brand-new entertainment.
The restaurant will feature Italian, American, Southwestern and Asian cuisines. The menu includes shrimp lo mein, rotisserie chicken, flatbread pizzas, paninis and more. Dragon Fire Grill also adds to its current beer beverage lineup with national and local craft brews and adds a brand-new grab-and-go station featuring Starbucks coffee. Plus, the Dragon Fire Pub offers a selection of premium cocktails and frozen refreshments.
We won’t get a taste in Tampa for a while, but the photos coming out of Ramen Lab in Manhattan are offering a first look at what’s to come.
Ichicoro is expected to open its doors at 5229 N. Florida Ave. in Seminole Heights later this summer as Tampa’s first restaurant specializing in ramen. A preview of its goods at the pop-up shop in New York already has noodle lovers drinking the broth and praising the Latin-inspired flavors.
Ramen Lab is a new “ramen incubator” at Sun Noodle that rotates in guest chefs to test out and refine their ramen dishes at the restaurant. Ichicoro, from New York restaurateur Noel Cruz and head chef Masaru Takaku, became the first Ramen Lab guest earlier this month and will serve its “signature Tampa-style ramens” in the space until opening the permanent restaurant in Tampa.
Just in time for bikini season, once again Krispy Kreme will be celebrating National Doughnut Day.
On Friday, June 5 participating Krispy Kreme locations in the Tampa Bay area will give away a free doughnut of any type to every customer, no purchase necessary.
The offer is valid while supplies last during regular store hours. There is a limit of one free doughnut per person.
By Ashley Reams Mistretta
What’s better than a delicious meal? A sweet treat to cap it off, of course.
While staying on top of current events on social media, we came across a few posts that have us saving room for dessert.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Haagen Dazs Free Cone Day.
The annual ice cream giveaway is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 at two Tampa Bay area locations:
♦ Citrus Park Town Center - 8035 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa,
By Olivia Stacey
Who has the ‘best burger’ in Tampa Bay? Burger Showdown crowned a new champion on Friday night.
The James Joyce Irish Pub is offering a 1/3 lb. version of the burger that won them Best Burger in the Bay on Monday from 5-9 p.m.
The event featured eight different restaurants from across the Tampa Bay area, who faced off in a culinary competition at Curtis Hixon Park. Categories included Best Burger, decided by a panel of celebrity and culinary judges, and the People’s Choice Award voted on by attendees. There were also categories for best Where’s the Beef? (for non-beef burgers), Bring the Heat (for spicy burgers), and Best Use of Bacon.
Who has the best burger in Tampa Bay? Local chefs will fire up their grills to earn beefy bragging rights at the fourth annual Burger Showdown on Friday, May 8.
The event features restaurants from across the Tampa Bay area, who will face off in a culinary competition at Curtis Hixon Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Categories include Best Burger, decided by a panel of celebrity and culinary judges, and the People’s Choice Award voted on by attendees. There are also categories for best Where’s the Beef? (for non-beef burgers), Bring the Heat (for spicy burgers), and Best Use of Bacon.
To help the judges taste test, burger sampling tickets are $15 and drink tickets are $5 on Burger Showdown’s website.
Is your favorite spot for hot macaroni and cheese in the running this year?
The list of competitors throwing down at the Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown on Saturday at Curtis Hixon park has been revealed.
Holy Hog BBQ will try to retain its title as the judge’s favorite with its jalapeno-topped, five-cheese version of the classic comfort food, going up against Anise Global Gastro Bar, The Sail, Cigar City Brewpub, Doormet, Eats! American Grill, James Joyce, Yard of Ale, Sono Cafe, Taps, Yacht Starship, Carmel, the Mariott Waterside, MacDinton’s, Slow and Low BBQ, Four Green Fields, Amalie Arena, WaterWorks Bar & Grill and Fusion Bowl.