Dining and Drinks

Hyde Park Village announces plans for new restaurant ‘On Swann’

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TBO Seen staff

A new restaurant is expected to open in Hyde Park Village this fall.

On Swann is the latest creation from Chris Ponte, the chef of Cafe Ponte and Cordon Bleu, along with John Cooper, the former president of Bonefish Grill, and Trudy Cooper, former senior vice president of Outback.

“On Swann is a community kitchen and bar, locally sourced and seasonal with local character,” the company said in a press release.

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3 drinks for your Gasparilla krewe

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By Olivia Stacey

Tampa’s favorite day to party is quickly approaching. The annual pirate invasion is Saturday morning on Jan. 31 with the parade beginning at 2 p.m.

We stopped by Edison Food + Drink Lab where Ryan Pines concocted three beverages to add some zest to your Gasparilla festivities.

After all, what’s a pirate party without a little rum?

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Yelp users choose Tampa’s best restaurants

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you want to know where to get the best local barbecue, burger or brunch, you’re in luck.

Yelp users have chosen the best food & cuisine in Tampa Bay. The 47 categories cover everything from best hummus to best bathroom.

Restaurants that won multiple categories: Holy Hog Barbecue for best barbecue and mac-n-cheese; Miguel’s Mexican Seafood & Grill for best Mexican, guacamole and queso; and Ulele for best atmosphere, outdoor dining and overall restaurant.

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Help Florida State Fair choose which outrageous burger to serve

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TBO.com staff

One of the great things about going to the fair is sampling all the weird food.

Chocolate-covered bacon. Doughnut burgers. Deep-fried Oreos. Deep-fried Twinkies. Deep-fried anything, really.

Well, the Florida State Fair wants to expand on those dining options, and they’re asking you to choose what’ll be served.

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15 Tampa area restaurants Movoto says you should try

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Steak, barbecue, seafood, sushi. No matter what you’re in the mood to eat, Tampa probably has a restaurant that serves it.

Real estate website Movoto has culled a list of 15 local restaurants “that will blow the taste buds out of your mouth.”

You can check out the restaurants they chose below, and you can read the story to see what they had to say about each one.

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New restaurant Hablo Taco coming to Channelside

Published:   |   Updated: January 14, 2015 at 12:06 PM
BY RICHARD MULLINSTribune staff

The new Hablo Taco restaurant will debut next month, marking the first opening of a restaurant in Channelside Bay Plaza in years.

The restaurant is a joint project between long-time Channelside restaurant operator Guy Revelle and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik who recently gained control of Channelside and also is connected to the project as an investor.

“Hablo Taco will cater to the almost 6,500 persons living in downtown and the Channelside District,” Revelle said. “It will have an organic Tampa vibe that will be a great neighborhood oasis in the middle of downtown.”

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Tampa’s Dough competes with doughnut experts on Food Network

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StaffTBO Seen

Food Network Canada’s Donut Showdown will feature a familiar bakery to Tampa foodies.

Datz’s sister bakery, Dough will compete with top doughnut experts to create the best sweet treat. However, they must also test their creativity by using mystery ingredients chosen by the show.

‘Donut Showdown’ will air locally on the Cooking Channel on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m.

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Columbia, Ulele owner to open Italian-Sicilian restaurant in Ybor City

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By Richard mullinsTribune staff

An authentic Italian-Sicilian restaurant will soon join the Columbia Restaurant Group.

Fresh off launching the Ulele restaurant downtown, and buying the Goody Goody cheeseburger brand, Columbia patriarch Richard Gonzmart is deep into planning for an Italian-Sicilian comfort-food restaurant in a historic Ybor City building.

Through a series of holding companies, Gonzmart has purchased a site for the restaurant in what had long been known as the “Ferlita Macaroni Factory” building at 22nd Street and East 6th Avenue, and he’s tentatively settled on a preliminary name, “Casa Santo Stefano.”

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New Fodder & Shine restaurant offers ‘cracker cuisine’ in Seminole Heights

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BY RICHARD MULLINSTribune staff

There’s little doubt putting “Fried Livers and Gizzards” on the menu gives a restaurant a certain rural ethos, particularly for one that’s no where near the countryside.

And that’s exactly what Greg and Michelle Baker wanted for their new “cracker cuisine” restaurant Fodder & Shine in Seminole Heights. The all-Florida country-themed project is nearly two years in the making and opened to the public last week.

The theme is perhaps best described as Civil War-era Florida frontier food, brought into modern times with refined cooking twists: Rabbit & Cornmeal Dumplings, Smoked Mullet, Cracker Steak and Hardwood Grilled Catfish.

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Annata offers wine and more in St. Petersburg

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by Jane WilliamsTribune correspondent

Mazzaro’s represents family and love, and you feel warmth and welcome when you step into Annata, the family’s newest restaurant.

Annata is the bustling wine bar by Mazzaro’s Italian Market co-owner Kurt Cuccaro. It’s located at 300 Beach Drive NE in St. Petersburg. The space was previously occupied by AnnaStella Cajun Bistro.

In addition to 33 wines by the glass ($7-$18), 90 bottle selections ($8-110), and 14 select craft beers ($5-$6), Annata serves cheese and charcuterie, salads, flatbreads, tapas and desserts.

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