Dining and Drinks

5 things you might not know about Ulele restaurant

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Ulele restaurant is opening Aug. 26 in the former Tampa Water Works Building along the Hillsborough River in Tampa Heights.

The restaurant is putting an emphasis on its native-inspired food, which is made from ingredients from Tampa Bay and Florida. The space itself has a two-level dining room, bar and patio, an oyster grill, a beer garden, and a spring-fed pond.

You probably know a little about Ulele from all the media coverage of the restaurant and the adjacent Water Works Park. Here are a few things that might have slipped through the cracks.

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Supper Club at Epicurean is ‘culinary experience’

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The Epicurean Hotel is quickly becoming a destination spot for Tampa Bay-area foodies.

Now, there’s a new way for people to satisfy their cravings for something fresh and exciting, and meet new friends at the same time.

Dave Reynolds has the story of The Supper Club.

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Master the grill with tips from the ‘GrillSmith’ himself

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By Olivia Stacey

GrillSmith is celebrating 10 years and offering special throwback menu items this August. All five of Grillsmith’s Tampa Bay locations will feature an anniversary menu this month which includes:

♦ Chicken Croquettes: Flash–fried chicken smothered with a creamy cheese sauce, topped with seasoned bread crumbs and served with a mild horseradish sauce.

♦ Bacon-wrapped Scallop Delight: Bacon-wrapped scallops grilled to perfection, topped with a shrimp Bienville stuffing and placed over a roasted bacon corn sauce.

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Why WXYZ at Aloft isn’t your typical hotel bar

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Looking to be on the cutting edge of the latest entry into Tampa’s bar scene with unique architecture, awesome sunsets and great drinks?

Then check out the WXYZ Bar in the lobby of the recently opened Aloft hotel.

Dave Reynolds has more on the newest player, which is part of the city’s boutique hotel boom.

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How to get free wings at James Joyce Irish Pub

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

One of the reasons I like James Joyce Irish Pub is because it’s the only bar I know of locally that has offered Woodchuck Pear cider on tap.

(If there are other places in the Tampa area to get this selection, let me know in the comments.)

Although the refreshing pear cider isn’t listed on their updated beer menu, the Ybor City pub has given me another reason to visit. James Joyce claims they have the best boneless wings in town, and they’re willing to let you try them for free through Sept. 4 to prove it.

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5 Tampa restaurants UK’s ‘Express’ says travelers should try

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

There’s more to Tampa than warm weather and theme parks, and that’s exactly the point United Kingdom-based Express, a website for the newspaper “Daily Express,” makes in a recent story.

In “A cool taste of sunny Florida,” travel writer Jonathan Futrell breaks down five Tampa restaurants that have their own unique appeal. They are:

♦ Oxford Exchange (Really Hot Breakfast)

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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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