Dining and Drinks

Ulele restaurant adds lunch hours, menu

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

There was a lot of buzz about Ulele when it launched with dinner on Aug. 26. Now, the restaurant has also opened for lunch.

Ulele’s new hours are Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

The menu features more sandwiches but includes many of the same sides and appetizers from dinner. Sandwiches range between $9 and $16, and entrees range between $10 and $18.

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Fresh Kitchen offers a new kind of healthy fast food

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Fast food that’s fresh? It seems too good to be true, but a meal doesn’t get much easier, or healthier than a bowl from Fresh Kitchen.

In this video, we take a look inside the new South Tampa restaurant focused on clean eating.

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Tampa earns No. 2 spot in ‘Best Beer Town’ poll

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

The Cigar City stands out when it comes to beer.

Although Tampa didn’t win the title of “Best Beer Town” in the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards contest, promoted by USA Today, we still took second place in the poll right behind Grand Rapids, Mich.

“Second-place winner Tampa may surprise some readers,” a results post states, “but this sunny Florida city has more than 30 breweries and brew pubs, and makes a dynamite place for tasting in the dead of winter.”

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New burger joint opening in SoHo

Published:   |   Updated: October 21, 2014 at 03:46 PM
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Adding to the growing list of new restaurants in Tampa Bay is what some have dubbed a “better burger” joint. BurgerFi is set to open later this month in its first Tampa location at 714 S. Howard Avenue in Post SoHo Square.

BurgerFi focuses on free-range beef with no added chemicals or additives, with options including Kobe beef and gourmet toppings. Hot dogs, dessert, craft beer and wine will also be served.

In a recent article on TBO.com, Shirin Kanji, senior vice president of Impact Restaurant Group, which has the franchise rights for BurgerFi, explained that this isn’t your typical burger place.

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5 new restaurants to check out in Seminole Heights

Published:   |   Updated: October 20, 2014 at 03:49 PM
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New food destinations are popping up across Tampa Bay this fall and winter. One area that will boast a few new additions is Seminole Heights. Here’s a quick rundown of five new restaurants there.

♦ Angry Chair Brewing at 6401 N. Florida Avenue started brewing on Oct. 3, with an official opening planned for early November. This brewery aims to concoct advanced artisanal ales.

According to a TBO.com article, customers will get a say in what is brewed.

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Castile offers a foodie destination on St. Pete Beach

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By Olivia Stacey

The Hotel Zamora, a new Mediterranean-style hotel, is the first boutique hotel to be built on St. Pete Beach in decades.

Castile, the upscale hotel’s restaurant, is located on the second floor and features indoor and outdoor seating with a panoramic view of the intercoastal waterway. The menu boasts contemporary dishes influenced by the culinary cuisine of Spain, Mexico and the Mediterranean. Small plates allow for a variety of sampling and range in price from $11 to $21, while entrees are in the $21 to $35 range.

There’s also a fully-stocked bar with hand-crafted cocktails, including The Hot Mama, which is a favorite of the editors at TBO Seen.

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There’s still time to vote for Tampa as ‘Best Beer Town’

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

The Best Beer Town contest runs through Oct. 13, and you can vote for Tampa once a day.

Local microbreweries and a growing craft beer seen helped Tampa onto the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards contest, promoted by USA Today.

Since September, people have been voting for their favorite cities. Tampa is in the running with Portland, Austin and Philadelphia.

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SideBern’s will re-open as wine bar

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By Olivia Stacey

Tampa will soon have a new wine bar.

SideBern’s, which has been under renovation sine June, is re-opening as Haven.

According to a TBO.com story, the new restaurant will maintain a high-end menu, but with more options. Instead of a fixed six-course meal, the menu will feature smaller items, allowing guests to sample multiple dishes.

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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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