Author: Kristie Gutierrez

Beyond Bar Food: 7 Tampa Bay Restaurants Reinvent the Classics

Competing for diners’ attention, Tampa Bay area restaurants are taking traditional bar food classics like cheeseburgers and chicken wings to an impressive new level. Locals and tourists alike no longer have to settle for standard-issue burger patties and French fries. Instead, chefs are delighting patrons with inventive dishes like orange braised duck tacos, alligator hush puppies & lobster mac n cheese. So grab a seat (and a beer) at one of these local spots for the best bar food in town! DATZ, Tampa Perhaps the most universally known bar food of all is the humble potato and at this South Tampa institution you can enjoy...

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No Kid Hungry Dinner Hosted by Chef Marc Murphy

This past Wednesday evening (while most of Florida was anxiously tracking Hurricane Matthew) my husband and I found ourselves at Grey Salt–the upscale Mediterranean-inspired restaurant at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. Grey Salt has been on my personal restaurant bucket list for quite some time, but as any honest South Tampa resident will agree–its just so. far. away. Well neighbors, I’m here to tell you it’s NOT that far and it’s ABSOLUTELY worth the drive. Whether you live in North Tampa, South Tampa, Westchase, Brandon or somewhere in between – plan a date, hop in the...

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Restaurant Review: O Cocina & Flights

“There’s a third space—not home and not work— but a place where you can refill. Relax. Recharge. This is O, a place to meet, connect and unwind.” This quote greets you prominently when visiting O’s website and summarizes in a few short words what the management team has delivered to the underserved Palma Ceia West neighborhood. As the revitalization of Henderson Blvd continues, O stands out with jaw dropping decor and attention to detail. Upon entering, the 3D succulent wall behind (and above!) the bar immediately takes your breath away. If for no other reason (of which there are many), stop by...

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