Author: localsdish

In the Kitchen: Bel Mar Queso Burger

If you’re in the mood for great homemade tavern fare with award-winning burgers and mouthwatering chicken wings, look no further. South Tampa has you covered with Soho Saloon, Bel Mar Saloon and Bel Mar Tavern—each offering a casual, let-your-hair-down atmosphere while satisfying those comfort food cravings. First to open was Soho Saloon in 2012 (the location completed a massive renovation last fall). Fueled by popular demand, they expanded their local footprint by adding Bel Mar Saloon in February 2016 and Bel Mar Tavern in September 2016. Expect to see a fourth location open up by the end of 2017...

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THE OX RESTAURANT OPENS IN SEMINOLE HEIGHTS UNDER NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF ZACH WEST

Formally known as Ox and Fields, The Ox is the latest hot-spot restaurant to arrive into the foodie mecca of Seminole Heights and is under the direction of Executive Chef Zach West. Chef Zach’s menu focuses on using fresh ingredients in slow-crafted, flavorful dishes. The menu is reminiscent of “down home cooking” with a creative Rustic Americana twist and a pouring of Southern hospitality. One taste of their crispy cheddar dumplings with zucchini pesto and sweet onion bacon marmalade will leave you with dumpling dreams for days. Using slow food techniques, Chef West and his staff give each dish...

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THE ORCHARD at 3 Daughters Brewing

Listen up cider lovers! 3 Daughters is opening a new cider bar called “The Orchard.” The dedicated bar with an 8-tap system features a selection of eight different draught ciders. 3 Daughters Cider has over 20 different recipes to complement their two ciders: Original and Key Lime (the two core ciders will be released in 12-ounce cans in August). To celebrate the launch of The Orchard, the following ciders will be pouring on tap: Original Key Lime Dry Cider Hoppy Cider (Summit hops) Morello Cherry Spicy Cinnamon Apple Tropical Fruit Sweet Tea Cider. The Orchard will be open Fridays,...

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Eat Rich Play Dirty

A delectable experience that will ignite all of your senses through art, food and drink! Delicious and decadent tasting stations by all of your favorite local restaurants, live music and hands-on creative fun! All proceeds support the Morean Arts Center’s education and exhibition programming, celebrating 100 years of art and community in St. Petersburg this year! When: Saturday, September 9, 7:00-10:00pm Where: Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd Street South Cost: $100/person Tickets:...

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Q&A: Executive Chef Nicolas Lebas, Castile Restaurant

Rooftop Photos courtesy of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. Food Photos Courtesy of Castile Restaurant. FROM THE MOMENT WE ARRIVED AT CASTILE RESTAURANT in the Kimpton Hotel Zamora to interview Chef Nicolas, we felt its Mediterranean influences. Located on the Intracoastal waterway in St. Pete Beach across the street from the ocean, you feel like you’re on vacation. Our first stop was the beautiful balcony overlooking the water where a manatee had just been spotted. Castile offers comfortable outdoor seating as well as a separate rooftop bar (called 360º Rooftop) allowing you to take advantage of Florida’s beautiful year-round weather....

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