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Our Favorite 5 Martinis + 3 Must-Visit Happy Hours

The martini is a cocktail that has evolved constantly since its inception. Yet, there are still purists who believe that martinis should never deviate from their simple, sophisticated mixes made with gin, dry vermouth, a chilled cocktail glass, and olives or a lemon twist. Even classic martini purists can’t agree on the age-old debate of shaken versus stirred. The not-so-obvious answer is stirred, of course—unlike more complex cocktails, a traditional martini with a few simple ingredients doesn’t need to be shaken. Shaking simply ensures the multitude of ingredients are mixed. In the case of the classic martini, this can...

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The wait is over – Bulla Gastrobar Opens Thursday!

We’ve seen signs touting a new tapas style restaurant in the bottom of The Morrison on S. Howard for a long while now, and the wait is over. Opening Thursday September 28th, Bulla Gastrobar draws on the tradition and excellence of Spain’s best tapas. Bulla (pronounced “boo-ya”) is known for its fun, communal atmosphere, imaginative cocktail program and contemporary takes on shareable Spanish cuisine. We can also confirm that Bulla will offer a rooftop bar—a very exciting addition to Tampa. Hours of operation for Bulla Tampa: Monday – Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:00pm Thursday: 11:30am – 11:00pm Friday: 11:30am – 12:00am Saturday: 11:00am –...

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Q&A: Marlin Kaplan of Pass-a-Grille’s Grace Restaurant

Brand new to Pass-a-Grille Beach, Grace Restaurant opened its doors on June 14th offering modern American cuisine, wine and cocktails accompanied by impeccable service in a haven on the peaceful side of the beach. We love that locals and tourists alike can relax from their everyday demands in an environment that is elegant with out being intimidating. Get up close and personal with co-owner and chef Marlin Kaplan below: LocalsDISH: Tell us a little about you and Grace Restaurant. Marlin Kaplan: I am a co-owner of Grace along with my partner Lisa Masterson. We have been restaurateurs for more than...

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THE MAN BEHIND THE BBQ: Q&A with Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe

Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe knows barbecue. It could be argued that no one knows it better. And take it from us—you do not want to quiz him on its history. If you do, you will get schooled. With partners Suzanne and Roger Perry (owners of Datz, Dough and Roux), Lampe will bring “a new breed of vibrant, dynamic, even progressive, barbecue” to the new Dr. BBQ restaurant. But who is Ray Lampe and how did Dr. BBQ come to be? The Chicago native worked the family trucking business for 25 years before he quit to become a full-time pitmaster....

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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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