Author: Mary Scourtes Greacen

The Hall on Franklin Solves Dining Dilemmas Beautifully

The Hall on Franklin’s friendly vibe, sights, sounds, and tastes, brings additional pizazz to the Heights. This one-stop, multi-options, emporium is housed in an 8,000-square-foot, Twenties’ yellow brick building just north of downtown. Whether you go for grab-and-go noshing or a fine-dining sit-down with friends, one server takes care of you in this open-culinary concept. The handful of dining choices solves our dilemma of where to have fun with a group. How many times has it taken a dozen texts to satisfy different requests and taste profiles? Jamal Wilson, 42, says his place offers tried-and-true and hot-and-new breakfast, lunch,...

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Dock-and-Dine: 20 Boat Friendly Restaurants in Tampa Bay

Nothing is more relaxing than escaping the world for time on the high seas. A bikini might not be appropriate for dining back in town, but a cover up is fine for many casual dining spots dotting the bay. After a day of cruising our beautiful waters, many can’t wait to tie up and/or tie one on. We wish you an appetite for adventure at these dock-and-dine eateries. Many of these have docks or a few public slips nearby. You can reach them all without hitting the road. Dunedin Patrons park their boats at one of three floating docks...

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TOP TACOS: 9 of Tampa Bay’s Tastiest

Tacos have come a long way from the crispy sleeves of corn tortillas and spice packs some of us grew up on. Innovative taco finds are prevalent in the Tampa Bay area; Creative turf or surf, globetrotting rubs, terrific toppings, sassy salsas and other garnishes make tacos inexpensive culinary stars. Whether Tex-Mex, Mexican, California or fusion, you find plenty of options from scrappy, casual eateries to well-heeled, fine-dining temples. The only skills needed are nimble fingers and a tolerance for an occasional drip. One for snack, two for lunch, and three make a substantial supper, usually. MEKENITA MEXICAN GRILLE...

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Restaurant Review: YO! Sushi

Chef Jessica Hoy tilts her head and her eyebrows dance. A playful grin shows you she relishes her work. The blue-eyed head chef from Ohio stands out in the male-dominated sushi world. She minces scallions into specks like subatomic particles and preps fish with the skill of a surgeon. Her open kitchen at YO! Sushi serves food fast, not fast food. To duplicate a “kaiten’’ sushi bar, it features a 200-foot conveyor belt that weaves a number of Japanese dinners, drinks, and desserts (like chocolate biscuit Pocky) between tables. Venezuela-born general manager Alex Benitez, who opened the Sarasota location...

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25th Annual Gourmet Feastival to benefit the Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women

How can you enjoy some of the best of the bay’s dining along with a thousand or so new friends? The 25th Anniversary Gourmet Feastival presented by ComDesign Infrastructure Solutions at the A La Carte Event Pavilion (Sept. 15) did just that by bringing clever dishes from acclaimed chefs. Few stayed in their seats as there was too much nibbling and mingling to do as 40 restaurants, caterers, wine and beer purveyors vied for attention. No one had an excuse to leave thirsty or the least bit hungry. “Tonight marks a delicious milestone for The Helen Gordon Davis Centre...

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