Author: Mary Scourtes Greacen

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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Turn Back Time at Goody Goody in Hyde Park Village

You can’t replace your high school yearbook photo but you can turn back time at Goody Goody. Just the name puts a smile on my face. Owner Richard Gonzmart combines hard-knocks practicality and artistic learning into a beloved time capsule for Tampa tastes. The bright, hipster café sports its original “est. 1925 Famous Hamburgers’’ sign, serves $5 burgers POX (with pickles, onions and barbecue sauce) and you get change from a dollar bill for a cup of Ybor City Naviera coffee. “Food and music take you back to a time when life was wonderful, when people sat at a table talking...

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