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  1. Dining Planner: New 'St. Pete-themed' restaurant; tis the season for wine, chocolate, more

    Food & Dining

    'Tis the season: Calorie crush

    We're into the holiday season, big time. You're going to have to work deep this week. First up is Bella Vino's annual Tiny Bubbles and Big Reds event at 5:30 p.m. Friday. They're pulling out all the corks at the Belleair Country Club, with more than 100 wines, from …

  2. Restaurant review: Vuelo Mexican Grill brings fresh Mexican fare to New Tampa, but is it worth the cost?

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    With just a few weeks left in 2016, thoughts naturally turn to making sense of the year we've just enjoyed or endured, depending on perspective. One thing that is clear looking at my list of restaurant reviews: It was a year of celebrating the taco.

  3. Dining Planner: Frogman Feast and private dining spaces to book your holiday party

    Food & Dining

    DINING FOR A CAUSE: FROGMEN

    Local mediator Ken Bowen has masterminded a charity celebrity chef event on Sunday at the new 10,000-square-foot warehouse behind 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg. Coming together to raise money for U.S. Navy SEALs and their Gold Star families when they don't make …

  4. Iberian Rooster brings Portuguese street food to downtown St. Petersburg starting Friday

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — For Russell Andrade, life is like a work of art.

  5. Dining Planner: Coney Island turns 90 and FarmTable hosts Friendsgiving

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    Happy Birthday: Alpha Dog

    Since 1926. That's a long time to be the top dog, but Coney Island Sandwich Shop is a local landmark and the oldest restaurant in St. Petersburg. Its Michigan-style chili dog continues to be the coin of the realm, especially when eaten atop a vinyl stool at the counter …

  6. Review: Santa Fe Mexican Grill a growing empire of heaping Tex-Mex

    Food & Dining

    LARGO

    It's a homecoming of sorts for Estanislao "Lao" Roman. He and his family lived in Clearwater 25 years ago but have spent the last 18 years running the Santa Fe Mexican Grill in Greenwood, S.C. In January, he left his son David and daughter-in-law Sandra in charge of things up north while he opened a second …

  7. Dining Planner: Mega Challah Bake and Food Network stars heat up the week

    Food & Dining

    Holla: It's challah!

    Think 600 pounds of flour, 400 eggs and 1 million sesame seeds. Plus mixing bowls, spoons, aprons and a whole lot of pairs of hands. It's the second annual Mega Challah Bake in St. Petersburg Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Club at Treasure Island. With the singular goal of making …

  8. Tampa Coffee Club subscription service aims to get local roasters' creations into more mugs

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    It was an epiphany. One triggered by an intense pour-over of Ethiopian sidamo, with its deep winey-chocolatiness and citrusy bright acidity. I sat with Leon and Roseanne McIntosh on bar stools in the front window of the thronged South Tampa Buddy Brew and talked about their year-old venture, Tampa Coffee …

  9. Ford's Garage restaurant to replace Rowdies Den in downtown St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    Ford's Garage is expanding into downtown St. Petersburg.

  10. Review: At Portillo's, dogs are Chicago and the curse is lifted

    Food & Dining

    BRANDON

    On Thursday, both Tampa Bay Portillo's locations were thronged with Zobrist jerseys and other Cubs-obilia with a side order of non sequitur Blackhawks garb. The 71-year Curse of the Billy Goat had been broken, the Chicago Cubs had won the World Series, and restaurant general manager Jeremy Sasso was so …

  11. Dining Planner: This weekend is all about beer and seafood

    Food & Dining

    Dynamic Duo: Sea and suds

    This week is about two things, so pay attention: Beer. And. Seafood.

    BEER NIGHT ST. PETE

  12. Food for thought: Deputy mayor launches next Healthy St. Pete dine-around

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin wants to take you to dinner.

  13. Restaurant review: French cafe Flying With Jerome soars at breakfast, lunchtime

    Food & Dining

    CLEARWATER

    On Thursday, Jérome Dulas' little French cafe turns 1. About a dozen Times readers have written in to say Flying With Jerome is worth a review: amazing French toast, classic French croissants and pastries, french fries done the right way (blanched, fried at a lower temperature, then quickly …

  14. As Tampa Bay restaurants shift focus to burgers and biscuits, fine dining dwindles

    Food & Dining

    For the past 18 months, industry analysts have been predicting a national restaurant recession, something that historically presages worse economic news. Restaurants, they say, are the economy's canaries in the coal mine.

  15. Dining Planner: Some haunted places to eat around Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    GHOST BOASTING: HAUNTED TAMPA BAY EATERIES