FOODIE

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    In celebration of their 10th Anniversary, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will be offering a special curated menu to celebrate from Monday, September 25 – Thursday, [...]

Damn The Weather: Soothing Cocktail Recipes

  If you’ve been paying attention to the weather lately, you’ve probably heard about hurricane Irma. It’s been wreaking havoc on the Caribbean, and now has its evil intentions set on the Florida Keys and Miami, with [...]

A Foodie In Paradise

    Fish To Fork Weekend at The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort By Chad H. Vorbrich   What happens when eight of the most talented chefs from around the country converge upon a luxury beach [...]

7 Tips to Master the Grill This Summer

Mastering the Grill This Summer   (Family Features) Becoming a master of the grill doesn’t have to be complicated. Test out these seven tips for quick marinades, flavorful sauces and marinade hacks to take your summer [...]

10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable

Make Your Outdoor Parties Unforgettable   (Family Features) Entertaining is one thing, but dazzling your guests with an outdoor party sensation is another. Summer can be the best time of year for outdoor parties. From twinkling [...]

The Independents: Locale Market

  Locale Market The locals simply call it LOCALE. The media calls it one of the “Best Food Halls in America.” Restaurant insiders know it as celebrity chef Michael Mina’s “Think Tank.” By whatever name you [...]

The Independents: Cask Social Kitchen

  Cask Social Kitchen From Herb Crusted Hanger Steak to Chicken ‘N Waffles, Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese, creative flatbreads, and unique salads, Cask Social Kitchen is serving up new American fare with a Southern twist on [...]

The Independents: Ocean Hai

  Ocean Hai  Ocean Hai, the signature restaurant of the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, offers the area’s only Asian-fusion cuisine and features local seafood and farm-raised fare, served in a refined, stylish atmosphere. Open for breakfast, [...]

The Independents: Beach Bar at Bay Harbor Hotel

  Welcome to the “Sweet Spot” of dining experiences.  The high quality beach fare, polished service and relaxed atmosphere offers incredible value and a versatile dining experience, great for family outings or intimate date nights. The [...]

The Independents: Anise Global Gastrobar

  Anise Global Gastrobar     Anise Global Gastrobar, downtown Tampa’s glowing jewel, celebrates 4 years of growth and accolades. While the award-winning bar program continues to remain on top, the culinary team spreads their wings by [...]

The Independents: Birch & Vine

  Birch & Vine at The Birchwood   There has been a lot of activity at Birch & Vine lately! Chef Luke Decker’s all NEW brunch, lunch & dinner menus feature locally sourced meats, fish and vegetables [...]

The Independents: Roux

  Break The Rouxles Roux’s signature cuisine has become the darling of regional food aficionados, and for good reason. The highly approachable menu blends comfortable, new Southern classics with the iconic Fresh Creole and Cajun dishes [...]

Delectable Cuisine On The Green

  Packard’s Steakhouse At Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club By Patricia A. Vorbrich Named after the designer of Innisbrook’s four golf courses, Larry Packard, Packard’s Steakhouse brings dining elegance to the Golf & Country Club, overlooking the [...]

A Spring-Inspired Easter Brunch

    (Family Features)  Spring is blooming on your Easter table. From yellow chick cupcakes to blueberry French-toast casseroles, there are plenty of ways to wow your brunch guests with simple seasonal recipes. “Between hiding eggs [...]

Sláinte! Raise A Glass To St. Patrick.

On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day can tempt infrequent drinkers to get out and enjoy the festivities. Whether you plan on donning a green outfit and meeting friends out at your favorite Irish pub, or plan [...]

Chef Luke Decker: Passionate, Creative and Intense.

  The Birchwood’s New Executive Chef, Luke Decker By Ronda M. Parag   There are many new and exciting things cooking up in the kitchen at The Birchwood. First, is the announcement of their new Executive [...]

Love Is In The Air

Celebrate love with a few special happenings in Tampa Bay for Valentine’s Day 2017. METRO’s found some great happenings (vow renewal anyone?) and restaurants that will create a romantic experience to celebrate in the most romantic [...]

Delicious Lamb Recipes

  The Many Loves of American Lamb       (Family Features) Romeo and Juliet. Antony and Cleopatra. Lamb and Potatoes (or Mint or Feta). The list of American lamb’s great loves goes on and on. [...]

The Zombie Pirate: The Perfect Grog For Ye Maties!

The pirates are setting upon Tampa Bay and it’s time for the locals to prepare for the annual invasion in typical fashion — throw a party!  METRO has a great Rum recipe for such an occasion.       [...]

Creating A Culinary Destination

POSTO 9 owners, Grace and Marco Franca   POSTO 9 A Brazilian Gastropub   In the past year, the foodie scene in downtown Lakeland has grown and now is going to explode with a new Brazilian [...]

5 Festive Cocktail Recipes

  Cheers! This holiday season is the perfect time to gather around and make memories. Whether you’re getting together with family or throwing a party with friends, the festivities are sure to be merry and bright. [...]

Best of Metro 2017: Dining & Spirits

The Best of Metro Tampa Bay. the bay’s best Tampa Bay Dining & Spirits   IL Ritorno Best Contemporary Italian Cuisine Chef-Owner David Benstock and his wife, Erica have created a gem of a dining experience [...]

Getaway: Wine Country Extraordinaire

  Paso Robles Wine Country | By Patricia A. Vorbrich Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California’s famed Central Coast, Paso Robles is a place where wine critics become wine lovers and where [...]

Foodie: Not Just Another Gastro Pub

SoHo Backyard’s Bar   SoHo Backyard In South Tampa Continues To Shine   The SoHo Backyard, located at 610 S. Armenia, was named South Tampa’s “BEST PUB WITH A PALATE” after it opened three years ago. Today, the [...]

It’s A Sweet, Sweet Life

  Meet Stephan Schubert, Executive Pastry Chef at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino By Ronda M. Parag   Overseeing all the pastries and delightful treats at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa [...]

Grape Ideas For Heart-Healthy Meals

  Reach for grapes as a heart-healthy snack and an inventive ingredient   (Family Features) Grapes make the perfect snack: they are delicious, with a juicy burst of flavor, and are hydrating, easy to eat and [...]

Where Everything That Happens Around The Table Is Considered Sacred

  North Tampa’s Sacred Pepper. Worshiping food, flavors, people and style. By Patricia A. Vorbrich     Upscale dining in North Tampa has been long overdue, enter Candy DeBartolo and interior designer, Enrique Crespo, Crespo Design [...]

Gettin’ Tiki With It

  Summer Drink Recipes The Mixologists at Datz in Tampa have created a few summer cocktails and shared the most popular Tiki cocktail concoctions with METRO. It’s Tiki time!       Endless Summer Ingredients: 1 [...]

Foodie: Pushing Culinary Boundaries

  The Mill in St. Pete By Ronda M. Parag   The dining scene in downtown St. Petersburg is exploding and the timing is right for the culinary movement. “With the addition of great new restaurants, [...]

The Noodle Craze

  Ichicoro Ramen By Ronda M. Parag   We all remember the ramen noodles that we ate in college for about 25 cents a pack; those noodles offered a great value and filled the hungry belly [...]

National Mojito Day Cocktails

  National Mojito Day is Monday, July 11 and what better way to beat the summer heat than sipping on a deliciously cold cocktail! This year, go beyond the standard muddled mint mojito and celebrate with the Cruzan Mango Mojito and [...]

Must Try: Cheese and Charcuterie at The Mill

  Living on Meats & Cheeses   Cheese and charcuterie can be a meal in itself and the options at The Mill are quite unique. “We wanted to do cheese and charcuterie a little bit different,” [...]

Behind the Bar with Dean Hurst: All About the Spirits

  Metro Shares a Bar Chat with Dean Hurst. By Ronda M. Parag   Dean Hurst has a deep appreciation for the bartenders skill set, while creating a niche within the industry as a Spirits Specialist. [...]

METRO PIX: Bern’s Winefest VIP Party & Grand Tasting

  Sunday, April 17 The Grandeur of Bern’s Winefest No.19 Culminated with a VIP Party & Grand Tasting   Bern’s Winefest Grand Tasting kicked off early with an exclusive VIP Party, patrons enjoyed the grandeur and [...]

Metro’s Top 5 Cinco de Mayo Drink Recipes

While many of our readers like drinking tequila all year round, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to mix up a round of Classic Margaritas with other non-traditional, south-of-the-border-inspired cocktails. So celebrate Cinco de Mayo [...]

What To Do: Got To WaZoo

The 21st Annual WaZoo BeerFest This all-inclusive tasting event at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo features samples of 250 beers from 70 breweries, a variety of savory pub fare, live entertainment and free daytime admission to come [...]

Bern’s Steak House Wins James Beard Award

Photos courtesy of Bern’s Steak House: Eric Renaud, Senior Sommelier and Bern’s Owner, David Laxer   A perfect way to kick start the 60 year anniversary celebration of Bern’s Steak House is the James Beard Award [...]

Must Try: The Wood-Fired Salsiccia Pizze

Ava’s Salsiccia Pizze Enjoy this wood-fired pizza as a main dish or share as a delicious appetizer; The “Salsiccia” is topped with Italian fennel sausage, San Marzano tomatoes, and Ricotta cheese. Salsiccia Pizze | 17   [...]

Celebrated Chef Marc Murphy Opens Grey Salt

  Celebrity Chef Melds Rustic Farmhouse with Modern Casino Glitz Get a taste of the Big Apple in Tampa with the new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant by celebrity chef, Marc Murphy. Inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & [...]

Easter Egg Dyeing Guide

    (Family Features) Dye your Easter eggs in custom colors you won’t find in a kit with these unique food color combinations to bring seasonal hues to your Easter basket and dinner decor. For more [...]

Make Your Ham Brunch Shine This Spring

  (Family Features) It’s time to shed those winter layers and enjoy the warmth and brightness of the spring season. And what’s the best way to do this, you might ask? Why not give your spring [...]

Tampa Bay, Raise A Green Glass To St. Patrick!

On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day can tempt infrequent drinkers to get out and enjoy the festivities. Whether you plan on donning a green outfit and meeting friends out at your favorite Irish pub, or plan [...]

Celebrate National Margarita Day

  It’s Monday and a great way to kickoff the week and celebrate National Margarita Day is with The Resting Garden Margarita created by Tampa mixologist, Ryan Brown.   Bartender: Ryan Brown Market: Tampa, Florida Bar Name: Anise [...]

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen in Tampa

Seeking Fresh Comfort Food In A Modern Social Setting?     Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen to the Rescue.   A chic and contemporary interior invites guests inside at the new Doc B’s located on Bay Street [...]

Aye … Party Like A Pirate!

 Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum! The pirates are setting upon Tampa Bay and it’s time for the locals to prepare for the annual invasion in typical fashion — throw a party (or two…)!  [...]

FarmTable Kitchen

Casual Meets Gourmet   Located on the second floor of St. Petersburg’s Sundial, and above Chef Michael Mina’s LOCALE Market, FarmTable Kitchen is a new American restaurant featuring farm-to-table cuisine that focuses on fresh, seasonal, regionally [...]

Holiday Drink Recipes

  A signature cocktail is a must at any holiday get-together. Tampa Bay Metro has discovered some tasty holiday cocktails, sure to warm the cockles this season.       Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Frappe   2 oz. [...]

Sensational Sides for the Holidays

  Top Chefs Dish Out Some Holiday Tips     The holiday season often comes with a calendar full of festive celebrations and get-togethers. Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner or attending as a guest [...]

Sip and Savor

  Annata Wine Bar By Ronda M. Parag     Tucked into a small and intimate space on Beach Drive is a gem of a wine bar that offers chic indoor or alfresco seating. Now that [...]

Great Wines For The Holiday Season

  Go Richer, Fuller & Bolder   With the holidays here, it is now time for wine lovers to focus on celebrating with a special wine. As the cooler weather arrives, so does the opportunity to [...]

Sweet Halloween Cocktails

  Tampa Bay Metro has pulled together some tasty “adult” drink recipes just in time for the Halloween weekend. Cheers!   The Bloody Brain Shooter INGREDIENTS 1 1/4 oz. vodka (try flavored vodka for a twist) [...]

Tampa Chef Performs In The Big Apple

Chef Jeannie Pierola recently performed at the famed James Beard House   This month, Chef Jeannie Pierola and her team at edison: food + drink lab, headed to New York City to delight diners and guests [...]

Chef Inspires Passion

The new executive chef at Rococo Steak, Matthew Rainey   Chef Matt from Rococo Steak Inspires Passion Rococo Steak is starting a new “Fresh Menu,” with special offerings created by Chef Matt to be enjoyed for [...]

PROST! HOFBRÄUHAUS ST. PETERSBURG OPENS

  Sampling of the delicious sausages, pretzel with three mustards, german potato salad and sauerkraut at Hofbräuhaus St. Petersburg   As temperatures cool just slightly, there is a new reason to celebrate in downtown St. Petersburg. [...]

Must Try: The Rococo Steak Bacon Flight

The Rococo Steak Bacon Flight Appetizer Three Styles of American Bacon, Grilled Rustic Bread, Maple Syrup. Bacon Flight | 11   Rococo Steak  |  655 2nd Ave. S  |  St. Petersburg Fl, 33701 www.rococosteak.com     [...]

Must Try: The Fabled Rococo Burger

What Makes This Award-Winning Behemoth So Good? The steak burger is blended house-ground NY Strip in a 70/30 meat to fat ratio which matches the 70/30 brioche bun. The mammoth 8oz. burger and brioche bun are wood-grilled [...]

Stillwaters Tavern

Modern Tavern Hits Beach Drive The white subway tiles and hanging Edison bulb lighting create a modern and inviting feel to the latest addition to the dining scene in St. Petersburg. The tufted, high backed booths [...]

Cheers to an Endless Summer

6 Endless Summer Cocktail Recipes There’s nothing quite like enjoying the beautiful summer sun in Tampa Bay with loved ones and a great cocktail… Beach House Cosmo Ingredients 2 cups Pinnacle® Vodka 1/2 cup DeKuyper® Triple [...]

Savory Starters on the Grill

Grilled Cedar Planked Goat Cheese with Apricot Preserves   (Family Features) When most people think of the rich, smoky flavor of barbecue on the grill, they’re thinking of a slab of meaty ribs or a plump, [...]