Thursday, July 19, 2018


Laura Reiley, Times food critic

Laura Reiley, Times food critic

Laura Reiley is the Tampa Bay Times' restaurant critic and a former critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Baltimore Sun. She is the author of four books in the Moon Handbook series: Florida Gulf Coast; Walt Disney World and Orlando; Tampa and St. Petersburg; and the Paradise Coast. She has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. In 2017 she was a Pulitzer and James Beard finalist and won the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism.

The Chicago style hotdog includes mustard, relish, celery salt, freshly chopped onions, tomatoes, kosher pickle and sport peppers on a poppy seed bun, photographed on Thursday November 3, 2016 at Portillo\u2019s in Brandon. The Brandon restaurant is the first location in Florida for the chain that originated in Chicago.

Where to get a good hot dog in Tampa Bay for National Hot Dog Day

Monday, July 23, is National Hot Dog Day. I donít know precisely why, but I think some major lobbying from the sausage board was involved. Itís baseball season, itís barbecue season, itís I-donít-feel-like-cooking season. Those are plenty of reasons.
Published: 07/18/18
EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
Consider sharing a few rolls at Happy Salmon in Safety Harbor, from the Jessica roll, above, to the shrimp crunch.

Where to eat and drink around Safety Harbor: Gigglewaters bar, Parts of Paris, Sno Beach and more

Not that many years ago, downtown Safety Harbor was a little lean on places to eat. Green Springs Bistro had been an anchor, Whistle Stop and Celloís Char House, too. But no one would have called it a dining destination. It was too bad: The city of...
Published: 07/18/18
The Grain & Berry bowl (left), features acai berry as a base, granola, banana, strawberries, blueberries and is topped with peanut butter, Nutella and coconut flakes. 
Grain and Berry in Palm Harbor specializes in healthy bowls with bases like acai berries and pitaya, otherwise known as dragon fruit, topped with other fruit and toppings. July 10, 2018. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times

Bowled over: From acai to poke, the top 10 bowls in Tampa Bay

Why, exactly, are bowls the new plates?The Wall Street Journal declared it so. Tableware companies like Fiesta have reported serious double-digit growth in the sale of bowls ó salad bowls, cereal bowls, you name it. Fast-food...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Friday is National French Fry Day. Find (free!) fries in Tampa Bay.

Guess what Friday is? Itís National Fry Day (#FRYdayThe13th, see what they did there?). Fun fact: Their origin story may not lie in France but in Belgium. So why do we credit France? Thomas Jefferson is said to have introduced deep-fried potatoes at a...
Published: 07/11/18
Here's what we learned about buying and cooking beef after spending time with Niman Ranch

Here's what we learned about buying and cooking beef after spending time with Niman Ranch

We started off our education at a Niman Ranch family ranch, where the Edelman family raises Angus beef, birth to finish, in the Flint Hills of Sabetha.
Published: 07/09/18
Debbie Waldecker has just opened the Donut Experiment at 19705 A Gulf Blvd. in Indian Shores. Photo via the Donut Experiment.

Restaurant openings: The Donut Experiment, Oak and Stone, new offerings at Disney Springs

NOW OPEN: DONUT EXPERIMENTDebbie Waldecker has just opened the Donut Experiment in Indian Shores. Things start with a fresh-made, warm cake doughnut and then you pick from a huge selection of icings and toppings. Yours...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/06/18
The Getaway in the Skyway Marina District of South St. Petersburg, is a restaurant and bar with a tropical ambiance. The large, open space features indoor and outdoor seating, several bars, open views of the marina, and even a space to dig toes in the sand. June 28, 2018.

Getaway's new location in St. Pete is a hidden waterside oasis

Have you been?
Updated one month ago
New restaurants: Taco spots in Tampa, a World Cup St. Pete pop-up

New restaurants: Taco spots in Tampa, a World Cup St. Pete pop-up

Updated one month ago
Whoopi Goldberg brought chocolates to Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on The Tonight Show last week from William Dean Chocolates in Belleair Bluffs. Photo courtesy of William Dean.

Whoopi Goldberg brings Tampa Bay William Dean chocolates to the Tonight Show

Whoopi Goldberg walked on set last week and offered the Roots a chocolate first. Then, Jimmy Fallon. Wearing a vest her granddaughter painted and a chunky pair of Doc Martens, she sat in the guest chair and opened the large, wooden lacquered box.
Updated one month ago
Passersby examine the menu at the Red Hen Restaurant Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Lexington, Va. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday in a tweet that she was booted from the Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump. Sanders said she was told by the owner of The Red Hen that she had to

The Red Hen kicked out Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Would Tampa Bay restaurant owners do the same?

The Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Va. probably never predicted the President would weigh in on the state of their paint job and canopies. Co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson probably never imagined herself at the center of a social media kerfuffle, or...
Updated one month ago