Meaghan Habuda, Features Producer

Meaghan Habuda

Features Producer

I’m a Florida native who began covering the Tampa Bay bar and restaurant scene more than five years ago. After graduating from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, I cut my teeth in journalism with local alternative weekly Creative Loafing, where I served as food and drink editor. I joined the Times in March 2019 and will continue to sniff out all sorts of food news — openings and closings, events, chef moves, you name it — while spearheading other print and web duties on the Features team. So, yes, tip me off to all of the scoops, including the ice cream kind.

A guide to Tampa Bay food and drink events this weekend

Kenny Lawson performs in 2016 as Juno Vibrantz during a drag show at Hamburger Mary's in Clearwater. Douglas R. Clifford  |  Times (2016)
Hamburger Mary’s rolls out its new Clearwater digs and drinks, plus Hernando Untapped, Rapp Brewing and Marker 48 Brewing celebrate milestones and Taste of Tarpon.

Where to eat on Thanksgiving in Tampa Bay

Holmes Beach restaurant Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen will serve a three-course, pre-fixe Turkey Day menu. Courtesy of Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club
In search of a holiday spread you don’t have to cook? Here’s your go-to list for Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Dunedin and more.

Top 5: Our newsletter is here to help you plan your weekend

The crowd lining Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa celebrates during this year's Gasparilla parade on Jan. 26. Times
The weekly dispatch of things to do in Tampa Bay is better tailored to your interests.

Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: Cipresso leads new spots at Seminole Hard Rock

Cipresso is the modern Italian-American trattoria that recently opened at Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Seminole Hard Rock Tampa
Aloha to Go, Kobe and Apple Spice also expanded locally, plus St. Petersburg’s Burrito Boarder has closed and a food hall is coming to Sundial.

Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: Park & Rec in Tampa, St. Petersburg bakery Bruno’s

Downtown St. Petersburg's lively social gaming bar Park & Rec has brought its signature Party Pouches and throwback fun to Tampa. Courtesy of Chris Fasick
Mata’s Philippine Cuisine has also launched in Tampa, plus St. Petersburg’s Italy Bottega and Tampa’s Rome + Fig are coming.