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

Rick's on the River has called West Tampa home for 25 years. Luis Santana  |  Tampa Bay Times (2009)
Rick’s on the River celebrates 25 years in Tampa, Oktoberfest, wine tastings and Taste of Laura Street in Plant City.

CellarMasters wine bar and bottle shop coming to St. Petersburg’s EDGE District

Neighbors with Cafe Ten-O-One, CellarMasters Wine Bar & Bottle Shop aims to debut before Thanksgiving. Meaghan Habuda  |  Tampa Bay Times
Appetizers and small plates are planned alongside wines by the glass and bottle.

Strandhill Public in Brandon shakes up the traditional Irish pub genre

The fun, witty menu at Brandon's Strandhill Public features a six-minute egg wrapped in ground Irish pork. The whole thing is panko-fried, then served with pickled red peppers and spicy hollandaise. Courtesy of Rory Martin
The modern bar and restaurant doesn’t feature any harps or shamrocks, but it does embrace present-day Ireland without losing sight of the past.

Hot chicken chain Joella’s introduces Largo to its signature menu item this week

On Friday, Joella's Hot Chicken will debut the Southern menu its known for in Largo. Joella's Hot Chicken
Best part? There’s a drive-through.

Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: Your Pie brings custom pizza to Brandon, Globe Restaurant does diner fare in Largo

Opened in Brandon last week, Your Pie's signature 10-inch rounds are baked in a brick oven in less than four minutes. Your Pie
Plus, Gyro City in Kenneth City, St. Petersburg wine cocktail lounge Copa and Whiskey Joe’s in Ellenton.