Restaurants & Food

The Take Out Butler’s Take: EATS! American Grill

My service therapy dog Ruby and I were equally thrilled to hear about a unique “Yappy-Hour” sponsored by the amazing locally based volunteer organization Paws for Friendship (www.pawsforfriendshipinc.org.)  Ruby is always up for some “people food,” and I had a canine-like “Pavlovian” response to a hot new venue at the Winthrop Town Center. I had(…)

Publix Nutrition, Strategies For Happiness Class Open For Registration

Publix Nutrition, Strategies For Happiness Class Open For Registration

  Staff Report Join Publix Dietitian Nutritionist, Jamie Stolarz, MS, RDN, LDN, and local Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Rachel Moskowitz, MS, LMHC, in a free class that will focus on strategies to achieve happiness and reduce stress. The classes will discuss how different foods can affect mood, as well as the benefits of a healthy(…)

Travels, Tales & Tours: Florida Cane Vodka

Travels, Tales & Tours: Florida Cane Vodka

  By Nicole Heubusch & Nicole Schoen After living in Florida for most of our lives, we discovered that we really haven’t seen all that our area has to offer. Armed with different Groupons and Living Social certificates, we’ve decided to visit as many different local places we can. We hope that some of the(…)

Wayback Burgers Celebrates One Year In FishHawk

Wayback Burgers Celebrates One Year In FishHawk

  By Bonnie Mentel Wayback Burgers has been serving the FishHawk community the past year with fresh burgers, chicken sandwiches and hand spun milkshakes. “We’re going to be having our one year anniversary on Thursday, August 14. We’ll be having food specials throughout the day, giving away promotional items and making it a fun one-year(…)

Sumatra Bistro Reopens After Renovations With New Head Chef, Menu Options

Sumatra Bistro Reopens After Renovations With New Head Chef, Menu Options

By Heather Wilkins Sumatra Bistro, recently reopened after being closed for renovations, is a local café that offers fresh and healthy food choices for customers, with dine-in options and a pet-friendly patio. Located at 1602 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, the cafe has continued to be a hot spot for healthy, active people who live in(…)

Couple Celebrates 50 Years Of Marriage At Village Inn

Couple Celebrates 50 Years Of Marriage At Village Inn

  By Alexandra Booth What keeps a marriage together for 50 years? For one area couple, their long-lasting matrimony can be credited, at least in part, to Village Inn Pie. Bloomingdale residents Chuck and Marcia Hoening tied the knot on June 27, 1964. The couple met while Chuck was stationed at Lincoln Air Force Base(…)

Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival To Feature Over 40 Vendors, Fundraise For Non-Profits

Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival To Feature Over 40 Vendors, Fundraise For Non-Profits

  By Kathy L. Collins The annual Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival will be held on Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts located at 1010 N. MacInnes Pl. in downtown Tampa. Proceeds from the event benefit the Brandon Foundation and the local(…)

Wawa Celebrates Opening Of Valrico Store

Wawa Celebrates Opening Of Valrico Store

Wawa representatives joined by local officials and members of the community gathered this month for the grand opening of its new long-awaited Valrico store. Wawa’s fanfare-filled opening celebration included a much-anticipated charitable hoagie building competition between representatives from the United Service Organization (USO) Tampa Bay, a check presentation to the USO, and free coffee for(…)

EATS! American Grill Joins Line Up Of New Restaurants In Winthrop Plaza

EATS! American Grill Joins Line Up Of New Restaurants In Winthrop Plaza

  By Nicole Heubusch The second location of EATS! American Grill has opened in the Winthrop Plaza where Green Iguana used to be.  It is the newest restaurant to open up in the plaza, making it a premier destination in the area for local dining. It joins Ciccio Cali, The Egg & I, Cappy’s Pizza,(…)

Catch Twenty-Three At Park Square Adds Seafood Fare To FishHawk Area

Catch Twenty-Three At Park Square Adds Seafood Fare To FishHawk Area

  By Michelle Caceres Seafood lovers are rejoicing that a quality seafood restaurant has landed in Park Square. Catch Twenty-Three, located at 16132 Churchview Dr., the brainchild of owner Rob Wickner, is a stylish seafood restaurant with dishes inspired by flavorful Latin and Caribbean influences served up in a casual, upscale setting. The extensive menu(…)