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PAO Cafe Filipino restaurant opens in Tampa

August 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
PAO Cafe Filipino restaurant opens in Tampa

My adventure with Filipino food in Tampa started off with PhilFest and then the PAO Truck Filipino food truck. Now the PAO Cafe Filipino restaurant is open in Carrollwood at 14837 N Florida Avenue, brought by the same people who opened Tampa’s first source for Philippine cuisine. Starting off with a menu from the PAO [...]

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Koizi Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery now open in Brandon

August 10, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Koizi Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery now open in Brandon

Koizi Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery is now open in Brandon replacing Oyishi Japanese Buffet. The concept which allows endless sushi, hibachi, and Asian food made-to-order for around $10 for lunch and around $20 for dinner has been a smash hit in New Tampa. This location should be able to accommodate large crowds in Brandon [...]

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Pita’s Republic USF – Fresh and affordable Mediterranean fare

July 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Pita’s Republic USF – Fresh and affordable Mediterranean fare

I tried Pita’s Republic near the University of South Florida Tampa campus for the first time last week during their Meatless Monday promotion. During Meatless Mondays, Pita’s Republic sells veggie pitas for $3.99 each. I upgraded and made it a meal with a side potato salad and drink and my order came to less than [...]

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Southern Seafood Westshore packs fresh local fish for diners

July 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Southern Seafood Westshore packs fresh local fish for diners

I was invited to check out Southern Seafood for a complimentary lunch tasting recently. Southern Seafood is a seafood market in Westshore that also serves lunch and dinner with a number of items. I first heard about the market when I visited Pete’s Place in February of this year and met the owner Pete who [...]

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Where Would Anthony Bourdain Eat in Tampa?

July 9, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
Where Would Anthony Bourdain Eat in Tampa?

There was a rumor last week that Anthony Bourdain was in Tampa Bay. Bourdain denied this rumors, but it got ABC Action News program, The List, thinking…where would Anthony Bourdain eat if he came to Tampa? They reached out to me for an interview and shot a segment for their news program “TAMPA BAY: Bourdain [...]

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Dining: Hard Rock Cafe Tampa

June 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dining: Hard Rock Cafe Tampa

The Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa is a fortress of restaurants. From the Council Oak Steakhouse to the Jubao Noodle Bar, there is a wide-variety of restaurants to choose from and almost anyone can find something they like. The Seminole Hard Rock Cafe is a great place to go for a meal, drinks, and [...]

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Dining: Michael’s On East (Sarasota)

June 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dining: Michael’s On East (Sarasota)

During the Savor Sarasota preview I realized just how little I know about the dining scene in Sarasota. Clearly there are some great projects underway and several places I have never heard of in Sarasota. One of those places is Michael’s On East, located near Downtown Sarasota. Normally my family/friends and I will drive into [...]

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New York’s Kung Fu Tea Franchise Expands Into Florida with USF Location

April 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
New York’s Kung Fu Tea Franchise Expands Into Florida with USF Location

Kung Fu Tea, a New York-based tea franchise has entered into the Florida market with a new location recently opening near the University of South Florida in Tampa on Fowler Avenue located just next to Hong Kong House and M.D. Oriental Market. The franchise currently boasts over 20 locations nation-wide and has a few locations out [...]

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Sunday Brunch @ SoFresh Salads & Grill

March 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sunday Brunch @ SoFresh Salads & Grill

SoFresh Salad & Grill opened up shop near the University of South Florida a few months back and coined themselves as the “healthy choice” near campus. I checked it out a few times with friends, but opted for cheaper options on several occasions. The one time I did try their food, I found myself impressed [...]

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All You Can Eat Korean BBQ @ Izziban Sushi Orlando

March 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
All You Can Eat Korean BBQ @ Izziban Sushi Orlando

One of my biggest complaints about the food scene in Tampa is the lack of Korean BBQ spots in town. There is a huge difference between eating at a Korean restaurant and grilling your own meats BBQ-style from both a flavor and experience point of view. When I heard from a friend that Izziban Sushi [...]

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Late-Night Eats @ El Chuzo BBQ

March 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Late-Night Eats @ El Chuzo BBQ

El Chuzo BBQ and I had a love affair in 2011 when I was freelancing for Creative Loafing, however I hardly make trips out to Armenia Avenue these days (a shame indeed!). One night this year after a night of clubbing for Latin night at The Kennedy, a friend and I decided to grab some [...]

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Rococo Steakhouse – Not Your Ordinary Steak House

February 27, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Rococo Steakhouse – Not Your Ordinary Steak House

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a media dinner at Rococo Steakhouse recently and it was an incredible experience that I have been dying to write about. Let me start off by saying that Pinellas County never ceases to amaze me with all the thought and attention to detail put into restaurants and [...]

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Pete’s Place Seafood Menu Tasting

February 22, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Pete’s Place Seafood Menu Tasting

Disclosure: I was invited to Pete’s Place by 813area.com for their new seafood menu tasting. Opinions are my own. Pete’s Place has been a staple of Tampa Bay for decades and I was recently invited to attend a tasting for a new seafood menu that this dive bar turned restaurant launched. The bar was started [...]

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Cluckz Chicken – Tampa’s First Gourmet Fried Chicken Mobile Kitchen

February 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cluckz Chicken – Tampa’s First Gourmet Fried Chicken Mobile Kitchen

A few months ago while perusing Instagram and Facebook I saw a post about a new food truck in town called Cluckz Chicken. This mobile kitchen serves Asian-inspired chicken wings such as Soy Garlic, Sriracha Chili, and Spoony BBQ. I tried the Soy Garlic and Sriracha Chili during my visit to the truck and both [...]

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VIDEO: Lunch @ Mel’s Hot Dogs in Tampa

January 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
VIDEO: Lunch @ Mel’s Hot Dogs in Tampa

I headed to lunch today at Mel’s Hot Dogs near USF and Temple Terrace with some friends. We enjoyed Chicago-style hot dog and corn dogs. Mel’s Hot Dogs has been in business since 1973 and has some of the best hot dogs in town.

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VIDEO: Dinner With The PAO Truck @ TGH

January 3, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
VIDEO: Dinner With The PAO Truck @ TGH

Last night I enjoyed Filipino food for dinner at the PAO Truck at Tampa General Hospital near Downtown Tampa just off Bayshore Boulevard. Food Trucks rotate service at Tampa General Hospital throughout the week, some go for lunch service from 11:00AM to 3:00PM, while others head there for dinner service from 7PM-midnight. Visitors to Tampa [...]

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VIDEO: Lunch @ Cafe Ole in New Tampa

January 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
VIDEO: Lunch @ Cafe Ole in New Tampa

Check out this video of my lunch today at Cafe Ole in New Tampa! Cafe Ole is a Spanish restaurant that specializes in tapas and paella, but also has a number of other interesting items and specials on the menu. The chef there consistently impresses me with each visit and if you haven’t been yet, [...]

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Local Chefs: Chef Domenica Macchia of Datz Dough

December 2, 2013 | By | Reply More
Local Chefs: Chef Domenica Macchia of Datz Dough

This is part of a new series on Carlos Eats highlighting local chefs in the Tampa Bay area. This week’s chef is Domenica Macchia who is currently Executive Chef at Datz Dough. When I think of the foodie culture that has taken the world by storm, Datz always pops in my head. When I won [...]

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Review: Tasty Stacy Food Truck

November 22, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Review: Tasty Stacy Food Truck

Throughout my journey to try all the food trucks in Tampa Bay, one food truck I constantly crave and am always happy to find and enjoy is Tasty Stacy Food Truck. Tasty Stacy has some of the nicest owners I have ever met and is run by a family that treats their customers like their [...]

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Review: Tacos Gone Mobile

November 21, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Review: Tacos Gone Mobile

As I mentioned in my review of Tequila Mexican Restaurant, finding authentic Mexican food can be a challenge in Tampa Bay. Also the various different styles found in Tampa are very different from what you’ll find in areas like Mission Street of San Francisco, my birthplace and upbringing that no doubt shapes every opinion I [...]

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Review: Thai One On Food Truck

November 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Review: Thai One On Food Truck

I caught Thai One On for the first time at a Generation Food Truck Rally during a hot summer day. After making rounds at plenty of food trucks trying all kinds of things, Thai One On was one of my last items and I sampled their mango sticky rice which is cooked in coconut & [...]

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Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Tampa Bay – 2013

November 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Tampa Bay – 2013

It’s that time of the year again! Not every family will be cooking this Thanksgiving, here are my recommendations for places to dine on Thanksgiving if you’re dining out with a family member, loved one, or friends. Columbia Restaurant: I have done Thanksgiving at Columbia in the past and it’s an affordable and satisfying meal. [...]

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Review: Hong Kong House

November 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
Review: Hong Kong House

Hong Kong House is a fairly new establishment serving up tasty Hong Kong style cuisine. The dim sum there is the talk of the town, we stopped in for dinner a few weeks after their opening for dinner and were pleasantly surprised. The inside is certainly fancier than plenty of the dives in town and [...]

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Review: Tequila Mexican Restaurant

November 20, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Review: Tequila Mexican Restaurant

Tampa Bay residents certainly have a taste for Mexican food, but there is a true shortage of authentic establishments. Many of the best places are dives that are not particularly inviting for a date or comfortable. Tequila Mexican Restaurant is the opposite of that. Tequila reminds me in many ways of the Mexican places you [...]

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New Food Trend Alert: Ramen Burgers

August 7, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
New Food Trend Alert: Ramen Burgers

The latest buzz on the internet for foodies is Ramen Burgers. Like Cronuts, the Ramen Burger is now a trademark and gaining popularity rapidly. The burgers are wrapped in fried ramen instead of buns and I can certainly think of some crazy combinations for this burger. Teriyaki or Miso are two flavors that come to [...]

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