This week’s review is of Portofino Mediterannean Grill (18825 US Hwy. 19 N. Clearwater; 727-286-6234), where we witnessed some of the largest portions of anything i have ever seen on a plate that wasn’t intended to feed an entire family. Frankly, i thought it was too much, but it certainly increases the value if you […]
I helped judge Ribfest entries Saturday, one of about 15 media and political types, including St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foser and Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe, who gathered under a tent to try out ribs and sauce. Seven entires were judged Friday and six on Saturday. The top three from each day then competed on Sunday […]
Tonight is the first night of the second and last week of Kitchen Bar’s run at Pinky’s diner (3203 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa; 813-374-4537). In Saturday’s story about the first couple days, we talked more about the concept and the scene than the food. So here are some more details on some of […]
This week’s review is of the completely renovated Maritana Grille at the Don CeSar Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach. In addition to the new dining room, chef Eric Neri has some new toys to play with in the kitchen, and has used them to change the direction of the menu. Here is the link.
Anthony Bourdain, the host of No Reservations on the Travel Channel, is going to speak at Mahaffey Theater on Friday night as part of his book tour promoting his newest, Medium Raw. The QA story in Thursday’s weekend section is the result of an e-mail exchange i had with him while he was somewhere between […]
Chef BT Nguyen, left, has opened Café BT (2507 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa; 813-258-1916). This comes about a month after she closed Restaurant BT and its associated lease drama in Old Hyde Park. The first menu looks like it will not disappoint BT’s fans. I’ll update if someone corrects me, but here is a link […]
I suspect that there are already a litany of nasty comments going in under this heading based strictly on the headline, but I’m not talking about that McRib. No, chef Greg Baker is serving up his own take on the limited-time-only pork sandwich at The Refinery ( 5137 N. Florida Ave. Tampa; 813-237-2000), and will […]
Pei Wei, the fast casual Asian chain that is an offshoot of P.F. Chang’s, is looking for a blogger to go on a two-week tour of Asia with its head chef, Eric Justice. The tour will go through the five countries represented on the Pei Wei menu: Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea. This isn’t […]
I spoke briefly this week with Abe de la Houssaye about Michael Brandt, co-owner of Gulf Coast Po’ Boys, for this piece on the humble Largo sandwich shop. The chef credited with introducing Cajun cuisine to New York City in the early 1980s, de la Houssaye gushed about his former protege’s work ethic and wished […]
This week’s review is of Diner 60 West (2525 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater; 437-0255), right in the middle of the U.S. 19 shopping corridor. So far, it is the only restaurant that i have ever been that was guarded by a 6-foot statue of a rooster. Here is the link.