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The BYOB Build Your Own Bloody

Must Try: BYOB at Soho Backyard

  "BYOB" Build Your Own Bloody The popular Saturday and Sunday Brunches at the Soho Backyard include the now famous “BYOB” (Build Your Own Bloody) featuring Bloody Skewers. The skewers each come with a shrimp and cocktail...
SoHo Backyard bar

Foodie: Not Just Another Gastro Pub

SoHo Backyard’s Bar   SoHo Backyard In South Tampa Continues To Shine   The SoHo Backyard, located at 610 S. Armenia, was named South Tampa’s “BEST PUB WITH A PALATE” after it opened three years ago. Today, the gastropub continues...

Celebrated Chef Marc Murphy Opens Grey Salt

  Celebrity Chef Melds Rustic Farmhouse with Modern Casino Glitz Get a taste of the Big Apple in Tampa with the new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant by celebrity chef, Marc Murphy. Inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &...
Father's Day Backyard Brunch

Backyard Father’s Day Brunch

Dote on Dad with a Backyard Brunch   (Family Features) Brunch isn't just for mom. This Father's Day, make eggs, toast and bacon on the grill for a breakfast that's sure to spoil the man of...
Cinco de Mayo recipes

Metro’s Top 5 Cinco de Mayo Drink Recipes

While many of our readers like drinking tequila all year round, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to mix up a round of Classic Margaritas with other non-traditional, south-of-the-border-inspired cocktails. So celebrate Cinco...
holiday treats recipe

Popping Up a Winter Wonderland

Edible, handmade holiday decor perfect for gifting (Family Features) ’Tis the season to pop up some holiday fun by creating a scenic winter wonderland that tastes as great as it looks.Gather the kids and make...
Colored Egg Chart

Easter Egg Dyeing Guide

  (Family Features) Dye your Easter eggs in custom colors you won't find in a kit with these unique food color combinations to bring seasonal hues to your Easter basket and dinner decor. For more...

Love Is In The Air

Celebrate love with a few special happenings in Tampa Bay for Valentine’s Day 2017. METRO’s found some great happenings (vow renewal anyone?) and restaurants that will create a romantic experience to celebrate in the...
Holiday Food 2018

8 Simple Small Plates for Holiday Entertaining

8 Simple Small Plates for Holiday Entertaining  (Family Features) For holiday parties of any size, tasty appetizers and starters are menu must-haves. While the main course roasts and before dessert is served, guests may flock...
holiday drink recipe

Holiday Spirits

  Toast to the Holidays As we gather with friends and family to celebrate the season, it’s the perfect time to create a festive holiday cocktail.    Spice Box2 oz. Diplomatico Anejo .5 oz. Ruby Port .5 oz. Velvet Falernum...

What To Do: Got To WaZoo

The 21st Annual WaZoo BeerFest This all-inclusive tasting event at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features samples of 250 beers from 70 breweries, a variety of savory pub fare, live entertainment and free daytime admission to...
Tampa Bay Metro holiday coctail recipes

Holiday Cocktail Recipes

 Whether you're toasting to turkey day or gearing up for a day of family debates at the dinner table, one thing's for sure: A festive cocktail in hand is sure to make Thanksgiving a...
Cruzan Coconut Mojito recipe

National Mojito Day Cocktails

 National Mojito Day is Monday, July 11 and what better way to beat the summer heat than sipping on a deliciously cold cocktail! This year, go beyond the standard muddled mint mojito and celebrate with the Cruzan Mango...

Locale Market Adds to Tampa Bay Culinary Scene

 The chef-inspired culinary market and dining hotspot opened in Sundial Plaza in downtown St. Petersburg offering up fresh pasta, seafood, meats, gourmet cheese, and fresh off the grill burgers, plus much more. James Beard...
Spanish Wines

Select Wines that Match Your Style

  Spanish Wines To Compliment Your Taste  (Family Features) For a novice, simply distinguishing a wine preference – white or red, sweet or dry – may be the extent of his or her comfort level. However,...
roux-tampa

Expect the Unexpected

   Roux Brings Cajun & Creole to Tampa By Ronda M. Parag   When owners, Roger & Suzanne Perry do something, they do it right. As owners of Datz and Dough in South Tampa, the  couple decided to...

Council Oak Hosts Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Dinner

An Evening of Fine Food & Whiskey Cocktails  A pop-up dining experience at Seminole Hard Rock's Council Oak brought together a fusion of great food and whiskey cocktails. The welcome cocktail of a Cherry Seelbach...
Annata Wine Bar in St. Petersburg, Florida

Sip and Savor

  Annata Wine Bar By Ronda M. Parag    Tucked into a small and intimate space on Beach Drive is a gem of a wine bar that offers chic indoor or alfresco seating. Now that the weather has...
Tampa Bay Metro - Sugar Free Margarita cocktail recipe

METRO FOODIE: Sugar-Free Margarita Recipe

 They say tequila won’t fix all your problems, but we say it’s worth a shot. And this July 24, you’ll have ample opportunity to see what problems you can solve by having a drink...
Souzou Asian Fusion

Imagine. Create. Inspire.

  Asian Cuisine at Souzou Fusion By Patricia A. Vorbrich  With a vision to bring world-inspired cuisine and architecture to St. Petersburg, the Executive team of Patrick Marston, local entrepreneur, long time restaurateur Mike Harting, and a...
Sacred Pepper restaurant in North Tampa

Where Everything That Happens Around The Table Is Considered Sacred

  North Tampa's Sacred Pepper. Worshiping food, flavors, people and style. By Patricia A. Vorbrich    Upscale dining in North Tampa has been long overdue, enter Candy DeBartolo and interior designer, Enrique Crespo, Crespo Design Group, to create, Sacred...
National Margarita Day

Celebrate National Margarita Day

 It's Monday and a great way to kickoff the week and celebrate National Margarita Day is with The Resting Garden Margarita created by Tampa mixologist, Ryan Brown. Bartender: Ryan BrownMarket: Tampa, FloridaBar Name: Anise Global GastrobarMargarita Style:...

Derby Themed Dinner At Council Oak Lounge

  Get in the spirit of the Kentucky Derby a bit early by enjoying a special Woodford Reserve Pairing Dinner inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's Council Oak Lounge on Thursday, April 30. Enjoy...
st. patrick's day cocktails

Raise A Glass To St. Patrick

Five New Cocktail Recipes For St. Patrick's Day Celebrations   On March 17, St. Patrick's Day can tempt infrequent drinkers to get out and enjoy the festivities. Don't settle for dyed-green beer on tap to get...

Chef Inspires Passion

The new executive chef at Rococo Steak, Matthew Rainey   Chef Matt from Rococo Steak Inspires Passion Rococo Steak is starting a new “Fresh Menu,” with special offerings created by Chef Matt to be enjoyed for a...
Capital Grill Gorganzola Truffle Burger

Elevating The Burger Experience

The New Gorgonzola and Black Truffle Wagyu Burger.  Restaurant's like The Capital Grille, legendary for dry aged steaks, added the New Gorgonzola and Black Truffle Wagyu Burger to a lunch menu now offering a gourmet food experience...
Dean Hurst

Behind the Bar with Dean Hurst: All About the Spirits

  Metro Shares a Bar Chat with Dean Hurst. By Ronda M. Parag   Dean Hurst has a deep appreciation for the bartenders skill set, while creating a niche within the industry as a Spirits Specialist. Recently celebrating...
grilling tips for Tampa Bay

10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable

Make Your Outdoor Parties Unforgettable  (Family Features) Entertaining is one thing, but dazzling your guests with an outdoor party sensation is another. Summer can be the best time of year for outdoor parties. From twinkling...
cardamom moscow mule recipe

Spice Up Your Next Summer Event

Create A Signature Summer Drink – The Cardamom Moscow MuleLemonade and sweet tea have their rightful place in the summer entertaining drink rotation, but if you really want to make an impression, create a...
Celebrity Chef Marc Murphy will partner at the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa

Hard Rock Partners with Chef Marc Murphy

 Celebrity Chef Marc Murphy will partner at the Seminole Hard Rock in TampaScheduled to open in November is a new restaurant concept in partnership with celebrity chef Marc Murphy at the Seminole Hard Rock...
muscadet wine

Wine

  Muscadet: On the Verge of Extinction?  Muscadet is the wine made in the westernmost end of the Loire Valley. This bone-dry style of white wine has a well-deserved reputation for being the world’s finest pairing...
Happy Holidays

5 Festive Cocktail Recipes

  Cheers! This holiday season is the perfect time to gather around and make memories. Whether you’re getting together with family or throwing a party with friends, the festivities are sure to be merry and bright.The...
The Zombie Pirate cocktail recipe for Gasparilla

The Zombie Pirate: The Perfect Grog For Ye Maties!

The pirates are setting upon Tampa Bay and it’s time for the locals to prepare for the annual invasion in typical fashion — throw a party!  METRO has a great Rum recipe for such an occasion.  ZOMBIE PIRATE SPICED...
Central Otago

Wine Regions You Should Try

  Up-and-Coming Wine Regions to Try in 2015 By Kevin Pelley   Now is a great time to be a wine lover. Never in history have there been so many quality wines being produced from around the world. ...

The Perfect Mid-Week Pick-Me Up

 Guests enjoyed a glass of wine and appetizers at the Council Oak Lounge METRO held a VIP night at a recent Wine Down Wednesday at the Council Oak Lounge inside the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa....
Asparagus Tart

Make Your Ham Brunch Shine This Spring

 (Family Features) It’s time to shed those winter layers and enjoy the warmth and brightness of the spring season. And what’s the best way to do this, you might ask? Why not give your...

Heart Healthy Grilling

Summer Grillin’ can be Heart Healthy By: Adela LilollariAs summer comes with full force, so do the opportunities to grill and enjoy delicious food with the family. These fun times shouldn’t have to be a...
Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

The Independents: Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

  Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria A passion for tradition is what drives Bavaro’s founder, Dan Bavaro, in his daily pursuit of creating delicious Italian foods. For truly Neapolitan style pizza, Bavaro’s is the original in...
council oak tampa

Must Try: The Long Bone Cowboy Pairing at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

   Long Bone Cowboy Ribeye Pairing Long Bone Cowboy Ribeye paired with a side of Onion Ring Stack and a glass of Opus One, a high-end Napa Valley Red Wine. Long Bone Cowboy Ribeye — 30 oz. ...
Cedar Planked Goat Cheese with Apricot Preserves

Savory Starters on the Grill

Grilled Cedar Planked Goat Cheese with Apricot Preserves (Family Features) When most people think of the rich, smoky flavor of barbecue on the grill, they’re thinking of a slab of meaty ribs or a plump,...
Tampa Bay Metro Foodie article about The Mill

Foodie: Pushing Culinary Boundaries

  The Mill in St. Pete By Ronda M. Parag  The dining scene in downtown St. Petersburg is exploding and the timing is right for the culinary movement. “With the addition of great new restaurants, we are...

Sensational Sides for the Holidays

 Top Chefs Dish Out Some Holiday Tips   The holiday season often comes with a calendar full of festive celebrations and get-togethers. Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner or attending as a guest and bringing...
Seasons 52 Asian-Glazed ChIlean Sea Bass

Inspired by the Season

Guided by Flavor Seasons 52 Summer Menu Is In Full SwingIn keeping with their mission of using only fresh, in–season ingredients and preparing them with rustic techniques like oak-fire grilling and brick oven roasting to...
the soho backyard

A Pub with a Palate

   The SoHo Backyard Gastropub By Ronda M. Parag   Tucked behind SoHo’s Gourmet Pizza Company, The SoHo Backyard Gastropub opened earlier this spring and is a great alternative to the madness of the bar scene on Howard...
Grapes make the perfect snack

Grape Ideas For Heart-Healthy Meals

  Reach for grapes as a heart-healthy snack and an inventive ingredient   (Family Features) Grapes make the perfect snack: they are delicious, with a juicy burst of flavor, and are hydrating, easy to eat and portable. Additionally, grapes...
Del Frisco's Grille Upper Deck

Modern Grille and Chill

Del Frisco’s Grille Has Something For Everyone  Del Frisco's Grille glowing & buzzing with activity.Photo © Pezz Photo; www.pezzphoto.com    Modern, inviting, stylish and fun. Del Frisco’s Grille in Tampa is a modern and fun destination for dining,...
2015 Tampa Savor Sarasota Kick Off

Savor Sarasota

Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week June 1- 14, 2015    Calling all Foodies Now in its 10th year, Savor Sarasota offers more than 40 participating restaurants featuring multi-course menus with lunch priced at $15 and dinner at $29. Get...
Fish to Fork at Omni Amelia Island Resort

A Foodie In Paradise

   Fish To Fork Weekend at The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort By Chad H. Vorbrich  What happens when eight of the most talented chefs from around the country converge upon a luxury beach resort, set to...
Ichicoro Ramen with plum cocktail

The Noodle Craze

  Ichicoro Ramen By Ronda M. Parag   We all remember the ramen noodles that we ate in college for about 25 cents a pack; those noodles offered a great value and filled the hungry belly of students...
Stillwater Tavern in St. Petersburg

Stillwaters Tavern

Modern Tavern Hits Beach Drive The white subway tiles and hanging Edison bulb lighting create a modern and inviting feel to the latest addition to the dining scene in St. Petersburg. The tufted, high backed...
Ocean Prime Ahi Tuna Rossini

Ocean Prime Features Dish From James Beard House Dinner

Ahi Tuna Rossini, a dish created by the Ocean Prime culinary team especially for the James Beard Dinner menu     Ocean Prime Tampa Features Dish From Brand's James Beard House Dinner Menu  Ocean Prime, an award-winning modern American...

Celebrate National Lobster Day

Who doesn’t love lobster? Enjoy one of most delicious creatures from the ocean at The Council Oak Lounge with special menu items to celebrate National Lobster Day on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Enjoy a Lobster Roll...
The Rez

Mother’s are Special at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 13 with special holiday themed menus, entertainment and a car giveaway at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Bring mom in for a delicious three-course menu featuring...
Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs recipe

Must-Have Recipes for Your Hot Summer Soirees

(Family Features) Summer in Tampa Bay is all about enjoying the warm weather and sunshine with family and friends, but even with the longer summer days, the season can feel short for many. That’s...
Tampa Bay Metro: Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger

7 Mouthwatering Burgers to Grill

7 Mouthwatering Burgers to Grill  (Family Features) May is National Burger Month, which means it’s time to grill up burgers that demand attention. Start by seasoning ground meat, then build with bold toppers and unexpected...
The Getaway in St. Petersburg

Dock and Dine

5 Great Tampa Bay Dock & Dine Locations Travel by boat to get a cold cocktail or a delicious bite at any of these five great waterfront bars and restaurants.  
The Getaway 13090 Gandy Blvd N. St. Petersburg,...
The Rococo Burger

Must Try: The Fabled Rococo Burger

What Makes This Award-Winning Behemoth So Good? The steak burger is blended house-ground NY Strip in a 70/30 meat to fat ratio which matches the 70/30 brioche bun. The mammoth 8oz. burger and brioche bun are...
Strawberry Lemon Glade

10 Cocktails For The Bay

Stay cool and hydrated with these fruity warm-weather-friendly drinks. Use fruits of the season including kiwis, strawberries, peaches, oranges and watermelon to add flavor to these delicious cocktails.Strawberry Lemon Glade 2 oz        Strawberry RumShine 3...
Cheese & Charcuterie at The Mill restaurant in St. Petersburg

Must Try: Cheese and Charcuterie at The Mill

  Living on Meats & Cheeses   Cheese and charcuterie can be a meal in itself and the options at The Mill are quite unique. “We wanted to do cheese and charcuterie a little bit different,” said...

Bern’s Steak House Wins James Beard Award

Photos courtesy of Bern’s Steak House: Eric Renaud, Senior Sommelier and Bern’s Owner, David Laxer  A perfect way to kick start the 60 year anniversary celebration of Bern’s Steak House is the James Beard Award...

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