Food and Drink

Tamales at Catrina's Tacos stand with rest of menu

Tamales from Catrina's Tacos.
Tamales from Catrina's Tacos. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

👋 Ben here.

If you've been to Catrina's Tacos on Main Street in West Tampa then you know how good the tacos and quesabirria are.

  • But what about the tamales?

Jenn Thai's last meal

Photo illustration of food blogger Jenn Thai
Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo courtesy Jenn Thai

Jenn Thai is tackling Tampa Bay one forkful at a time.

  • When she's not posting mouth-watering pics on Instagram or her blog, Thai is a social media specialist for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

We wanted to know what the Best of the Bay 2020 and 2019 winner for Best Food Blogger would eat if she had one meal left.

Downtown planners discuss future of streeteries

A Parklet outside the Pint and Brew in downtown Tampa.
A parklet outside the Pint and Brew in downtown Tampa. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Two years into a pandemic-altered lifestyle, downtown planners have learned people really love one temporary change — outdoor dining at "parklets" or "streeteries."

  • The future of parklets was a hot topic at this week's 67th annual International Downtown Association convention in Tampa.

Rooster & The Till chef Ferrell Alvarez's last meal

Photo illustration of a plate, knife, and fork in the form of a skull and crossbones with Ferrell Alvarez inside the shapes.
Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Ferrell Alvarez

Chef Ferrell Alvarez is co-owner of Rooster & The Till in Seminole Heights and "director of all things creative and cool" for The Proper House Group, which is slated to open two new eateries in Tampa next year.

We were dying to know: What would he eat for his very last meal?

  • "It would have to be multi-course because I'm bad at favorites, but I like eating the way we cook at Rooster & The Till, with lots of courses," he told Axios.

Last meal with Rachel Bennett

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Rachel Bennett

Rachel Bennett is a meat and potatoes kind of person. But like, REALLY good meat and potatoes.

The executive chef at The Library in St. Pete, a 2019 James Beard award semifinalist and finalist on "Guy's Grocery Games" was born and raised in Tampa and got her start in Hillsborough Community College's culinary program.

Ready-to-go family seafood restaurant up for sale

The faded blue and yellow interior of Penninsula Seafood.
Inside Penninsula Seafood. Photo: KW Commercial

Mid Peninsula Seafood Restaurant in St. Petersburg is ending its more than four-decade history as a family owned and operated business, and is now looking for a new owner/operator.

Point of intrigue: The restaurant is listed as a ready-to-go business. It's still up and running while the family waits for a new owner.

Don't sleep on Casa Santo Stefano

The Spaghetti al Negro Con Polpo at Casa Santo Stefano.
The Spaghetti al Negro Con Polpo at Casa Santo Stefano. Photo courtesy of Grace Gonzalez/Columbia Restaurant Group

👋 Selene here! Yes, I eat food too.

I don't usually drive over the bridge for lunch, but when I do, the food better be worth it. And Casa Santo Stefano in Ybor is totally worth it.

  • The Sicilian restaurant is less than a year old and is owned by the Gonzmarts, who also own Columbia Restaurant and Ulele.

Last Meal: Get to know David Osterweil

A head shot of David Osterweil over a fork and knife illustration.
Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Fitlife Foods

David Osterweil founded meal-delivery company Fitlife Foods in 2010 to put more energy and time back into people's lives.

But we wanted to know: What would he eat if he had only one meal left?

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