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Wicked Oak brings smoked Cuban sandwiches, guava BBQ sauce to Seminole Heights

Wicked Oak BBQ might be the best BBQ joint in the city of Tampa, and it has grown from a food truck to a standout brick-and-mortar spot in the burgeoning Seminole Heights neighborhood. Felix “Bubba” Flores officially opened Wicked Oak’s restaurant in September 2020. If you do just one thing this week, make sure it’s getting the burnt ends on Friday. It’s pure savory candy. On Monday, August 9, the restaurant will join Grow Financial Credit Union’s Grow On Us campaign. The restaurant will give out free Smoked Que-ban sandwiches with baked Beans, potato salad...

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Babushka’s bringing Russian brunch to new location in Tampa

Babushka’s is one of the best brunch spots in the Tampa Bay region. The exceptional restaurant is a hidden gem in Temple Terrace. Creative Loafing reports that the gem is working toward opening inside the former Boca restaurant space at 901 W Platt Street. It’s easy to forget there’s a world beyond downtown Tampa. With so many new concepts debuting on a near daily basis in this sprawling city, and in the region in general, I think it’s good to remember and focus on the local treasures that have been doing something different for a long time.  Babushka’s is a Temple Terrace Treasure serving...

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727to813 event gets you deals and freebies at Tampa Bay area restaurants

727to813 from Identity Tampa Bay is a new series of concerts, and deals that celebrate the booming Tampa Bay region. Here’s a quick breakdown of the deals you can get now in the city of Tampa. Concepts such as the C House are getting involved. On July 30, diners can get BOGO cheesecake slices, cheesecake and champagne combos, and cheese and charcuterie specials when they mention 727to813 at the restaurant. Additionally, this Saturday, July 31, from 8am-11am, Pop Goes the Waffle will be serving delicious Liege waffles at Sunset Park (Park St & Central Ave in St. Pete) and visitors...

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Publix GreenWise Market opening in Water Street this August

A new Publix GreenWise Market is opening on the ground-floor of 815 Water Street in 2021, and a tentative opening date has been set for August 19. That’s right, we’re just a few weeks away from a new grocery story in the heart of downtown. The grocery store is set to be an integral part of the residential building that’s under construction at Channelside Drive and Water Street. So, what’s the difference between GreenWise and a regular Publix? The grocery giant describes it as an organic specialty market. The store is all about promoting healthy eating and habits, though we...

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Augustine’s giving out free cheesecake this week

Augustine’s Cheesecakes is one of the most celebrated dessert shops in the city of Tampa. They offer mini sized gourmet cheesecakes in a variety of flavors including strawberry, peach cobbler, apple pie, sweet potato, vanilla bean, peanut butter, and more. Augustine’s Cheesecakes is a confectionery pop-up on a mission to provide the best cheesecake in Tampa Bay. Augustine’s got their start as a couple making treats for friends and family, but the demand for their cheesecake expertise grew until they started their own business. Now, they serve their creations from the storefront of The...

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New airline Breeze Airways launches 10 routes at TPA

Breeze Airways has now officially launched 10 new nonstop routes from TPA, and destinations include Charleston; Louisville; Oklahoma City; Tulsa; Norfolk; Bentonville/Fayetteville, Ark.; Akron/Canton, Ohio; Richmond, Va.; Columbus, Ohio; and Huntsville, Ala. Tampa International Airport made the announcement in a release on their website. Breeze Airways is a new low cost airline offering point-to-point flights from smaller secondary airports, bypassing hubs for shorter travel times. The seriously nice airline comes from the mind of JetBlue founder David Neeleman.  Breeze Airways offers affordable...

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Top Tampa Weekend Events

Here are the events happening this weekend in Tampa, Florida — these local events include markets, concerts, art exhibitions and more. What are your weekend plans in Tampa Bay? Want your event featured on That’s So Tampa? Check out our events calendar. Live Local on the Tampa Riverwalk: Chris FlowersFriday, July 23 | 6pm-9pmJoin local singer-songwriters under the stars in this free concert series on our Riverwalk Stage. Imbibe in delicious drinks and food from SIP and Maestro’s On the River. 1010 N WC MacInnes Place.  RoadRunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain at Tampa TheatreAll...

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Brooklyn-based OddFellows Ice Cream joining Hyde Park Village

Here’s the scoop, Oddfellows Ice Cream, a popular sweet spot out of Brooklyn, will open a new location at Hyde Park Village. OddFellows Ice Cream Co. is a family-owned and operated small business founded by husband-and-wife team Mohan and Holiday Kumar and Chef Sam Mason. They opened their flagship location in June 2013 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Photo via OddFellows Flavor varieties include olive oil, passionfruit, miso peanut butter, mandarin jasmine brûlée, and carrot cake cream cheese. Oddfellows currently operates several locations in New York, with additional scoop shops in both...

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New WELL Core office building adds 12,000-square-feet of retail space in Water Street Tampa

Tampa-based real estate development firm Strategic Property Partners, LLC (SPP) has announced the opening of Thousand & One, Tampa’s first anticipated WELL Core and Shell-certified office building and first trophy office tower in nearly 30 years. As part of the innovative Water Street Tampa district transforming downtown Tampa into a walkable mixed-use neighborhood, Thousand & One employs a wellness-oriented, indoor-outdoor office environment meant to promote well-being and increase productivity among tenants.“With the opening of Thousand & One, we’ve achieved our vision...

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Bake’n Babes announce new dessert hub on Davis Islands

Bake’n Babes is a dessert monolith in the city of Tampa. The super sweet innovators seem to pluck their dessert creations straight from the knotty branches of the Candy Cane Forest. No, it’s no fantasy. Bake’n Babes is very real and it is expanding to Davis Islands. Currently you can enjoy the latest mega milkshakes, loaded brownies, and soft baked cookies at Bake’n Babes station inside Armature Works along the Tampa Riverwalk. Don’t fret Tampa Heights fans, this is an expansion for the baking team, not a move. Bake’n Babes expanding in the city of Tampa...

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