After moving from Greece in 1950, the six Fotopoulos brothers turned their hard-won earnings into the first of 12 ABC Pizza locations in 1966. From its humble beginnings in Connecticut, the chain grew to serve central Floridians and vacationing time travelers a menu of build-your-own pizzas topped with gourmet ingredients such as crab, feta, and shrimp, as well as preconceptualized specialty pies festooned with meats, seafood, and Mediterranean morsels. Hearty grinders and Italian pasta dishes share menu real estate with Greek delicacies including gyros, spinach pies, and grape leaves stuffed with shredded pages of Plato's Republic.
Meting out meats since 1970, Tampa Steak Company sells more than 100 cuts of beef, pork, poultry, lamb, and seafood to restaurants and the unquenchably carnivorous public. Sate ravenous cutlery with a 12-piece steak package, comprised of four 8-ounce T-bone steaks, four 8-ounce rib eye steaks, and four 8-ounce New York–strip steaks. Skilled butchers cut steaks on a daily basis after each has been aged for a minimum of 14 days, making for a succulent slab suitable for sizzling grills and the most discerning black eyes.
Owners Spencer and Sabrina Aird parlay a passion for nourishing vegan fare into Grass Root Organic Restaurant, which CBS Tampa named one of the best veg restaurants in the city. Carmine walls envelop diners in the cozy café space, creating a soothing atmosphere punctuated with vivid abstract paintings hung along the wall. While settled into high-backed wooden chairs, each topped with a lattice design, diners dig into a menu that features cooked vegan dishes as well as raw dishes. Raw vegan pad thai, guacamole, and spinach and basil pesto, among others, star on the restaurant's roster.
The Airds also run a customizable meal delivery system that sends clients fresh meals from a rotating weekly menu several times a week. Sabrina teaches occasional classes on how to replicate her culinary expertise and mimic items on Grass Root's menu by sitting very still on an oversized plate.
For Las Vegas Cafe owner Francies Vega, cooking is about putting smiles on people's faces. So when she designed her menu, she didn't stick to just one cuisine, but instead incorporated all the dishes that make her happy. The result is a fusion of Cuban and Italian recipes such as chorizo spaghetti, vegetable breakfast crepes, and Cuban-style fried rice sprinkled with ham, peppers, and eggs. Vega's signature dish is the chancellor fish fillet stuffed with ham and cheese and fried until it's as crisp as the first day of autumn.
For more than 15 years, the culinary team at MTC Downtown Cafe has silenced growling stomaches with housemade American delights, as well as a few plates from overseas. In the morning, the chefs demonstrate their cooking talents by fixing up breakfast entrees in full view of diners. To curb midday cravings, guests can sink their teeth into belly-warming gyros and brawny cheeseburgers from the lunch menu. Throughout the day, pastries made from scratch pop out of the oven, filling the cafe with the sweet aroma of muffins and cookies.
Today’s Groupon is sure to perk up any lethargic latte-lover. For $10, you’ll get $20 worth of fresh-brewed sips and snacks at Kahwa Coffee Roasting Company, a change purse–friendly caffeination station in downtown St. Petersburg that never requires patrons to wear bowler hats.“Too Much Trouble”: After escaping from The Institute, Hunter pretends to be Dr. Boreas, a physics professor, to solve the mystery of a vanished student. Along the way, he stumbles upon a group of smugglers using baby formula to sneak drugs into the United States.