Tampa Bay’s 25 most iconic restaurants

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What makes a restaurant iconic? I asked myself this question plenty of times as I worked on this list. Longevity certainly was a big factor — the restaurants here have all been open for at least a decade, and most have been around for much longer than that. But an iconic restaurant is also one that has made an impact on our community, one that has informed the current dining scene.

— Helen Freund

Rum Punch Rhyme: Your Recipe for ‘Happiness and Good Vibes in a Glass’Theme Parks

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Between Mardi Gras and Easter is Carnival, a season of street parties, parades, vibrant costumes and feasts celebrated by Catholic countries all over the world. What to drink for the occasion? For many Caribbean nations, Carnival season is also rum punch season.

— Dalia Colón

Bay Area Best: Jerk Hut Island Grille

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The Andre Pandreus Jerk Hut Island Grille and Beach Club stands out at its location in North Tampa - both for its bright teal roof and its flavorful Jamaican fare.That's why it's one of the Bay Area's best!