Big thanks to Laura Reiley for including The Hall on Franklin in Tampa Bay’s Top 50 Restaurants for 2018.
This is an eye-of-the-beholder thing. For my money, I am definitely sipping a cocktail from Ro Patel’s the Collection (classic cocktails and some hip new drinks, but nothing so cerebral it requires a dissertation) and/or a coffee from Ty Beddingfield’s Kofe. Liquids dialed, I’m likely to grab something spicy from North Star Eatery, a Viet-Korean fusion concept from Kevin and Sing Hurt of Anise Global Gastrobar, and the signature Poke Rose bowl from Jason Cline’s Poke Rose. But there’s plenty of good seafood at Heights Fish Camp, some sinful cheesy sandwiches at Heights Melt Shoppe and come-hither desserts at Bake’n Babes.
Tampa Bay Times: Top 50 Restaurants of Tampa Bay