This week’s food news takes us to every corner of Tampa Bay, with a new Clearwater Beach rooftop taverna, a downtown Tampa Japanese restaurant just opening, and this fancy bakery that should make its debut inside the downtown St. Pete’s Museum of Fine Arts. A full roundup of this week’s news, which includes tomorrow’s Bubble & Brunch Fest, can be found below.
Noble Rice This highly anticipated modern Japanese restaurant started serving ramen, sushi and sake after this week’s grand opening at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa. Guests make reservations through the Noble Rice website, which requires a $15 per person deposit whether you want to sit at the sushi bar or grab a table in the 100-seat dining room. Fresh seafood is the star of the Noble Rice menu with options ranging from platters of fresh sashimi, caviar and small plates to unique sushi rolls like it’s “Negi Torro” with fatty tuna, scallions , Kewpie mayonnaise, fermented chili paste and black garlic shoyu. 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. noblericeco.com
Land tariff After being closed for more than two years, Oldsmar’s Earth Fare wellness grocery store recently reopened at its former location on Tampa Road. And if you’re unfamiliar with the organic supermarket’s mission, its website says Earth Fare is the “only grocery market to develop a food philosophy that bans all artificial ingredients, trans fats, corn syrup high fructose and added hormones and antibiotics. ” 3136 Tampa Road, Tampa. Earthfare.com
Clementine Coffee Le Clementine Bakeshop’s high-end pastries have found refuge near the halls of a St. Pete museum, and the gorgeous pastries will leave customers wondering if the food is also part of the exhibit. An Instagram post says the counter is located in the MFA Conservatory, so admission to the museum is not required to enjoy the wares. This new bakery and pastry shop debuts Saturday, April 30 and will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday after its grand opening. 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. leclementinebakeshop.com —Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda
Brewing of the 3 girls The mixed-use building in the center of Clearwater Beach welcomed a new penthouse tenant this week, as 3D celebrated the grand opening of its new waterfront event venue. Although the National Beer Day holiday has already passed, patrons can look forward to dozens of craft beers on tap, the 3 Girls beach bites menu and tasty waterfront views. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 381 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach. 3dbrewing.com
Bubble party and brunch It’s the perfect event for people who love local markets, brunches and retro R&B jams; Mimosa Wines is hosting its first Bubbles & Brunch Fest this weekend in St. Petersburg. On Saturday, April 9, St. Pete’s Pier will be teeming with unlimited bubble tastings, a fashion show, delicious brunches, live music, and the Mother’s Day Village, a section filled with artisans and local vendors. Last-minute tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com. 800 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg. bubblesandbrunchfest.com
Plant City’s Keel Farms joins global effort to brew limited-edition beer in support of Ukraine Available tomorrow, Sunday and Saturday, April 16 during Keel Farms’ Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival, Resolve was created as an “open source collaborative beer to recognize the determination of the Ukrainian people and to aid the humanitarian effort.” Clay Keel, owner of Keel Farms, is friends with Naz Drebot or Kyiv’s 2085 Brewery and has joined the cause to show his support. Proceeds will go to two non-profit organizations that are supporting the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine through direct aid: the Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) and World Central Cuisine (WCK). 5202 Thonotosassa Rd. Plant City. keelfarms.com—Sofía Garcia Vargas