These are Tampa Bay’s top 10 new restaurants

On March 11, 2020, I published the last restaurant review I would write for the rest of that year.

Of course, I had no idea what the future held at the time. That week, we ran a playful rundown of the Filipino fare served at Jollibee, a fast-food restaurant with a cultlike international following that had recently opened in Pinellas Park.

I’ve been a restaurant critic for close to seven years now and I can say with some certainty that I never expected my last review before a pandemic to focus on the nuances and flavor profiles of Jolly Spaghetti and Chickenjoy.

But then again, everything that came after March 2020 was a surprise.

Many of those surprises came from the restaurant world, where I watched as chefs, owners and restaurant staff worked harder than ever to save their institutions and preserve their livelihoods, constantly pivoting and rolling with the

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Readers say this is Fresno’s top restaurant to open in 2021


A custom bowl from Mayd Modern Mediterranean in this handout photo contains basmati rice, Moroccan lamb meatballs, organic hummus, smoked tomato harissa, beet slaw, crispy chickpeas and more.

Mayd Modern Mediterranean

More than 40 new restaurants opened last year in the Fresno area – and Fresno has a clear favorite.

Last week in our poll we asked readers to vote on what they thought was the best new restaurant that opened in 2021.

The winner? Mayd Modern Mediterranean.

This is the quick-service restaurant that opened early in the year at the northeast corner of Palm and Nees avenues, in the same building as Dutch Bros.

Keep reading for more on the runner-up restaurants.

Mayd is owned by the same people who run the popular restaurants Heirloom and poke bowl place Butterfish.

Its food is a twist on Mediterranean. Its menu features lunch and dinner options like

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Cafe Ostro in Dalton, Georgia, is Best of Georgia’s top Mediterranean restaurant

Cafe Ostro in Dalton, Georgia, has been voted Best Mediterranean Restaurant in Georgia for 2021 by the Georgia Business Journal.

Restaurant co-owner and manager A.K. Demirhat, who also acts as the cafe’s chef, said it “made his day” when he found out the restaurant had won the award. He didn’t even know the cafe was nominated before receiving a letter a few months ago notifying him that Cafe Ostro would be featured in the magazine’s Best of Georgia issue.

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“I did not know that we had been nominated,” Demirhat told the Times Free Press during a phone call. “It was the best surprise. It is an honor because we were nominated by a customer. That’s how they do it.”

According to the magazine’s website, readers and editors nominate candidates for the Best of Georgia competition. Those candidates

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London restaurants dominate rest of the UK in list of the country’s best 100 venues as 63 come out on top

It’s no secret that London’s culinary scene is one of the world’s best.

And as it turns out it’s also the UK’s best.

OpenTable has published their list of the UK’s top restaurants for 2021 and the capital has dominated.

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The restaurant reservation company has analysed nearly one million reviews and compiled a list of where Brits love to eat.

And on that list, a massive 63 of the restaurants are in London.

One of the top restaurants is Andrew Edmunds in Soho.

The relaxed restaurant opened in 1985 and considers itself “one of the last bastions of ‘old Soho'”.

The menu changes frequently, but expect dishes like confit duck leg, whole bakes sole with brown butter, and sticky toffee pudding.

Another London

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