Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, you know the drill. Thanksgiving is a time to fill your plate and express gratitude.
But what if the Tampa Bay area was a Turkey Day plate? If it were up to me (City Editor Patrick here), this is what it would look like:
The main event. The big show.
🥔 Mashed potatoes
What can we depend on in the Tampa Bay area? The weather. Although we get a few lumps + bumps along the way (I’m looking at you, Hurricane Season), there is always another hefty helping of sunshine right around the corner, making it a great place for a round of golf.
The only form of hydration on the plate.
There are nearly 700 miles of shoreline in the Tampa Bay area. Lots of those miles line the Gulf of Mexico’s serene water. The Tampa Riverwalk is also a hub of activity, and Bayshore Boulevard runs ~4.5 miles up the Hillsborough Bay.
Every table you sit at, it’s always just a little bit different — just like our TBAY neighborhoods.
There is hustle and bustle in Tampa + St. Pete’s downtowns, trendy spots in Seminole Heights, tranquility out in beachy areas, history in Ybor City, and upscale dining in Hyde Park, just to name a few. These differences help define our home.
The serious stuff.
Business is booming in the Tampa Bay area. New buildings are constantly popping up, it’s a great place to find a job, tourism is bringing in record revenue, and we’re drawing attention from foreign multinational companies. Now pass the Brussels sprouts.
🥧 Pumpkin pie
Time to finish with a treat.
It’s hard to keep up with all the new restaurants, cafés, coffee shops + bars constantly appearing in the Tampa Bay area — trust me, it’s my job. When added to the host of decades-long establishments, like the Columbia Restaurant, El Cap, and Bern’s Steakhouse, TBAY is a pretty sweet place to be.