Each year, the Tampa publication Creative Loafing solicits Tampa Bay area citizens to nominate and vote on local businesses, restaurants, people, services and goods in a contest they known as Best of the Bay. This annual campaign draws a huge crowd of readers as business owners and their loyal supporters cast votes in hopes that their favorites will be crowned this year’s Best of the Bay. Many businesses, like an elite few restaurants in Gulfport, have been nominated for multiple awards this year. Check out the map for where to eat in Gulfport at one of the Best of the Bay nominated restaurants!
Stella’s (previous winner)
Nominated for: Best Breakfast and Best Sunday Brunch
House favorites: The homemade corned beef hash or the house-cured salmon gravlax platter. Stella’s also makes a killer spicy bacon Bloody Mary!
*Insider tip: Get there early or make a reservation on Sundays. This is The hottest breakfast spot in Tampa Bay and there’s usually a wait… but it’s always worth it.
Nominated for: Best Greek Food and Best Sports Bar
House favorite: The garlic-lemon hummus with fresh vegetables and warmed pita and the flaming saganaki. Opa!
*Insider tip: The live music on Friday and Saturday nights is killer! Not only can you sip a beer with a waterfront view but you can enjoy great jams by local bands.
Pia’s Trattoria (previous winner)
Nominated for: Best Italian Food and Best Mixologist
House favorites: The lasagna (you thought your mother’s was good, just wait till you try Pia’s) and the spicy pesto rosso – both are family recipes!
*Insider tip: Get the homemade linguine pasta!
Salty’s (previous winner)
Nominated for: Best Local Bar/Hangout and Best Margarita
House favorites: The red sangria (made with a slew of different liquors) or the dozens of craft beer offerings – many from local Tampa Bay breweries!
*Insider tip: Salty’s is a bar only and does not serve food BUT they do partner with Neptune Grill on Sundays during the NFL games for free delivery right to your barstool!
O’Maddy’s Bar & Grille
Nominated for: Best Wings and Best Chef
House favorites: The lump crab cakes (either as an appetizer or the crab cake sandwich), the jump wings (with any of their homemade sauces) and the habanero and blackberry pork chop.
*Insider tip: Chef Wade (nominated for Best Chef) brainstorms ever-changing daily specials that always sell out!