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Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

The Stew

A food blog by Jeff Houck

The Tampa Tribune's food writer since 2005, Jeff Houck covers the way people live through their food. He also hosts the Table Conversations food podcast and believes that everything crunchy is good.

Checking out Tampa’s ‘best chicken’

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I’ll admit the sign got my attention.

On the north side of Causeway Boulevard in Tampa, on a gas station’s powder-blue concrete wall the banner read, “BEST CHICKEN IN TOWN!”

I’m such a sucker for culinary hubris.

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Restaurants have fallen hard for soft openings

Published:   |   Updated: June 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM
By Jeff Houck

“Soft opening. Grand opening. When they opened The Flamingo, one day it was closed, the next it was open. End of story. I know, I was there.”

— Saul Bloom, “Oceans Thirteen”

Curtis Beebe held a preview two weeks ago for his new Local Public House & Provisions restaurant and pub a block away from the towering white water tank in San Antonio.

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