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Get in the inside scoop on some of Tampa's favorite hangouts

Get in the inside scoop on some of Tampa's favorite hangouts

Tampa, FL -- Metromix Tampa Bay connects with the in-the-know peeps at some of your favorite hangouts in Tampa to find out the peak hours (the busiest times, when you're likely to wait for seating) and off times, giving you the scoop on the best time to visit during the least amount of foot traffic.

Metromix: 10 always-crowded restaurants and bars

Free ice cream at local Outback Steakhouse

Free ice cream at local Outback Steakhouse

Tampa, FL -- July is National Ice Cream Month, and Blue Bell will be offering Outback guests a special treat. 

At the original Outback Steakhouse location only at 3403 Henderson Blvd. in South Tampa, Blue Bell will be giving away its best selling Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream to Outback guests on Saturday, July 23 from 5 - 8 p.m. in celebration of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day – free with any dine-in purchase.

It’s a great way to cool off, have fun, and enjoy Blue Bell’s flagship flavor, Homemade Vanilla, the same flavor available at all Outback Steakhouses year-round.

For more information, call the South Tampa Outback Steakhouse at 813-875-4329.

Bella's Italian Cafe celebrates 25th anniversary

Bella's Italian Cafe celebrates 25th anniversary

Tampa, FL -- Starting July 7, Bella’s Italian Café on South Howard Avenue began a 25-day countdown to their 25th anniversary on July 31, 2011.

To celebrate the year Bella’s opened—and the number of years they have been open—they will be offering a “retro” prix-fixe menu at $19.86 and $25.00, respectively.

It will feature some of the original favorites—such as Vongole con Pesto, Spaghetti in Cartoccio and Mozzarella in Carrozza—along with other items that have been featured throughout the years. There will also be wine specials such as “Straw Bottle” Villa Banfi Chianti and Soave Bolla.

Gallery: Bella's Italian Cafe

Flavors of Tampa Bay: Ribit's Bar-B-Que

Tampa, Florida  -  Ribit's Bar-B-Que has been serving up tasty, saucy food in south Tampa for the past two years. Setting up shop at an old gas station, this BBQ place is selling some high octane, flavorful delights.

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Owner Tony Desanto's customers know him as "Bama." Bama knows BBQ from the pulled pork, brisket or the ribs. It's all smoked with love, using sweet pecan fire wood.

Here are a few of their sandwiches:

Brandon Chamber Leadership Brandon to host a Networking Social at GrillSmith

Brandon Chamber Leadership Brandon to host a Networking Social at GrillSmith

Brandon, FL -- The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce Leadership Brandon Alumni will hold a Networking Social on Friday, July 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at GrillSmith, 459 Brandon Town Center Dr, Ste 475, Brandon.

The Networking Social is sponsored by Leadership Brandon Alumni and GrillSmith. This is a networking social for all Leadership Brandon graduates, and their guests, to attend. Alumni and guests will have the opportunity to socialize with other alumni members. Light hors d’oeuvres will be offered along with happy hour beverage specials.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Crystal Colegrove at the Greater Brandon Chamber, at 689-1221, ext. 8824, or via email at ccolegrove@brandonchamber.com.

Metromix and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza Tweetup

Metromix and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza Tweetup

Tampa, FL -- Do you love to tweet? Do you love pizza? If you answered yes to both of these questions, join Metromix and 10 News In Your Neighborhood tonight at Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza for a Tweetup!

Come out and meet Metromix Managing Producer Jacqui Anderson (@captnjac), Marketing Coordinator Brandon Thompson (@Brandonpromo), Community Blogger Wranglers Summer Lott (@summerlott) and Kristin Weber (@kristinw_IYN) and Photographer Ashley Grant (@TheAshleyGrant), as well as your fellow Anthony Coal Fired Pizza tweeters, have your photo taken and, most importantly, have some pizza.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza will provide pizza, wings, and meatballs for 100 people as well as t-shirts, and three $20 gift cards. Not to mention there will be tons of Metromix.com giveaways, free movie screening passes, and a raffle for DVD prizes.The first 7 people will get a Metromix swag bag at the door!

Support "Save our Season", you could get free wings

Support "Save our Season", you could get free wings

Brandon, FL -- Buffalo Wild Wings has announced that if the NFL lockout ends on or before July 20, the official date when teams can begin reporting to training camp, they’ll celebrate by giving away six free wings to everyone in America who signs its “Save our Season” petition on Facebook.

The company went so far as to send letters to both the NFL and NFLPA, as a representative of sports fans around the country, to plea that a deal be struck so everyone can enjoy some free wings.

They even invited the two heads of state – Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith – to a nearby restaurant to hash out the differences over some beer and wings … because what disagreement can’t be settled over some good food and drinks?

Letter to NFL players and owners