Restaurant Buzz: Freddy's Frozen Yogurt, Jalapeno shakes, mac n'

Restaurant Buzz: Freddy's Frozen Yogurt, Jalapeno shakes, mac n' cheese throwdown

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No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.

Do you use Bitcoin? An Oldsmar restaurant accepts the internet currency for the purchase of gift cards. Flamestone American Grill’s website features a Bitcoin purchasing option. The gift cards are available for purchase online in dominations of $25 to $1,000.

If you like mac n’ cheese, you’ll want to be sure to check out the inaugural “Mayor’s Mac n’ Cheese Throwdown” on Saturday, May 10 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. More than 25 eateries will compete in three categories to determine the best local mac n’ cheese dish. Get the details.

Like milkshakes? Beginning April 28, Sonic Drive-In will be bringing back its “Summer of Shakes” promotion which features some creative combinations including Chocolate Covered Jalapeno, Salted Caramel and Oreo Peanut Butter, according to a news release.

Wichita, Kansas-based Freddy’s Frozen Yogurt & Steakburgers is coming to Sarasota. The Bradenton Herald reports that a Freddy’s franchise owner is planning on opening the restaurant at a former KFC at 6224 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd. The fast food restaurant chain has 112 locations across the U.S. and plans to increase that number by 40 percent, according to a Freddy’s news release. The only other Freddy’s location in Florida is at 7376 52nd Place E. in Bradenton.

McDonald's continues to offer free coffee to its customers for a limited time.

The world's biggest hamburger chain says that participating U.S. locations will offer small cups of McCafe coffee at no charge during breakfast hours from March 31 through April 13. McDonald's said that this is the first time it's ever had a nationwide free coffee event. Get the details.

Have you heard of a new restaurant coming to your community? Has a restaurant near you closed? Send us an email to let us know! news@wfla.com

Be sure to check out the 8 On Your Side Restaurant Ratings section on WFLA.com to find restaurants with the highest number of violations and restaurants with no violations.

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