After one month of voting, our listeners have spoken and they've picked the winner for the 2013 iHeart Tampa Bay Awards. Congratulations to all of those who were nominated and especially those who were voted the best of the Bay!
Best Sports Team: Tampa Bay Rays
After a World Series bid in 2008, the Rays have solidified their place in baseball as a team to beat while also contending in one of the toughest divisions in Major League Baseball, the AL East. Go Rays!
Best Place To Take The Kids: AirHeads Trampoline Arena
AirHeads Trampoline Arena is Tampa's premier destination for airborne amusement. Daily open-jump sessions require no reservations, allowing gravity-loathers to launch themselves skyward at the drop of a hat.
Bern's Steak House is one of the most popular restaurants in Tampa Bay. Know for perfectly aged steaks, the largest wine collection in the world and an internationally famous dessert room with most of its food grown on it's own farm.
Cigar City Brewing was founded with two goals in mind. The first to make the world's best beer and the second to share with people near and far the fascinating culture and heritage of the Cigar City of Tampa.
Clearwater Beach is home of pristine white sand beaches, clear gulf waters, warm sunshine, and plenty of hospitality.
Best Brunch Spot: First Watch
First Watch opened with one thing in mind, that people want a Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch restaurant that doesnât moonlight with steaks or anything else later in the day. To them, the first shift of the day is the "Best Shift Of The Day".
Five Guys was founded by the Murrell family in 1986 in DC and has grown to over 1,000 locations nationwide and The Place to get a fresh, juicy burger with all the toppings you could stuff between fresh-baked buns.
International Plaza and Bay Street, an enclosed, two-story regional shopping center with an adjacent outdoor lifestyle center, is located on the southeast edge of the Tampa International Airport. It features 200 specialty stores and Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza.
Precinct Pizza is a locally owned and operated pizzeria founded by Ex-New York City Paramedic Rick Drury. It opened in 2006 to immediate success and popularity and has become famous for it's signature dishes such as Fireman's Wild Wings and Greenwich Garlic Knots.
Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q was founded in Gainesville, Florida in 1968 with a goal to create a casual restaurant offering the very best authentic southern Bar-B-Q. Today, Sonny's is the biggest name in Bar-B-Q and operates in nine states. Success is great. But after 40 years, it's still about "Feel Good Bar-B-Q".
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Best Local Newspaper: TBT
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Best University / College: University of South Florida
Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida is a young and vibrant university located in Tampa Bay. Discover the major milestones that led to USF becoming a high impact global research university.