Wicked Oak BBQ: Another Stellar Restaurant in Seminole Heights

  O nce you figure out how to get there, that is. There May or May Not Have Been a Line, 2020 S o, this is one place that I have been wanting to check out for months. With Covid going on, it's been incredibly difficult to leave the house and Stormy just took on a new schedule herself. Alas, Small Business Saturday comes and we now have a chance to check out a new restaurant. Let the games begin! Now, if you're familiar with King of the Coop, you know exactly where Wicked Oak is... Because King of the Coop moved next door. I did not get that memo, so it took a little longer than it should have to find this place. But once you get in, you'll see instantly that this side of the building got a new makeover. It's a much more pleasant experience now. We did have a chance to talk to Bubba, the owner, after we were finished eating, as he seems to make a habit of asking everyone how their meal was. He gave us a little bit of background. He has been competing in the world of comp

Weekly Picks: Parks

"Mark, you don't post enough family stuff." Well....

Weekly Picks, 4/26/18

How about the best parks to take your kids to? Tampa has a ton of parks. Some more well known than others. If you have kids who like to get out and do different things, these parks should provide exactly what you're looking for! Lets get started.

Curtis Hixon Park, 2018

Location: 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Sitting directly on the Hillsborough River, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park offers a playground, a water feature, a large field, and resides the Glazer Children's Museum. This park also houses Fur Green Fields and sits on the Riverwalk. Around the corner, on the Riverwalk, also sits a dog park so you can let your fur babies run free. You'll know Curtis Hixon for all of the events that they seemingly hold. The first Thursday of the month hosts Rock The Park, there are tons of yoga and other fitness events weekly, Margarita Fest, Lights On Tampa, and a myriad of other events.

 







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Waterworks Park, 2018

Location: 1710 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

If you're taking a tour of the Riverwalk and are determined to walk the entire thing, then Waterworks will either be the first place you stop, or the last. Located on the northern end of the Riverwalk, Waterworks Park offers a playground, a waterpark, a dog park, a stage, a giant grassy field, and a restaurant in the form of Ulele. I personally find the view of the Hillsborough River much more appealing over here, and I've taken many pictures around this park. It has the history, the springs, the food... And even hosts a few events (Best Florida Beer, anyone?). This is one of the most aesthetically pleasing parks in Tampa.

 























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Perry Harvey, Sr. Park, 2018

Location: 1000 E Harrison St, Tampa, FL 33602

I'm sure you all remember the drama surrounding the Bro Bowl skatepark a few years back. "You can't tear it down! It's history." The City of Tampa came to an agreement and recreated the Bro Bowl, to the exact specs, about a block away from where it originally was. It wasn't just the bowl that was recreated, though. An entire skatepark was erected next to it. Now skaters have an awesome, free, place to skateboard, BMX, roller blade, or scooter... Or whatever else you guys are doing. And it would be so easy for me to stop at the skatepark, but this park offers so much more than that. For starters, there are two huge grassy fields that can be used for a multitude of activities (I saw some group there using one for a giant game of tag). There are basketball courts (which are unique to the parks on this list). There's a water feature (which has become Mayor Buckhorn's signature on his parks). The only thing seemingly missing from this park is an actual playground. Outside of that, this park has everything you could ask for. It also pays homage to the history of Central Ave, a prominent African American business district the 70's when the properties were bought up and the people displaced. This is, easily, the nicest park that Tampa currently has!





 


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