Where do you head for a business meal?
That’s easy, and yes, I’m biased, but Bern’s Steak House [Ed. note: Palmer Kuhl is Bern’s PR director]. The experience is second-to-none. And you accomplish more in business over a meal, in my opinion. If only the walls at Bern’s could talk… Wow!
What is your favorite new restaurant in Tampa?
Considering I eat out regularly, I have many favorites, but I recently went to Nebraska Mini-Mart. Chef Ferrell Alvarez is not only an exemplary chef and a really cool guy, but he made food fun! The onion rings and kimchi hot dog? Don’t miss those! Shuffleboard and bocce? I am in! Even though my attempt at playing was futile, his snacks and wine were on point for a great Friday night out.
What is your favorite place in town for comfort food?
I love barbecue. I think 4 Rivers does an amazing job of awesome ‘cue. John and his staff make the experience casual and delicious, and the options are amazing. Have you had their beans? So tasty.
What is your favorite place in Tampa for a drink, and what are you sipping?
Haven. Again, slightly biased, but I love bourbon. And you can’t get a better list than behind their bar. Armani’s bar as well. The views are spectacular, and they have a great wine list.
Where is your favorite place for a healthy meal, and what are you ordering?
Fresh Kitchen, for sure. I get the sweet potato noodles with mushrooms, broccoli or Brussels and barbecue chicken, plus a little Parmesan and guacamole with the herb vinaigrette. Great meal, fast, fresh and healthy. The immune shot they have? The best thing ever for when I’m a little under the weather.
Settle this debate: Who makes the best Cuban sandwich or the best pizza in town?
I discovered the Cuban when I moved to Tampa. I do enjoy one occasionally, though it’s not a go-to, but I do think Arco Iris or the Columbia [makes the best Cubans]. For pizza, I would say Sally O’Neal’s because their mango pizza — it was a special recently — wow. I could have eaten the whole pie. The chicken and artichoke needs no explanation. I love that they are family owned, too.
Since this is the Health, Beauty and Fitness Issue, where do you go to feel more healthy, beautiful or fit?
I have three places. Orangetheory Fitness is my obsession. Yes. Like, true love. I love going to the gym. Who says that? But when your trainer plays “Pony” by Ginuwine every time you are on the rower, it cannot get any better for a workout. The music is great, and the workout is always different. Plus I burn 500-plus calories a class. It’s simply the best.
I also love The Station. Abby Griffith and her team are incredible. This is a one-stop-shop for hair, color, lashes, facials and more. I hate to say it, but I’m there quite often because not only do they make me feel amazing, they are all dear friends.
Finally, Blow Bar. Yes, I’m a junkie. But a blowout is like the best guilty pleasure. As for much as I’m on the go, the team there makes me feel pretty every time!