Cooper Levey-Baker has written about food, politics, civic issues, the arts, and music in Southwest Florida for a decade. His work has won an honorable mention from the Julia Child Foundation and a Bronze Award for Best In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Magazine Association, and he was named a finalist for Best Public Service Reporting by the Florida Society of Professional Journalists. His fiction earned him a John Ringling Fund Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Sarasota County and his rendition of "Drunk in Love" has left karaoke audiences throughout the region bewildered.


Three Delicious Mezcal Cocktails

Whip up one of these sippers the next time you're contemplating a cocktail.

03/12/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Road Trips

Kennedy Space Center Aims to Inspire Future Astronauts

You can plan a trip to Kennedy to coincide with a SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral; videos of takeoffs and landings are breathtaking.

03/01/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Wakeup Call

Three Killer South County Breakfast Spots

Three killer South County breakfast spots.

03/01/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Caffeine Dreams

The Coffee Lover's Guide to Sarasota

A guide to the best cups around.

02/28/2018 By Megan McDonald and Cooper Levey-Baker

Caffeine Dreams

In Praise of Starbucks, Kind Of

Making peace with the great green empire.

02/28/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Caffeine Dreams

The Best Convenience Store and Fast Food Coffees

Cooper Levey-Baker tastes and tells.

02/28/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Second Chances

Should Former Felons Have the Right to Vote?

More than 6 million Americans are barred from voting because of a felony conviction—including more than 1.6 million in Florida.

02/28/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Made in SRQ

Made in SRQ: Super-Sensitive Musical Strings

What better way to compliment that Stradivarius you've got laying around?

02/28/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Goat Meal

Now Open: Screaming Goat Taqueria

The outstanding pick of condiments elevates the food at this new Gulf Gate eatery.

02/27/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cold Chillin'

A New Popsicle Shop Keeps it Pretty Chill on St. Armands Circle

Winter is gone, and we're on the hunt for sweet relief.

02/23/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Two New Metro Diners Opening Next Month

The two new restaurants are the chain's 50th and 51st locations.

02/21/2018 By Staff

Meat and Three, Coming This Fall

Builders Break Ground on New Nonprofit Newtown Restaurant

"This is the exact opposite of gentrification," said Terrill Salem, whose company, T. Salem Construction, LLC, will be building Miss Susie's Newtown Kitchen.

02/20/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

French Twist

10 Bucks Or Less: Brasserie Honoré

Find tasty sandwiches and salads at the café inside the new Whole Foods Market.

02/14/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Living on the Edge

Do Rising Car Loan Defaults Signal a Precarious Economy?

Last year, the rate of delinquencies on subprime auto loans rose to 9.7 percent for auto lenders not affiliated with banks or credit unions, up from just 5.8 percent in 2012.

02/02/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Al Fresco Favorites

The Best Outdoor Dining in Sarasota-Manatee

The best place to eat in Southwest Florida? Outside, of course.

01/25/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Roadside Attractions

Watch the World Stroll by at These Sidewalk Dining Destinations

Great food and great people watching? Count us in.

01/25/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Plein Air Plenty

The Best Farmers Market Eats

Along with ready-to-eat options, our region's bustling farmers markets offer some appealing places to enjoy a quick lunch or snack, from outdoor tables to the Phillippi market’s beautiful park with water views.

01/25/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Road Trip

A Taste of Nirvana: Tampa's Wat Mongkolratanaram Buddhist Temple

You'll find stunning flavors at this Buddhist temple’s outdoor market.

01/25/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Where the Wild Things Are

These Outdoor Spaces Welcome Kids

Kids and adults alike will enjoy these six great spots.

01/25/2018 Photography by Cooper Levey-Baker

On the Waterfront

Water Views are The Reason We're Here

Enjoy a great meal and a gorgeous view at any one of these seven spots.

01/25/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker