Cooper Levey-Baker has written about food, politics, civic issues, the arts, and music in Southwest Florida for 15 years. His work has won multiple awards from the Florida Magazine Association and the Florida Society of Professional Journalists, as well as an honorable mention from the Julia Child Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @LeveyBaker.

Mushroom Cloud

Gulf Coast Mushrooms Grows Edible Fungi in Gillespie Park

An unorthodox trio of growers explores the mysteries of fungi.

07/29/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Bodega bites

10 Bucks or Less: La Sabrosura

Meat me at the market.

07/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Breakfast Club

10 Bucks or Less: Keke's Breakfast Cafe

This Florida mini-chain does breakfast sandwiches right.

07/20/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Burger King

Has the Shakespeare's Burger Gone Downhill? An Investigation

Just give me my damn Pulitzer already.

07/19/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Naan Stop

10 Bucks Or Less: Gateway to India

Gateway to India's lunch buffet converts non-believers into naan believers.

07/12/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Pigging Out

10 Bucks or Less: Drunken Poet

A new selection of $9 street food items includes some potent pork.

07/06/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Road Not Taken

10 Bucks Or Less: Daily Eats

Ciccio Restaurant Group offers up two distinct choices in the Cooper Creek shopping plaza. I avoid the healthy one.

06/29/2016 Photography by Cooper Levey-Baker

Trailer Made

10 Bucks Or Less: El Carrito Grill

A gas station food truck that excels at crafting South American sandwiches.

06/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Take the Cake

How a Dispute at a Gulf Gate Bakery Ended Up on National TV

James Plocharsky, owner of Jim's Small Batch Bakery, filed a small claims complaint and ended up on The People's Court.

06/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Rapper's Delight

Venice Musician Dick Hyman Has Serious Hip Hop Cred

Hyman's work has been sampled in songs by Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul and Kanye West, among others.

06/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Convention Wisdom

Inside This Month's Republican National Convention

Each congressional district in Florida is sending three delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 18-21.

06/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

We Shall Overcome

Hundreds Gather at Five Points Park to Mourn, Remember, Speak Out

Speakers on Monday evening called for solidarity, encouraged fearlessness and memorialized Eddie Sotomayor, the Sarasota native killed in Orlando on Sunday.

06/15/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

That Toddlin' Town

10 Bucks Or Less: Tony's Chicago Beef Co.

In search of Second City sustenance.

06/15/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Food

Chiles Restaurants Earn TripAdvisor Certificate

The Sandbar, the Beach House and Mar Vista Dockside were recently recognized by TripAdvisor as recipients of its 2016 Certificate of Excellence.

06/13/2016 Research by staff

Paladares

10 Bucks Or Less: Mojo's Real Cuban

Taste-testing an emerging Cuban chain before it arrives in Southside Village.

06/06/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

After Dark

10 Bucks Or Less: The Monkey Business

Quality late-night sandwiches, right on Main.

06/01/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

5 Great Inexpensive Asian Restaurants

Discover outstanding and well-priced cuisine at one of these spots.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

6 Sensational Sandwiches

You'll find immensely satisfying sandwiches at these six local spots.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

The Best Cheap Eats in Sarasota-Manatee

25 dining destinations where a great meal costs $15 or less.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

Why Do Publix Subs Taste So Good?

Neuroscientist Stefan Crynen on what makes Publix subs sublime.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker