What to Eat in Tampa, Florida

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  1. Wolter! I l thought your points about New Orleans were fair and measured but you lose points for not mentioning Frenchmen Street or taking a streetcar to Joachimo's! Many moons ago i visited Tampa frequently. I miss it. Also, ditch the pony tail. Embrace the love that is the priviledge of being a bald man. It speaks of your virility. Shave ya noggin.

  2. From a local, Datz, Dr. BBQ, Cajun Cafe on the Bayou, Loli's Mexican Cravings, Bodega, Yummy House Bistro, Rusty Bellies seafood if you get up to Tarpon Springs, Star Fish Dockside in Cortez, Ulele, and Mekenita's. That should be a good start.

  3. I'm a St. Pete local. Some restaurant recommendations around the area:
    Clearwater Beach: Palm Pavilion
    Downtown St. Pete: Cassis (French/Southern fusion), Bella Brava (Italian)
    Downtown Tampa: Oxford Exchange
    St. Pete Beach area/Madeira/Redington: You basically have your choice of seafood restaurants, but Conch and Shells are two of my favorites.
    Ybor: Columbia

  4. lived in Tampa 2000-2008. If in Tampa check out Philly Phlava! Best cheesesteaks outside of Philly. Also Mellow Mushroom has good pizza. And don't forget to play the strip bar game-you can go to one and throw a rock in any direction and hit another 🙂 Can play for hours.

  5. When I went to Tampa I got hungry like around 9pm went to ybor to a Cuban restaurant that opens late. When we were about to go in. I saw a guy hiding in the bushes I thought he was friends with the guy that was getting out the restaurant than I saw him knock the guy out by chocking him it was scary.

  6. I'd suggest heading about 45 minutes south to Sarasota as well. Top eating spots:
    1. Lucky Pelican – the buffalo calamari is probably the best anywhere. The Swordfish cannot be passed up.
    2. Phillippi Creek Restaurant and Oyster bar. There's really nothing bad and yes the Gator is excellent.
    3. Daiquiri Deck. There's one on St. Armand's Key and one on Siesta Key. If for nothing else…go for the daiquiris! There is nothing better than after spending an afternoon on one of the whitest sand beaches in the world, going and grabbing a daiquiri!

  7. My sister lives in Tampa so I visit a lot. You hit the nail on the head with mentioning craft beers and Greek food, but also the Spanish and Mexican food there is to die for. Don't leave Tampa without going to the Taco Bus! 🙂

  8. If you're in Tampa near the stadium then go to La Teresita, on Columbus Avenue, and eat at the lunch counter. It's on the opposite side of the building from the sit down restaurant. The cuisine is typical Cuban, the food is good, it's cheap, it's fast, it's open 24 hours, and the place is a Tampa institution. I've met the mayor there, the Fire Chief, the Chief of Police, and several City Council members.

  9. Ughhhh if only you posted this a week ago. 🤦🏾‍♀️I was in Florida mainly Port Gorda and Tampa last week. Well at least I have this for next my Fl trip next year.

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