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Water's Edge
For a bite to eat after seeing Weeki Wachi, head west on Route 50 and discover a way to Old Florida and delicious seafood. This colorfully painted restaurant stretches far beyond its mainstays of grouper and shrimp specialties with extensive pasta, chicken, meat, and sandwiches. Grouper, prepared any of 10 ways, is always excellent.
Waters Edge Weeki Wachi
6024 Cortez Blvd. Weeki Wachi, FL 34607 Phone: 352-597-5457
GameWorks
The restaurant (Jax Grill) and bar (Hop Scotch) at this fun factory are secondary attractions to the massive, 128-game arcade designed by Steven Speilberg. Jax Grill has solid offerings like grilled swordfish, baby-back ribs, and a tasty meat loaf, along with quesadillas, fish-and-chips, pizza, and burgers. The Hop Scotch lounge has many imported beers.
Game Works Tampa
1600 E. 8th Ave. Ybor City
Tampa, FL 33605 Phone: 813-241-9675
Bern's Steakhouse
The elegance at Bern's is legendary, and many feel it's Tampa's best restaurant. Chef-owner Bern Lexer ages his own beef, grows his own organic vegetables, roasts his own coffee, and maintains his own saltwater fish tanks. Cuts of topmost beef are sold by weight and thickness. The wine list includes nearly 7,000 selections (with 1,800 dessert wines).
Bern's Steak House, Tampa
1208 S. Howard Ave. Hyde Park
Tampa, FL 33606 Phone: 813-251-2421
(in Florida call 800-282-1547
Dish Dish, Tampa Restaurant
A Tampa favorite, here you get an empty dish which you fill with your choices and take to a large teppanyaki station. There a chef stir-fries your chicken, pork, beef, fish, and veggies while you watch. The price depends on how many trips to the grill station you take.
1600 E. 8th Ave. Ybor City
Tampa, FL 33605 Phone: 813-241-8300
Bon Appetit
Known for its creative fare, this restaurant has views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the gulf. European-trained chefs/owners Peter Kreuziger and Karl Heinz Riedl offer salads and light entrees as well as such selections as broiled rack of lamb in herbal pecan crust and seafood mixed grill with vegetable remoulade sauce.
Bon Appetit, Dunedin Restaurant
148 Marina Plaza Dunedin, FL 34698 Phone: 727-733-2151
Too Jay's Too Jays Deli/Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Florida
Knishes and roast brisket with potato pancakes are the mainstays at this kosher-style delicatessen. Other selections include salmon cakes, shrimp pesto, and shepherd's pie. Be sure to try the eclair, a house specialty.
141 2nd Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 34698 Phone: 727-823-3354
Bridie Gannon's Pub & Eatery
In a town known for its Greek food, you might be suprised to find an Irish pub, but as soon as the fresh Irish soda bread gets to your table, you know you're somewhere special. The menu includes staple Irish dishes such as bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd's pie.
200 Tarpon Ave. Tarpon Springs, FL
34689
Phone: 727-942-3011
Armani's
This Italian rooftop restaurant has great view of Tampa Bay, and one of the best sunset views on the gulf. Pastas include black pepper pappardelle with scallops, shrimp and lemon pepper sauce. Another must-try is the signature veal scallopini Armani. The roast rack of lamb is a house specialty.
Armanis Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Westshore, Tampa Florida
Hyatt Regency Westshore
6200 Courtney Campbell Cswy
Tampa, FL 33607 Phone: 813-207-6800
Columbia
Built in 1905, this impressive structure with airy dining rooms and a sunlit courtyard takes up an entire city block. The paella may the best in Florida, and the Columbia 1905 salad is legendary. The menu has Cuban classics such as ropa vieja and arroz con pollo. Flamenco dancing happens on most nights.
Columbia Restaurant, Ybor City, Florida
2117 E. 7th Ave. Ybor City
Tampa, FL 33605 Phone: 813-248-4961
Louis Pappas' Riverside Restaurant
Louis Pappas, Tarpon Springs Restaurant
This waterside restaurant allows a breathtaking view of the Anclote River. Dishes include moussaka, chicken spanakopita, and dolmades. There's a delicious selection of Florida classics like stuffed shrimp and grouper. Or try something Italian like the chicken Alfredo or marsala.
10 W. Dodecanese Blvd.
Tarpon Springs, FL
34689
Phone: 727-937-5101
Chateau France
Built in 1910, this Victorian house today provides a most pleasant dining experience. Try traditional French dishes such as coq au vin and Dover sole meunière. Filet mignon is a specialty, in five variations nightly. Chocolate souffle and tableside-prepared flaming crepes suzette are not to be missed.
Chateau France, St. Petersburg, Florida Restaurant
136 4th Ave. N.E. St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-894-7163
Kojak's House of Ribs
Since it first opened in 1978, this casual eatery has been voted a Tampa favorite year after year in local polls. Day and night the three indoor dining rooms and outdoor dining terrace are crowded with hungry patrons digging into tender barbecued ribs. There's chicken on the menu as well, with sides of coleslaw, potato salad and juicy corn on the cob.
Kojak's House of Ribs, Tampa Restaurant
2808 Gandy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33611 Phone: 813-837-3774
Kaiko Japanese Restaurant
Sit at the counter or grab a table and relax for some authentic Japanese food. The appetizer menu gives you many choices, for instance fried tofu, vegetable sushi, and sashimi. Traditionally prepared sushi and makimono (rolled sushi) are specialties here. Entrees include teriyaki-grilled chicken, beef, and seafood and are accompanied by rice, miso soup and a salad.
Kaiko Japanese Restaurant. Clearwater, Florida
7245 McMullen Booth Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33611
Phone: 727-791-6640
Bernini
Bernini's Restaurant, Tampa/Ybor City, Florida
In the former Bank of Ybor City building, this trendy restaurant has a class-A look and daring entrees like crispy duck with raspberry-pepper glaze and goat cheese potato cake, veal lasagna and grilled oregano swordfish. The Caesar pizza is among the elite of the wood-fired pizzas.
1702 E. 7th Ave. Ybor City
Tampa, FL 33605 Phone: 813-248-0099
Abodo Grill
The Mexican fast food here is prepared unlike any nationwide chain. A main specialty is the beef chipotle burrito. Also worth trying are the roast pork burritos and grilled mahi tacos. And don't forget the excellent guava turnovers. The restaurant serves over-the-counter with seating indoors and under umbrellas on the patio.
Adobo Mexican Grill/Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Florida
167 2nd Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-823-8226
Bonefish Grill
Live jazz and a great sampling of local seafood are trademarks of this popular restaurant near downtown. Rock shrimp fettuccine diablo and wood-grilled grouper are popular offerings. Sauteed Mussels with lemon wine sauce is a top-notch appetizer. And if you don't care for fish, you're still covered; the pork tenderloin Portobello piccata is unbelievable.
Bonefish Grill, St. Petersburg, Florida
5901 4th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: 727/521-3434

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