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Non-chain, GOOD restaurant Tampa, near Doubletree

Non-chain, GOOD restaurant Tampa, near Doubletree

Mar 27th, 2007, 06:18 AM
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bay/water = Columbia = ????
Did you mean Oystercatcher?

No water views at the Columbia in Ybor City.
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Mar 27th, 2007, 07:13 AM
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OK - I must be getting confused~ stress is builing big time now. Thanks.
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Mar 29th, 2007, 11:57 AM
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I probably shouldn't reply because you've almost decided what to do but if you decide you want the best Cuban food in Tampa and can forego the incredible atmosphere and flamenco at the Columbia, and if CHEAP is important, then go to Las Margaritas on Hillsborough Avenue. Dinner will average $13 with sangria and dessert. And the food is incredible. Columbia has done an about-face on their food and it is much better than it used to be. But it is pricey for what you get. Maybe go to Las Margaritas for dinner then head to the columbia for drinks. The teens should NOT walk Ybor by themselves. To get to Las Margaritas go north on Dale Mabry and then west on Hillsborough. It's about 3 blocks down on the north side of the street.

Grillsmith on S. Dale Mabry is the hot place now in South Tampa, one of two restaurants in this small local chain. Lively and good food. What happened with Skippers? They are full of atmosphere and their food is good.

Oystercatcher is very pricey. I had a bad experience there not too long ago but that is unusual. Civeche for tapas is very good. they have seafood but not what you traditionally think. they can get pricey if you keep ordering. I was not happy last time I went to Side Berns but Berns is always good.

Also, two places near each other in South Tampa that are consistently good and always have fresh seafood: Pane Rustica and Spartaco, both on MacDill. Usually a line but people wait as the food is well worth it.
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Mar 29th, 2007, 12:35 PM
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Skippers was a bit out of the way for some of us, as we had to get to airport after dinner to get more folks, and then we had some who were at Busch Garden etc etc. Seemed hard to get everyone there.

My neices's soon to be husband had a bad experience at OysterCatcher, so we decided to pass on it.

Thanks for the info TG! Maybe next meal LAs Margarita's.
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Mar 31st, 2007, 05:33 AM
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Pane Rustica, oh my! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that place. Makes me hungry to think about it.

I am delighted to find out about two great places I haven't tried yet: Alessi's Bakery and Las Margaritas. Can't wait to try them out!

Since we are talking about Tampa restaurants, what do people think about Valencia Garden?

Debi, hope you had a great visit!
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