The Tampa Bay Area Restaurants

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  • 1. Hurricane Seafood Restaurant

    $$ | Seafood

    Sunsets and Gulf views are the bait that hooks regulars as well as travelers who find their way to this somewhat hidden pit stop in historic...Read More

  • 2. Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish

    $ | Seafood

    Picture this: flip-flop-wearing anglers and beach-towel-clad bathers lolling on picnic benches, sipping a beer, and devouring oak-smoked salmon...Read More

  • 3. Bella's Italian Café

    $$ | Hyde Park | Italian

    While this popular SoHo (South Howard Avenue) eatery earned its wings by offering crowd-pleasing Italian classics, much of this mainstay's popularity...Read More

  • 4. Café Dufrain

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    Dogs can tag along if you dine on the front patio at pet-friendly Café Dufrain, an eatery right on the Hillsborough River across from the Amalie...Read More

  • 5. Cappy's Pizza

    $ | Seminole Heights | Pizza

    Chicago may be the first place you think of when you hear the words "deep-dish pizza," which is why the high-quality pies this local chain offers...Read More

  • 6. Dan's Clam Stand

    $ | Seafood

    Four reasons to go: the fried grouper sandwich, the clam "chowda," anything else seafood, and the beef burgers. The original location is about...Read More

  • 7. Datz Tampa

    $$ | SoHo | Eclectic

    Fans of a hearty meal will not be slighted here; the eclectic menu is mostly massive sandwiches and hefty plates (and printed on tabloid paper...Read More

  • 8. Gulf Drive Café & Tiki

    $ | American

    Especially popular for breakfast (served all day), this unassuming landmark squats on the beach and serves cheap sit-down eats: mostly sandwiches...Read More

  • 9. Kojak's House of Ribs

    $ | South Tampa | American

    Few barbecue joints can boast the staying power of this family-owned and -operated pit stop. Located along a shaded stretch in South Tampa,...Read More

  • 10. Lucky Dill Deli

    $ | American

    This New York–style deli serving breakfast, lunch, and early dinner is often packed. Favorites include Cuban sandwiches, pastrami sandwiches...Read More

  • 11. Mel's Hot Dogs

    $ | Central Tampa | Hot Dog

    Look for the red wiener-mobile parked on the north side of the highway near the theme park, and you'll find this 1950s-style diner that specializes...Read More

  • 12. Museum Cafe

    $ | Cuban

    A short trip west of Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Refuge, this tiny eatery is housed in the Olde Mill House Printing Museum. It's only open...Read More

  • 13. Nitally's ThaiMex Fusion

    $$ | Eclectic

    For those who take pride in their ability to handle the heat, this casual yet acclaimed fusion eatery is a must. It's run by a married couple...Read More

  • 14. Owen's Fish Camp

    $$ | American

    Nestled in a banyan-shaded corner of the hip Burns Court district of downtown Sarasota, this spot dishes out quintessentially Southern fare...Read More

  • 15. PJ's Oyster Bar

    $$ | Seafood

    Follow the crowds to this off-the-beaten-path eatery, where numerous varieties of beer flow as freely as the rolls of paper towels mounted on...Read More

  • 16. RumFish Grill

    $$$ | Seafood

    While the fish served at this upbeat restaurant at the Guy Harvey Outpost resort is deserving of much attention, the ones swimming in the 33...Read More

  • 17. Sandbar Restaurant

    $$$ | American

    While their ever-evolving menu features cutting-edge fare for the most sophisticated of palates, the margarita-and-coconut-shrimp crowd will...Read More

  • 18. Sloppy Joe's on the Beach

    $$ | Seafood

    A sister to the famous Hemingway haunt in Key West, this breezy spot is less gritty than the original and a little more focused on food than...Read More

  • 19. Taco Bus

    $ | Central Tampa | Mexican

    It's a Mexican joint with a simple name in a less-than-magnificent location, but that matters not to anyone who's ever eaten to this legendary...Read More

  • 20. The Living Room on Main

    $ | Mediterranean

    Hand-picked antique furnishings add charm to this downtown Dunedin spot, which specializes in Mediterranean-inspired small plates and spectacular...Read More

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