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Downtown Tampa?

Having searched the Yvor reviews, perhaps I should dine near my hotel: the Hyatt downtown. Any suggestions?

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  1. Some great spots downtown are Spain on Tampa Street; there is an excellent Thai place on Franklin Ave next to Tampa Theater; Fly Bar and Grill also on Franklin Ave, excellent small plates, great atmosphere; Jackson's Bistro on Harbour Island-excellent Sushi. Hattricks is a lively sports place with great sandwhichs. Eddie and Sams has some of the best Pizza in Tampa.
    In Ybor-check Acropolis for Greek, Bellini's for Italian, Samarai Blue for Sushi.
    In Channelside- check Grille 29, great steaks and chops, nice view; Stumps Supper Club for BBQ and Southern style.

    1. Some suggestions.

      Mis en Place - Just out of downtown on Kennedy. One of the top restuarants in the Tampa Bay area. A short cab ride.
      Ceviche Tapas and Restuarant - Also just out of downtown on Bayshore. A short cab ride.
      Spain Restuarant and Tapas

      1. Highly recommend at "Spain" restaurant.
        Especially, weekend has live flamenco music & dance.
        3 blocks from Hyatt hotel

        1. I've always liked the crunchy grouper sandwich at Newk's down by Channelside

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          1. re: rhnault

            Newks accross from the ice palace is closed :(

            1. re: jme1beachbum

              It closed during the hockey strike, briefly, but reopened... it was a necessary planned hiatus

          2. Mise en place for nice food' and Bern's for steak

            1. Speaking of Channelside, any good parking options? I tried to use the "validated" parking at the nearby garage, but they charged me anyway. They claimed that validation meant a "discount" for the listed time, not "free", which is NOT how validation usually works. When pressed for the actual rules of the discount the attendant wouldn't give a straight answer, then gave me a BS answer that didn't add up mathematically, so it was clear she was lying to me and just making stuff up. Since I had no choice and had cars lining up behind me I paid the damn fee and left. I was so angry at being taken advantage of I haven't been back.

              1. The garage across from channelside/aquarium is only .50 cents when you have your parking ticket stamped by the Channelside Movie Theater. Other than that, im not sure who would "validate" parking in the area.

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                1. re: rshally

                  They charged me something like $3 when I showed them my stamped theater ticket. Makes me wonder if the attendant pocketed the money.

                2. its only good for up to 4 hours...

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                  1. re: rshally

                    I figure they should have charged me one of two ways:

                    1) 50 cents/4 hours, normal hourly charge after that
                    2) 50 cents/4 hours, retroactive charges in full for the 4 hours if you stay longer, plus normal hourly charges after that

                    After doing the math from the sign, the amount I was charged matched neither, nor did it match a round percentage discount or round per-hour discount, neither of which was a posted method of calculating charges.

                  2. Tinas Tapas in Channelside was pretty good! Fun place with 2-4 people, think more than that and you wouldn't get to try everything. The hot eggplant dish was amazing- even my husband (who despises veggies) enjoyed it!

                    1. Don't know if it's too late, or what but:
                      The Jerk Hut jamaican in downtown is really downhome and delicious. Try it if you never have.