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travisleroy Jan 17, 2007 01:32 AM

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

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    wishbugger Jan 24, 2007 12:16 PM

    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.

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      jme1beachbum Jan 23, 2007 05:37 PM

      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!

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        rshally Jan 20, 2007 04:49 PM

        its only good for up to 4 hours...

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          aynrandgirl Jan 20, 2007 10:12 PM

          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.

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          rshally Jan 20, 2007 01:00 PM

          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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            aynrandgirl Jan 20, 2007 03:12 PM

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

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            aynrandgirl Jan 20, 2007 06:55 AM

            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. steakman55 Jan 19, 2007 09:31 PM

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

              1. rhnault Jan 18, 2007 11:33 AM

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

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                  jme1beachbum Jan 23, 2007 05:35 PM

                  Newks accross from the ice palace is closed :(

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                    rhnault Jan 24, 2007 03:30 AM

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

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                  BradPatt Jan 18, 2007 05:21 AM

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

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                    Wineman Jan 17, 2007 01:35 PM

                    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

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                      rshally Jan 17, 2007 01:11 PM

                      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.

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