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Aug 13, 2007 05:42 AM

Tampa- near John Knox Village on Fletcher Ave.?

Soon, I will be visiting a friend at John Knox Village, at 4100 Fletcher Avenue.

Chowhounds, What would you recommend in the way of a good Seafood or Steak (or authentic Florida, southern) place nearby for lunch? Thanks!

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  1. there's some good food up that way, but i can't think of many good fla or steak places nearby that i have knowledge of.

    Savvy Jack';s serves some updated southern comfort food on 56th south of fowler.

    Morae's serves good persian on fletcher nearby, good kebabs and such.

    1. I work at John Knox Village doing a service once a month...
      Often, I'll hit a Thai restaurant called Lai Thai for their lunch buffet...
      It's a pretty little restaurant and the food is nice...
      Just a mile or so west of John Knox Village on the left...

      Lai Thai Restaurant

      1905 E Fletcher Ave
      Tampa, FL 33612
      (813) 977-9065

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      1. re: Mild Bill

        Mild Bill, thanks, does the restaurant use the fresh (wide) pillowy rice noodles for such dishes as Kee Mao? Hard to find in Florida Thai places, I have noticed.

        1. re: alkapal

          I don't know that much about Thai food to ID the species of noodle...
          I've also never ordered off the menu... I just hunt and peck off of the buffet...
          It's OK--- a lil' bit better than a couple other Thai lunch buffets I pop into when I'm bouncing around town...

          1. re: Mild Bill

            Mild Bill, seek out the fresh rice noodles. they are made in sheets, and then sliced. they are pillowy and soft, and luscious. they make a totally different taste sensation. try a kee mao.


            see this link for info on the fresh noodle. have to go now, readying for chowhound road trip to Florida -- and 18 hours of drudgery on highways!

            1. re: alkapal

              good God, you're not likelty to find fresh noodles at Lai Thai's buffet. I don't go anymore--- not much flavor to be found there. Thai Ruby to the north on 30th is far better.

      2. A good steak in that neighborhood is a real stretch. If you want some good Florida, food though, take Fletcher west to Bruce B. Downs and then a quick left on to Bearrs Ave. Follow that down about 2 miles - you'll come to a fork in the road with Skipper Road to the left. Take that to the end and you find Skipper's Smokehouse on your right ( You'll find local seafood, gator tail and conch chowder and some pretty good entertainment. You can think of it as a poor man's House of Blues..

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        1. re: srcusa

          thanks, that looks great! FYI for anyone posting a website address, for some reason, the parentheses around it nullify the hot link. but skipperssmokehouse warranted a "type into the browser" for SURE!

        2. Cafe Don Jose is pretty close, 56th between Fletcher and Fowler

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          1. re: sarge

            Don Jose is a nice choice if want a more upscale experience. Overpriced for dinner, but ideal for lunch.

          2. Not sure where you are coming from or what you consider "good seafood", but if you take Bruce B Downs going south and cross over Fletcher and then Fowler you will see a Shells Seafood restaurant on you right about half a mile down. I am originally from New England and believe that their clam chowder is better then any I have had in Boston. Yes, it is a florida chain and some will disagree with me, I think for lunch they have a great value and the Shrimp Mezzo Mezzo is out of this world with garlic flavor. Interesting to note, there reason that I think it is a good value for lunch is because salad is included, but not with dinner.