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Tampa: near Convention Cntr & more

baltoellen Mar 28, 2008 07:59 AM

I've read though a lot of old posts, and it seems that Tampa is my kind of place when it comes to food. I already have Arco Iris and The West Tampa Sandwich Shop high on my list, however, I'll be in town to exhibit at a convention, and will be tired afterwards and would like to find a decent, inexpensive, unpretentious non-chain place in the Convention Center area for dnner.

Other than Cuban food (which I think I have covered), I would really like to find GOOD Trini.

Any ideas?

Thanks.

  1. k
    KendallBear Mar 29, 2008 04:34 PM

    Chez Bryce on Davis Island
    SideBerns for good Martini
    Actually the Marriott Waterside makes a good martini at the Bar
    I like SOuth Tampa - Mad Dog and Englishmen is another good stand by - Bar only has Beer and wine - but good selections

    1. f
      foggy Mar 29, 2008 04:56 PM

      There's a cute french bistro close to the convention center called L'Eden. Excellent food - husband and wife team - he cooks, she does the front of the house. I've only been a few times and had savory crepes but the other dishes coming out of the kitchen looked fabulous. There are at 500 Tampa Street and I'm attaching a link for their menus.
      http://www.menusearch.net/tampa/resta.... Good Luck.

      1. baltoellen Mar 29, 2008 05:23 PM

        Thanks!

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        1. re: baltoellen
          r
          rikkikm Mar 30, 2008 04:49 AM

          Excuse my ignorance, but can you clarify "good trini"?

          1. re: rikkikm
            baltoellen Mar 30, 2008 08:43 AM

            The good part or the Trini part? ;-) I meant a good rendition of the amazing food found in Trinidad. There's one "Trini" place her in Baltimore, but I remember reading on some thread, the just flew in one, I think, that Tampa had good "Trini." Also, food from Trinidad is very different from, say, Jamaican, which I think is generally more prevalent in some parts of the US.

            1. re: baltoellen
              r
              rikkikm Mar 30, 2008 05:59 PM

              Caribbean Connections is a new place (and NOT related to the chain of a similar name) with "Trini" and Guyanan food. A friend had a great shrimp curry there for lunch- I was less fond of the hot pot I got, but only because it's not a cut of meat I normally eat. I plan to go back and try something else. I loved the Sorrel drink. It's new and clean and with a better atmosphere than Tara's Roti shop- although Tara's is supposed to have good trini food too. Both are near USF and subsequently, no where near the Convention center. Guess that's the "& more" part.

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              Tara's Roti Shop
              10006 N 30th St, Tampa, FL 33612

              Caribbean Connections Rstrnt
              10509 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33612

              1. re: rikkikm
                baltoellen Mar 30, 2008 06:47 PM

                Thanks. Yes, it is the "& more" part. And, of course, it would be really great if I could find a good Cuban sandwich and a good roti near the convention center.....

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