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May 6, 2008 06:15 AM

Lunch in Tampa...near Hillsborough Ave?

How's that for being specific? HA!

I'm writing from North Carolina.
My friends birthday is next Monday and I'd love to send him a gift certificate for a nice lunch eatery near his work. (33634 zip code, if that helps).

I've googled, but nothing decent has caught my attention.

Your thoughts? Thanks So Much!

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  1. 33634 is a big Industrial Park area- service side of the airport ... I am thinking.... it's mostly diners though and chain/drive thru in the area. A lot of guys go to lunch at Green Iguana and Buffalo Wild Wings. They are in the same complex and Green Iguana is a local chain that's a fun place with pretty good food.

    1. Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant is right there...

      We went on Saturday and it was really good...
      We've been there 50 times over the years probably, and it's pretty consistent...
      If anything, it's gotten better...

      Moist/fresh/tasty Tamales topped with a hearty sauce with tender pork chunks...
      Delicious Menudo with onions, cilantro, oregano, rice, and tortillas...
      Tacos, Chimichangas, Fajitas, and Burritos with your choice of various meats...
      Sopas.... whatever...

      Wonderful slow-cooked Pinto beans...

      Pretty darn good...
      It's 'mildly' Americanized I think, but they can pig-out with a big decadent Mexican feast here----- if they like Mexican food...

      I wanna go right now after writing this...

      4502 W Hillsborough Ave
      Tampa, FL 33614-5420
      Phone: (813) 879-4096

      3 Replies
      1. re: Mild Bill

        They have pretty good food there but I can only go when I can have a beer because their water tastes gross there which affects the ice,the tea, and they have no bottled water. I know I am crazy...

        1. re: rhnault

          Jeez, 'don't drink the water' comes to Tampa! :-)

          I'll see if it's funky on my next visit there...
          I had Diet Coke and it tasted fine to me... But then again, I was eating Menudo!

          1. re: Mild Bill

            Maybe they got a filter by now. My last experience was about 8-9 months ago. Must be my princess palate lol. A lot of people I work with eat there often.

      2. The 33634 zip is a large area, in Tampa you just about have to drive everywere, so don,t hesitate to look for surounding areas.

        33615 chain restauartaurants
        Carabas, Outback, Mellow Mushroom, acouple of places around Westfiedls shoping mall.
        33607 Chains and a couple of independents
        Westshore Plaza (Maggianos, The Palm, PF Chang)
        International Plaza (quite a few restaurants)

        Crabby Bills on SR60

        It boils down to how much you want to spend the type of person he is.
        I live in the 33615 zip, but its hart to tell were the 33615 33614 33634 begin and end.