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Tampa Dining Near Performing Arts Center

MEGStamford Feb 2, 2009 10:49 AM

I'll be there in late February and would love to be able to walk to the performance after dinner.

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  1. Manderley RE: MEGStamford Feb 2, 2009 03:54 PM

    We went to see Lion King last year, and planned on having dinner afterwards at Maestro, right there at TBPAC. I had checked the website, and it said that dinner would be served after the show, which was on a Saturday night. Surprise, surprise, we were told "Oh, Maestro's isn't open tonight." We drove around for almost an hour before finding an open Sports Bar where we could get a hamburger. Not exactly what I had in mind. Just wanted to let you know, even if the website says Maestro's is going to be open, don't believe it. It really was not a good end to an otherwise great night.

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      LJBTampa RE: MEGStamford Feb 3, 2009 06:50 AM

      Mise en Place is nice. www.miseonline.com
      They'll even ask if you're going to a show to make sure you make it on time. I'm not sure I'd walk from here to there but it is less than a mile.

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        MDub RE: LJBTampa Feb 3, 2009 09:05 AM

        I was going to mention Molio's (I have not been to the new location downtown), but I have to 2nd Mise en Place. Great food!. I have never had a bad meal there.

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        gfr1111 RE: MEGStamford Feb 3, 2009 07:37 AM

        MEGStamford, I'd recommend Spain, a tapas place at 513 N. Tampa St.. Phone: 223-2831. It serves delicious tapas for about $10 a plate. You'll need about two to three plates per person for a meal. They also serve larger portions as a full meal, which are probably actually a better deal, since they are in the $18-$20 range (as I vaguely recall). Wines are reasonably priced at about $7-8 a good-sized glass.

        I would also recommend Fly Restaurant at 1202 N. Franklin Street. This is a very trendy place, also serving small plates, but more American in concept. The flagship restaurant is located in the San Francisco area. Prices are higher than Spain. I recommend the Kurobuta pork sandwiches, a sort of gourmet White Castle. There is a big selection of foreign and small brewery beers. My girlfriend thinks that the neighbor is dangerous-looking, but I don't perceive it that way. It is just a little run down.

        Both restaurants are well within walking distance of the Performing Arts Center but do require crossing Ashley, which has traffic lights and walkways for pedestrians, but which is very wide and very busy--perhaps a challenge for a woman in high heels.

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          Miss E RE: MEGStamford Feb 3, 2009 08:00 PM

          Go to Spain as gfr1111 suggests: great food, great service, cool atmosphere, and an easy stroll to TBPAC. If you have time before or after the show, hit Taps, on the ground floor of Skypoint practically across the street from TBPAC. It's a wine bar, very cool and fun.

          Oh, and I think Mdub meant "Malio's".

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            LeeSart RE: MEGStamford Feb 8, 2009 12:21 PM

            Cafe European around the corner from Mise en Place is small and eclectic, with good food.

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              rikkikm RE: LeeSart Feb 9, 2009 11:07 AM

              Taps has small plates choices too. I think I prefer their food over The Fly. The dip trio and mac and cheese are great.

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