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Need a business lunch place near TPA

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hbt1290 Feb 9, 2009 01:51 PM

This coming Saturday, a business associate is coming to town and we need a place for lunch at or near International Mall/Tampa airport. Looking for full bar service, quiet, any type of food will work, cost not an issue. My guest is having dinner at Capital Grill at the mall, so we need something else. Thanks in advance

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    kentski RE: hbt1290 Feb 10, 2009 02:44 AM

    Saturday is a bit tough, since many of the nicer places (Roy's and Ocean Prime come to mind) are only open M-F for lunch. Still, you're in a good area within 2-3 miles of some decent choices.

    I'd check out the newly-opened Aquaknox over at the Westin Rocky Point (I'm 90% certain its open for Saturday lunch) or Mitchell's Fish House at Westshore Plaza (one of my favorite places). You also have Pelagio Trattoria at the Renaissance at International Plaza and Shula's over at the Intercontinental Westshore. Of all of those, I'd choose Mitchell's, especially if your business associate likes seafood (and since she/he is eating at a steakhouse that evening).

    Speaking of which, while Capital Grille is perfectly fine, I'd suggest Charley's Steakhouse for dinner instead (also nearby in Westshore) or Ocean Prime, which is just outside International Plaza. Or heading out to the Hard Rock Casino for the Council Oaks Steakhouse or downtown Tampa to Malio's. All, for me, much better options ... but, again, Capital Grille is fine.

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      Miss E RE: hbt1290 Feb 10, 2009 06:15 AM

      I don't know if it's open for Saturday lunch (it is during the week), but Roy's is a good option, too. It's across Boy Scout Blvd from the mall, next door to Fleming's. You can check the website to make sure.

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        hbt1290 RE: Miss E Feb 10, 2009 07:04 AM

        Thanks to both of you. Mitchell's sounds perfect.

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