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Birthday dinner- tomorrow night- Tampa/Carollwood

jme1beachbum May 28, 2009 01:02 PM

Hello to all. Bought a house in Northdale area, tomorrow is my birthday and I really would like a nice place for dinner. I know I should be more specific, but was hoping I could get Tampa CHers favorite special occasion places. Not wanting crazy upscale or very expensive. Basically like most cuisines- faves include real italian, sushi and seafood, steak, and spanish tapas, but really like most everything. Good wine list always a plus. I tend to avoid majority of chains. Appreciate all timely responses (i know its last minute- just closed last Friday!). Thanks:)

  1. rhnault May 28, 2009 01:10 PM

    Toasted Pheasant. I have not been there but have been wanting to go for a while. Vizcaya, nice tapas and good Spanish wine. Thai Sweet Basil for the whole snapper and stuffed chicken wings.

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      ElGimpo May 28, 2009 03:54 PM

      I'd suggest Gio's Italian on Waters and Dale Mabry.

      Quaint small fine dining restaurant with piano player and lots of wines. Been there a few times and was excellent every time. Reasonable prices.

      menu: http://www.menuism.com/links/show/dDEtEUj9ar3B0Raby-t3N_

      review: http://tboextra.com/content/2008/oct/...

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        TampaNativeThatLovesNYC May 29, 2009 05:16 AM

        Sweet Basil Thai is good, it's in Northdale Court, I disagree w Gio's, it's terrible and overpriced. My fave Carrollwood place is Terra Sur, it's right by the Sweet Bay that's on Ehrlich Rd., just passed Ben Hill. REALLY cute Peruvian place, great seafood, steak and ceviche! Good wine and sangria 2! Oh ya, their flan is DELISH!

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          rhnault May 29, 2009 05:39 AM

          But Gino's Italian which is not too far from Gio's is really good. I have heard bad things about Gio's as well.

          1. re: rhnault
            sarge May 29, 2009 06:37 AM

            I've always done well at Gio's, and I find it reasonably priced. I second Vizcaya as well. Two good choices.

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          TampaNativeThatLovesNYC May 29, 2009 07:53 AM

          Gio's on WAters has frozen chicken and pre made pasta

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          1. re: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC
            sarge May 29, 2009 08:05 AM

            How do you know that?

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              rhnault May 29, 2009 08:18 AM

              Andy Huse gave it a not-so-good review on his blog.

              1. re: rhnault
                sarge May 29, 2009 09:05 AM

                Did he say they use frozen chicken

                1. re: sarge
                  rhnault May 29, 2009 11:29 AM

                  I don't think he had the chicken ; )

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            TampaNativeThatLovesNYC May 29, 2009 10:23 AM

            Because it tastes like frozen chicken

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            1. re: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC
              sarge May 29, 2009 03:39 PM

              I'll stand by my reccommendation

            2. EmmaToo May 29, 2009 08:13 PM

              Hope you had a nice birthday tonight. I was going to recommend going to Choxotica Chocolate Bar on Ehrlich Rd. after dinner for to-die-for chocolate drinks. You could still go Saturday I suppose. They're open till 9pm.

              1. jme1beachbum May 30, 2009 09:00 AM

                I was lucky enough that my husband surprised me with a reservation at a place I had been wanting to try in Oldsmar- Restaurant Hapa. Its Hawaiian- Asian fusion and was fantastic! We split the scallop appetizer- this amazing dish with sweetness balanced with savory heat. I had the Sea Bass special with pesto and romesco sauce- well balanced, perfectly cooked- very tasty. Hubbie got the spiced rubbed Ahi- also very good. Portion sizes were very generous and we may have skipped dessert if the owner hadn' t come out and offered it complimentary for the occasion. And boy am I glad we got it! We had a sublime honey-pine nut semi freddo on a flat pine nut brittle cookie. Small intimate place (counted 11 tables total), excellent personal service. Menu is not huge, but varied and I believe there are always a few specials. Fair selection of reasonably priced wine. Total for 1 app, 2 entrees, bottle of wine was $120 +tax, but we printed up a gift cert from restaurant.com ($10 for $25 gift cert).

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                  rhnault May 30, 2009 11:37 AM

                  Oh how nice! I have been wanting to go as well and have been tempted further by restaurant.com lately. Happy Birthday!

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                  toocatt May 30, 2009 11:02 AM

                  Try Blu Figs located behind tgi fridays, dale mabry just south of northdale. Excellent food and atmosphere, not too pricey.

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                    jme1beachbum May 30, 2009 01:56 PM

                    I've seen the sign there, been wondering how it was, thanks!

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