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Saturday Lunch Tampa area - Help!

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kittylemieux May 29, 2009 03:03 PM

Hi! I was wondering if anyone could recommend a restaurant with EXCELLENT food which serves lunch on Saturdays. Many of the nice places in the Tampa area do not have Saturday lunch hours :( I'm looking for great atmosphere, delicious food, and no chains. The only two I've seen so far are Restaurant BT and Pelagia, and I know next to nothing about either of them (except what's on their websites). Please help! :) Thanks!

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    Miss E RE: kittylemieux May 29, 2009 03:41 PM

    Try Aquaknox in the new Westin on the Courtney Campbell (I was there for dinner earlier in the week, and it was great), or Ocean Prime at International Plaza (have res for this Saturday, heard only good things). OK, both are part of small chains, but they are excellent, and a far cry from, say, Olive Garden! (Ocean Prime may be tough to get into on such short notice, it's new and it's hot.)

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      cheddarcheese32 RE: kittylemieux May 29, 2009 09:49 PM

      Restaurant BT is wonderful. I had a great lunch experience there recently. Pane Rustica on Macdill is also fantastic for artisanal flatbread pizza and gourmet sandwiches and I think they are open Saturdays for lunch. Byblos, also on Macdill may be open for lunch then as well. I haven't been there but they have a web site with a menu listing and serve Middle Eastern fare.

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        hbt1290 RE: kittylemieux May 30, 2009 12:12 PM

        I asked the same question a few months ago for a business lunch, got a couple of recommendations for Mitchell's Seafood House at Westshore Plaza Shopping Center. I've been back at least once a month since - excellent seafood.

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          DAGriff RE: kittylemieux May 30, 2009 02:58 PM

          J.Alexanders on Dale Mabry is part of a small chain but GREAT food, always consistant and a nice vibrant atmosphere. Ocean Prime and Pelagia are always good choices also.

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            TampaNativeThatLovesNYC RE: kittylemieux Jun 1, 2009 08:12 AM

            I agree w Pane Rustica, they are good. Pelagia isnt bad either, but I disagree w Byblos, tastes like doo doo.

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              TampaAurora RE: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC Jun 1, 2009 09:18 AM

              What a strong comment! I happen to love Byblos or did last time I went about a year and a half ago. I have been frequenting their more laid back Byblos Pita in North Tampa about once a week since they opened. It's much more friendly on my wallet and I think I might be addicted to their tabbouleh.

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                digyourself RE: TampaAurora Jun 2, 2009 01:22 PM

                I agree....Byblos has long been one of those places I make sure to check out from time to time. I've had less than perfect experiences there to be sure but the food is always great.

                To say that you don't like something or that something was actually poorly prepared is one thing...to call it "doo-doo" is clearly ridiculous.

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                Miss E RE: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC Jun 2, 2009 03:39 PM

                I strongly urge you to edit your comment. You lower the tenor of the board with silly language like that, plus you cast discredit on the other opinions you post.

                I love Byblos. In my experience, food and service have been consistently excellent.

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                  kentski RE: Miss E Jun 2, 2009 06:26 PM

                  I wasn't going to be the first to speak up, but this isn't the first comment from said poster that I found, well, a bit dramatic and from a poster that I learned to ignore (but if I were a restaurant owner and saw this, I'd react in a different way).

                  Can't say that Byblos is the first place I seek out, but have eaten there three times and it was all good.

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                gfr1111 RE: kittylemieux Jun 2, 2009 12:38 PM

                I recommend C.T. Choy's at the corner of Howard and Platt in Hyde Park. The dim sum is excellent and they have a variety of Asian dishes and Asian fusion dishes which are quite good.

                1. dmfnole RE: kittylemieux Jun 2, 2009 01:21 PM

                  In the S. Tampa area I enjoy the Wine Exchange. Though I haven't been, a friend was raving about Datz Deli

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                    andy huse RE: kittylemieux Jun 2, 2009 07:20 PM

                    i found BT a but on the expensive side for what you get, but i'm sure the lunch is more reasonable. I recently reviewed it.
                    http://tampabay.metromix.com/restaura...

                    Pane Rustica is an excellent choice.

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                      Miss E RE: andy huse Jun 2, 2009 08:14 PM

                      Good review, Andy. I like BT for lunch, but then I don't usually order appetizers or alcohol for lunch, so the bill ends up being more reasonable. BT used to have a braised tofu and noodle dish on the lunch menu that was great, hearty and satisfying but not too heavy.

                      Pane Rustica is my favorite place for lunch.

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