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Tampa- Best outdoor dining?

The weather is primo right now for outdoor dining... Either for brunch or dinner, where's the best outdoor eats in Tampa? Ideally the best mix of grub, beer/wine, and ambiance, somewhere to take the wife. BT is nice, as is the southern place next door to it (I forget the name), also Oystercatchers is pretty hard to beat but expensive.

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  1. The food and views at Hula Bay have ALWAYS been perfect. Casual, seafood, burgers, fish tacos(YUM)..cocktails, live music at Dukes downstairs.

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    1. re: rshally

      I forgot to mention that place, I like it too since the reopen, good seafood and good sushi!

    2. Located in the southwest corner behind the Sweetbay at Linebaugh Ave. & Sheldon Road....

      ----- you wouldn't believe what they throw away!
      ;-)

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      1. re: Mild Bill

        ?? I can't figure out what this is?

        1. while i used to love dining al fresco, down here in florida, it is impossible for me. as much as i'd love to dine while watching the sun set on the water, overflowing ashtrays the size of 55 gallon drums and a choking cloud of smoke keeps me indoors. i can't get used to the fact that everyone chain smokes down here. (cough, cough!)

          1. Sorry...
            It was the first image that came to mind when the subject of dining outside came up...
            I had surgery a couple days ago and me and the Percocet thought it was funny...

            I wanted to edit soon after, but that option expired unusually quickly....

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            1. re: Mild Bill

              so... now that you're sobered up any places you like? ;)

            2. Upstairs, outside at Bungalow Bistro comes to mind.

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              Bungalow Bistro
              5137 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603

              1. Bailey's is the southern place across from BT. We just had dinner on the patio last night and it was great! Food, service and laid-back ambience were terrific.
                We also like Fly, either the sidewalk seating or the roof deck.
                Cafe Dufrain.
                And there's always the broken down but charming patio alongside the Taco Bus!
                What else? Keep the ideas coming!

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                Cafe Dufrain
                Tampa, FL, Tampa, FL

                1. Cafe Dufrain is charming (and delicious) in Hillsborough. In Pinellas, I like Frenchy's Rockaway Grill for the grouper sandwiches and view of the beach, Sea Critters in Pass-A-Grille is right on the intercoastal and has a great chopped salad and some of the best smoked fish spread around. The Undertow is more of a bar but does do a great grouper sandwich and has beachfront access. Oh, and Island Way Grille also has a nice waterfront setting and terrific food.

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                  Cafe Dufrain
                  Tampa, FL, Tampa, FL

                  Sea Critters Cafe
                  2007 Pass A Grille Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

                  Frenchy's Rockaway Grill
                  7 Rockaway St, Clearwater, FL 33767

                  Frenchy's Cafe
                  41 Baymont St, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

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                  1. re: laboheme

                    ooh, Island way, good call! Their brunch is good (not oystercatchers good, but still darn good)