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Tampa- Best outdoor dining?

askdrtodd Nov 5, 2009 09:18 AM

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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    laboheme Nov 6, 2009 07:23 AM

    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.

    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
      askdrtodd Nov 6, 2009 11:14 AM

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

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      Miss E Nov 6, 2009 07:17 AM

      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!

      Cafe Dufrain
      Tampa, FL, Tampa, FL

      1. rhnault Nov 6, 2009 05:57 AM

        Upstairs, outside at Bungalow Bistro comes to mind.

        Bungalow Bistro
        5137 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603

        1. Mild Bill Nov 5, 2009 03:39 PM

          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
            askdrtodd Nov 6, 2009 03:37 AM

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

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            Manderley Nov 5, 2009 02:31 PM

            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. Mild Bill Nov 5, 2009 11:06 AM

              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
                askdrtodd Nov 5, 2009 01:57 PM

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

                1. re: Mild Bill
                  askdrtodd Nov 5, 2009 01:58 PM

                  like a dumpster or something?

                  1. re: askdrtodd
                    rhnault Nov 5, 2009 02:28 PM

                    It's Bill being humorous ;-)

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                  rshally Nov 5, 2009 10:09 AM

                  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
                    askdrtodd Nov 5, 2009 01:56 PM

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

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