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Jul 21, 2010 12:13 PM

One night in Tampa, part II

I will be in Tampa for a Thursday night and would like recommendations for a restauranta to eat at with two colleagues.

I would like some place with a water view and near the airport would be ideal or someplace relatively easy to drive to.

I would prefer an 'american' type place- not overly ethnic (out of respect for my coworkers tastes)

I would also like someplace with entrees topping out in the $15-20 range. But we would probably be equally happy with a place that served burgers, seafood, grill items. (and good drinks are always welcome)

Browsing, I've come across Rusty Pelican (might be too $$) Bahama Breeze, Whiskey Joe's and Crabby Bills that are all in more/less one area nearby- what would you suggest?

Crabby Bills
7675 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Whiskey Joes
7720 W Courtney Campbell Cswy, Tampa, FL 33607

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  1. Pelican- barf. I've lived a stone throw away for about 5 years now and have had a really bad experience both times I've been. No desire to return. Joe's & Bill's are mostly about drinking and mediocre food. Your best bet in the under 20 dollars range with a water view near the airport is Bahama Breeze. If you can step it up a bit, Oystercatchers is outstanding and has a beautiful view.

    1. crabby bill's? you'd be better off buying a tv dinner at publix and nuking it in the microwave in your hotel room.

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      1. re: Manderley

        or not even skip the microwave, probably be more apples to apples at that point hehe

      2. The only place I would eat out of these options is Bahama Breeze. It is not bad for a chain and the drinks are really good.

        1. I would also go with Bahama Breeze in your price range. Just keep in mind the patio gets pretty crowded, and you don't really get a view from inside (other than the parking lot).

          I also agree that if you're willing to pay a bit more for fabulous food and views, head to Oystercatcher's. Call ahead and reserve a table close to a window to enjoy the great sunset views over the bay.

          Whiskey Joe's isn't a bad choice, however. The food is just okay, but there are some dishes there I like. Their gumbo is particularly good, IMO. If you care more about the view than the food, want to be outdoors, and want to stick to a modest price point, Whiskey Joe's may fit the bill.

          Whiskey Joes
          7720 W Courtney Campbell Cswy, Tampa, FL 33607

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          1. re: laurie

            honestly I think your best bet is to go to oystercatchers and order something that isn't expensive, the quality of the restaurant is just so much higher that it would be a much more memorable meal.

            1. re: askdrtodd


              Only a couple things on there over 20 bucks. Oystercatchers is the way to go man.

          2. Jackson's Bistro on Harbor Island, near Downtown and Convention Center. Great view, pasta and poultry entrees under $20, see menu The ambience alone is worth the price and the food ain't half bad. My out of town guests love this place, it is sooo Tampa.

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            1. re: Diamondlil54

              It is a pretty restaurant but the food is less than stellar. The sushi has really gone downhill to the point that I think they should take it off the menu.

              1. re: rhnault

                agreed. last two times I ate there convinced me to never return.

                1. re: rhnault

                  I went about two years ago and didn't think it was bad, but most of the people I've talked to who went since then all give it fairly poor reviews. I have a friend who went Tuesday night and said it was really disappointing. She didn't get the sushi, but she and the rest of the party got a few other seafood dishes.