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One night in Tampa, part II

aegault Jul 21, 2010 12:13 PM

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

  1. askdrtodd Jul 21, 2010 12:48 PM

    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. Manderley Jul 21, 2010 05:57 PM

      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
        askdrtodd Jul 21, 2010 06:58 PM

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

      2. rhnault Jul 22, 2010 05:04 AM

        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. l
          laurie Jul 26, 2010 08:23 PM

          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
            askdrtodd Jul 27, 2010 12:55 PM

            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
              askdrtodd Jul 29, 2010 07:58 AM


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

          2. d
            Diamondlil54 Jul 28, 2010 11:54 AM

            Jackson's Bistro on Harbor Island, near Downtown and Convention Center. Great view, pasta and poultry entrees under $20, see menu http://www.jacksonsbistro.com/images/... 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
              rhnault Jul 29, 2010 06:04 AM

              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
                askdrtodd Jul 29, 2010 07:56 AM

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

                1. re: rhnault
                  queencru Jul 29, 2010 10:26 AM

                  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.

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