Looking for the best Tampa has to offer
My co-workers & I (all females in our mid 20's) will be in Tampa from Sept 13-16 and we will be staying at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. We all love to eat and we will eat just about anything just as long as its good food. So, I need your help to decide on 3 delicious dinners. We wont have a car, but are willing to cab/walk it if it isnt too far. Like I said, we love all food, but especially ethnic (Indian, all Asian, etc). We are all on a budget, so $20 a person (just for food) would be suitable. Also, any suggestions on how we can spend our evenings? Help us get the most of our trip!!! Thanks!
I agree with El Puerto in Ybor City. For drinks after El Puerto check out Lower Red, it's a bar only about a block from El Puerto, great drinks and atmosphere. (I must highly disagree with Bernini, just...don't...do...it...)
Laughing Cat has great Italian food, you may be pushing the $20.00 per plate, but you can def find something for under $20.00
Another great spot is Samurai Blue in Ybor City for sushi
1811 N 15th St, Tampa, FL 33605
Check out the Tampa Museum of Art. Also The Bricks in Ybor is OK for grub, also check out the Columbia, that's almost a requirement (it's one of the oldest restaurants in Tampa). The french restaurant L'Eden is really quaint too but I'm not sure if it's open for dinner.
I would highly recommend splitting a cab (it'll be cheap, it's close) and going to The Refinery. It's excellent and they have some small plates for $5-10 each.
In your price range and in the downtown area, I like El Puerto in Ybor City for traditional South American dishes and Acropolis Greek Taverna (also in Ybor). Bamboozle Cafe is downtown and has some pretty tasty Vietnamese fusion cuisine, although I find it lacking in the atmosphere department.
If you girls want a great deal and don't mind eating before 7:00 PM, Bernini Italian restaurant (also in Ybor City) is quite good and offers half-price entrees and $2 Finlandia martinis Mon.- Sat. from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.
Acropolis Greek Taverna
1833 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605