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Jessie B Sep 21, 2010 04:21 PM

We will be in Tampa for one night. Any suggestions as to the the best, most interesting restaurant for us to eat in. We like all kinds of food.
Thanks!

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  1. Manderley RE: Jessie B Sep 21, 2010 04:31 PM

    (sigh). if you utilize the search option, you'll find what you're looking for.

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      ferrett1 RE: Manderley Sep 21, 2010 04:43 PM

      Berns Steakhouse is a treat and an experience! Make sure to go on the kitchen and wine cellar tour after dinner!

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        ospreycove RE: ferrett1 Sep 21, 2010 05:04 PM

        Double on that Ferrett1 ......BERNS.....ART IN STEAKS........

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          Veggo RE: ospreycove Sep 21, 2010 05:08 PM

          And it is "interesting"....from parking through dessert as has been discussed here recently....It will be memorable in any event. I think it's a hoot.

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            pilches RE: Veggo Sep 23, 2010 08:03 AM

            Recently had dinner at Berns after not being there for years and, at the risk of making some enemies, I must say we were totally disappointed. I really think they're going on their old reputation. The food was okay. The steaks were good, but you can get that same quality at many different places. The service was okay, but a little rushed. The wine choices are amazing and with that said, the pinot noir we chose was not available. They did have another one at the same price point which was very good, but I wonder how many wines are listed but not available. We also had lunch at Pane Rustica and it was delicious. While eating at Berns I was sorry that we didn't go back there for dinner. Well, there's always next time.

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      Miss E RE: Jessie B Sep 21, 2010 07:54 PM

      I nominate Pane Rustica. It's in a strip mall (in a good neighborhood), but don't let that fool you; service and food are terrific.
      http://www.panerusticabakery.com/

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        askdrtodd RE: Miss E Sep 22, 2010 09:13 AM

        Seconded. best food - Pane. Most upscale/ostentatious steak place - Berns. Best view with fine dining - Armani's.

      2. rhnault RE: Jessie B Sep 22, 2010 04:45 AM

        If you only have one night in Tampa I would also vote for Berns. Maybe even Columbia in Ybor. Both are interesting have wonderful histories and are nationally known. Plus the food is good!

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          irwin RE: rhnault Sep 22, 2010 04:26 PM

          Few weeks ago I visited Mitchell's Fish House and I must say everything was truly excellent...... Can't wait to go back !!
          They even have valet parking.. Its next to Saks.

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            askdrtodd RE: irwin Sep 22, 2010 07:14 PM

            Isn't that a darden chain?

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              ospreycove RE: askdrtodd Sep 22, 2010 07:20 PM

              I believe it is Ruth's Hospitality Group (Ruth's Chris)

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                rhnault RE: askdrtodd Sep 23, 2010 05:18 AM

                We have been there before but I was more impressed with my Margarita than my food.

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                Miss E RE: irwin Sep 23, 2010 07:56 AM

                It didn't impress me, either, but to each his own.

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