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Hungry Celeste Apr 5, 2011 08:04 AM

I'm driving from the Tampa airport south to Englewood, on 275 to 75 to River rd. Anything close to the interstate or worth a slight detour? Will arrive shortly before lunch, and certainly don't want airport food.

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    RibDog Apr 5, 2011 12:08 PM

    What time of day will you be driving through Tampa?

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    1. re: RibDog
      Hungry Celeste Apr 5, 2011 01:11 PM

      Plane lands around 10 am, have to pick up the rental car, so it will be 11ish as I'm en route to Englewood. I don't mind a couple miles detour, but I don't want to trek halfway across town in the wrong direction. Bonus points for Cuban or killer pizza, or only-in-FL.

      1. re: Hungry Celeste
        RibDog Apr 5, 2011 02:25 PM

        Well, for Cuban, I would suggest Arco Iris which is about two-three miles from the airport. This is my go to place for Cuban food in Tampa. Very easy to get back on 275 south to 75.

        Arco Iris Cafe
        4001 N Habana Ave, Tampa, FL 33607

        1. re: Hungry Celeste
          Manderley Apr 5, 2011 05:35 PM

          killer pizza in florida? is this your first time here?

          1. re: Manderley
            Hungry Celeste Apr 6, 2011 08:24 AM

            LOL, I know. I'm just always hoping, when I travel, that some oddball will have decided to make wood-oven pizzas in far flung corners of the US. Hey, a girl can dream, can't she? I had perfectly decent pizza at the New Faull Inn in Englewood last year.

            Faull Inn
            2670 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL 34224

            1. re: Hungry Celeste
              askdrtodd Apr 6, 2011 11:17 AM

              OOH you're in luck, if it's on Tuesday - Friday, Wood Fired Pizza is spectacular. My latest favorite pie is the Dante's Inferno :)


              1. re: askdrtodd
                RibDog Apr 6, 2011 01:49 PM

                That's true Todd, but she is traveling in the opposite direction.

              2. re: Hungry Celeste
                srsone Apr 6, 2011 05:01 PM

                its not just the grill..altho there are a few wood and coal grills around
                its the water its hard in florida and very sulphuric... and doesnt taste very good

                one of the few things i miss since moving here a long time ago..
                natural spring water from granite mountains...
                and new york and new haven pizza...
                fresh cod fish..
                grote and wiegel...(altho boars head is pretty good)
                and others....

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