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Aug 28, 2011 05:35 PM

Your most memorable first-time restaurant hits of 2011

No old faves revisited...local virgin experiences only. Mine:

Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar (night-time)


The Laughing Cat

Sunday's Fine Dining

Pearl in

Laughing Cat
1811 N 15th St, Tampa, FL 33605

Pearl in the Grove
31936 St. Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525

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  1. Orlando

    The Rusty Spoon
    All Italian Market and Deli
    Funky Monkey Wine Company
    Saffron Indian Restaurant


    8 oz Burger

    Food Trucks

    Pinchomania - Orlando
    Meatballs&Etc - Miami

    Funky Monkey Wine Company
    912 N. Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

    Saffron Indian Restaurant
    7724 W.Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32809

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    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

      I want to add City Fire in Orlando on to my list. Some friends have had hits and misses there but my dining experience was very memorable. Best stuffed pepper I've ever ate.

    2. First time at Sideberns last week!

      2208 W Morrison Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

        1. Twinz Big City Hotdogs and Burgers was pretty good.
          Da Kine, the Hawaiian gut wagon was good.
          German Bistro was also pretty good.

          I'm going to go hit a new Polish buffet in Clearwater on Monday, so I'll probably have a few more words to add to this.

          Big City
          4046 Wedgewood Ln, Lady Lake, FL 32162

          German Bistro
          5232 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33611