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nyperr Feb 10, 2012 08:59 PM

We will be in Tampa for 3 nights on business and want really GREAT food...fresh local ingredients.
We tried Armani's last time and were disappointed - have had much better. Below is a list I've culled from many posts.and would love your advice in narrowing down or adding a great place I left out. Thanks!

Osteria Natalia
The Refinery
Café Ponte – Cleaqrwater
Mise en Place
Grille One Sixteen
Seasons 52

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    sarge RE: nyperr Feb 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    I am surprised no one has respondend. I don't get out as much as I used to, but I follow the comments on Tampa closely, and I have a feel for who the knowledgeable posters are. That said, based on what I have been reading, The Refinery has gotten very mixed reviews of late. Also, no one has mentioned Grill One Sixteen for quite a while.

    Pane Rustica is always popular.

    You may want to try Vizcaya for tapas.

    Otherwise, your choices are solid

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      nyperr RE: sarge Feb 24, 2012 02:32 PM

      THANK YOU!

      It seems that Pane Rustica has more comments than Osteria Natalia. We're having to cut the trip short. Any other suggestions as to edit for 3 nights? Being from New York, is one of these really GREAT Italian? If not, I'd rather skip Italian anne go for more Florida flavor.

    2. deet13 RE: nyperr Feb 16, 2012 03:38 PM

      I am going to suggest that you check this thread from January.

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        spokefish RE: nyperr Feb 19, 2012 09:50 AM

        One of my new favorites is Wimauma (the restaurant, not the town). It's in South Tampa, off Gandy. They do that nouveau Southern thing well. And what I love about them is that it's all locally-sourced. The menu changes about every other day depending on the ingredients local farmers bring them. Best shrimp n grits I've ever had. The citrus mahi mahi and the beef two ways were also incredible. Delicious fried green tomato appetizer as well.

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          johnmcdougall RE: nyperr Feb 25, 2012 09:51 AM

          Just had a great lunch at The Columbia in Ybor City, 7th ave at 21st street. Really good cuban food. lunch for 2 was $35.

          Had dinner last night at the Fox Jazz Cafe on Kennedy at the 7 mile bridge. Hard to find, take a cab! Really fantastic atmosphere, great scallops. Might go back tonight for the macadamia nut crusted grouper with a burre blanc sauce. We are here till tuesday for meetings too. Looking forward to more food.

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