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signeroyal Aug 20, 2013 12:55 PM

Rubber filet mignon, miniscule(quarter sized) scallops (collossal on the menu). Inedible rock hard toasts that almost chopped my sensitive teeth.Yuk

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  1. Delucacheesemonger Aug 21, 2013 02:59 PM

    That is why one gets the 1905 chopped salad and a cuban sandwich there, no more, no less, and for lunch.
    The location in Ybor City is even prettier and the food is quite good.

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      Veggo Aug 22, 2013 06:16 AM

      I add the side of spicy sauteed shrimp to the 1905 salad and mop up the wonderful sauce with cuban bread. Their paella is pretty good, and a large serving. Also, the St. Armands Columbia in Sarasota is the only one that serves stone crabs, and they always have them on opening day, Oct. 15.

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        ospreycove Aug 23, 2013 04:52 AM

        Next "Stone season" try Moore's Stone Crabs on Longboat Key, much better than Columbia, or better yet go to A.P.Bells Wholesale Fish in Cortez and get them right off the day boats.

        1. re: ospreycove
          Veggo Aug 25, 2013 03:57 PM

          I'm a long time customer at Bells. The 2012-13 season for stone crabs was the worst in 7 years - let's hope for a better season ahead! Thanks for the tip on Moore's - is that the same as the Moore's in Cancun? There used to be a Moore's in Playa del Carmen but it closed years ago. The most consistent market for stone crabs I know of is the Belize cayes.

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      irwin Aug 22, 2013 06:43 AM

      I agree 100%...
      They only have one great asset!!!
      location-location-location
      salad is good the rest is terrible.
      Also not sure how clean the kitchen is !!

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        ospreycove Aug 23, 2013 04:49 AM

        The Columbia on St Armond's Circle is a huge tourist attraction, even though I go through St Armond;s almost daily, I seldom eat anything there. Much better choices downtown SRQ and now in the Bradenton area.

        1. sunshine842 Aug 25, 2013 04:21 PM

          The original location in Tampa gets it all right -- good food, great service, wonderful surroundings...

          ...but they've somehow just never managed to translate that to other locations, whether it's St Armand's, St Augustine, or the one that was at the Pier in St Pete before the Pier shut down (the building was falling down around their ears -- nothing to do with the Columbia itself)

          Pity.

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