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Best Local Cuisine in Tampa/St. Petersburg

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Woody's Famous Salads

At Woody’s, prime cuts of meat, organic vegetables and fresh fruits are the main ingredients to every salad, sandwich or soup created in the kitchen. Since 1972, the staff has created the best tasting homemade selections for lunches, dinners and specialty platters for parties and events. Scrumptious sandwiches such as the Buccaneer are loaded with lean roast beef, topped with a flavorful tomato, basil and bacon sauce served on your choice of fresh bread, roll or croissant. Choose a bowl of fresh-made soup from a selection of three such as Caribbean Chicken Chowder, Mushroom Sesame or Gasparilla Minestrone with Parmesan. Add an Asian chicken, fresh fruit, or spinach gorgonzola salad to your meal for a final change. Delivery available. -Vickie Ferguson

Tampa, FL, United States
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Louis Pappas Market & Cafe

Enjoy the history and atmosphere of the Louis Pappas Greek Restaurant in Tampa. Originally opened in Tarpon Springs, the family name carries on with grandson Louis as he continues to provide traditional Greek cuisine to patrons. Savor the delicious taste of signature sandwiches that include the Tampa Cuban stacked high with ham, roast pork, Genoa salami, and cheese served cold or hot-pressed. When dining at the restaurant, the original Greek salad created long ago by Louis Pappas is a favorite among diners. Assorted flat breads, pita platters, dolmades made with the freshest ingredients, and perfectly seasoned mousaka guarantee a traditional Greek inspired meal. Enjoy assorted beers, house wines, and family recipe sangria. Visit additional locations in Lakeland, Odessa, and Clearwater. - Vickie Ferguson

Tampa, FL, United States
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Earl of Sandwich

At Earl of Sandwich, expect to be treated royally, with selections of the best tasting gourmet sandwiches around. Savor slow roasted Angus beef stacked high, and topped with zesty cheddar cheese. Try a savory grilled chicken sandwich with smoked bacon, or a crisp salad with the freshest vegetables. Enjoy hot or cold sandwiches with all the fixings on loaves (or wraps) of oven fresh baked bread. Add a fresh cookie or brownie to top off the meal. Start the day with a breakfast sandwich and a steaming cup of coffee, flavorful hot tea, or a delicious smoothie. - Vickie Ferguson

Tampa, FL, United States
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Fourth Street Shrimp Store

For a variety of fresh seafood served in a casual, friendly atmosphere, Fourth Street Shrimp Store will satisfy your hunger. Located in a vintage 1928 building, Fourth Street has been satisfying customers with an array of tasty dishes including clams, oysters, scallops, shrimp, and grouper since 1984. The menu also includes juicy burgers, pasta dishes, and crisp salads. Expect generous portions at reasonable prices whether you choose to come in for lunch, dinner or the early bird menu available from 3p to 6p. Kids have their own menu of tasty delights. -Vickie Ferguson

St. Petersburg, FL, United States
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Parkshore Grill

Enjoy a cozy atmosphere and fine dining at Parkshore Grill where the award-winning chef creates enticing entrees such as beef wellington, filet mignon, lobster tails, pan seared scallops, grilled Alaskan king crab and pecan crusted tilapia. Each entrée is accompanied by its own fresh-made sauce. For dessert, classic cheesecake, vanilla bean cream brulee and warm apple cobbler lathered in caramel sauce flavored with Jim Beam adds a sweet touch to a perfect meal. Parkshore provides a full array of imported and domestic beers, assorted wines and specialty cocktails. Outdoor dining on the patio is available with fresh breeze blowing in from Tampa Bay and the Vinoy Basin. Weekend brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11a to 3p.

St. Petersburg, FL, United States
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Boca Kitchen Bar

Boca Kitchen Bar is a renowned feature on West Platt Street in the popular Hyde Park. It is distinguished for its wide range of beer, wine, cocktails and farm-fresh locavore cuisine. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, savor their sandwiches, steak, dips and Tex-Mex specialties. The ambiance in the restaurant is vibrant and the comfortable seating arrangement makes it a great destination for professional meetings as well as informal ones.

Tampa, FL, United States
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Zudar's

Serving the south Tampa neighborhoods since 1959, Zudar's is the place to go for quality food and service. Start your morning with your favorite breakfast meal or try one of the specialties such as pan baked frittatas or flaky crusted quiche. For lunch, fresh salads, grilled sandwiches and hoagies. At dinner, enjoy an array of savory dishes from classic meatloaf to blackened mahi-mahi. Meals are not complete without one of the freshly made desserts like coconut cream pie, rich cheesecake and creamy flan. Zudar's offers a nice selection of domestic and imported beer and wine to accompany your meal. Dine in or call ahead for carryout service. - Vickie Ferguson

Tampa, FL, United States
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La Ideal Sandwich Shop

Conveniently located near Raymond James Stadium, La Ideal Sandwich Shop has been a local favorite with residents since 1985 and is the place to go for one of the best Cuban sandwiches in the city. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, La Ideal's has something tasty on the menu such as fluffy scrambled eggs with chorizo for breakfast, black bean soup for lunch and an authentic Cuban or pork sandwich for dinner. Add a perfectly seasoned devil crab or empanada and an order of creamy flan or guava pastry for dessert and you have the perfect meal. -Vickie Ferguson

Tampa, FL, United States
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Spain Restaurant

In business since 1980 in downtown Tampa, visitors to the Spain Restaurant will experience exceptional cuisine using traditional seafood recipes from the northwestern region of Spain. Specialty dishes such as Paella, Grouper al Limon or a plate of Delicias del Mar seafood crepes in creamy white sauce will please any palate. Homemade sangria, wine and assorted beers are available along with assorted desserts. Diners enjoy live music every Friday from 7 pm until 9 pm. On Saturday evening, the restaurant provides live Flamenco music from 7 pm until 10 pm, and the last Saturday of each month enjoy a live Flamenco dinner show. An additional cover charge is required for the show. Reservations are suggested. -Vickie Ferguson

Tampa, FL, United States
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Apollo's Bistro

At Apollo's Bistro, enjoy an excellent dining experience with a casual yet upscale atmosphere where you can expect attentive staff, quality service, and a diverse menu. Apollo's serves lunch and dinner with a variety of scrumptious dishes from prime grilled Kobe burgers and gourmet pizzas to fish n chips and seared tuna. Every Monday, the restaurant has karaoke from 6pm until 10pm and live music the last Friday of the month. Apollo's also schedules themed lunch and dinner shows and holiday buffer lunches. Reservations are required for special events. - Vickie Ferguson

Apollo Beach, FL, United States
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E&E Stakeout Grill

Classy atmosphere, impeccable service and chic decor combined with a fine dining experience describe what patrons can expect at E & E Stakeout Grill. Located in Indian Rocks Beach and a short drive from the waterfront, guests enjoy exceptionally prepared cuisine from a menu featuring seafood and steak. The fresh seafood dishes include lobster, crab, shrimp, salmon and grouper. The meat menu includes filet mignon, prime rib, roast duck, lamb and chicken. E&E offers daily lunch and dinner specials along with an extensive wine list of specialty cocktails, champagne, draught beers and micro brews. Reservations are recommended. -Vickie Ferguson

Belleair Bluffs, FL, United States
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