Once you have observed the crazy tiled floor and the cozy decor, you'll discover the treasures of this old-fashioned store. Word lovers have the chance to access a very rich selection of books here, with various subjects such as fiction, travel, science and medicine, cuisine, history, business or biography. The goal? To increase customer's passion for reading! If you like enjoying a cup of local tea or artisanal coffee while reading, you'll find what you need: the Oxford Exchange also carries an amazing selection of those, to be enjoyed perched on a bar stool or comfortably reclined in a deep armchair.
At Datz Delicatessen, it is all about the food. Whether stopping by for a sumptuous breakfast of fluffy eggs and crisp bacon, picking up a fresh salad or specialty sandwich for lunch or sitting down to a full dinner of roast pork or smoked salmon, the food is the main attraction. To go along with your meal, Datz offers an extensive selection of imported beers and wines as well as domestic varieties. Dine in or call ahead for takeout or delivery. When visiting, check their ongoing list of activities including brunches, cooking tips and wine tasting events.
Located on scenic Bayshore Boulevard, Ciro's Speakeasy & Restaurant provides patrons with the best of both worlds. The fine dining experience and upscale, trendy atmosphere take you back in time to the 1920s prohibition period. Ring the doorbell for admittance then get comfortable in one of the cozy booths lining the walls. Each booth has its own pair of drapes that can be closed for privacy. The menu is diverse with selections including duck, seafood, steak and fondue creations. Ciro's is open until the early morning hours, providing patrons with the ultimate late-night dining experience. Reservations are highly recommended.
For a taste of the Islands most flavorful cuisine, try Bahama Breeze. One of the nation's leading Caribbean-inspired restaurants, Bahama Breeze has tropical atmosphere, high ceilings, rich woods and palm tree decor. Its relaxing Island getaway with innovative foods and exotic drinks freshly confected and made to order. You can expect bold and spicy flavors with each meal presented in a way that is as eye-catching as it is appetizing. Whether it's oak-grilled sirloin palomilla or the chicken santiago or any one of countless other entrees and desserts, you will always be satisfied at Bahama Breeze. With more than 50 brands of beer by the bottle, island-style drinks with plenty of fresh squeezed juice, you will be sure to slake your thirst. The Bahamarita, Bahama's signature frozen margarita, is a must. Whenever you are in the mood for good food that is reasonably priced with quality service, Bahama Breeze is just the ticket for singles, couples, families or even a business lunch.
Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe offers its guests a cozy place to enjoy Southern dishes like Kansas-style barbecue, chicken and waffles and a range of burgers. The recipes are inventive and the dishes come out as flavorful, such that they are forever etched in the memory of diners. The decor consists of paintings and artwork from local talent that adds a pop of color. Evenings see crowds swaying to live artists and bands.
Owner David Laxer carries on the tradition of excellence begun by his father Bern more than 40 years ago. Beef connoisseurs should make this restaurant first on their list of culinary stops. Known for its large selection of melt-in-your mouth aged beef, it is easy to see why it has won a wall full of awards. The “putting on the ritz” crowd have some 25 types of caviar to ponder and a wine cellar that pushed one half million bottles.
The Crab Shack (and it truly is a shack!) serves up good, plainly cooked seafood, not on a white tablecloth but on oilcloth with plenty of extra utensils to get you cracking, picking and fishing meat out of shells. There is serious seafood-eating going on here, and shellfish fans make a beeline to this spot when the crab craving hits. You choose from seasonal entrees, Smoked Mullet or Salmon if you're not up for the crab cracking effort. Iced tea and beer are the favored options.
Enjoy a round of drinks and delicious meal at the Green Iguana and Grill after work with friends. Indulge in their creative cocktail selection accompanied by items like wraps, burgers, sandwiches and much more. You can also enjoy live music shows performed by various local artists in different genres.
Experience the best in authentic Japanese and Thai cuisine at Tokyo Bay Mang Sushi and Grill. The expansive menu is tantalizing with an assortment of fresh sushi rolls, savory curry dishes, and sizzling hibachi surf and turf plates. All are guaranteed to delight your taste buds. Enjoy your meal, a glass of beer, sake or plum wine and the artistry of the chefs at the teppanyaki tables along with musical entertainment. After your meal, soothe your palate with a dish of green tea ice cream or try lightly battered and fried bananas. A kids' menu is available. -Vickie Ferguson
The Ravioli Co. is a must visit for fans of Italian cuisine in the Tampa Bay area. This local business offers freshly-made artisan pasta of various kinds like angel hair, fettuccine, ravioli, and so on. Savor their ravioli, dubbed the best in town, as well as classics such as lasagna, pies and home-baked breads and baguettes. For traditional flavors, try the Lobster or Four Cheese ravioli, and if you're up for something inventive opt for the Roast Duck & Brandied Berry Compote Ravioli, Pork Carnitas, Black Bean & Manchego Ravioli or Hawaiian Purple Yam, Leek & Truffle Ravioli. Their signature sauces like Chipotle Cream and Vodka Tomato are worth a try.
This is a popular choice for family dining, whether it's dining on a variety of pizzas featuring meat, chicken, vegetarian or cheese, or favorite pasta selections. Frequent specials are offered on multiple pizzas purchased together or on dinners for two. A delicious lunch buffet spread is one of their favorite attractions.
Set in a casual dining space, Jack’s London Grill is a popular choice among the locals who want to tantalize their taste buds with some delicious British food. Their Onion Rings, Shepherd Pie and the Battered Fried Fish are just delicious. However, the show-stopper on the menu is clearly the Creme Brulee served with fresh strawberries. There is also a rotating specials menu during lunch and dinner. Expect to be delighted by the service, as the staff members are welcoming and well-versed with the menu. The atmosphere at the restaurant is very warm and friendly and you are sure to have a good time here. If you decide to try out this place, know that the best time to visit is between 12p to 6:30p when patrons can enjoy selected drinks for only USD 3.