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.
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.
Honey Pot has got to be one of Tampa's classier and upscale nightclubs. With a brooding, sleek and stunning decor of deep reds and darker colors, get treated like a VIP here. If the ambiance is anything to go by, the drinks and the music are definitely better. Although a bit pricey, it's worth it the extra money you pay for a better nightlife experience.
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
The vibrant décor and cozy atmosphere at the Mystic Fish skillfully blends upscale dining with business casual flair, making this fine dining restaurant a local favorite. The menu at the Mystic Fish features the freshest and most creative seafood dishes. Skilled chefs prepare favorites such as seared scallops, bouillabaisse, Maine lobster tail, Kona crusted salmon, as well as juicy steaks and perfectly cooked rack of lamb. Along with dinner, select from the drink menu for refreshing specialty cocktails like a pomegranate margarita or white tsunami. Happy hour occurs daily from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm. The restaurant is open from 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday, with private luncheons available on Sundays in addition to their usual dinner hours. -Vickie Ferguson
Expect friendly staff and superior service while enjoying generous portions of authentic Italian specialties, at reasonable prices, served at Verducci's Pizzeria and Trattoria. Relax in the cozy atmosphere of the restaurant and choose from an array of traditional entrees created by the owners/chefs while sipping a glass of your favorite wine. Dishes include specialties such as Pollo Marsala, Gnocchi Sorrentina, spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, linguine with white wine and the restaurant's signature multi-layered lasagna. The restaurant has an impressive list of stone baked, hand thrown specialty pizzas, strombolis, calzones and assorted sandwiches along with scrumptious desserts made fresh daily. - Vickie Ferguson
This small and trendy sushi restaurant is located in South Tampa. Locals will all agree that SoHo Sushi serves up some of the most delicious and fresh sushi in the whole area. The sushi chefs here are well versed in the art of sushi making. They will even be happy to create something special for you if you had something particular in mind that isn't on the menu!
The Brick House Tavern in North Tampa has everything you need including a lively atmosphere, comfortable couches, big screen televisions, a diverse food menu and over 70 choices in beer. Let your palate rejoice with tasty starters like spiked calamari, a stack of buttermilk battered onion rings or fresh shrimp with flash fried cherry peppers for an extra zing. For heartier appetites, try the tavern's fish and chips, country fried steak or pork chops smothered in whiskey barrel sauce. Brew selections range from German Pilsners and Irish dry stouts to Trappist Ale from Belgium and Sapporo from Japan. The tavern is open late and serves food up until an hour before closing. -Vickie Ferguson
This simple spot has an intriguing approach to Italian dining: it lists the pastas, the sauces, the add-ons, then you mix and match until you've got just what you want. Penne, rigatoni, linguini and other pastas; sauces ranging from basil pomodoro to spicy lemongrass, green basil pesto and creamy four cheese and more; and add-ons that stretch from baby shrimp to yellowfin tuna, artichokes, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes ... the list goes on. You'll also find brick-oven pizza in similar create-your-own options, brick-oven wraps, fresh salads and beverages including beer. Do check the website or call for opening hours.
At Quaker Steak and Lube, it is all about enjoying a motorsport themed atmosphere, great service and delicious food. Start with crispy o-rings accompanied by signature Louisiana dipping sauce and a biker chick chopped salad to whet your appetite. Move on to a bucket of grilled and breaded boneless wings, juicy baby back ribs, plump Mustang burger, or an 8 ounce (227 gram) Thunderbird sirloin steak cooked just the way you like it. Check out the assortment of specialty sauces ranging on the "hot" meter from mild to insane. For the littlest, motorsport enthusiasts, Quaker Steak offers a children's menu with a variety of tasty food and goodies. -Vickie Ferguson
From Monday night Jenga tournaments and Wednesday trivia night to thirsty Thursdays and fun day game day on Sunday, every night has something fun and exciting for patrons of Yard of Ale SoHo. Everyone here enjoys cold brews, good food and plenty of nightly entertainment with a wide selection of import and craft drafts along with an impressive assortment of bottled beers. Open until the wee hours, Yard of Ale SoHo in south Tampa is the ideal place to go after a night at the Forum, catching a movie at Channelside or dancing in Ybor City. -Vickie Ferguson