Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:13 PM
Please help with suggestions.
Posted 12 February 2010 - 08:44 AM
Posted 16 February 2010 - 11:20 AM
"Here are some restaurants they may want to check out:
Bernís (very pricey steak house, is a legend around here, looks like a French bordello inside, but the food is fabulous)
Mise en Place (very good French restaurant)
Flemings Steak House
Mitchellís Fish Market (very good!)
Malioís (another Tampa legend, steak is specialty)
Royís Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine (people rave about it, www.roysrestaurant.com)
Bellaís Italian Cafť (One of my all time favorite restaurants. Their Insalata Mista salad is wonderful.)
Charleyís Aged Steaks and Market Fresh Fish (Iíve never eaten there, but itís my nieceís favorite restaurant)
The Palm (www.thepalm.com is at Westshore Mall, and so is Mitchellís)
Thatís a good start. Most of them are somewhat pricey, but sometimes youíve got to pay for good food. Hope that helps. If I can think of any more, Iíll let you know."
I don't know if these are "chef/market driven" but I hope this helps.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 12:41 PM
Vizcaya on North Dale Mabry
I believe Malio's has closed
Posted 20 February 2010 - 03:16 PM
Posted 22 February 2010 - 12:45 PM
"We went to a restaurant in Safety Harbor called Celloís and it was fantastic. Itís in a little concrete block house just off Main Street thatís been converted into a restaurant. The food was fabulous and the wait staff was very entertaining. They read the menu out loud in very theatrical tones, which was very amusing. Another table of diners broke out into song (God Bless America) and everyone in the restaurant chimed in, which was a lot of fun. Itís cash only and BYOB, so you have to bring your own libations. They must not have a liquor license. Iíd highly recommend it to your eGullet friends if they make it anywhere near Safety Harbor."
Hope it's not too late.
Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:31 PM
We also like Six Tables and Chef Richard Bottini, but it's more expensive and requires reservations since they literally have 6 tables and normally only do one seating per night.
Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:13 AM
Also, Bern's may not be as pricy as intimated. It depends on where the diner is from. If you are from NYC, Bern's would be a deal for what it offers.
I would also recommend the Columbia restaurant in Ybor City. This is the original location.
Posted 13 March 2010 - 11:00 AM
Actually, the best place I've been to in the two years of living in Tampa, has, so far, been a NY style pizzeria called Paci's on S. Dale Mabry. It's amazing - everything is made from scratch, the pizza is thin-crust and super crispy with just the right amount of cheese and the tomato sauce is fresh and tangy. And they have a nice selection of Brooklyn Brewery beers.