I've spent a bit more time in my hometown of Tampa, Florida over the past few years, and I've started to have some favorite restaurants. Sometimes I love a place for the moment - a solo dinner at the bar, a girl's night out, a great date nook. I can fall in love with a place for their talent, their service, their view, their ambiance... but today, we're going to explore my single favorite bites in town.
There are plenty of good things to try on each of these menus... but here are my favorites. Make a scavenger hunt out of it. Use it to help you pick when you're torn. And report back to me if I'm missing something or you want to fight with me over what's best. (Hint: It's personal preference, so there's not a single right answer.)
In alphabetical order, by restaurant name:
Bern's Steakhouse - The Wine List: Yeah yeah, it's one of the best steakhouses in the world. I love the sides and the soups. But for me, Bern's is all about the wine. Ask for the somm to help direct you around (if it's Brad, tell him hi for me.) Give them a price range and tell them what you dig... and watch the magic happen.
|The Wine Cellar at Bern's|
|The Blackened Grouper Sandwich with Onion Rings at Big Ray's|
|Burrata Toasts with Pink Grapefruit Marmalade at Counter Culture|
|The Cup and Char at Forbici|
|Pan Spanakopita at Psomi|
|Mini Key Lime Pie from Publix|
|Peking Duck Burritos at Restaurant BT|