Best Of 2005

BEST CHEAP LUNCH: Anderson Road Café

Located in the industrial district between Waters and Hillsborough avenues on a stretch of road remarkably devoid of restaurants, the café draws an abundant lunch crowd from the surrounding warehouses and beyond, and serves cheap, hearty meals to a primarily blue collar crowd, from laborers and tradesman to UPS drivers and call center employees. On the other hand, you’ll find plenty of suits ordering the $5.50 lunch specials, which include a giant glass of ice tea — sweetened or unsweetened. The ambiance is casually nautical, with a few stuffed fish adorning the walls and merry curtains decorated with sail boats and bordered in red gingham. The place has a damn good grouper sandwich, pleasant (and prompt) waitresses, a small selection of beers for folks looking to knock back a few before returning to the grind, and a sociable, always present owner who’s been running the place for 12 years. Breakfast and lunch only, Mon.-Sat. 6002 Anderson Road, Tampa, 813-881-9126.