Best Of 2011

BEST LUNCH BUFFET: The Laughing Cat

A scrumptious buffet each weekday for only $10 at one of Tampa’s best authentic Italian restaurants — unbelievable. And now that The Laughing Cat has moved across 15th Street to roomier quarters in the former home of Streetcar Charlie’s, it’s got even more space for buffet fans. The lunch offerings include fresh caprese salad, various pasta dishes, chicken milanese, and our personal favorite, the poached, chilled salmon, resting in a pan covered in olive oil, garlic, and herbs. Even when we’re not in a pasta mood, we’ll go to Laughing Cat just for the salmon. 811 N. 15th St., Tampa, 813-241-2998, thelaughingcat.com.