Best Of 2012

Best Ybor blast of Middle Eastern panache: Row Boat Mediterranean Cuisine & R Bar

Best Ybor blast of Middle Eastern panache

What did CL do before Row Boat? OK, we had, and still have, plenty of tasty Ybor lunch options, from New World’s tempting BBQ buffet, to The Bricks’ inventive sandwiches, to any number of fine establishments up and down Seventh. But we’ve got a special place — plate? — in our hearts for the fresh, tangy, authentic Middle Eastern fare of Row Boat, without which some of us might well go into falafel withdrawal. And now that the owners have added a sweet little bar right next door, the corner of 15th & 8th is a destination night and day. 1820 N. 15th St., Ybor City, 727-248-0001, rowboatybor.com.