Maura Barrios,

a.k.a La Tampeña, Latina Cultural Activist

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BEST CAFÉ SOCIETY
Old West Tampa

Any morning at Fourth of July, Gallo de Oro, La Ideal, West Tampa Sandwich Shop — for café con leche with some Tampeño socio-politico culture in a surround-sound Spanglish environment; great for ethno-historians.

Fourth of July, 1611 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-254-2278; Gallo de Oro, 4007 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 813-873-8008; La Ideal, 2924 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa, 813-870-0150; West Tampa Sandwich Shop, 3904 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 813-873-7104.

BEST RESTAURANT TOUR
North Armenia Avenue, Tampa

Forget Boliche Boulevard. Nuevo Latinos drive north on Armenia Avenue for international menus from Our America: Colombian at Antojitos, Peruvian at Paracas, Mexican at Mi Mexico Taqueria, Caribbean/Jamaican at Caribbean Restaurant, Puerto Rican at Mi Pueblo or La Lechonera, Mexican upscale at El Rincon Mexicano and gourmet Aztlan at Viva la Frida's. Bring your passport.

Antojitos, 2302 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa, 813-251-9688; Paracas, 3602 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 813-348-4806; Mi Mexico Taqueria, 4205 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 813-241-4334; Caribbean Restaurant, 2412 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 813-801-9200; Mi Pueblo, 1910 N. Lincoln Ave., Tampa, 813-351-0011; La Lechonera, 5601 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 813-870-3504; El Rincon Mexicano, 4907 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 813-877-1656; Viva la Frida's, 5901 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-231-9199.

BEST DANCE CLUBS TO LEARN LATIN
Paracas, La Rumba, Penguino, El Palladium and La Teresita Plus

Start at Paracas for the South American cumbia crowd. Have a drink at La Rumba for Dominicano merengue y bachata. Try the Penguino at ABC Liquors for working class caribenos' salsa-son-merengue or El Palladium for Mexican norteno, banda and Tex Mex conjunto live music. End the night at La Teresita Plus, a classic older Cubano exile crowd dancing to los Van Van. Wear that sexy outfit you found in the Weekly Planet ad.

Paracas, 3602 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 813-348-4806; La Rumba, 3409 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa, 813-876-3191; Penguino at ABC Liquors, 6943 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 813-884-3792; El Palladium, 5305 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 813-354-1106; La Teresita Plus, just east of La Teresita, 3248 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa, 813-879-4909.

BEST HISTORIC CULTURE CENTER
Centro Asturiano de Tampa

Willie and Elvira Garcia and the members celebrated 100 years with a rock from Northern Spain to honor the Tampa fighters of the Spanish Civil War, reminding us of Ybor's gloriously progressive past.

Centro Asturiano, 1913 Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-229-9185.

BEST HISTORIC/SOCIAL CLUB BUILDING IN YBOR THAT HAS NOT SOLD OUT
Circulo Cubano de Tampa

Thanks to Jose Vivero, the Mambi Club, and the third and fourth generation of Tampa Cubanos and friends.

Circulo Cubano de Tampa, 2010 Avenida República de Cuba,

Ybor City, 813-248-2954.

BEST MURAL IN THE MEXICAN TRADITION
La Union Marti-Maceo

La Union Marti-Maceo, 226 Seventh Ave., Ybor City.

BEST YBOR HISTORY TOUR
The Immigrant World of Ybor City by Gary Mormino and George E. Pozzetta

Reading this book will give you a much better perspective than the tourist versions of our history.

The Immigrant World of Ybor City by Gary Mormino and George E. Pozzetta is published by University Press of Florida, 15 N.W. 15th St., Gainesville, 800-226-3822 or www.upf.com.

BEST TAMPEÑO WEEKLY NEWSPAPER FOR POLITICAL GOSSIP FOR MORE THAN 75 YEARS
La Gaceta

BEST HISTORIC LOCAL MUSEUM WITH COMMUNITY SPIRIT
Ybor State Museum

Ybor State Museum, 1818 Ninth Ave., Ybor City, 813-247-6323 or www.dep.state.fl.us.

BEST BOOK ON TAMPA CIGARMAKERS
Urban Vigilantes in the New South: Tampa, Florida 1886-1936 by Robert P. Ingalls.

BEST LOST TRADITION
The Artists and Writers Ball at the Cuban Club, que paso?

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD FOR OLD AND NEW IMMIGRANTS
Old West Tampa

Old West Tampa (The Living Museum) because there's still bodegas (corner stores).

Old West Tampa's approximate borders are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the north, Dale Mabry to the west, Hillsborough River on the east, and Cypress Avenue on the south.

BEST AND ONLY LIBERAL ON WFLA TALK RADIO
Your Hero, Mark Beiro

BEST NUEVO LATINO WEEKLY NEWSPAPER, BI-LINGUAL
Las Americas Herald

BEST NEW COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
Tampa Cuba Alliance

The Tampa Cuba Alliance is a network of individuals and organizations that want to rebuild the historic bridge between Tampa and Cuba focused on cultural exchanges and trade relations.

Tampa Cuba Alliance, 813-335-5956 or [email protected].

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