35 Tampa Bay restaurants to take an-out-of-towner, and what to get
If you have a house full of guests, feeding everyone can be tough. However, Tampa Bay has something for everyone. So, whether you're just visiting , or you've been here for generations, here are a few local staples you should get to know.
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What to get: Oysters
1810 N Highland Ave., Tampa, 813-999-4952
The view of the Hillsborough River almost beats the taste of the Native-inspired spot’s fresh oysters–heavy emphasis on almost. Seriously, the grilled oyster here are mandatory. Plus, walk it all off on the nearby Tampa Riverwalk.
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What to get: Breakfast sandwich and sour doughnuts
305 E Polk St., Tampa, 813-758-6230
Offered from 7:30 a.m.-2:29 p.m., SuperNatural's breakfast menu and doughnuts are its staple, along with its selection of mighty wine available any time. The breakfast sandwich, which celebrity chef Alton Brown recently called the "best I’ve ever had," is made with fresh focaccia bread roll and egg with the option to add cheese and bacon (BEC is where it's at). The doughnuts are made with cinnamon sugar, organic flours and single-origin spices, but most importantly, it’s all vegan!
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What to get: Drunken Shrimp
45 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, 727-446-8134
Enjoy the ocean air while peeling back drunken shrimp––tender shrimp sauteed in a creamy bourbon creole reduction served with toasted ciabatta bread. The Baithouse also offers other specialties like catch of the day, tavern fare and a wide selection of beer and drinks. If you want some hands-on action, the restaurant offers the space and materials to catch your own fish in the Mandalay Channel.
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What to get: The grouper sandwich
While striding down the Riverwalk (or driving through south South Tampa) make a stop for hearty grouper sandwiches and a side of garlic parm fries at this Bay area gem.
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What to get: Wings
937 Douglas Ave, Dunedin, 727-736-0606
As one of Tampa Bay’s many breweries, Dunedin Brewery is the oldest microbrewery in Florida and hand-crafts their brews in 14 barrels at a time, but also offers others recognized beers everyone can enjoy, especially its wings, served with two out of nine in-house crafted dipping sauces. If you're there late, try and catch a concert, too.
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What to get: Cuban and a guava pastry
Sorry but guava pastelitos like abuela used to make and a cafe con leche to warm the soul is a necessity if you're going to show anyone around Tampa. The mothership is in Ybor, but you'll do fine at the Kennedy Boulevard and recently-opened St. Petersburg spot, too.
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