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Old 01-06-2009, 01:15 PM
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Hi all, thanks for all the great info in the forum, despite some of the negativity here, which you'll find any any forum about places to live, I've found lots of great info on the tampa area.

Some background...

I've applied for, and been accepted to interview at sunstar, based in largo. I'll be visiting this month for an interview, and plan to stay thurs, fri, sat, sun, and part of monday to scout out places to live, and just get a feel for the area in general. I'll have a rental car and a gps to find my way around.

I plan to visit downtown st pete, possibly the old north east neighbor hood, hyde party, ybor city, st pete beach, treasure island, and possibly clearwater as potential places to live. If you can suggested other places to visit, or smaller WALKABLE subdivisions or specific streets or blocks of streets where a young, active, liberal couple might be interested in living.

Additionally, we'd like to get a taste of local restuarants and other things to do that make the tampa area great. We would especially like to hear about local vegitarian friendly resturants, locally owned record shops, rockabilly / punk bars, and off beat tourist attractions.

Additionally additionally, i'd as a ridiculously amateur photographer, i'd love to hear about great photo ops around as well.

if your feeling particularly friendly, intersections, street addresses or GPS coordinates would be especially helpful.

Thanks so much

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Old 01-06-2009, 01:57 PM
Location: East TN
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MAKE SURE you visit Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach!
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:30 PM
Location: Delray Beach, FL
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Bonefish Grille is a great seafood restaurant and has several locations, one in St. Pete. Also, a bit pricey but good food, Salt Rock Grill on the beach in Indian Rocks Beach. Drive over the Skyway Bridge in St. Pete, very beautiful.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:43 PM
Location: So. Dak.
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You can check out the Hurricane at St. Pete Beach. I'm also a vegetarian and discovered they have a very good veggie sandwich there.
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:16 PM
Location: East Tennessee
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One of the best photo ops is at sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:41 PM
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@ keith

thanks, looks really cool, whats the best time to get there to catch the sunset?

@ georgia

bonefish is a chain, they're up here in cincinnati... salt rock grill i added to the list though

@ jammie

Hurricane beach sounds just like what we're looking for, thanks so much

@ karen

true enough, its hard to take a bad picture when the scenery is so beautiful
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:02 PM
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Here are some great "only in Tampa" photo ops:
Tampa Theater -downtown Tampa on Franklin Street
University of Tampa minarets and Plant Park - downtown Tampa
Florida Aquarium Stingray out front - downtown Tampa-Channelside
Ybor City--5th Avenue and 16th street - the Aloe Man;
Bayshore Blvd - Ballast Point Park at Sunrise
St. Pete Pier - downtown St Pete
Sulpher Springs Tower and Park - near Sligh Ave and Florida Ave Tampa
Sacred Heart Church - downtown Tampa

Record Shops - Vinyl Fever on Henderson Blvd in South Tampa; DJ Phat Shack on 7th Ave on Ybor City

Local Eats: Seafood-Crabshack on Gandy Blvd; Italian - Laughing Cat on 8th and 15th in Ybor City; Mediterranean - Byblos on MacDill and Bay to Bay in South Tampa; Vegan - Grass Roots on Florida Ave in Tampa; Ethiopian(Vegan also) - Queen of SHeba on Henderson near Swann Ave in South Tampa; Sandwhich's and Salads - Wrights Gourmet Deli on Dale Mabry in South Tampa; Pizza - Cappys on Bay to Bay in South Tampa; Cuban - travel along Columbus east of Himes Ave to Arcos Iris or La Teresita; Have a Burrito as big as your head at Taqueria Cantina on Howard Avenue in Hyde Park

See a rock/blues/funky band at Skippers Smokehouse in North Tampa; Crowbar, Orpheum, New World Brewery in Ybor City; Jannus Landing, Emerald in downtown St Pete.

See some funky stuff at The Castle in Ybor City(9th Avenue).

Canoe/Kayak down the Hillsborough River(Canoe Escape); or Fort DeSoto Park rent Kayaks, bikes, etc..do the nature thing, beautiful beaches and historic park.

Drive over the Skyway Bridge from St Pete and head north on 41 to Apollo Beach to see the Manatees at Tampa Electric.

Check out Mahuffers on Indian Shores Beach...very different.

I hope this helps.
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