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Old 04-12-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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I'll be flying down to Tampa in a few weeks for my brother's graduation at USF. He wants to eat out at a Cuban Restaurant after the ceremony. Now, this guy has been living down there for a few years, but he never ventures outside campus much, so he has no idea where to go. It's been a year and a half or so since I moved from the Tampa Bay area, so I'm out the loop on that too. The only place I remembered was over there on Dale Mabry near Kennedy, and that place was really small, and I wasn't impressed with the food there at all.

Are there any places over by say, Carrollwood, Brandon, or do we need to go more into the hood?

Save us from another dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, please! Any advice would be appreciated!
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Old 04-12-2008, 01:36 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Arco Iris is one of my fav's along with La Teresita both along Colombus Avenue between Himes Ave and MacDill Ave in West Tampa.
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Old 04-12-2008, 01:44 PM
 
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Cuban Food USA/Latin Food USA: Find Cuban Food and Latin Food Restaurants in Tampa!
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:57 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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Carrollwood has Vizcaya Restaurant which is really nice, but it's more Spanish than Cuban. The food is good. The only Cuban restaurants in Carrollwood I know of are Pipos and Papitos. They have good food, but they're not really suitable places for a celebration as they cater more to take out than dine in. I'm assuming you already know of the Columbia in Ybor, but that's also Spanish/Cuban. Honestly, the only authentic Cuban Restaurant (outside of sandwich shops) I know of in the entire bay area is the Habana Cafe in Gulfport (southwest St. Pete area)...link ---> Habana Cafe Gulfport Florida, South Pinellas County
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:51 PM
 
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Why don't you try a brazilian steakhouse.....a churrascuria/rodizio. Those are usually upscale fun experiences that are ideal for celebrations.
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Old 04-13-2008, 01:14 AM
 
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Why don't you try a brazilian steakhouse.....a churrascuria/rodizio. Those are usually upscale fun experiences that are ideal for celebrations.

I LOVE those places! However, I'll have to run this by my family, because those places tend to be kind of high, and they've been talking about the money they'd be spending. Do you have any recommendations for a good Brazilian steakhouse in the Bay area?

Also, I want to thank everyone for their suggestions! You have all been very helpful!
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:52 AM
 
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Agree with TampaGuy on ArcoIris on Columbus Rd.Truly cuban food without overpaying for it!
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:59 AM
 
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La Teresita on Columbus
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Dunedin, FL
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My grandfather is 91 and 100% cuban and won't go in to Teresita's...he won't eat there. He eats at Arco Iris 4 to 5 times a week and the West Tampa Sandwich Shop where every politician in town stops at when they are on the campaign trail. I trust his judgement 100%!

Last edited by Keeper; 04-15-2008 at 08:12 AM.. Reason: consumer complaint
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:54 PM
 
Location: USA
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My grandfather is 91 and 100% cuban and won't go in to Teresita's...he won't eat there. He eats at Arco Iris 4 to 5 times a week and the West Tampa Sandwich Shop where every politician in town stops at when they are on the campaign trail. I trust his judgement 100%!
2nd that. I'm a bit partial to Arco Iris myself
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