Now for restaurant deals in my neck of the woods: Dine Tampa Bay offers three-course meals for $25, $35 or $45.
The Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater culinary scene has really stepped up its game in recent years, and Dine Tampa Bay is your chance to eat at some great spots for not a lot of money. The list of participating restaurants is too long to mention here, so I’ll just point out a few of my faves:
Oystercatchers has held a special place in my heart ever since some good friends treated me to brunch there for a birthday awhile back. The only thing better than the food is the bay view.
When the Super Bowl came to Tampa in 2009, I was an entertainment reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. I spent part of the week shadowing singer Jordin Sparks, who held a charity event at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine. I filed reports from the restaurant’s kitchen, perched on a stool with my laptop on a stainless steel counter. Every so often, the servers would bring back half-eaten trays of sliders and other food deemed unservable, which my photographer and I happily scarfed down. If the leftovers were that delicious, I can only imagine how tasty a made-to-order meal at Roy’s would be.
Datz is a foodie favorite. Whenever there’s talk of local restaurant recommendations, someone inevitably mentions this gastropub. With an innovative food and drink menu, live music on weekends and bacon in places you’d never expect to find it, Datz lives up to the hype. Owners Roger and Suzanne Perry recently bought the bakery next door and revamped it as Dough--the perfect place for a sweet finale to your meal.
Ready to chow down? Check out the full list of Dine Tampa Bay restaurants, view menus and even make reservations at dinetampabay.com. There, you can also enter to win free dinner for a year and take advantage of Dine Tampa Bay hotel deals.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Tampa Bay? Let me know on my Facebook page.