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Top Choice Spanish in Tampa

Columbia Restaurant

Celebrating its centennial in 2015, this Spanish Cuban restaurant is the oldest in Florida. Occupying an entire block, it consists of 15 elegant dining rooms and romantic, fountain-centered courtyards. Many of the g…
Top Choice American in Tampa


In a pleasant Riverwalk setting, this former water-pumping station has been transformed into an enchanting restaurant and brewery whose menu harkens back to native Floridan staples made over for modern times. That m…
Top Choice Cinema in Tampa

Tampa Theatre

This historic 1926 theater in downtown is a gorgeous venue in which to see an independent film. The mighty Wurlitzer organ plays before most movies. Too bad showtimes are so limited, with only one or two films playi…
Top Choice Live Music in Tampa

Skipper's Smokehouse

Like it blew in from the Keys, Skipper's is a beloved, unpretentious open-air venue for blues, folk, reggae and gator-swamp rockabilly. It's 9 miles directly north of downtown on N Nebraska Ave.
Top Choice Fusion in Tampa

Restaurant BT

Chef Trina Nguyan-Batley has combined her high-fashion background and Vietnamese upbringing to create this ultra-chic temple to sustainable, locavore gastronomy. More recently she opened the equally delicious BT To …
Top Choice Aquarium in Tampa

Florida Aquarium

Tampa's excellent aquarium is among the state's best. Cleverly designed, the re-created swamp lets you walk among herons and ibis as they prowl the mangroves. Programs let you swim with the fishes (and the sharks) o…
Amusement Park in Tampa

Busch Gardens

This theme park has 10 loosely named African zones, which flow together without much fuss. The entire park is walkable. Admission includes three types of fun: epic roller coasters and rides, animal encounters, and v…
Fusion in Tampa

Rooster & the Till

With an impressive culinary pedigree – and a recent Best Chef South nomination from the James Beard Foundation – Ferrell Alvarez and Ty Rodriguez are behind Seminole Heights' most ambitious farm-to-table restaurant.…
Craft Beer in Tampa

Brew Bus Terminal & Brewery

Tampa Bay's craft-beer scene is booming, so it was only a matter of time before somebody thought to put people on a bus with the beer and drive them around. Brew Bus also has its own 'terminal' (a brewery), and offe…
American in Tampa

Oxford Exchange

Built in 1891 as a stable for the Plant hotel, the reimagined Oxford Exchange takes its inspiration from the venerable Wolseley in London. The American menu is served beneath sculptural palm fronds in a greenhouse a…