Food & Drink in Carrollwood

$17 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine, Pizza, and Drinks at CDB's Pizza & Italian Restaurant 

CDB's Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$30 $17

Menu of Italian classics includes manicotti dinners, hot grinders, signature pizzas, and chicken parmigiana

$16 for $30 Worth of Sushi and Thai Food for Dinner for Two or More at Bangkok Jazz Thai Restaurant

Bangkok Jazz

Bangkok Jazz

$30 $16

Diners sample curries, noodles, fried rice, marinated meats, and other dishes from Thailand, accompanied on Friday nights by live jazz

Indian Cuisine for Lunch, Dinner, or Takeout at Mayuri Indian Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

Mayuri Indian Restaurant

Temple Terrace

$30 $16.50

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Chefs prepare traditional northern and southern Indian dishes alongside chinese fried rice and chow mein

Standup Comedy for Two or Four at Tampa Improv Through October 4 (Up to 80% Off)

Tampa Improv

Tampa Improv

$50 $15

Touring comedians and up-and-comers perform at a comedy-club chain that launched the careers of Jerry Seinfeld and Robin Williams

$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Food at MTC Downtown Cafe ($20 Value)

MTC Downtown Cafe

Tampa

$10 $5

Breakfasts made from scratch, fully loaded cheeseburgers, and gyros satisfy appetites alongside sweeter options such as housemade pastries

$14 for Pizza and Beer at Ledo Pizza ($22 Value)

Ledo Pizza

Carrollwood

$22 $14

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Pizzeria dishes out square-shaped pizza topped with thick-cut pepperoni, buffalo chicken baked cheese fries, subs, pasta, and salads

Thai Dinner for Two or Four at Thai Thani (Up to 37% Off)

Thai Thani

Channelside

$30 $19

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A full palette of herbs and spices top crimson tablecloths amid authentic Thai statuary in a restaurant celebrating its 10th anniversary

Appetizers and Drinks for Two or Four at Catch Twenty-Three (Up to 48% Off)

Catch Twenty-Three

Multiple Locations

$48 $26

Appetizers such as curry mussels and shrimp scampi flatbread, paired with martinis, wine, or draft beers

Cold Mixed Appetizer Plate and Drinks for Two or Four at Gengiz Khan Turkish Grill (Up to 48% Off)

Gengiz Khan Turkish Grill

Ballast Point

$26 $14

Guests enjoy fresh and healthy fare including hummus and stuffed grape leaves as belly dancers glide through on Friday and Saturday nights

Saturday Night Laughs in New Tampa for One, Two, or Four on September 6–December 6 (Up to 46% Off)

Saturday Night Laughs in New Tampa

Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club

$11.54 $8

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Top-notch local and national comedians, including Tampa favorite Trish Keating, stoke laughter in a lush country club

Bar Food at Hogan's Beach (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Hogan's Beach

Rocky Point

$25 $12

Watch the big game on flat-screen TVs while filling your plate with wings, burgers, pizza, and more; bar has more than 20 beers on tap

Italian Food and Drinks for Two or For Take-Out or Delivery at Islands Pizza (Up to 40% Off)

Islands Pizza

Davis Islands

$20 $12

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Pizzeria pairs 20 draft beers and cocktails with hand-tossed pies, grinders, and wings slathered in Caribbean-jerk and lemon-pepper sauces

One Dozen Cookies or One 15" Cookie Cake at Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip (Up to 39% Off)

Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip - Tampa Mall

Tampa

$17.99 $11

Delight in dessert with a fresh-baked batch of iconic Nestlé Toll House cookies or a customizable cookie cake

Afghan Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Anaar Bar and Grill (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

Anaar Bar and Grill

Tampa

$20 $11

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Enjoy hummus, lamb-and-rice dishes, veggie kebabs, and gyros

$10 for $20 Worth of Latin-American Food and Drinks at Monserrate Restaurant Bar & Grill

Monserrate Restaurant Bar & Grill

Northwest Tampa

$20 $10

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Latin-American restaurant offers a tour of Caribbean, Central, and South American dishes; wines and beers from around the world

$20 for $40 Worth of Cookie Bouquets at Cookies by Design

Cookies by Design

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Artfully arranged & custom-decorated cookies for birthdays, holidays & other special occasions

$16 for $30 Worth of Korean Cuisine at Rice Restaurant & Market

Rice Restaurant & Market

Town N County Park

$30 $16

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Korean barbecue, stir-fry, stews, and noodle dishes pair with small plates of sautéed, blanched, and pickled vegetables

Four Meat and Seafood Items at Land and Sea Market (40% Off). Four Options Available.

Land and Sea Market

Multiple Locations

$40 $24

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Choose from all-natural chicken breasts, grouper fingers, tilapia fillets, chicken nuggets, and cocount shrimp

$11 for $20 Worth of Indian Food and Drinks for Two at Saffron Indian Cuisine

Saffron Indian Cusine

County Line Coalition

$20 $11

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A chef from Bombay folds freshly ground spices into mild or spicy curries, creamy butter chicken, and stuffed naan

$52 for $100 Toward a Prix Fixe Meal for Two or More at Six Tables Tampa

Six Tables Tampa

South Tampa

$100 $52

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New six-course menu created daily by award-winning chef in romantic six-table eatery

Contemporary Fusion Food at Cheap (50% Off)

Cheap

Courier City/Oscawana

$30 $16

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Eclectic restaurant and bar with a fusion menu of sushi, burgers, pizzas, and other contemporary dishes

$11 for $20 Worth of Burgers, Steaks, and American Food at EATS! American Grill

Eats! American Grill

Fairoaks Manhattan Manor

$20 $11

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Recipes from across the country comprise an Americana-inspired menu with midwestern BLTs on texas toast and New York-style buffalo wings

Fro-Yo Creations and Fresh Fruit Smoothies at You Say When Yogurt Shoppe (45% Off). 10 Locations Available.

You Say When Yogurt Shoppe

Multiple Locations

$10 $5.50

Rotating selection of frozen yogurt flavors can be topped with fresh fruit, crushed candies, and plenty of other sweet treat

$495 for $900 Worth of Catering Services — Making Memories Catering, Inc.

Making Memories Catering, Inc.

Redeem from Home

$900 $495

S'Mores Station lets people make s'mores at your wedding or party

$22 for $40 Toward Lunch or Dinner at Ocean Blue Sushi Bar

Ocean Blue Sushi Bar

Carrollwood

$40 $22

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Sushi chefs create rolls for everyone from meat eaters to vegans, served alongside Japanese classics like pork dumplings with ginger shoyu

$12 for $20 Worth of Pizzeria Cuisine at ABC Pizza

ABC Pizza

Wellswood

$20 $12

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Build-your-own pizzas and gourmet pies topped with crab, feta, or shrimp mingle with grinders and pastas at a pizza chain open since 1966

Italian Cuisine for Two or Four at The Roman Forum (50% Off)

The Roman Forum

Carrollwood

$30 $15

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Chefs prepare classic Italian staples alongside more creative dishes such as crispy tomato skins served with a smoky chipotle sauce

Standup Show with Drinks for Two or Four at Side Splitters Comedy Club (Up to 66% Off)

Side Splitters Comedy Club

Carrollwood

$62 $23

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Comedians with credits from Family Guy, Chelsea Lately, and Louie

In-Home Wine Tasting for Four or Eight with Complimentary Bottle of Wine from PRP Wine International (Up to 87% Off)

PRP Wine International

University Square

$150 $19

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Wine consultants travel to homes, pouring samples from four or six different bottles for small groups

$55 for an In-Home Wine Tasting for 12‒16 People with Six Bottles from Wines for Humanity ($250 Value)

Wines for Humanity

Redeem from Home

$250 $55

Advisers share tips on tasting, serving, and pairing, bringing six bottles of wine and buckets of expertise; bottle sales benefit charity

Half-Pound or One-Pound Candy Gift Bag, or Four-Pound Candy Catering Bin from Sweet Crime Inc. (51% Off) 

Sweet Crime Inc.

On Location

$45 $22

Candy catering store with a home or office delivery service of gummies, rock, sugar free and wrapped candy; catering for special events

$15 for $30 Worth of Mexican Food at Urban Cantina

Urban Cantina

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Freshly made Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican specialties, including tacos, tortas, and calorie-conscious salads

$13 for Mexican Food and Drinksr at Casa Ramos Tampa ($22 Value)

Casa Ramos Tampa

Tampa

$22 $13

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Mexican staples and fruit-infused margaritas served in festive eatery with Saltillo clay tiles lining the walls and bar

$20 Gift Card Plus $5 Bonus Card for Tex-Mex at Tijuana Flats

Tijuana Flats

$25 $20

Hormone-free chicken, pork, and steak fill burritos, tostadas, and chimichangas; vegetarian dishes made with lard-free beans

$17 for $30 Worth of Seafood and Steak at Aquafinz

Aquafinz

North Tampa

$30 $17

Ultrafresh seafood, such as fresh-from-the-Gulf grouper, Maine lobster tails, and Alaskan snow crab served with New York strip steaks

$29.99 for One Medium Organic Produce Box and a Lunch Bag from Tampa Bay Organics ($55 Value)

Tampa Bay Organics

Lutz

$55 $29.99

Boxes are filled with organic, in-season fruits and veggies at the peak of flavor

$12 for $20 Worth of Indian Dinner Cuisine for Two at Desi Tadka

Desi Tadka

Oldsmar

$20 $12

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International wines and imported beer complement traditional curry, rice, and tandoori dishes from the Punjab region

7-Course Catering Tasting Menu at City Fish Seafood Grill & Chophouse (Up to 50% Off)

City Fish Seafood Grill & Chophouse

Oldsmar

$170 $85

Seven-course tasting menu featreing delicacies reserved for celebrity clientele

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Food at Big City Grill, Co. ($20 Value)

Big City Grill Co.

Brandon

$10 $5.50

New menu inspired by American favorites such as potato skins, New York strip steaks, and fresh seafood

$23 for $40 Worth of Pizza and Italian Food for Dinner at Joia Fabulous Pizza & Martini Bar

Joia Fabulous Pizza & Martini Bar

Riverview

$40 $23

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Classic Italian pastas and slow-cooked meat dishes compliment hand-tossed pizzas and drinks

$11 for $20 Worth of Barbecue and Drinks for Two or More at ON Q Smokehouse Grill

ON Q Smokehouse Grill

San Antonio

$20 $11

Smoked, grilled, and fried delights include ribs, sausage, pulled pork, and seafood

Tour Tampa Bay Craft Beer Tasting for Two or Four at The Pint and Brew (Up to 52% Off)

The Pint and Brew

Palm Harbor

$28 $14

Sample four craft beers from a rotating selection from Florida Avenue Brewing Co., Green Bench Brewing Co., and other Tampa Bay breweries

Standup-Comedy Show and Drinks for Two with Option for Dinner at Snappers Grill & Comedy Club (Up to 58% Off)

Snappers Grill & Comedy Club

Palm Harbor

$36 $15

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Guests enjoy standup comedy while digging into entrees and sipping premium drinks

Six-Bottle Wine Package or Wine for Two at Wine and Brew (Up to 62% Off)

Wine and Brew

Dunedin

$130 $49

Package of wine includes six different bottles; two people can enjoy a glass of wine or flight

Wine and Sangria Tasting with Keepsake Glasses for Two or Four at Tarpon Springs Castle Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Tarpon Springs Castle Winery

Tarpon Springs

$101.50 $49

Each visitor sips several wines and a full glass of sangria; pairs take home a bottle of wine, a sangria-making kit, and two crystal glasses

Evening of Asian Delights Meal for Two or Four at Zen Forrest (39% Off)

Zen Forrest

New Port Richey

$74.35 $45

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Dishes from Asian countries such as China, Korea, Japan, and Malaysia infused with American and other international flavors

Assorted Gourmet Chocolates at Chocolates by Michelle (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Chocolates by Michelle

New Port Richey

$50 $30

Stock up on gourmet chocolates in every variety imaginable, from cashew buttercrunch to sugar-free espresso truffle

Wine-Making Demo for One, Two, or Four at Southshore Uncorked (Up to 54% Off)

Southshore Uncorked

Apollo Beach

$30 $15

Professionals demonstrate the techniques for making handcrafted wines and send each guest home with a bottle of their own

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Comfort Food at Eatz ($20 Total Value)

Eatz

Clearwater

$10 $5.50

Diner dishes out homemade comfort food such as meatloaf melt with fries, chicken pot pie, fish and chips, baked potato soup, and carrot cake

$12 for $20 at Deeya Indian Cuisine

Deeya Indian Cuisine

Clearwater

$20 $12

A fusion of Southern, Northern, and Punjab dishes such as chicken madras, rogan josh with lamb or goat, and Punjabi channa masala

Lava-Rock Meal with Wine and Dessert for Two or Four at Cork N Brew Bistro (Up to 48% Off)

Cork N Brew Bistro

Clearwater

$66 $35

Scallops, lamb, and filet mignon cooked at the table on an 824°F lava rock

$6 for $10 Worth of Coffee — Cafe Charlie

Cafe Charlie

Clearwater

$10 $6

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$17 for $30 Worth of Japanese and Italian Food for Two or More at Kobe CS Italian Japanese Steak House

Kobe CS Italian Japanese Steak House

Clearwater

$30 $17

Chefs whip up Japanese- and Italian-style dishes

Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four with Tour and Take-Home Bottles at Aspirations Winery (Up to 54% Off)

Aspirations Winery

Clearwater

$70 $35

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Enjoy wine samples and food pairings before taking a behind-the-scenes tour, leaving with souvenir glasses and a 750ml bottle of wine

Appetizers with Draft Beer or Wine for Two or Four at 2 Palms Bar & Bistro (Up to 55% Off)

2 Palms Bar & Bistro

Clearwater

$19.99 $10

Shrimp-cocktail, fried green beans, and chicken-finger appetizers complement draft beers and house wine

$23 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Cesare's at the Beach

Cesare's at the Beach

Clearwater

$40 $23

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Family recipes steer creation of housemade pastas, handcrafted desserts, and entrees of chicken, veal, and seafood

Afternoon Tea for Two or Four at William Dean Chocolates (50% Off)

William Dean Chocolates

Belleair Bluffs

$60 $30

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Renowned chocolatiers host afternoon tea complete with scones, sandwiches, and sweets

Ice-Cream Cones, Sundaes, and Shakes at Topper's Creamery (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Topper's Creamery

Largo

$15 $7

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Soft-serve french vanilla bean, chocolate, strawberry, and flavors of the week; sugar and fat free, and frozen yogurt offerings

$13 for $24 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Food at The Art of Sushi

The Art of Sushi

Uptown

$24 $13

Japanese entrees from teriyaki lobster to ginger stir-fries complement specialty maki rolls and sushi

$11 for Pizza Meal with 14-Inch Pizza and Garlic Knots at Marco's Pizzeria (Up to $20.90 Value)

Marco's Pizzeria

Tierra Verde

$20.90 $11

Chefs make dough for New York–style crust daily, then top it with buffalo chicken, philly steak, and other specialty toppings

Entry for Two or Four to the Tampa Bay International Curry Festival on October 4 (Up to 73% Off)

Tampa Bay International Curry Festival

Vinoy Park

$27.50 $10

Come taste chefs from around the world demonstrate their famed curry dishes while enjoying a fun day filled with entertainment

Upscale Casual Waterfront Dining for Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro (Up to 40% Off)

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro

St. Petersburg

$25 $15

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Entrees such as mahi mahi filet, Montréal seasoned and topped with a sweet Thai chili sauce and homemade mango salsa

Pub Food and Drink at Durty's Bar and Grille (Up to 50% Off)

Durty's Bar and Grille

St. Petersburg

$20 $11

Tear into a burger and stay a while with a game of pool or join in with a nightly event, like karaoke or trivia

$12 for $20 Worth of Pizzeria Eats for Carryout from Jet's Pizza

Jet's Pizza

Saint Petersburg

$20 $12

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Pizzeria specializing in deep-dish pies, as well as wings, salads, and subs

$138 for $250 Worth of Nutritional Supplements — Dr.Bernard Bloom Proactive Health

Dr.bernard Bloom Proactive Health

West and East Lealman

$250 $138

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Chicken-Sausage and -Meatball Sandwiches at Jimbo's Joint (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Jimbo's Joint

Historic Kenwood

$8 $4

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Chicken sausages, chicken meatballs, and falafel put a healthy twist on classic eats such as meatball subs and Chicago-style hot dogs

$200 Worth of Catering or a Catered Lunch for Up to 10 People from Catering by Saffron's Cuisine of the Sun (Half Off)

Catering by Saffron’s Cuisine of the Sun

Saffron's on the Go - Downtown

$200 $100

Catered dishes such as boneless chicken sauteed in Jamaican curry with onions, sweet peppers, and coconut milk

$11 for $20 Worth of Italian and Greek Fare at ABC Pizza in Plant City

ABC Pizza (Plant City)

Plant City

$20 $11

Grinders, gyros & pizzas served in eatery founded by Greek brothers

$11 for $20 Worth of Dine-In or Carryout Pizzeria Food at Marco's Pizza

Marco's Pizza

Improvement League of Plant City

$20 $11

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Pizzas crafted with housemade dough and secret-recipe sauce with bread topped with cheese and garlic butter

$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Dinner at Wasabi Japanese Steak House

Wasabi Japanese Steak House

Plant City

$30 $15

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Sushi rolls infused with fresh fish, hibachi-grilled filet mignon, chicken teriyaki, and udon noodle soups

$11 for $20 Worth of Grill Food for Two or More at Uncle Mike's Smokehouse

Uncle Mike's Smokehouse

Plant City

$20 $11

Sweet potato fries, slow-smoked pork shanks, buffalo chicken wraps, and freshwater catfish

Two or Four Local Beer Flights with Shareable Beef O'Bradys Appetizers at The Brass Tap (Up to 51% Off)

The Brass Tap

Dade City

$36.99 $18

Patrons sip beer flights at this bar with a choice of four sharable appetizers from Beef O'Bradys

$22 for $40 Worth of French and Continental European Fare at La Cote Basque in Gulfport

La Cote Basque

Gulfport

$40 $22

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French, Italian & German entrees showcase dishes such as roast duck in amaretto cherry sauce, sauerbraten, and beef wellington

Children's Party at Magnolia Terrace Tea Room and Bistro (Up to 54% Off). Five Options Available.

Magnolia Terrace Tea Room and Bistro

Weeki Wachee

$160 $79

Children enjoy cupcake decorating, diva or princess dress-up, and a high-tea luncheon visited by famous princesses

One Dozen Cookies or One 15" Cookie Cake at Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip (Up to 39% Off)

Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip - Lakeland Mall

Lakeland

$17.99 $11

Delight in dessert with a fresh-baked batch of iconic Nestlé Toll House cookies or a customizable cookie cake

Burgers, Sandwiches, and Classic American Food at Belly's Grill (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Belly's Grill

Lakeland

$10 $5

Classic fare is amped up with hand-pattied, grilled-to-order burgers made of ground chuck and fresh toppings such as fried egg and slaw

Dine-In Pizza Meal or Italian Food for Takeout at Primos II Pizzeria (Up to 49% Off). Three Options Available.

Primos II Pizzeria

Cleveland Heights

$29 $15

Although it specializes in pizzas, such as eggplant and meat lover's varieties, eatery also serves calzones, strombolis, hoagies, and pasta

Italian Lunch for Two or Take-Out at Gio Fabulous (Up to 40% Off)

Gio Fabulous

Gio Fabulous Ellenton

$20 $12

Italian entrees, such as wild mushroom ravioli and manicotti made from a family recipe, plus pizzas with thin crusts handmade daily

Italian Food and Drinks at Lunchtime for Two or Take-Out at Gio Fabulous (Up to $7 Off)

Gio Fabulous

Bradenton

$20 $13

Italian specialties such as spinach ricotta pizza, chicken Parmigiano, and spaghetti with shrimp, scallops, and calamari in white wine sauce

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Bangkok Jazz Thai Restaurant is all about unexpected pairings. Thai statues stand alongside saxophones and photos of jazz legends hanging from the walls. In the dining room, a small raised stage creates an intimate performance space in the midst of a casual dining environment, with free live jazz performances on Fridays after 6:30 p.m. And amid the quintessentially American music comes a parade of traditional Thai cuisine. Outdoor seating is available, and the restaurant is located is down the street from the University of South Florida.

Like an aromatic dance, servers nimbly carry plates piled with five kinds of curry, pad thai, and signature dishes such as Jazz Sextet: a bed of pineapple and sauteed veggies in special sweet and sour sauce. Nearby, bartenders pour wine, beer, and sake to complement the food, which the kitchen can prep at four levels of spiciness. But meals often end on a chilly note, and another memorable combination. Bangkok Jazz Thai Restaurant ice cream teams a fried banana with a generous mound of coconut ice cream, sourced from the frozen palm trees that grow in Antarctica.

6840 E Fowler Ave
Temple Terrace,
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Mayuri Indian Restaurant's servers dole out traditional Indian fare?including numerous vegetarian entrees?in a casual dining area with two flat-screen TVs. The menu includes regional specialties such as northern Indian paratha, or flatbread, and southern Indian dosa, or black-lentil crepes, as well as a smattering of Chinese fried-rice dishes. For large groups, chefs can tote sprawling catering spreads to on-location events or host up to 100 people at an onsite banquet hall.

8447 N 56th St
Temple Terrace,
FL
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Prepare 1,000 lunches in less than 20 hours. That was the challenge posed for The Brunchery’s catering staff. The eatery’s experts met the daunting request, quickly assembling the hefty sandwiches that The Brunchery has perfected throughout its more than 25 years in business. When President George W. Bush came to Tampa, the White House called upon The Brunchery's catering. In addition to corned beef, grilled grouper, and shaved steak piled on deli rye bread and kaiser rolls, The Brunchery plies guests with half-pound burgers seasoned by chipotle mayo and dill pickles.

But as its name implies, the restaurant doesn’t just craft food for lunch; it’s possibly best known for its morning treats. Made-from-scratch hollandaise sauce for benedicts and golden pancakes have earned The Brunchery awards including Best Place for Breakfast/Brunch from readers of the South Tampa Community News in 2010. When NBC interviewed owner Greg Elliot, the feature zeroed in on the restaurant’s signature french toast, which mingles cream-cheese sauce, bananas, strawberries, and slivered almonds.

Guests devour this lavish creation and others while dining among the dining room’s decorative dishware, Coke bottles, and shelves. Many of the objects come from Greg’s family, such as a hutch his great-great-grandfather built in the 1800s, making guests feel as at home as a rabbit in a top hat.

3225 S MacDill Ave.
Tampa,
FL
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Dale Del Bello remembers everything about his first hibachi experience. While stationed in Korea as a part of the Air Force National Guard, Dale and a group of friends visited Tokyo on leave. They followed a traditional route among his fellow service people, which took him to a hibachi restaurant. Immediately he sensed that he’d stumbled upon more than just dinner. The chefs’ showmanship fascinated him as they seared meats and vegetables on their tabletop grills, allowing guests to sample forkfuls directly off the 600-degree surface. After returning to Buffalo, New York, in 1971, Dale opened his first Arigato location, attempting to recreate what made that dining experience so remarkable. Since then, he has distilled the authentic experience into something that families can enjoy without traveling abroad, establishing Arigato restaurants throughout New York and Florida and staffing them with more than 60 chefs from Japan.

Surrounded by 8–10 diners, these chefs act not only as the restaurant’s culinary creators, but also as showmen and magicians of sorts, dexterously slicing ingredients, flipping shrimp tails into their hats, and conjuring soy sauce out of thin air. Away from the flaming tabletops, meanwhile, bartenders make use of their own skill sets as they mix specialty cocktails, which occasionally use splashes of plum wine or sake to imbue familiar-sounding drinks with new dimension.

13755 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa,
FL
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Bill Shumate's career as a restaurateur began in 1964 when he opened a small burger shack that catered to the hearty appetites of University of Oklahoma students. After spending the next several decades opening and operating eateries, Shumate decided that his next venture should somehow honor his burger roots. He partnered with Joanie Corneil in 2006 and developed a concept choosing the name Square 1 Burgers to reflect this full-circle journey. Unlike that original restaurant, though, Square 1 Burgers grew over the years, eventually expanding to several locations throughout west central Florida.

Although the concept was intended to be a return to basics, Square 1 isn't constrained by traditional conventions. Patties of Meyer's all-natural red Angus beef, Kobe, lamb, ground buffalo, and portobello mushroom caps all appear between the buns, providing a wealth of options to consider before even thinking about toppings. This eclectic spirit is also apparent in the menu's selection of appetizers, which includes everything from sun-dried tomato and artichoke hummus to homemade double-dipped onion rings. Even the milkshakes made with Blue Bell ice cream seem like faithful renditions of an American classic at first. However, the grown-up versions with Baileys, vodka, and Kahlua or brandy, cr?me de cacao continue to demonstrate Square 1 Burgers' playful spirit.

3701 Henderson Blvd.
Tampa,
FL
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During World War I, Greek immigrant Louis Pappas served in the Army as a personal chef to General John Pershing. To give the hungry general some extra nutrition, Louis began adding scoops of potato salad to his traditional greek salads. When Louis returned to the United States, he opened up his own restaurant, Louis Pappas Riverside Café, where he would re-create this signature dish using fresh produce from his own ranch in Tarpon Springs.

Today, Louis Pappas's grandson continues his grandfather's old Florida family tradition at Pappas Ranch. There, he and his kitchen serve up a new menu of fresh seafood, poultry, sandwiches, street tacos, hand-cut steaks, and barbecue dishes whose "family flair" has been lauded by Metromix Tampa Bay. They continue to scoop savory housemade potato salad into their internationally renowned Louis Pappas Famous greek salad, tossing it in massive bowls that serve as many as four diners. Bartenders dole out glasses of locally brewed craft beers and wine or mix cocktails and martinis at the full center bar with flat-screen TVs.

The restaurant's decor channels that of the original Pappas family ranch. In the dining room, spacious booths are surrounded by rustic wooden walls, and outside is a covered outdoor patio.

3409 W Bay To Bay Blvd
Tampa,
FL
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