Restaurants 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

(194)

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

$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

(25)

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

(87)

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

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

(14)

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

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

(20)

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

(23)

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

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

Rice Restaurant & Market

Town N County Park

$30 $16

(16)

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

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

Saffron Indian Cusine

County Line Coalition

$20 $11

(32)

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

(77)

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

(49)

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

(48)

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

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

Ocean Blue Sushi Bar

Carrollwood

$40 $22

(42)

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

(25)

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

(15)

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

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

Urban Cantina

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(364)

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

(37)

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

$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

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

Desi Tadka

Oldsmar

$20 $12

(95)

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

(27)

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

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

Zen Forrest

New Port Richey

$74.35 $45

(336)

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

$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

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

(42)

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

(29)

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

$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

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

(10)

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

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

Jimbo's Joint

Historic Kenwood

$8 $4

(4)

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

$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

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

(476)

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

$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

(42)

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

(10)

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

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

La Cote Basque

Gulfport

$40 $22

(199)

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

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

Japanese Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Samurai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (Up to 43% Off)

Samurai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Bradenton

$30 $17

(159)

Diners cluster around gas-heated hibachi grill, where chefs prepare steak and seafood meals with flair; sushi bar showcases colorful rolls

Seafood and American Cuisine For Two or More at Lunch or Carry-Out at JFD's Seafood House (Up to 45% Off)

JFD's Seafood House

Downtown Bartow

$20 $11

Laid-back seafood spot promises oysters, crab cake baskets, mahi mahi tacos, and non-fish options including pasta, barbecue, and burgers

$8 for $16 Worth of Cuban Cuisine at Havana Delights Cafe

Havana Delights Cafe

Downtown Bartow

$16 $8

(37)

Specialty cuban sandwiches with layers of freshly roasted pork, grilled steak, and spanish sausage on homemade bread

Afternoon Tea for Two or Four, Two Dozen Scones, or Lunch for Two at Day Breaks Tea Emporium (Up to 52% Off)

Day Breaks Tea Emporium

Bartow

$29.90 $15

Pots of hot tea or flavored iced tea accompany scones, fresh fruit, and finger sandwiches

$10 for Drinks and Cocktails at Brew Hounds Sports Lounge

Brew Hounds Sports Lounge

Auburndale

$20 $10

Parties share beers and cocktails as they watch sports, play darts, or shoot pool

Mexican Food for Dine-In or Takeout at El Nortenos Restaurant (40% Off). Three Options Available.

El Nortenos Restaurant

Winter Haven

$20 $12

After snacking on complimentary chips and salsa, diners feast on grilled steaks, enchiladas, fajitas, and other Mexican classics

$22 for $40 Worth of Latin-Fusion Cuisine at Selva

Selva Grill

Main Street Merchants

$40 $22

Nuevo Latino cuisine; Peruvian ceviches comprised of shrimp, oysters, tuna, octopus, and other fresh seafood

$17 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Cafe Amici

Cafe Amici

Main Street Merchants

$30 $17

Homemade pasta dishes including burrata with speck, homemade lobster ravioli, and branzino paired with wines at homey Italian eatery

$17 for $30 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks at Primo! Ristorante 

Primo!

Sarasota

$30 $17

Wood-oven-baked pizzas; more than 15 pasta dishes flavored with veal, seafood, and housemade italian sausage

Bistro-Style Italian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Cosimo’s Trattoria & Bar (Up to 45% Off)

Cosimo's

Sarasota

$20 $11

Classic and modern Italian cooking includes homemade pasta dishes alongside hand-tossed, brick-oven pizzas and Asian-influenced shrimp

$17 for $30 Worth of Casual Italian Food and Drinks for Dinner at Café Americano

Café Americano

Main Street Merchants

$30 $17

Italian chefs prepare fried calamari, light pizzas, and hearty pasta dishes; the kitchen uses aged steaks and fresh-caught local seafood

$17 for $30 Worth of Homestyle American Comfort Food at Word of Mouth Downtown

Word of Mouth Downtown

Downtown

$30 $17

Omelets, benedicts, soup, specialty sandwiches, and other comfort fare in the dining room or on a dog-friendly patio

$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Kumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

Kumo Japanese Steak House

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(116)

Chefs fire up hibachis at each table to cook filet mignon and lobster tails at restaurant with sushi bar

Japanese-Thai Fusion Cuisine at Pacific Rim (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Pacific Rim

Southside Village

$30 $18

(455)

Expansive menu is composed of Japanese-Thai fusion cuisine, including sushi rolls, wok creations, curries, and noodles and rice dishes

$16 for $30 worth of Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Café Gabbiano

Cafe Gabbiano

Siesta Key

$30 $16

Family recipes inspire pasta dishes with seafood, breaded veal, and chicken with wine sauce; a cellar boasts more than 220 wines

$18 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $11 Worth of Coffee, Smoothies, and Paninis at The Coffee Loft ($33 Total Value)

The Coffee Loft

North Trail - Across from Barnacle Bill's Seafood

$11 $6

Cozy, community-centric space serves espresso drinks, hot chocolate, fruit-flavored smoothies, savory paninis, and desserts

$11 for $20 Worth of Italian Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at Papa Giorgio's Family Italian Restaurant

Papa Giorgios Family Italian Restaurant

Sarasota

$20 $11

Housemade sauce & fresh, oven-baked bread mingle amid signature rosa pasta and NY-style thin-crust pizzas

$14 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of French Café Cuisine at Burns Court Café ($24 Total Value)

Burns Court Cafe

Downtown Partnership

$12 $7

French café and bakery treats along with quiches, pastries, and rotating exhibits from local artists

Vegetarian Cuisine and Seafood for Dine-In or Takeout at Veg (Up to 52% Off)

Veg - A Vegetarian & Seafood Eatery

Gulf Gate

$24 $12

(310)

Eatery ranked as the area's best vegetarian-friendly restaurant by Sarasota Magazine serves vegan brisket, as well as wild-caught seafood

Pizzeria Cuisine on Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday at Filippo's Pizzeria (Half Off)

Filippo's Pizzeria

Sarasota

$18 $9

(151)

Casual Italian restaurant with fresh pizzas and calzones, seafood, veal, and chicken pastas, and hearty meatball subs

Italian Cuisine at D'oro Palazzo Lakeland (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

D'oro Palazzo Lakeland

Davenport

$15 $7

(47)

Italian staples such as shrimp scampi and veal parmesan served during dinner and meatball sandwiches and pizzas served during lunch

Dine-In Food for Two or Four or $20 Worth of Carryout at Tortilleria La Mexicana #5 (Up to 45% Off)

Tortilleria La Mexicana #5

Haines City

$20 $11

Authentic Mexican fare such as marinated pork or cactus tacos on homemade tortillas, plus homemade ice creams in more than 12 flavors

Sushi, Japanese Cuisine, and Fusion Sandwiches at Sake Sushi (Up to 47% Off). Four Options Available.

Sake Sushi

Sake Sushi

$15 $8

(152)

Aged steaks, crispy duck breast with kimchi, and specialty sushi rolls, such as the Sake roll with spicy crab and Prime new york strip steak

$17 for $30 Worth of French Cuisine and Drinks for Dinner at Miguel's Restaurant

Miguel's Sarasota

Sarasota

$30 $17

French and continental cuisine such as escargot, lamb chops with mint, and filet mignon with béarnaise sauce and peppercorn cream sauce

Crab and Shrimp Dinner for Two or Four at Little New Orleans Kitchen & Oyster Bar (Up to 49% Off)

LIttle New Orleans Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Multiple Locations

$69.99 $38

Platters of steamed crabs and shrimp served with corn, potatoes, and butter

All-You-Can-Eat Argentine Steakhouse Dinner for Two or Four with Sangria at The Knife Restaurant (Up to 23% Off)

The Knife Restaurant

Lake Buena Vista

$71 $55

(181)

All-you-can-eat feasts of flank steak, top sirloin, ribs, house-made chorizo, stuffed chicken breast, and other sizzling Argentine meats

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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,
FL
US

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
US

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
US

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
US

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
US

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.

7877 Gunn Hwy
Tampa,
FL
US