Food & Drink in East Lake-Orient Park

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

Bangkok Jazz

Bangkok Jazz

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

$30 $16

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Standup-Comedy Show at Tampa Improv (Up to 80% Off)

Tampa Improv

Tampa Improv - Ybor City

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

$50 $15

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Lebanese Mezah (seven different appetizers) for Two or Four with Drinks at Byblos Cafe (Up to 43% Off)

Byblos Cafe

Palma Ceia

Share a hearty platter of hummus, baba ghanouj, labneh, kebbeh, falafel, grape leaves, and tabbouleh with wine, beer, or premium cocktails

$43.95 $25

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Made-To-Order Boxed Meals at Inside the Box Cafe (Up to 41% Off). Two Options Available.

Inside the Box Cafe

Multiple Locations

Made-to-order boxed lunches satisfy midday cravings with crisp salads or hearty sandwiches layered with savory meats and roasted veggies

$8.50 $5

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$25 for Two Holiday Gift Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Spaghetti Warehouse ($40 Total Value)

Spaghetti Warehouse

Historic Ybor

Give the holiday gift of hand-rolled meatballs, lasagna, and chicken parmigiana at historical warehouse restaurants brimming with antiques

$20 $12.50

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A Sinatra New Year's Eve with Sharp Sings Sinatra with Open Bar, Dinner, and Champagne at 9 p.m. (Up to 26% Off)

A Sinatra New Year's Eve with Sharp Sings Sinatra

Tampa Women's Club

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Mister Nik Sharp leads a 10-piece jazz band with his uncanny Frank Sinatra impersonation; includes prime rib or chicken marsala dinner

$200 $149

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

Islands Pizza

Davis Islands

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

$20 $12

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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

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

$17.99 $11

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

Anaar Bar and Grill

Tampa

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

$20 $11

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

Monserrate Restaurant Bar & Grill

Northwest Tampa

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

$20 $10

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$19 for $40 Worth of Cookie Bouquets at Cookies by Design

Cookies by Design

Multiple Locations

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

$40 $19

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Cuban and Italian Food for Lunch at Las Vegas Cafe (50% Off)

Las Vegas Cafe

West Tampa

Chef blends Cuban and Italian cuisines to create dishes such as fish stuffed with ham and cheese, Cuban-fried rice, and veggie crepes

$12 $6

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

Rice Restaurant & Market

Town N County Park

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

$30 $14

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$9 for $20 Worth of Indian Food and Drinks for Two at Saffron Indian Cuisine

Saffron Indian Cusine

County Line Coalition

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

$20 $9

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$8 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt, Juices, and Coffee at Frogury ($20 Value)

Frogury

Tampa

Create your own sundae using non-fat, low-calorie frozen yogurt and more than 40 available fruit, candy, and nut toppings

$10 $4

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$10 for $20 Worth of Barbecue and Burgers at Mike's Smokehouse BBQ & Grill

Mike's Smokehouse BBQ & Grill

Tampa

Choose between gator baskets, ribs, sausage, chicken, catfish, and frog legs, or go for broke with the hearty "redneck platter"

$20 $10

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Contemporary Fusion Food at Cheap (58% Off)

Cheap

Courier City/Oscawana

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

$30 $14

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$40 for Two $25 Gift Cards to Louis Pappas ($50 Total Value)

Louis Pappas

Multiple Locations

Gift cards to restaurants known for greek salad, fresh sandwiches, and flatbreads

$50 $40

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

Eats! American Grill

Fairoaks Manhattan Manor

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

$20 $11

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

MTC Downtown Cafe

Tampa

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

$10 $5

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Indian Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout, or Lunch Buffet for Two at Cilantro Indian Cuisine (Up to 47% Off)

Cilantro Indian Cuisine

Tampa

Chefs artfully layer spices to create both classic and complex Indian staples, from chicken tikka masala to goat rogan josh

$24.92 $15

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

Ledo Pizza

Carrollwood

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

$22 $13

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$8 for $20 Worth of Pizzeria Cuisine at ABC Pizza

ABC Pizza

Wellswood

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

$20 $8

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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

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

$150 $19

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$19 for $30 Worth of American Food and Drinks at Gaspar's Patio Bar & Grille

Gaspar's Patio Bar & Grille

Temple Terrace

Restaurant and bar with nightly entertainment and dog-friendly patio slings American staples such as filet mignon, oysters, and wings

$30 $19

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$18 for $30 Worth of Boutique Indian Clothing at Gro Styles

Gro Styles

Multiple Locations

Rack after rack of affordable attire for quinceañeras, Bollywood theme parties, and formal ball events

$30 $18

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$13 for Four Vouchers, Each Valid for $6 Worth of Tea at Kung Fu Tea ($24 Value)

Kung Fu Tea

Tampa

Iced teas alongside sweet bubble milk teas and frozen slushes with flavors such as caramel macchiato, matcha red bean, and herbal jelly

$6 $3.25

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Italian Cuisine at Gio's Italian Restaurant (Up to 44% Off). Two Options Available.

Gio's Italian Restaurant

Egypt Lake-Leto

Waiters in black-and-white uniforms transport made-to-order Italian classics from the bustling kitchen to diners’ tables

$14 $8

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Six Meat and Seafood Items at Land and Sea Market (47% Off). Three Options Available.

Land and Sea Market

Multiple Locations

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

$60 $32

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$17 for $30 Worth of MIiddle Eastern Food and Drinks for Two at John Rolfe Tobacco Company

John Rolfe Tobacco Company

Downtown

Enjoy Middle Eastern dishes and drinks in this fully-stocked cigar bar

$30 $17

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$17 for $30 Worth of Caribbean-Latin Cuisine at Catch Twenty-Three. Reservation Through Groupon Required.

Catch Twenty-Three

Westchase

Fusion menu of sushi rolls, tender steak, and fresh seafood, including chilean sea bass cooked over a pecan-wood-burning grill

$30 $17

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$18 for $30 Worth of Tapas and Spanish Fare for Dinner at Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar

Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar

Downtown

Tapas, entrees, and paella drawn from the culinary traditions of northwest Spain plate up at a family-owned restaurant

$30 $18

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$8 for $15 Worth of Sandwiches and Snacks for Two or More at Brocato's Sandwich Shop

Brocato's Sandwich Shop

Northeast Tampa

Famous sandwiches such as the cuban, roast pork, chicken parmesan, and ribeye steak, plus homemade deviled crabs and stuffed potatoes

$15 $8

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$12 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Café Food and Drinks at Twist Vapor Cafe ($30 Value)

Twist Vapor Cafe

Tampa

Café pairs coffee brewed from Puerto Rican beans with a selection of sandwiches and dessert

$10 $4

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Sports Bar Cuisine at Hoosiers Grille (55% Off). Two Options Available.

Hoosiers Grille

Tampa

Midwest grille dishes out food such as steak and eggs, meatball sandwiches, wings, fried pickles, burgers, and thai chicken wraps

$30 $14

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$15 for $20 Worth of Trendy and Rare Liquors at Gaspar's Liquor Shoppe

Gaspar's Liquor Shoppe

Temple Terrace

Popular and trendy brands of alcohol as well as rare and premium spirits, wine, and beer

$20 $15

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$54 for $100 Toward a Prix Fixe Meal for Two or More at Six Tables Tampa

Six Tables Tampa

South Tampa

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

$100 $54

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$17 for $30 Worth of French-Inspired Dinner at Piquant. Reservation Through Groupon Required.

Piquant

Tampa

French-inspired fare such as crisp ham croquettes, short ribs bourgignon, and tender sous-vide rack of lamb

$30 $17

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Japanese Lunch, or Dinner for Two or Four at Ocean Blue Sushi Bar (45% Off)

Ocean Blue Sushi Bar

Carrollwood

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

$40 $22

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$19 for $35 Worth of Lobster and Seafood at Lobster Haven. Reservation Through Groupon Required.

Lobster Haven

Tampa

Inspired by New England’s seafood shacks, this cozy eatery features fresh Maine lobster in everything from creamy chowder to lobster rolls

$35 $19

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$17 for $30 Worth of Hookah, Wine, Beer, and Mixed Drinks at Le Souk

Le Souk Hookah Bar & Lounge

Tampa

Guests blow smoke rings in a variety of fruity hookah flavors while sipping beer, wine, or cocktails

$30 $17

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Ethiopian Dinner Cuisine at Queen of Sheba (Up to 43% Off).

Queen of Sheba

Golfview

Served family style, Ethiopian meals include stewed meats or simmered vegetarian entrees with patron-controlled amounts of peppery spice

$30 $17

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Persian Dinner for Two or Four or More at Persia House of Kebabs (Up to $ Off)

Persia House of Kebabs

North Tampa

Kebabs with grilled tiger shrimp, marinated beef tenderloin, boneless chicken breast, or grilled vegetables

$20 $12

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Baked Goods or One Dozen Cupcakes at Just Baked Eats and Sweets Inc. (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Just Baked Eats and Sweets Inc

Tampa

Bakery prepares holiday cupcakes, pastries, and tarts from scratch, using only fresh ingredients

$20 $12

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Donuts and Deli Fare at So Nuts! Donuts & Deli (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

So Nuts! Donuts & Deli

Tampa

This donut shop whips up nearly 30 creative varieties of donuts, plus donut burgers, donut grilled cheese sandwiches, and custom donuts

$15.48 $8

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$37 for a Japanese Meal for Two at Sake House (Up to $69.97 Value). Reservation Through Groupon Required.

Sake House

Northeast Tampa

Fresh-cut sashimi, udon noodles, chicken teriyaki, and deftly wrapped sushi rolls with salmon and yellowtail

$69.97 $37

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New York–Style Subs, Gyros, Salads, and Wings at D & D Gourmet Deli (50% Off). Two Options Available.

D & D gourmet deli

Westshore Palms

Big Apple–style hot and cold subs include reubens with housemade corned beef, gyros, and sandwiches piled high with Italian meats

$6 $3

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

Casa Ramos Tampa

Tampa

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

$22 $13

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

Big City Grill Co.

Brandon

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

$10 $5.50

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American Food at Big City Grill (Up to 40% Off)

The Big City Grill

AMC Regency Movie Theater Plaza

Chefs create signature dishes from around the country, such as Buffalo’s hot wings and LA’s fish tacos

$10 $6

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Meals for Two at Eats! American Grill (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Eats! American Grill

Riverview

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

$20 $9

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$17 for $30 Worth of Pizza and Italian Food for Two at Joia Fabulous Pizza & Martini Bar

Joia Fabulous

Riverview

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

$30 $17

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$20 for $40 Groupon — IPop Gourmet Popcorn

Ipop Gourmet Popcorn

Town 'N' Country

Love the smell of popcorn being popped? A healthy alternative to snacking is our gourmet popcorn

$40 $20

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

Aquafinz

North Tampa

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

$30 $17

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

Tampa Bay Organics

Lutz

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

$55 $29.99

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

Marco's Pizza

Improvement League of Plant City

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

$20 $11

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

Uncle Mike's Smokehouse

Plant City

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

$20 $7

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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

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

$36.99 $18

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$16 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine for Two or More at Dinner at Wasabi Japanese Steak House

Wasabi Japanese Steak House

Improvement League of Plant City

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

$30 $16

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

ABC Pizza (Plant City)

Plant City

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

$20 $11

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Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four at Florida Estates Winery in Land O Lakes (Up to 47% Off)

Florida Estates Winery

Land O' Lakes

Educational tasting of 8 wines and 1 sangria with a bottle chosen from the featured selection and souvenir glasses to take home

$30.95 $16.99

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

ON Q Smokehouse Grill

San Antonio

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

$20 $11

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$12 for $20 Worth of Pizza at Tour De Pizza Deux

Tour De Pizza Deux

St. Petersburg

Owner Matt McClellan champions pizza as a healthy food with pies crowned with roma tomatoes, fresh basil, pears, peppers, and garlic

$20 $12

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Comedy Night at Manhattan Casino on Saturday, December 13 or January 17, at 9 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

Comedy Shows

Manhattan Casino

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Night of laughs features up-and-coming comics, including Marlon Maxwell and Timmy V

$25 $15

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pizzeria Eats for Carryout from Jet's Pizza

Jet's Pizza

Saint Petersburg

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

$20 $11

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

Jimbo's Joint

Historic Kenwood

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

$8 $4

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Seafood, Sandwiches, and Wings at Sloppy Pelican (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Sloppy Pelican

St. Petersburg

Casual seafood bar and grill with tiki bar and live music serves up fresh seafood, burgers, and wings tossed in one of five sauces

$20 $12

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$19 for One Dozen Gourmet Cupcakes with Six Flavors at Sweet! ($30 Value)

Sweet!

St. Petersburg

A box of 12 gourmet cupcakes come in flavors ranging from simple chocolate and vanilla to boston creme pie and red velvet

$30 $19

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$15 for $30 Worth of Craft Beer and Wine at Wine and Brew 

Wine and Brew

Dunedin

Craft beer haven features a constantly rotating selection of brews alongside wines served by the glass, bottle, and on tap

$30 $15

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$99 to See Rich Guzzi at Snappers Grill & Comedy Club on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31

Snappers Grill & Comedy Club

Snappers Grill & Comedy Club

Veteran hypnotist morphs audience members into celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Madonna in adults-only New Years Eve shows

$116 $99

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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

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

$36 $15

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

Topper's Creamery

Largo

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

$15 $7

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Latin Lunch for Two or Four or $7 for $15 Worth of Latin Breakfast at Tia's Authentic Latin Food

Tia's Authentic Latin Food

Largo

Caribbean and Puerto Rican dishes such as beef picadillo, café con leche, pan-fried shrimp, and blackened tilapia sandwiches

$15 $7

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$45 for a Swim in a 33,500-Gallon Tank for Two with Breakfast or Lunch at RumFish Grill ($75 Total Value)

RumFish Grill

St. Pete Beach

Swim with a nurse shark and tarpon in a tank that lines an entire dining-room wall, then dine on sandwiches or Southern-style breakfast

$75 $45

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Seafood at Crab Daddy's (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Crab Daddy's

St. Pete Beach

Dine on crab legs and other seafood specials on an outdoor patio and rooftop tiki bar overlooking Blind Pass Inlet

$30 $18

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

La Cote Basque

Gulfport

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

$40 $22

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$12 for $20 Worth of Thai Dinner and Sushi for Two at Joto Thai Sushi Clearwater

Joto Thai Sushi - Clearwater

Clearwater

Pan-Asian menu includes Thai noodle stir fry, sushi, teriyaki, and massaman curry

$20 $12

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Italian Food for Dinner, Lunch, or Carryout at Mamma Mia's Italian Grill & Bar (Up to 40% Off)

Mamma Mia's Italian Grill & Bar

St. Petersburg

Baked stuffed pastas, individual pizzas, and Italian entrees such as veal marsala

$40 $25

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Six-Course Fall Tasting Menu for Two or Four at Café Ponte (Up to 56% Off)

Café Ponte

Clearwater

Six-course tasting menu offers a dinner shaped by seasonal ingredients and cooking techniques from French and Italian roots

$180 $90

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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 East Fowler Avenue
Temple Terrace,
FL
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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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Papa John's has carefully crafted a menu of specialty pizzas to satisfy any taste or mouth shape. Order a Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, gourmet baby portabella mushrooms, and ripe black olives. Satisfy herbivores and herbivoyeurs with a Tuscan Six-Cheese or Garden Fresh pie. The full list of specialty pizzas includes several more; take the hassle out of haggling over individual ingredients and boldly cast your straight-ticket ballot for the pizza party that your conscious dictates.

9307 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
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