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

$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

Indian Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout, or Lunch Buffet for Two at Cilantro Indian Cuisine (Up to 40% Off)

Cilantro Indian Cuisine

Tampa

$24.92 $15

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

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

46% Off Northern Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Vino E Pasta

Vino E Pasta

Tampa

$24 $13

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Dishes lauded by the Tampa Bay Times include 15 types of pasta tossed with pesto, alfredo, and bolognese and served with 38 wines

$15 for $30 Worth of Tapas and Drinks at The Manhattan Dolce Bar & Bistro

The Manhattan Dolce Bar & Bistro

Virginia Park

$30 $15

Share tapas-style dishes such as beef carpaccio and shrimp ajillo at an eatery with nightly live entertainment

$39.99 for a Romantic Dinner for Two at a Mystery Location Near Tampa (Up to $77.80 Value)

Saffron Indian Cusine

County Line Coalition

$77.80 $39.99

Enjoy a two-course meal and drinks at a romantic date-night spot—but you won't find out where until you buy the deal

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

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

Frogury

Tampa

$10 $5

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

$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

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

Mike's Smokehouse BBQ & Grill

Tampa

$20 $10

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

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

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

The Spaghetti Warehouse

$120 $58

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

$19 for Beer Appreciation Tour for Two with Two Beer Flights and One Growler at ESB Brewing ($36 Value)

ESB Brewing

Tampa

$36 $19

Get a behind the scenes look at the distilling process, and then sample TK brews before taking home a full growler

$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

$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

$11 for Two Regular Pita Combos at Pita Pit ($17.20 Value)

Pita Pit Tampa

Downtown Tampa

$17.20 $11

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Pita builders pack freshly cooked meats, melted cheeses, and fresh toppings chosen by customers into a tasty, portable pita

Breakfast or Carry-Out at The Bungalow Restaurant and Bar (40% Off)

The Bungalow Restaurant and Bar

Tampa

$20 $12

This bar and restaurant makes room for a little luxury with a special-feature Skybox area, plenty of game-night access, and superior dishes

$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

$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

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

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

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

John Rolfe Tobacco Company

Downtown

$30 $17

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

$12 for $20 Worth of Pub Food and Drinks at Dachshund's Bar & Grill

Dachshund's Bar & Grill

Town N Country Park

$20 $12

Hot dogs steal the show here, each made from meat like kielbasa or black Angus beef and topped with items like blue cheese or pico de gallo

$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

$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

$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

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 $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

$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

$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

$12 for $20 Worth of Create Your Own Stir-Fry and Drinks for Dinner at bd’s Mongolian Grill

bd’s Mongolian Grill

Oldsmar

$20 $12

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Clients create their own mix of meat, veggies, and sauces for chefs to sauté in front of their eyes on a 600-degree grill

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 $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

$35 for $50 Worth of Modern Mexican Cuisine at Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo

Wesley Chapel

$50 $35

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Refined takes on Mexican cuisine, including fajitas in chipotle-wine sauce and enchiladas stuffed with avocado and artichoke

$20 for Oktoberfest Weekend Pass with Beer from German American Friendship Society of Pinellas ($40 value)

German American Friendship Society of Pinellas

Pinellas Park

$40 $20

Commemorative beer boot is filled with German beers at a festival that includes Oompah music, dancing and authentic German food

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

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

$22 for Music and Craft Beer for Two at Dunedin Celtic Festival on Saturday, November 22 ($37.30 Value)

Dunedin Celtic Festival

Highlander Park

$37.30 $22

Six bands, five breweries, and a market with food, clothes, and other wares; proceeds go to Dunedin middle and high schools and pipe band

Local Craft-Beer Tasting for Two or Four at The Pint and Brew (Up to 52% Off). Five Options Available.

The Pint and Brew

Palm Harbor

$28 $14

Sample four craft beers from breweries such as Florida Avenue Brewing Co. and Green Bench Brewing Co.; BYO snacks with tailgate option

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

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

$19 for Two Dozen Oysters and Two Drinks at The Island Grille & Raw Bar ($36 Value)

The Island Grille & Raw Bar

Tierra Verde

$36 $19

Oysters served steamed, fried, or raw on the half shell, paired with well drinks, house wines, or glasses of beer

$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

$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

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

$12 for $20 Worth of Create-Your-Own Stir-Fry Dinner at BD's Mongolian Grill

BD's Mongolian Grill

Lakeside Village

$20 $12

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Clients create their own mix of meat, veggies, and sauces for chefs to sauté in front of their eyes on a 600-degree grill

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

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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
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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
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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
US