Food & Drink in Fruitville

Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Adriatico (Up to 45% Off)

Adriatico

Gulf Gate

Menu includes spinach and ricotta ravioli, slow-braised pork tenderloin, snapper fillet in a spicy tomato broth, bruschetta, and PEI mussels

$30 $17

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Latin American Cuisine at Copa Restaurant & Lounge (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Copa Restaurant & Lounge

Sarasota

Menu includes cuban sandwiches, fried pork chops, spanish onion steaks, boiled yuga, red beans, tilapia burgers, and chicken stew

$30 $15

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

Primo!

Sarasota

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

$30 $17

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$19 for a Custom Gourmet Birthday Cake at Sweet! Sarasota ($45 Value)

Sweet! - Sarasota

Sarasota

A 7-inch vanilla, chocolate, or marble cake with a custom icing serves 10–14 people

$45 $19

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$10 for $20 Worth of Produce and Groceries at Vung Tau Oriental Market

Vung Tau Oriental Market

Sarasota

Shoppers can find Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Korean, Japanese, Philippine, Indian, and Vietnamese groceries

$20 $9

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$16 for $30 Worth of Homestyle American Comfort Food at Word of Mouth Downtown

Word of Mouth Downtown

Downtown

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

$30 $16

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$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

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

$20 $11

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Pizzeria Cuisine on Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday at Filippo's Pizzeria (50% Off)

Filippo's Pizzeria

Sarasota

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

$18 $9

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Bubble Tea and Sushi at Kam’s Bubble Tea & Sushi (Up to 40% Off)

Kam’s Bubble Tea & Sushi

Sarasota

Enjoy sushi rolls such as tuna avocado, philadelphia, and shrimp tempura as you sip on watermelon smoothies or green bubble tea

$20 $12

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

Gio Fabulous

Bradenton

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

$20 $13

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

Samurai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Bradenton

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

$30 $17

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Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Pub Food on Weekdays or Weekends at Steel City Bar & Grill (43% Off)

Steel City Bar & Grill

Bradenton

All-American favorites such as hot dogs topped with homemade chili, burgers stacked with toppings, philly cheesesteaks, and buffalo wings

$15 $8.50

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$20 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $7 Worth of Hot Dogs, Burgers, Fries, and Drinks at Rippers Roadstand ($28 Value)

Rippers Roadstand

Ellenton

Cooks deep-fry their hot dogs and smother their 100% beef burgers in toppings such as jalapenos and A1 sauce; fries are hand-cut in house

$7 $5

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$17 for $30 Worth of Italian Dinner for Two at Gio Fabulous

Gio Fabulous

Bradenton

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

$30 $17

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$10 for $20 Worth of Services or Delivery from Rx Care Pharmacy

Rx Care Pharmacy

North Port Charlotte

Pick up over-the-counter medications, get your current prescriptions delivered, or even grab housekeeping products

$20 $10

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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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$19 for One 7-Inch Custom Birthday Cake at Sweet! ($45 Value)

Sweet! St. Petersburg (Parent)

St. Petersburg

Celebrate special occasions with a 7-inch custom cake in vanilla, chocolate, or marble with custom icing; serves 10-14, upgrades available

$45 $19

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$12 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 $12

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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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$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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Meals for Two at Eats! American Grill (Up to 45% 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 $11

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

Side Splitters Comedy Club

Carrollwood

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Comedians seen on Last Comic Standing, HBO, and Comedy Central’s Workaholics take a living-room-style stage

$62 $23

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$20 for Two Burgers and Two Pints of Draft Beer at Hogan's Beach (Up to a $38 Value)

Hogan's Beach

Northwest Tampa

Watch the big game on flat-screen TVs while filling your plate with burgers and two pints of the more than 20 different beers on tap

$38 $20

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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 (50% Off)

Cheap

Courier City/Oscawana

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

$30 $16

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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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$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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Coffee Brewing and Tasting Course for One or Two at The Blind Tiger Cafe (50% Off)

The Blind Tiger Cafe

Tampa

45-minute course includes complimentary snacks and the option to purchase equipment for brewing at home

$60 $30

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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 $14

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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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$18 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 $18

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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). Two 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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$9 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 $9

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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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$59 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 $59

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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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$9 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 $9

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 of Food and Drink at Oakley's Grille ($24 Value)

Oakley's Grille

Northeast Tampa

Inventive menu includes cajun chicken cordon bleu and Certified Black Angus half-pound burgers chargrilled at 500 degrees

$8 $5

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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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Italian Food for Two or Four or More at Allegria Italiana (37% Off)

Allegria Italiana

Brandon

Homemade gnocchi tossed in zesty tomato sauce, pepper-encrusted beef tenderloin in a marsala sauce, and Italian-style ricotta cheesecake

$30 $19

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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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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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$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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Pizza or Pasta Dinner for Two or Four with Wine at Cafe Milano Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria (Up to 44% Off)

Cafe Milano Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

Clearwater

Brick-oven pizzas with gourmet toppings and pastas such as lobster ravioli and Calabrese-style lasagna with white cream sauce

$51.90 $29

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Clearwater Beach Uncorked Food-and-Wine Festival Visit for One or Two Guests on February 7 or 8 (Up to 41% Off)

Clearwater Beach Uncorked

Clearwater

Beachside food and wine festival features wineries, craft beers, and celebrity chefs; admission includes wine glass, tote bag, and tastings

$55 $35

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

CDB's Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Multiple Locations

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

$30 $16

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Japanese and Thai Food for Two or Four or Take-Out at Bangkok Tokyo Thai and Sushi Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Bangkok Tokyo Thai and Sushi Restaurant

Clearwater

Sushi rolls and teriyaki match with Thai dishes including pineapple curry and pad thai

$30 $15

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$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

Chefs whip up Japanese- and Italian-style dishes

$30 $17

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$18 for Three $10 Gift Cards for Dinner at Green Market Cafe Clearwater ($30 Value)

Green Market Cafe

Multiple Locations

Savory soups and hearty salads made with local produce, plus cuban flatbread paninis, buffalo chicken wraps, and burrito bowls

$30 $18

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10 Wings and Pitcher of Domestic or Craft Beer, or $11 for $20 Worth of Bar Food at Lucky's Sports Bar

Lucky's Sports Bar

Clearwater

Watch NFL and NHL teams on any of the 18 HDTVs while chowing down on hot wings covered in signature Snakebite sauce and drink ice cold beers

$16.99 $10

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

Aspirations Winery

Clearwater

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

$70 $35

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

Cesare's at the Beach

Clearwater

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

$40 $23

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$13 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 $13

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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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$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 $10

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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 $10

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Two or Four Local Beer Flights with Shareable Beef O'Bradys Appetizers at The Brass Tap (Up to 55% 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 $17

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Featured on WTSP’s Flavors of Tampa Bay, El Lago Ranchero serves Mexican fare amidst warm yellow walls and mission-style tiled archways. Waiters shuffle tamales, shrimp tacos, and fajitas—each paired with rice and beans—to tables inside the eatery or on a patio shaded with umbrellas. Guests can quell sweet cravings with fried ice cream and flan or sangria and margaritas as they try to find the courage to tell their date their second, secret middle name.

8126 Lakewood Main St
Lakewood Ranch,
FL
US

Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery's experienced team of aestheticians rejuvenates visages by softening skin spots and diminishing the effects of aging. The HydraFacial procedure uses a specialized spiral tool to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize tired faces, leaving human emoticons beaming brighter than a warehouse rave attended by lightning bugs. The technicians carefully consider each patient's skin type and epidermal flaws before concocting a custom serum, which is then deposited into the deep layers of skin, providing nutrients and hydration. Each gentle treatment reduces acne-spawning oil, smooths fine lines, and provides antioxidant protection against ravening hordes of roving free radicals, while providing less discomfort than being plunked by a softly thrown marshmallow.

6310 Health Park Way
Lakewood Ranch,
FL
US

Behind their teppanyaki grilling stations, chefs at Kumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi flip lobster tails, filet mignon, and shrimp through the air as diners look on. A short distance away from the hibachi flames, chefs at the sushi bar craft fresh hand rolls based on local catches, such as the cape coral maki with salmon, tuna, and avocado, and the Top of the World roll with yellowtail, scallion, and cucumber. Staffers pour hot and cold sake and imported beer for patrons to quaff when not digging into a noodle bowl. The dining area?s decor teems with Asian accents such as bamboo shoots, a zen-garden-inspired rock wall, and a zen-garden-inspired ball pit.

5231 University Pkwy.
Sarasota,
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.

5239 University Pkwy
University Park,
FL
US

“I believe that if you’re not cooking with all five senses, you’re not cooking,” declares Derek Barnes in his feature for Sarasota’s Hot Chefs. It’s this maxim that earned him a lifetime of culinary achievement, starting with a four-year stint under the expertise of Emeril Lagasse and leading to a Zagat rating for his own restaurant and the title of semifinalist in the 2009 James Beard Awards. Derek channels these achievements into the innovative dishes he creates at his eponymous restaurant, which specializes in what he calls progressive American cuisine. That “progressive” moniker can mean a lot of things, whether it’s anointing a dish of foie gras with hazelnut honey and walnut streusel or braising a savory lamb shank in the tart flavors of lime and cilantro. Unlike a time-traveling Byzantine explorer, the chef doesn’t obsess over his plentiful spice cabinet, as the menu’s simple-grill selection serves up fresh cuts of steak, fish, and poultry in a simple, unadulterated form. Each flavor note finds its ideal complement in a wine list that features 100 bottles, many of which are available by the glass.

514 Central Ave
Sarasota,
FL
US

A flash of silver glimmers in Little Sarasota Bay, mere feet from the lush, tropical patio of Ophelia's on the Bay. It could be the belly of a leaping dolphin, the petals of a water lily, or the shiny lures of fishermen as they reel in the evening's catch. No matter its source, this sparkle reminds guests that simple pastimes such as nature gazing and family dinners are among life's greatest riches. Owner Stanley Ferro has honored this sentiment by naming Ophelia's after his grandmother, an epicure who has lived in Sarasota for more than 40 years.

In the kitchen, chefs use black grouper and tuna to showcase recipes from Florida's coasts and seaside countries such as France, Nicaragua, and Japan. Maine lobster tails morph into Mexican-inspired rellenos, and New England sea scallops bask in an emulsion of caramelized shallots and dill. Within the dining room, floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of the bay, where sea captains dock their boats or play Marco Polo with the nearby nesting herons. As the evening sky dims, moonlight casts a romantic glow over the patio's white tablecloths, and guests raise glasses of French champagne to a lovely evening under the stars.

9105 Midnight Pass Rd
Sarasota,
FL
US