Taverna Opa serves up a bounty of authentic Greek cuisine within a channel-side bistro that evokes the sun-soaked colors of the Mediterranean. During dinner, placate pyromaniacal palates with fire-kissed flavors, including spit-fire-roasted lamb with thyme, rosemary, oregano, and garlic ($18), wood-fire-grilled filet-mignon medallions topped with roasted tomato and served with lemon potatoes and asparagus ($23), or skewered shrimp kebabs marinated with lemon and orange zest, garlic, and white wine ($18).
Tender, juicy, delicious—steak is nature’s reward to those at the top of the food chain. Today’s Groupon—good at the Gallagher’s Steak House in Tampa—gets you $75 worth of steaks, seafood, and beverages for $29. An offshoot of the historic New York flagship restaurant, this Channelside location pays homage to the original with a no-nonsense, meat-and-potatoes approach to fine dining, foregoing unnecessary trappings like overpriced meat barometers and crystal salad spoons."P'raps if we should find the culprit, the baron'll feed us handsome at the wedding! It'll be cakes an' steaks f'r us, me lad!"
Before the invention of your friend Dave's totally rad rec room, Tampa hipsters of every ethnicity (except Nerdy-Americans) flocked to Ybor City's social clubs to party all night, smoke in black and white, and take Latin lovers. Today’s Groupon gives you a delicious taste of what once was: for $25, you get $60 of international fusion cuisine at Teatro on Seventh in Ybor City. Beautifully restored to reflect its heyday as the ballroom and theater for Ybor City during the late 1800s and early 1900s, Teatro's elegant columns, exposed brick, and ornate floor-to-ceiling windows recall a more elegant time when men wore hats and seldom checked their Blackberries during dinner.
One of the largest locally owned gourmet coffee and tea shops in the U.S., Barnie's offers more than 50 different gourmet coffees with 15 delectable flavors. Barnie's typically brews four different fresh coffees each day, and a ballroom of smoothies and lattes waltzes alongside mochas, espressos, and cappuccinos. Sit and sip a freshly brewed cup ($1.59+) or begin hoarding bags of pre-ground or whole-bean specialties such as Santa's White Christmas ($9.49/12 oz.)—a combination of Barnie's blended coffee with hints of coconut, sweet caramel, and vanilla guaranteed to keep you alert during the season when homes are most vulnerable to invasion by diabolically generous bearded elves. Recently unfrozen British cavemen can warm up with signature teas such as organic raspberry truffle and white-ginger peach, while all others can hose down tongue gardens with summer specials such as the Barnie Palmer ($2.29–$2.59), a blend of strawberry iced tea and mango lemonade.
Lively conversation bubbles between diners at Stacked Burgers as they sift through a menu of specialty burgers, sandwiches, and suds. Served by a scantily clad wait staff until 3 a.m. Thursday–Saturday and midnight during the week, the French Maid dip burger transforms a popular steak sandwich into a melty, two-patty tower of sustenance drenched in hot au jus and horseradish sauce ($9.99). Bottled ($2.95) or import beers ($3.95) cool tongues after 2 Hot 4 U burgers—which chefs steep in Cajun seasonings and fiery wing sauce before slapping on spicy pepper jack, jalapeños, and sliced fire—push spice tolerance to the brink ($9.99). The Double Dog Darearrives stocked with two Sabrett steamed hot dogs on a golden brown bun ($6.99), and the Double D burger ($14.99) pairs two sides with a pile of four steak patties buried in cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion—all free if you can eat everything before the timer strikes two minutes.