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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 Caf?, 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 Louis Pappas markets and cafes. 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.

3409 W Bay To Bay Blvd
Tampa,
FL
US

Black-and-white checkerboard floors lend an old-fashioned air to Land and Sea Market, though butchers have only been preparing fillets and chops there since 1995. Freshly carved meats fill the store's coolers, including lamb shanks, quick-fry pork chops, and bratwurst, as well as bone-in chicken breasts and an array of seafood such as halibut and littleneck clams. The butchers also package their own meats such as bacon-wrapped filet mignon, chicken cordon bleu, and bourbon-marinated salmon, often seasoning the meats with their own house blend of spices. In addition to its savory selection of proteins, the shop also stocks grocery items such as vegetables and wines from around the solar system.

14943 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa,
FL
US

Quality Meat Market conciliates the choosiest of carnivores with grain-fed beef, fresh pork, and high-quality poultry delivered daily. Peruse a taste-bud-tingling selection of fresh-cut steaks, tender chops, baby-back ribs, hormone-free chicken breasts, and regularly changing seafood selections. Or, enlist the guidance of a meat maestro to make recommendations regarding prepared items, such as homemade meatloaf, turkey pecan salad, and southern-style potato salad.

4020 Orient Rd
Tampa,
FL
US

Vitamin Discount Center maintains its moniker by offering high-quality, health-boosting products at low prices. Cold sufferers can stave off a winter sniffles with Emergen-C (30 packets for $8.90), or bolster liver health with Solaray milk thistle (60 capsules for $18.69). Opt for innard peace with a soul-scrubbing CleanseSMART kit by Renew Life ($21.75) while finding outer satisfaction with hair-restoring Viviscal (60 tablets $45.41). Sporty shoppers can browse an array of bulk boosters like Jack3d ($26.65), which helps build muscles so that you'll never again need to search for your keys in order to move your car. Vitamin Discount Centers also carries a line of bath agents from Kiss My Face, Naturally Fresh, and more to match hearty insides with outer beauty.

1202 S Church Ave
Tampa,
FL
US

Inspired by the seafood shacks along New England's coast, Lobster Haven is devoted to serving succulent Maine lobsters in the form of comfort foods. Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley called Lobster Haven, "one of the few places I know of in these parts where you can pig out for under $20 on a lobster that was swimming moments ago."

Two Sides of Lobster Haven

The Restaurant The Market
Lobster rolls and wraps and buckets loaded with a whole lobsters and assorted shellfish make it easy to determine the menu's signature ingredient. Even when cooks don't use lobster, they still prepare seafood, such as pan-seared fish tacos with pico de gallo and sweet-chili-glazed salmon. Guests don't need to-go boxes if they want to enjoy lobster later in the week. Live Maine lobsters are the specialty at Lobster Haven's market. In addition to fresh Atlantic Coast catches hailing from New England to Florida, the market sells mussels, shrimp, crab, and fish by the pound.
12807 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa,
FL
US

Village Health Market strives to stock its 16,000-square-foot store with a wide selection of organic and natural products, including more than 150 bulk items such as nuts, dried fruits, and coffees, along with more than 130 varieties of fruits, veggies, sprouts, and gourmet items. A shopping cart will guide you on a world tour through the grocery aisles, which feature complete selections of Thai, Indian, Mexican, gluten-free, and kosher foods, as well as a full line of dairy, dairy alternatives, non-dairy, and non-dairy alternatives for dairy. Quell hungers with Sami's Bakery millet and flax chips ($3.69) or bread ($4.89) while slamming thirst up against a locker with a large assortment of organic wine that includes the flavorful Badger Mountain chardonnay ($11.99). More than 40 kinds of fresh meat and seafood are available, such as wild blackened salmon ($15.99 a pound). And the café/deli features more than 65 cold items in the deli case, 20 vegan dishes (try a vegan spinach pie, $3.79 each), more than 20 ready-to-eat hot foods (selection of the day, $7.99 a pound), 30 sandwich combinations, and an organic salad bar ($6.99 a pound).

3225 South MacDill Avenue
Tampa,
FL
US