Favorite place for a power lunch: Cooper’s Hawk. They have an awesome lettuce wedge salad, and The Prime sandwich is the bomb.
Favorite place for a client dinner: Del Frisco’s Grille. They have a great steak, plus the location is perfect and it’s a short walk to Davidoff Tampa, where we can finish the night of with a scotch and fine cigar.
Best place to watch a Lightning game with friends: The Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge in Amalie Arena. It’s one of the few professional sports cigar lounges where you can actually see the live action while inside the cigar lounge.
Favorite burger joint: It’s no burger joint, but Ruth’s Chris Steak House serves an awesome burger in their bar during happy hour.
Favorite dive restaurant: Guanabo Coffee Shop on Columbus and Lincoln. They have an awesome tripleta sandwich.
Favorite place for authentic cuisine: The Columbia for Cuban food. Besides loving the food, I love the history of the building, the restaurant and Ybor City in general.
Best fine dining spot: Bern’s Steak House. Besides the great steak, the kitchen and wine cellar tour makes this place a one-of-a-kind experience.
Favorite pizza: Joe’s Pizza on Dale Mabry. It’s real New York-style pizza, plus they have an extra-large pizza that is so big you can hardly fit the box through your car door. No kidding!
Favorite local attraction: You get a little dirty, but my wife and kids love to go to the races at East Bay Raceway Park.
Favorite beach restaurant: The Boardwalk Grill in Johns Pass Village. They have the best lobster roll outside of Boston.
Favorite Tampa Bay-area beach: Clearwater Beach. There is so much to do around the pier area, and our kids love it.