Favorite date-night spot:
Restaurant BT has great food that is extremely fresh, and the service is great. Chef BT is typically there to make sure your food is to your liking.
Favorite place for a power lunch:
Barrow’s has sandwiches made fresh to order. I recommend the pastrami melt.
Favorite place for a client dinner:
Bern’s Steakhouse is one of the true staples of Tampa. The ambiance, service and quality of food are all top notch. They have the largest privately owned wine collection in the world.
Favorite place for special family occasions:
The Columbia is the other true staple of Tampa. You can even watch performers do the flamenco while you eat.
Best place to watch a Bucs game with friends:
Ducky’s is one of the few sports bars that has really good quality food. They even have healthy choices. Duck bowling is great entertainment for adults and children alike.
Best place for a healthy meal:
Fresh Kitchen is a very healthy choice in a fast food atmosphere. Started by the Ciccio Group, you get to create your own meal, choosing your protein, your base, your veggies and a dressing.
Favorite waterfront restaurant:
Hula Bay Club has great views of the bay, lots of boat traffic, very good sushi and live music.
Favorite Mexican restaurant:
Miguel’s has true authentic Mexican food, great margaritas and an outdoor atmosphere if you choose.
Favorite weekend brunch spot:
Datz has comfort food taken to a whole new level. Everything on the menu is exceptional.
Favorite Italian food:
Caffe Paradiso is one of the few truly authentic Italian restaurants in Tampa. Try the Ossobuco Alla Milanese and the pasta fagioli.
New York New York Pizza. Get the pepperoni, black olives and ricotta cheese. This pizza will not disappoint, even when sober.
Favorite place for a craft cocktail and cocktail of choice:
I love the Moscow Mule from Ciro’s Speakeasy & Supper Club.
Favorite happy hour spot:
On Swann in Hyde Park is one of the newest restaurants in town, and Chef Chris Ponte’s quality of food is very apparent. Believe it or not, this is the best steak in town, in my opinion.
Favorite thing to do on the water:
Boating to Weedon Island is truly relaxing, scenic and fun. Calm, shallow waters allow you to jump in, play water sports or just float around.
Favorite beach spot:
The Sandpearl Resort has great poolside food, a lively scene and the best beach in the Tampa Bay area.
Interesting Tampa fact:
Tampa is rated the vainest city in American by Men’s Health.