Mandy Valenti

Works at CBRE, a commercial real estate firm that specializes in multi-family debt and equity finance

Favorite healthy food:
When I want to eat healthy, I will stop by Fresh Kitchen for a bowl. During the workweek hustle, a salad from Moxies will also do the trick.

Favorite exercise spot:
I have a punch card for Powerhouse Gym and take BODYATTACK and CXWORX classes with their rock star instructors. Pure Barre South Tampa is also a great workout that I love.

Best place to get a craft beer:
Cigar City Brewpub. Its variety of options and laidback atmosphere are a plus!

Best place to catch a live band:
Ceviche. You can sit at the bar with a glass of sangria and be entertained by some very talented groups.

Best margarita:
Bartaco. The margaritas are fresh and have an equal balance of ingredients!

Best Bloody Mary:
Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café because it is garnished with a rib, and who wouldn’t love that?

Best place to have dinner on the water:
Armani’s has great, romantic views.

Best Chinese food:
Pei Wei for their lettuce wraps – good flavor and they taste healthy.

Best Sunday brunch:
Pinky’s Diner for their grits!

Best dive bar:
The Dog Saloon on Bay to Bay Boulevard.

Best place to grab a drink in downtown after work:
The Tampa Club in the Bank of America Plaza because it offers a beautiful setting overlooking the water.

Favorite beach:
Pass-a-Grille Beach is serene and beautiful and right in our own backyard.

Best place to watch a Buccaneers game:
The Patio. In the fall, it is the perfect spot to watch football.

Best place to watch a Lightning game:
Right at Amalie Arena, as I am now a season ticket holder!

Place you like to take friends from out of town:
Oxford Exchange for its unique architecture and setting for breakfast or lunch.

Place that’s worth the drive over the bridge:
Rococo Steak in St. Pete. They offer the best steak selection in the Tampa Bay area with amazing cocktails and a very extensive wine list.

Best Italian food:
Osteria Natalina. It has a very quiet atmosphere, perfect for a date night. They will make your food to order, anything you like! They make you feel right at home.

Favorite place for date night:
Roy’s. I don’t feel that I am eating a chain restaurant, and they have two of my favorite food items – Lakanilau Roll and for dessert the chocolate soufflé.