Top Three Restaurants for Foodies in Tampa, Florida

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By now, I have reviewed a LOT of restaurants in Tampa. I am very familiar with the cuisine, and I have been there as restaurants come and go. My opinions on the best restaurants in Tampa are always changing, so it helps to stay up to date on my articles. Unless you like eating at bad Tampa restaurants that aren’t good, of course. These three are different from any past one that I have reviewed, because nobody wants to hear about the same restaurant multiple times in a row. Plus it helps them garner more positive reputation.

tampa mediterranean restaurant bayshore

Bayshore Mediterranean Grill serves the best Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food that I have had in a while. Located near the Ballast Point neighborhood in Tampa, if you live there then you should be satisfied for a while. It would be nice to live in an apartment above a restaurant, so I could just head downstairs, get some food, and head back up to eat it. Bayshore is one of the few restaurants in Tampa with so many different things to order that it’s hard to get the same thing over and over.

I think that a lot of people recognize Bayshore Mediterranean Grill for their baked hummus, which I also happened to have the pleasure of trying. To accurately summarize it, the baked hummus was amazing. But I have also enjoyed ordering other items in the past, such as the salads and the Cold Dip Platter. Also, if you are a bread person, then you will be in heaven. I’m not sure what the chefs do to that hot bread to make it taste so great, but is always the highlight of my evening whenever I eat at Bayshore Mediterranean Grill.

It’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, but somehow manages to never get cold. Amazing. Another thing that people will (and do) love about Bayshore Mediterranean Grill is the atmosphere. It may not be located next to all of the steakhouses that charge upwards of $100 per meal, but you should always be able to find something to do before or after eating your meal. Atmosphere is not just all about location, however. Noise level, sanitation, and lighting are some of the biggest gripes that I see when reading reviews for other Tampa restaurants.

Personally, I felt a giant burden lifted off of my shoulders when first entering Bayshore Mediterranean Grill. It was relatively quiet, the music was kept to a perfect volume and there were no servers stomping and clapping to a song like the Texas Roadhouse. I had a few friends with me, and it was nice to be able to carry a conversation without needing to raise my voice. There are a nice amount of windows as well, so you’re not exclusively at the mercy of whatever lightbulbs are above you. I think natural lighting looks a lot better, plus I like to watch the people go past as I wait for my food.

Window seats will always give a restaurant bonus points in my book, but I can still understand if the conditions don’t allow for windows. If you want to know more about individual dishes or you don’t believe all the great things that I have stated (I have said a lot), then you are in luck.

 Bayshore Mediterranean Grill has more great online reviews than I can count, and it would take me a lifetime to read all of them. I know that I haven’t said a single negative thing about Bayshore Mediterranean Grill, but when you reside in a city with over 40 restaurants then there will be some pretty stiff competition. It’s not easy being at the top, especially in a Florida town such as Tampa or Miami.

steakhouse and seafood tampa restaurant

Now, if that was not enough to impress you, then this New York restaurant should be. Roy’s Restaurant is both a steakhouse and a sushi bar, and the chefs didn’t just one-trick their way to a positive reputation. Everything on the menu, no matter what style of cuisine, is delicious. I’m speaking from experience, after all. People gotta eat. Roy’s Restaurant is located right near the University of Tampa campus, and I have seen a lot of students eating there so you would not be the first one.

When I first looked at Roy’s Restaurant’s Menu, I was shocked at how amazing all of the dishes looked. No restaurant could offer such lavish dishes and still keep their prices so affordable, right? Wrong. Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé is also one of the best desserts I have had in a very long time, and that is saying something.

Roy’s Restaurant has it all, and by all I mean service, quality food, and great prices. Service is one of the things that I value most in a restaurant, so I only mention so often because it is vital. Service is the one thing that I see mentioned most in amazing online reviews.

tampa american restaurant lab

Last, there’s Edison: Food+Drink Lab. Here, you will be eating near Carver City in Tampa. I decided to include this restaurant because I think the food that they provide is very unique. With the word “lab” in the title, obviously they’re making some kind of great concoction in the kitchen, right? If the kitchen is an actual lab, then I am sure it is messy all of the time. My cooking class teacher always reminded me about the importance of cleaning up after yourself, as clumsiness was a hazard to all of those around you.

From what I have seen, Edison: Food+Drink Lab is a very clean restaurant. That should be expected, after all. These are the top three, not the top 100. I have passed a Tampa hood cleaner that’s not too far from this restaurant’s location, so I’m sure the management is set when it comes to keeping messes out of their kitchen.

Especially because Tampa Hood Cleaning Pros are one of the top rated hood cleaners within the state. If you click now, you can check their website out and even schedule an appointment. Unless you don’t own a restaurant, of course. Regardless, having a clean restaurant is just another step on the way to garnering positive reviews for your restaurant like Edison: Food+Drink Lab has.

The Bay Area’s Top Three Restaurants of 2018

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If you thought Los Angeles was a tourist trap, wait until you see a lot of the other cities in California. With the cost of living here being so high, it is truly a wonder that anybody can afford to pay for such expensive food as well. Maybe they just look for the affordable places like I do, except I know which ones are the best. It’s one thing to serve affordable food, but it is another to have an amazing restaurant experience that doesn’t cost you too much. That’s where these three restaurants come in.

san francisco restaurant the house

In my opinion, Asian fusion restaurants don’t get as much attention as they should. It could just be that the other ones in town are too expensive or poor quality, but The House really takes the cake in this genre. Does “genre” still apply when you’re talking about food? One misconception about Asian fusion is that it’s either Japanese or Chinese, which is absolutely not true. You can usually get both at a restaurant, and if you can’t then you should be able to. Especially when you’re right on the San Francisco waterfront. My favorite meal is the deep fried salmon roll, and my wife says that her favorite is the grilled sea bass with garlic ginger soy. I’m probably going to go out and get some after I finish writing this article

. The House has a very wide range of choices, and I actually had to ask for recommendations when first eating here. Fortunately for me, the staff is very knowledgeable of their menu. Not only can they remember what the last few people have ordered, but they also each have personal favorites of their own. I’m a regular at the house, so I know pretty much all of the staff and their names/favorite items. Any restaurant where you can become a regular and the staff will remember your name and favorite dishes is definitely a keeper.

When reading all of the great online reviews for The House, a lot of people said that this was the best restaurant for ahi tuna in the Bay Area. That’s a bold statement, and if it is true, then more power to them. I will always endorse a restaurant that looks out for its customers. None of the staff ever seem like they are having a bad day. Nobody appears stressed out at all, even on days when the restaurant gets extremely busy. And I would know if the staff acted differently, because I eat at The House almost weekly. In addition, the staff is really down to earth.

There’s nothing worse than a snobby restaurant where everyone holds their nose high in the air. Another thing that is really great about The House is the atmosphere. I’m not just talking about the decor, even though it is very good. Some restaurants play music way too loudly or the people inside are all shouting over each other, and this San Francisco restaurant is definitely not that way. I just always imagine my dad getting irritated and telling someone off because they are being too loud in a restaurant.

The final thing that I will commend The House for is the pricing they put on the dishes. It’s hard to thoroughly enjoy a restaurant when your budget limits how often you can eat there per week. Even if eating out every night is expensive, putting less strain on my finances is a priority for me. There has never been a time when I couldn’t afford to pay for all of my group, and I would like to keep it that way.

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San Tung is another Asian restaurant, but it is not Asian fusion. This one specializes in chicken wings, but they are a lot better than any wing place or sports bar. This time, you will be eating in the Inner Sunset area of San Francisco. Most businesses will have some kind of gimmick in order to draw more attention to their business, but what if I told you that there was a business that used the quality of their service to draw in business?

If you’re like me, then the first thing you will notice upon entering is how clean San Tung is. Passing safety inspections is very important to a restaurant, and I cannot tell you how many I have seen shut down over something as simple as sanitation. It should just become instinctual, really. I used to work for a Bay Area hood cleaning company, so I have seen the works. Even if San Tung already has a hood cleaner, having a backup in case they fall through wouldn’t hurt.

Their website is http://bayareahoodcleaning.com/, so if San Tung’s management is reading this then check out their website. Wouldn’t hurt anybody. Another thing that really makes this San Francisco restaurant unique is the aesthetic. Sure, a lot of restaurants have to have some kind of theme that guides their look, but this restaurant is just attractive.

I always tell my wife that it would be the perfect location for a date night, but she says we eat here too much. Is that really a bad thing, though? You will find that the menu here is very diverse as well. Not just in the sense of different types of sauces for their chicken wings, but actual different styles of cuisine. All of these different little bits add up, and it has clearly worked after checking the amazing online reviews

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This last review should be rapid-fire, as you know my general thoughts about each restaurant. Nopa is a very classy restaurant, and they maintain all aspects of a high-end restaurant except the price. All of the staff is very respectful, and I always feel like some kind of important businessman whenever I visit. Service is very important to me, and now I pretty much expect all staff at restaurants to wipe down the table before they seat me.

If you asked what my favorite dish here is, I would have to say that it is the ricotta doughnut. I know that it’s not technically an entree, but if you order enough of them then it probably counts. If you’re ever near Lower Haight in San Francisco, drop by and say hi to me.

You can’t miss me, I’ll be the one scarfing down all of my food like it’s my last meal. Overall, Nopa really earns its spot as one of the top three restaurants in the Bay Area. This one came to mind first when I thought about writing these reviews, but I wanted to expose some other restaurants that could use the spotlight for a bit. Sorry, Nopa. You can’t have all of the customers. You can have all of the positive online reviews, though. Although it seems like you already do.

The Individual Oral Commentary

The Individual Oral Commentary is probably the most stressful Literature assignment of the year, unless you’re taking IB Lang & Lit of course. Then it’s probably the IB test, because you have to pay 100 bucks and it gives college credit so don’t mess up. Essentially, you have to read a prompt from one of our past units and talk about it. Unfortunately, you have around 15 minutes to read it and you have to talk for 20 minutes straight. Our list of potential topics was Martin Luther King speeches that we have read in class, such as the “I Have A Dream” speech, excerpts from 1984, and some other short stories that we read in class.

I was fortunate enough to get one of the prompts from 1984, which we had discussed extensively in class. 1984 was actually the book we had to read for the first Written Task 1, where I couldn’t fully comprehend it. That really hindered my progress in writing. I mean, the guy practically wrote it like a Shakespeare play! The worst part was that I had to do it on the last day of school, but I was also pretty much the last person to go. Whereas everyone else had gone home because it was a short day, I had to go back and do the hardest assignment of the year. In the end I went to lunch with my mom at a local diner and then we looked around at Goodwill for a while until I eventually made my way back to the school. I actually did really well on it, which surprised me.

Unless my English teacher was just saying that to make me feel better about the whole thing. The hardest part was probably just the anticipation building up until then, because I’m really terrified of public speaking. I know my friend in Playa Vista has the same issue. That’s probably why we get along so well, is because we’re both shy. He’s been recently coming out of his shell more, which is driving more customers towards his overnight dog boarding business. Maybe I’ll have to visit him sometime. This was still a private event, with just you and the teacher in a room. 

What I did this weekend, but as a prequel

I forgot to talk about what I did on Saturday. Actually, I didn’t really forget. There just wasn’t enough room before I reached the 350 mark, and why waste words in that article when they can spill over into the next one? It’s called efficiency. I like to think I’m pretty efficient, I always know what shortcuts to take that don’t sacrifice quality. There’s a difference between doing something quickly and doing something efficiently. In any event, on Saturday I went to Topaz Lake with my dad, his friend Sheri, and her kids. No, they’re not dating. It’s more of a “will-they-or-won’t-they” soap opera that I couldn’t care less about.

I just hope she knows that he was unfaithful in his last relationship. He’s just lucky I don’t bring it up. My dad would probably go on some rampage and rip all my games out of the TV and throw them on the ground. He thinks he’s teaching me a lesson, but from an outside perspective he makes himself look like a temperamental child. There’s a right way to handle things, and a wrong way. Anyways, we took Sheri’s family’s boat to Topaz and rode a round a bit. They had this inflatable duck-shaped thing, so her son Ty and I took turns being dragged by the boat. It was built to be ridden by a 7-year old, so there was no way we could stay on top of it. It kept rolling and flipping every time we tried to hop on.

One thing I’m great at hopping on is the seattle hood cleaners hype train. Once we were out there, we ate some KFC that we had brought and it was actually really good. I was probably just super hungry because I don’t usually eat breakfast, but I devoured this chicken. Typically I don’t care for chicken-oriented places like KFC and El Pollo Loco. Chicken chimichangas from Super Taqueria are amazing, though. I’m glad I live so close. I had fun out on the lake, and we’re probably going to head back soon. My dad wants to bring an actual biscuit this time, so I can have more fun being towed

Famous people from Illinois

First off I’ll use the obvious example, Obama. Barack Hussein Obama was from Chicago, IL. He grew up to be the president in 2008 and was reelected in 2012. Politics are extremely divisive, so it’s difficult to tell whether or not he was a “good” president. Good and bad are so subjective that I could spend this whole post writing about how good Obama was, and an entire other article on how bad he was. Anyways, Harrison Ford was also from Chicago. He was in American Graffiti, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, Last Crusade, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Blade Runner (and the upcoming sequel), A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and a lot of other movies.

Also from Chicago was Ernest Hemingway, the author most famous for winning the Nobel prize in 1954. Quincy Jones is also from Illinois. He produced a few of Michael Jackson’s albums. Even among all these people originating from Illinois was the “King of Swing” Benny Goodman. He actually wrote a lot of the old big band music that I enjoy. There are too many people in the modern age that don’t appreciate music without lyrics, but it honestly really helps me sleep at night. If there are lyrics then I focus on the words that they’re saying and it keeps me up even longer. Even though they’re not from Illinois, the men down at the best towing company in reno nv will hook you up. Quality service for a an affordable price, I would assume. I’ve never actually been so I have no idea. Coincidentally enough, Harrison Ford is also one of my favorite actors.

He was awesome in American Graffiti, which has probably the best soundtrack in a movie to date. Guardians of the Galaxy attempted to top them, but 50s music is so much better than 70s and 80s. In reality, I wouldn’t be surprised if you went into a classroom of first graders and asked them to spell Illinois but they couldn’t do it. Part of me feels like the same amount wouldn’t be able to pronounce it if they saw it written