The place to see and be seen in Tampa. This is where the movers and shakers come to hang out. One of my favorite memories actually took place here. I was working in the cavetnous, beautiful central area on a weekday afternoon, when a friendly voice pulled me away from my laptop, “Excuse me, but your tie is askew.” It was the mayor, Bob Buckhorn!
I took the day off for my best friend’s birthday to go jet skiing and to eat at really good restaurants. We spent an hour on the water courtesy of Woody’s Watersports and had worked up a pretty huge appetite. We asked the attendant who helped us bring in our jet skis for a good place to get a fishbowl cocktail – he pointed us to The Toasted Monkey a few miles away. A short trip later, we found ourselves at the St. Pete Beach Howard Johnson Resort Hotel, directly on the water. The restaurant itself is a sports bar at the front of the hotel and a beach bar in the back, literally between the hotel’s pool and the Gulf of Mexico.
I had been to Anise Gastrobar in Downtown Tampa a few times for cocktails, but had never actually been there for dinner. I ended up going for my best friend’s birthday last week and I really enjoyed it. It isn’t exactly inexpensive, but I was pleasantly surprised that the quality of the food was definitely above the prices we paid.
My girlfriend brought me here to kick off my birthday weekend and we had a fantastic time. The restaurant is located inside Le Méridien Tampa, a beautiful hotel that used to be a federal courthouse in downtown Tampa.
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