I’ve lived in Tampa my entire life, so I’ve been overjoyed at the Renaissance that my hometown has been enjoying the past few years. Growing up our options were limited to the mall, the beaches or Ybor City if it was nighttime. Now there’s always something to do and some place new to discover. From the new Tampa Riverwalk to eclectic restaurants and bars in Seminole Heights and the hustle and bustle of Downtown St Petersburg and Downtown Tampa, Tampa Bay is overflowing with new experiences and new attractions.

This site is your guide to my favorite places in Tampa Bay. Welcome!

Oxford Exchange Short Review- Coffee, Dining, Shopping and More in Downtown Tampa

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!

The Toasted Monkey – Surprisingly Great Food on St Pete Beach

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.

Anise Global Gastrobar Review – International Bites in Downtown Tampa

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.

Pork Tenderloin

Bizou Brasserie Review – French Inspired Dining in Downtown Tampa

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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Tampa Bay Local Guide, What’s That?

Welcome to Tampa Bay Local Guide! Here’s the drill: my name is Chris and I’m a web developer with a focus on local search and SEO. I’ve had my own business since 2011 and I currently work for a corporation with a huge online shopping presence. A month or so ago I received an email from Google saying that I’ve been…

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