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05/30/2013
By: 360rocket
Oakley's Grille
Man Im so mad that this diner has escaped my culinary radar screen for this long! I have missed out on some really great food and meeting a really great staff. Had the burger this past Saturday along my wife and we had an order of fresh cut piping hot fries in an overfilled basket. All of it delicious! Met the owner Keith, a real genuinely nice guy. He spent a lot of the time making sure we were comfortable, well taken care of, and knew his philosophy and what Oakleys offered its customers. The Burger was simply amazing, hot juicy, stuffed with toppings and flavor. Fries were excellent and perfectly salted. I wasnt overly excited with the drinks offered, never a big fan of what I call "fake" tea, (Peak, Lipton, etc.) I love homemade southern sweet tea and at the level of food being presented here agt Oakleys it deserves better. So the food and experience was so good on Saturday I had to return with my wife and other family members and I had to try the Ribeye Philly Cheesesteak. It is easily the best cheesesteak I have ever experienced. We met the owners son Ryan, and Keith you can be very proud as he matched your level of service and communication with my family and other customers today. We are now going to be loyal frequent return customers and you are really missing the boat if you don't give Oakleys Grille a try. This is a platinum operation and taste for sure.Thank you Oakleys grille.
05/12/2017
By: Tom K.
The Refinery
Just visited last weekend for the first time since they changed their menu and their scope from being a "farm to table" different menu every week restaurant to more of an Americana sort of predictable dining experience. And while I miss the funny adventurous menu, it's now the sort of place I can take people without worrying if they're going to order head cheese and not realize that that dish isn't actually cheese (google it...). Gone are the days of ordering something there only to either be very surprised (in one way or another) at your flavor experience. So: This time around everything was excellent and they actually had ketchup! The staff is cool, and it reminds me of a college town sort of restaurant except they seem to take it all very seriously even though it's become more of a burger and roast chicken place.Craft beer selection is good, wine selection my wife thinks is fun (I don't know anything about that) and overall I really enjoyed the new "Refinery" even if in many ways it's the same. Sitting upstairs on the patio in the nice weather at sunset is a bonus!
05/16/2015
By: john d.
Thai Lanna & Sushi Bar
It's OK but ultimatly the food was bland,needs more seasoning and flavor.* A+ to F- Scale A+=Excellent,C=Standard,F- =RepulsiveMy opinion (Would not denigrate another person's hard work,food industry is hardest.), Quality: C-, ingredient's in Lana roll were little better than expected,curry puffs were low quality almost zero flavor. Salad was cheap iceberg lettuce with carrot shreddings,poorly matched peanut sauce,much more spices needed.Uniqueness: My first Thai restaurant.Convenience: C,Hours should be extended to 11:00 p.m.Service: C-, No utensils or napkins with my take away food.Difficult to understand servers elaborate menu options though they spoke English,I need to know what I am eating.Ambience: A,impressed well done.Presentation:B,I do enjoy eye appeal with my meal,makes food some how more pleasurable.Quantity: C,Plenty of menu options,sampler option would be popular, descriptions need to be present on all menu options and susinct. Price: D+, $4.50 for 1 standard 12oz bottle is not toleratable even if it is foreign beer.
05/12/2017
By: Tom K.
Kojak's House of Ribs
A good, non-chain southern BBQ place, but with more of a Kansas City style BBQ, very authentic, seems like it's been there for years. Quite often its packed but I've been able to walk right in, get a table and sit down to ribs in a matter of minutes. Service is great, all the staff seems like family or that they've been there a long time. Their BBQ sauce is also quite good. The chicken is great and cheap with two sides, the sausage is respective southern style and good, and the ribs can be either just good, or very good. On the other side: Pulled pork is bland. And the beef (may not be served anymore) was very dry and bland, I pretty much couldn't eat it and it's not recommended.Sides are simple and passable, the sort of stuff that you'd expect at a southern potluck, which I rather enjoyed. Desert, the Apple Cake with vanilla ice cream is excellent. So: Good for ribs and chicken, and sausage, sides are simple but good, but other items on the menu are passable at best. Why would you want something aside the ribs anyway?
07/02/2015
By: felicia m.
Timpano Italian Chophouse
I was in Tampa for Thanksgiving it was also the weekend of my birthday on black Friday. One of my girlfriend's who was a locale of Tampa suggested this place. It was just immaculate. There ambiance is very relaxing and gives you this 1940's jazz club vibe. The band has a very sophisticated look and their glossy piano is very striking to look at. The service was absolutely amazing. I felt like a queen. They gave me the perfect seating for my birthday it was cirular round booth table. The food was even better. They have great jazz music playing to set the mood. If you are lucky they will play a top 40 song and do their little jazz rendition of it. I couldn't have asked for a better 30th birthday dinner experience. The prices were very reasonable $$. The Chicken Parmesan entree is was outstanding, and I loooooove me some chicken Parmesan!!!! If you are thinking of visiting this place. I definitely recommend it.
06/03/2013
By: richard.stage
Chili's Grill & Bar
This pertains to the Chili's on Bruce B Downs in New Tampa only. My family and I have been to this Chili's on many occasions in the past so on 6/2/13 we decided to drop in for an evening meal. It was raining on our arrival and they were not as busy as they usually are. We were seated promptly and were waiting for a server to take our drink order when 2 other couples were seated adjacent to our booth. After no response for about 15 minutes a server came out and took the order of the other table before ours. At that time my wife told the server we had been waiting almost 20 minutes and we were there before they were. His response was less than adequate at which time we did something we have never done in my 56 years of age. We promptly got up and left your establishment and went across to Friday's for our meal where the service was perfect. I gave 3 stars for past times. THIS ONE FAILED MISERABLY.
03/20/2016
By: Helmut R.
Ranch House Grill
My new favorite place to eat the last couple of months. Lived here since 2002 and never until recently set foot in here. The greeters definitely make you feel welcome. I often get seated with Debbie. She is awesome! Food is much better and better priced compared to the new Applebees that opened across the street a few months ago.To the veteran complaining above.....the discount isn't something you demand. It's a privately owned restaurant, not a big chain fast food joint. They have to make money. The active duty rule is fair. Don't be selfish. I'm a 6 year veteran. If I get a discount, great! If not, I'm not going to demand it, though! If you want a discount there's a BX on MacDill AFB. I'm sure you have an ID card, so use it!
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09/03/2015
By: lc1177
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
We visited Flemings in Tampa for my birthday. Had a gift card and thought why not enjoy an evening of wining and dining. We also took advantage of an online special that included a three course meal. My husband and I had a scallop appetizer, filet mignon and lobster for dinner with Salad and a side of lobster mac and cheese. Dinner was absolutely amazing. We really enjoyed our server who was so very attentive. Because it was my birthday, we enjoyed a carrot cake for dessert and the chef sent us home with a box of handmade truffles. I would return again when visiting Tampa.
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03/01/2013
By: john.r.dixon.79
Al's Finger Licking Good Bbq
Coming from the BBQ Capital of the World, Memphis TN, this place would get a 10. The meat was tender, the sides delicious, no need for sauce on the ribs. The would be like putting a tuxedo on a pig, its just not necessary. I would recommend Al's Finger Licking Good BBQ to all visitors to Tampa. There is no other BBQ place in Tampa that comes close. As a matter of fact there were 2 BBQ spies in there trying to pick up some pointers on preparation and presentation. Al & Jackie keep up the Great BBQ Tradition. -
10/29/2014
By: Jackie J.
Food 4 The Soul Diner & Bakery
Are you hungry? Would you like some great tasting home southern style cooking?Then Food 4 The Soul is the place to go. Great tasting southern style home cooking, seasoned to your liking, and they give you great portions. Once your hunger has been satisfied, you'll going to have to try their home cooked deserts made from scratch. Man, taste so good you'll want to come back for more. I'll always make Food 4 The Soul my place to eat each time I'm in the Tampa area. H-m-m-m-m-m-m finger licking good.

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