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Malinda Reviews on Southern Seafood 10 years ago

Southern Seafood

5 Rating  

Owner is really nice, everything is super fresh and made well.

Malinda Reviews on Pete's Place South 10 years ago

Pete's Place South

4 Rating  

Tried this place for the first time last night after wanting to stop in for awhile. The food we sampled was good, I especially like the fish dip and the monte cristo sandwich. It's definitely a dive bar atmosphere but you can smoke cigars in there which is cool. We will probably go back soon and the prices were good and we enjoyed ourselves.

Pros: Service, prices

Malinda Reviews on Gaspar's Grotto 10 years ago

Gaspar's Grotto

4 Rating  

I love that this place is dog friendly! They even have an item on the menu that you can order for dogs. Love it. The atmosphere is great which is the main reason to go there. The food is decent but I have not tried anything that wowed me yet. The pork nachos were interesting but not bad, also tried the Mahi Mahi sandwich-was ok and the Half chicken-which is great and is enough for 2 people. The place gets very busy sometimes so the service can be hit or miss. In general a great place to go to drink and relax.

Pros: Atmopshere

Cons: service

Malinda Reviews on Chihuahua Mexican Grill 10 years ago

Chihuahua Mexican Grill

5 Rating  

We decided to randomly try this place on a whim one night. We have now decided it is our go-to Mexican spot in South Tampa. We really enjoyed the food, prices and service. We just went back again and had just as good of an experience. The people working there seem to really care that you have a good experience. Highly recommend it!

Pros: Food, price, service

Malinda Reviews on Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar 10 years ago

Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar

5 Rating  

I really enjoy going to Carmel for happy hour, everything is super cheap. We have tried every appetizer from the $5 happy hour list, chick pea fries, flatbreads, hummus platter, edamame hummus, calamari fries and a bunch more. We also got the molten chocolate cake once, it was awesome. I normally enjoy everything I get there, the flat breads are very tasty. The $5 wine choices are well selected as well. I will continue to go for happy hour, have not tried going for dinner but I am pretty satisfied with the happy hour deals so I will probably not go any other time.

Pros: Great happy hour

Malinda Reviews on Yummy House China Bistro 10 years ago

Yummy House China Bistro

5 Rating  

We had to try this place as this is the only place our Chinese students will go for Chinese food and they are always highly recommending it. Had an awesome experience! There were 8 of us so we had one of the of the big tables in back with a lazy susan so we could all share and pass around food. This was one of my favorite parts-family style. Salt and Pepper Tofu, Salt and Pepper eggplant, Salt and Pepper Calamari-excellent! Incredibly fresh, fried perfectly and the cilantro, fried garlic, jalepeno, green onion mixture that came with it was amazing. Seriously addicted to it now. As far as appetizers we also got the crispy eggrolls and seaweed salad-also just as excellent. Everything was perfectly fried and came out right away directly from the fryer. I am not even that into fried appetizers but every single one was awesome. As far as main dishes, we got the Duck, Salt and Pepper Pork Chops, Yummy Chicken and a few of the Duck specials. All were very good and we all got a chance to taste everything and pass it around. We will definitely be returning, excellent food, excellent service and great atmosphere. Can't say enough good things about our experience!

Pros: Food is awesome!

Malinda Reviews on Love's Artifacts Bar & Grill 10 years ago

Love's Artifacts Bar & Grill

2 Rating  

was very excited to try this place but I was very disappointed. Food and service was bad. We ordered the bacon, chicken and ranch flat bread to start. It was very small, dry and did not taste fresh. Needed a sauce or something to help with the dryness. Bacon was the only thing that slightly redeemed it but it still did not taste good. Probably the first flat bread I have ever tried that I did not like. We also ordered the Pork Chop Chop, it was absolutely horrible. Over-cooked, chewy and tasted like it may had been frozen before they cooked it. It came in a brown mushroom sauce which was gross as well. We ordered the collard greens and the yellow rice as a side, I am not sure how you can mess up rice but it tasted like it was burnt. The collard greens were not good either, too bitter and not enough flavor. It took us most of the night to try and get utensils and napkins from our server. We will not be returning, complete waste of money. There are so many great places in Tampa to go for food, do not go here!

Pros: Atmosphere is decent.

Cons: Food, service and price. No draft beer available.

Malinda Reviews on Splitsville 11 years ago


5 Rating  

I really enjoy Splitsville, we have made our New Years reservations there a couple times. Great deal and you get your own lane and get to see the fireworks at midnight. They book up fast though. Overall this place has everything for your Friday/Saturday night-dance floor, DJ, pool tables, bowling, food and drinks. It is tough to get a bowling lane though so plan on waiting for awhile. The service has always been great, food is fine. For a place that tries to have everything, they do pretty well. We normally only eat there if we are super hungry as it is convenient. Food is not great but not good.

Pros: Dance floor, service, bowling, pool tables

Cons: Waiting for a bowling lane

Malinda Reviews on City Dog Cantina 11 years ago

City Dog Cantina

3 Rating  

We stopped here because we were next door at the Pour house and were hungry. The food is pretty good but the atmosphere kinda sucks. I would not say this is a place you decide to go, it's a place that is conveniently located next to another bar that doesn't have food. It wasn't bad but I don't think we will be going back unless we get desperately hungry at the Pour House again. Atmosphere and service is not the greatest which is probably it's biggest flaw.

Pros: Next to the Pour House

Cons: Cleanliness, service

Malinda Reviews on Gogos Greek Grill 11 years ago

Gogos Greek Grill

5 Rating  

We order delivery from Gogos all the time. It always arrives fast and everything is very fresh. They have never messed up an order with us and their online ordering system is great. We love it!

Pros: Delivery, online ordering system

Malinda Reviews on Hattricks 11 years ago


4 Rating  

Great place to watch games and enjoy wings.

Malinda Reviews on Acropolis Greek Taverna | Ybor 11 years ago

Acropolis Greek Taverna | Ybor

4 Rating  

I have been to the other Acropolis locations and had a good experience. The one is Ybor has a great atmosphere but the food was only ok. The appetizer(hummus/cheese) was very good but the entrees were only decent and for the price they were, everything should have been better. Great place to go with friends from out of town. We really enjoyed the belly dancer. Maybe I will give it another try and order something different but I was not extremely impressed with anyone's meal at our table.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Food is nothing special.

Malinda Reviews on Row Boat Mediterranean Cuisine 11 years ago

Row Boat Mediterranean Cuisine

5 Rating  

We couldn't decide where to eat but had some friends recommend Row Boat in Ybor. We had a great experience, the service was amazing and the food was perfect. We got the falafel as a starter which was very good, a tad bit salty but still very good. We also got the chicken shawarma platter-chicken was cooked perfectly, hummus was great, pita was warm and fresh. We also got the greek salad-very fresh and included mint, lemon and a stuffed grape leaves. I also had to try the ginger soup which was very tasty and healthy. Overall we were impressed mostly because of the quality of the food and the price. Everything is very cheap and the portions are huge. The owner was very nice and we happened to be there when there were 2 for 1 drinks. We will definitely be returning, food was great.

Pros: Food, service

Malinda Reviews on Miguel's Mexican Seafood & Grill 11 years ago

Miguel's Mexican Seafood & Grill

5 Rating  

I really enjoyed this restaurant the couple times I have been. The food is made well and is very fresh. I would consider the quality of food a notch above other Mexican restaurants in Tampa. Everything I have had I enjoyed-tacos,carnitas, drinks, chips-everything. I can be picky when it comes to Mexican restaurants but this is one place I will take my friends.

Pros: Food, atmosphere

Cons: Not as cheap as other Mexican restaurants but the food is worth it. Still cheap overall compared to most restaurants.

Malinda Reviews on Hula Bay 11 years ago

Hula Bay

5 Rating  

I had a great time here, we went for happy hour one day. It's right on the water so you can't beat the atmosphere. Also, there was a live band playing and they were pretty decent. We got some of the happy hour specials, sushi, hush puppies and artichoke dip. Enjoyed everything we had, I will not say it is the best food in the world but I enjoyed it and it was cheap. Our friend that was with us felt that the crowd was a little too 'old' for him but I didn't care and I actually enjoyed the crowd of people that were there. I will definitely be returning.

Pros: Atmosphere, Food

Malinda Reviews on Press Box Sports Emporium 11 years ago

Press Box Sports Emporium

5 Rating  

We went for the first time the other night and I was pleasantly surprised. I expected to find lots of TVs and decent priced beer since it's a sports bar but we also really enjoyed the food. You get cheap beer, lots of sports, a great atmosphere and great food. I had the California wrap and my friend has the chicken wrap. We both really enjoyed the wraps and had a great time. We definitely plan to go back very soon! Exactly what we were looking for in South Tampa.

Pros: Prices, food service

Malinda Reviews on Brewburgers 11 years ago


4 Rating  

We love going to Brewburgers mostly because it is around the corner from us and we can walk there. Beer and food is cheap and good. Great place to relax and watch a game. Service is not the quickest but everyone is really nice. Sundays all beers are $2 and that includes imports and everything. Nice place to chill and get some food.

Pros: Atmosphere, cheap food and beer

Cons: Service not always fast.

Malinda Reviews on Datz 11 years ago


5 Rating  

Love, love, love Datz. Their food is incredibly well done and they have some very creative yet tasty dishes. I have tried a little of everything on their menu and was never disappointed. They have a great beer list which seems to change frequently but they seem to offer the best choices. They also frequently do food and drink tastings, I have not been yet but they take reservations online and I have been dying to try one out. They now have breakfast and brunch as well including red velvet pancakes-to die for! I recommend everyone who visits us from out of town to go here, great place.

Pros: Amazing food, great atmosphere, awesome beer/wine list

Cons: Parking is usually crazy

Malinda Reviews on Cafe European 11 years ago

Cafe European

4 Rating  

This restaurant is ok, I have been a couple times and was not impressed by the food. Many of my coworkers go here all the time and love it so maybe I just ordered the wrong thing? Everyone seems to love their house dressing and people often buy it to take home. Not sure if I will ever go here again. The first time I had a turkey sandwich with brie and a salad. Salad was very blah and so was the turkey sandwich and I normally love brie. I may have to go again and maybe get one of their specialties next time since so many people like it. I just haven't had anything to rave about.

Pros: Convenience to UT

Cons: Food, atmosphere and parking

Malinda Reviews on GrillSmith | Wiregrass 11 years ago

GrillSmith | Wiregrass

5 Rating  

I have been to this location a few times and have really enjoyed it. The food is good and they have great service. It was very convenient for us to go there when we lived in New Tampa but now that we don't live there, we probably will not be going anymore. Overall a decent restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere. Very dim lights on the inside dining room which is great unless you are there with your grandparents and other family members then it is just annoying. We actually prefer to go next door to Brass Taps and then order from one of the servers at Grillsmith. Their flatbread is really good.

Pros: Food and atmosphere

Cons: Nothing special

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