Tag: Restaurant reviews

VIDEO: Lunch @ Cafe Ole in New Tampa

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VIDEO: Lunch @ Cafe Ole in New Tampa

Check out this video of my lunch today at Cafe Ole in New Tampa! Cafe Ole is a Spanish restaurant that specializes in tapas and paella, but also has a number of other interesting items and specials on the menu. The chef there consistently impresses me with each visit and if you haven’t been yet, […]

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Review: Thai One On Food Truck

November 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Review: Thai One On Food Truck

I caught Thai One On for the first time at a Generation Food Truck Rally during a hot summer day. After making rounds at plenty of food trucks trying all kinds of things, Thai One On was one of my last items and I sampled their mango sticky rice which is cooked in coconut & […]

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Review: Tequila Mexican Restaurant

November 20, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Review: Tequila Mexican Restaurant

Tampa Bay residents certainly have a taste for Mexican food, but there is a true shortage of authentic establishments. Many of the best places are dives that are not particularly inviting for a date or comfortable. Tequila Mexican Restaurant is the opposite of that. Tequila reminds me in many ways of the Mexican places you […]

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Catch Twenty Three Sushi Happy Hour in Westchase

February 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Catch Twenty Three Sushi Happy Hour in Westchase

There are some great businesses in Westchase. My first visit to Burger 21 was in Westchase when they were starting out. Catch Twenty Three invited me to visit for their sushi happy hour a few weeks ago. A Zagat-Rated restaurant, Catch Twenty Three has certainly enjoyed a good amount of buzz written about their business […]

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Review: Tokai Sushi Japanese Restaurant Brandon

February 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Review: Tokai Sushi Japanese Restaurant Brandon

Tokai Sushi Japanese Restaurant has long been a popular stop for my family and I since probably about 2005 when we moved out to the Brandon area. Although I have since moved out to the University area, I still visit Tokai Sushi pretty regularly with my Mom and family members. It took me a long […]

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Review: La Cubanita Cafe Brandon

December 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
Review: La Cubanita Cafe Brandon

I stopped by La Cubanita last weekend for some breakfast with my family after repeatedly hearing positive critiques from my aunt about the food there. The restaurant is located across from the popular and fairly new Mexican restaurant called Poblano’s. The interior is quite plain and more like a cafeteria than a cafe. Many of […]

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Luna’s Mexican Restaurant

June 1, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Luna’s Mexican Restaurant

One of the cuisines that Brandon residents are highly deprived of is Mexican food. Head north and you’ll find plenty of great Mexican restaurants in Tampa. Head east and Plant City is a haven of Mexican cuisine. Head south to Wimauma or Ruskin and you will find several Mexican restaurants and shacks filled with delicious […]

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Saigon Cafe

May 21, 2012 | By | Reply More
Saigon Cafe

State Road 60, also known as Adamo Drive, is an essential part of every Brandon-area resident and I frequently find myself stopping at the M.D. Oriental Market on this road for some Asian snacks and drinks. Saigon Cafe arrived shortly after this M.D. Oriental Market came to Brandon (also neighbors with Tokai Sushi) and serves […]

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Soobak

February 6, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Soobak

I went to Soobak with some friends last month was impressed with how good the food there was. Arriving early (for friends who always arrive late), I decided to order a California Roll to start my meal and was surprised with the generous portions and fresh taste of the roll. All the sushi rolls were […]

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Carlos Eats Seoul: Tacos Chidos (타코스치도스) Fresh Mexican Grill in Hongdae (홍대)

September 12, 2011 | By | Reply More
Carlos Eats Seoul: Tacos Chidos (타코스치도스) Fresh Mexican Grill in Hongdae (홍대)

Money has been pretty tight in Seoul as I wait for my financial aid to arrive from my home university. I have had to make it by on things, such as tuna kimbap, ramyun, pizza, and various other cheap things you can find in convenience stores (the college student lifestyle indeed). My awesome parents back home […]

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Carlos Eats Seoul: Caffe Bene (카페베네) in Sinchon (신촌)

September 12, 2011 | By | Reply More
Carlos Eats Seoul: Caffe Bene (카페베네) in Sinchon (신촌)

During my first weekend in Seoul I was really hungry and wandering around looking for something good to eat in Sinchon. My rusty hangul was preventing me from reading many of the signs around me and I somehow ended up wandering into Caffe Bene or 카페베네 (It wasn’t hard for this to happen as Caffe Bene […]

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Ploy Thai (Brandon)

July 21, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Ploy Thai (Brandon)

Ploy Thai was one of the first Thai restaurants I fell in love with when I first moved to the Brandon area back in 2005. The inside is decorated as lavishly as any other Thai restaurant, but there is something about the quality of the food and service that I enjoy after every visit. The […]

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One Family Korean Restaurant

July 18, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
One Family Korean Restaurant

I have dined at One Family Korean Restaurant (known as Pine Tree Karaoke Cafe until 2010) for about 3 years now. Regarded by many as the best Korean restaurant in Tampa Bay and after searching high and low myself, I have to agree. One Family offers reasonable prices for dishes in comparison to the Korean […]

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The Generous Pour Event @ The Capital Grille – #TCGPour11

July 13, 2011 | By | 6 Replies More
The Generous Pour Event @ The Capital Grille – #TCGPour11

I attended the Capital Grille’s Generous Pour Preview Event on Monday night. The Generous Pour Wine Event will occur from July 12th to September 4th, 2011 at Capital Grille locations. This event will feature a collection of nine wines from around the world, each hand-selected by The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier, George Miliotes, one of only 173 Master Sommeliers […]

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Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Metromix’s #WellDoneMix Tweetup

July 8, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Metromix’s #WellDoneMix Tweetup

I had the pleasure last week of attending a tweetup in Carrollwood hosted by Metromix and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. The #WellDoneMix event hashtag was a play on Anthony Coal Fired Pizza’s catch phrase “Our pizza is well done”. The event was a tasty networking event. When I came inside I was greeted by Metromix […]

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Tampa Bay becomes a Yelp Elite City

July 2, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Tampa Bay becomes a Yelp Elite City

Yelp was the first food community I joined online back in 2006 after I was introduced by a Xanga friend living in San Francisco. Since then I have gone on to write over 500 reviews on Yelp and been a member of their Elite squad since 2006 as well. Yelp always had aspirations for Tampa and […]

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2nd Yummy House location opens on Hillsborough Avenue and reflecting on the original

June 29, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
2nd Yummy House location opens on Hillsborough Avenue and reflecting on the original

Update: Since writing this I have visited the new Yummy House location on Hillsborough Avenue and my experience wasn’t so hot. Read about it here: http://carloseats.com/2011/07/02/new-yummy-house-on-hillsborough-avenue-first-impression-bleak/ ———————– It’s been over a year since I wrote my first review of Yummy House. Yesterday, Yummy House opened their planned 2nd establishment on Hillsborough Avenue, originally slated for an April opening. […]

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El Puerto Argentinean Grill

June 27, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
El Puerto Argentinean Grill

El Puerto Argentinean Grill may be the first Argentinean restaurant I have dined at in my life and I was completely impressed with the food at this hidden gem in Ybor City. The restaurant is found on 5th Avenue near a cigar shop and various housing, nestled away behind the 7th Avenue strip. My family […]

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5th Annual Ybor Aficionado Days Stop 1: The Dog’s Bollocks Pub

June 26, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
5th Annual Ybor Aficionado Days Stop 1: The Dog’s Bollocks Pub

Ybor Aficionado Days was the biggest restaurant tour I have been on to date. 17 restaurants in 3 hours. The tapas trail event was sponsored by Chevy who provided rides to each restaurant through Chevy vehicles. The drivers helped alleviate some of the distance between restaurants, but with the huge rush of people and the […]

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SoHo Sushi North

June 25, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
SoHo Sushi North

I have been by SoHo Sushi North numerous times, but never stopped in until this past week. It is the same plaza as the fantastic Wood Fired Pizza, and these two restaurants really do make this plaza boom with foodie activity. I first heard of SoHo Sushi when they became a sponsor for the Japanese […]

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Father’s Day at The Columbia in Ybor City

June 23, 2011 | By | Reply More
Father’s Day at The Columbia in Ybor City

My family decided to spend this Father’s Day at The Columbia in Ybor City. We decided we wanted to surprise my step-father and we succeeded. My step-sister and I arrived around one o’ clock, The Columbia was busy but seemed to be handling the father’s day rush just fine. We were seated about twenty minutes […]

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Brio Tuscan Grille @ International Plaza Disappoints

June 17, 2011 | By | 8 Replies More
Brio Tuscan Grille @ International Plaza Disappoints

My first experience at Brio Tuscan Grille was one of fine excellence. My friend had a birthday dinner and we were all treated like kings. My glass would be refilled before it was even half-empty, my meal came out with great timing, and that waiters were so friendly it almost felt surreal. Impressed with their […]

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Lee House Chinese Restaurant

June 12, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Lee House Chinese Restaurant

Lee House Chinese Restaurant has re-opened on Brandon Boulevard after closing off Bloomingdale Avenue in March. I first read about Lee House online and was intrigued at the positive reception. The first thing we noticed upon pulling up to the restaurant was that it smelled great outside the restaurant (a good sign). Once we entered […]

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The Rack (Brandon)

June 4, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
The Rack (Brandon)

The Rack has been in Brandon for quite some time now and although I live near it, I haven’t made it a point to stop here…visiting the location in South Tampa more often. Before visiting I grew a little concerned when I read online that The Rack in Brandon was more like the Blue Martini […]

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Tia Cori’s Tacos (Daytona Beach)

May 14, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Tia Cori’s Tacos (Daytona Beach)

My friends I took a trip out to Daytona Beach some time ago to relax and get away from the day to day. When we arrived in town after a 2 1/2 hour trip we were all hungry and I was a little disappointed when I saw nothing but chains and fast food on International […]

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