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These spots are a bit farther into downtown, but still in walking distance of the convention action, good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Sea Dog Cantina: Inspired by a San Diego classic, it brings feisty West Coast flavors. For breakfast – served all day – get a spicy chili breakfast burrito, or try the fish, shrimp or lobster tacos for lunch and dinner. Full bar, too. 1208 E Kennedy Blvd.; (813) 280-2999

First Watch: The biggest Florida chain to make brunch a daily specialty, it serves eggs, omelets, pancakes, waffles and crepes as well as sandwiches and salads. 520 N Tampa St.; (813) 307-9006

Spain Restaurant & Tapas Bar: A reliable spot for Cuban sandwiches, a boliche sandwich, palomilla steak and all the Cuban classics (including the Tampa original "deviled crab"). Breakfast, lunch and dinner on most days. 513 N Tampa St., (813) 223-2831

Bamboozle Cafe: In this Vietnamese quick-service spot, fresh rolls are customized to suit, a water-moistened rice paper round cradling vermicelli, lettuce, cilantro, mint and whatever you point to. Also vermicelli bowls and pho. 516 N Tampa St., (813) 223-7320

Lonni's Sandwiches: Takeout shop boasts a healthful difference: Minnesota wild rice converts to bread for huge sandwiches, salads, soup and pudding. 513 E Jackson St.; (813) 223-2333.

Eddie & Sam's NY Pizza: Get this: The ginormous pies are made with New York City water. Maybe that's what it takes to get this thin, pliable crust but with the right chewy tooth-resistance. Open for lunch and dinner. 203 E Twiggs St.; (813) 229-8500.

Pizzaiolo Bavaro: The pies come out of a blistering oven shipped from Italy. You can build your own pizza, but you're better off letting the experts concoct one of caramelized onion and provolone or soppressata and buffalo mozzarella. Follow with the Nutella dessert pizza. Lunch and dinner. 514 N Franklin St.; (813) 868-4440

These museums are on the outskirts of downtown:

Along Curtis Hixon Park, which has a sprayground and views of the Hillsborough River, is the Tampa Museum of Art [120 Gasparilla Plaza; (813) 274-8130], with its award-winning architecture and exhibits of 20th-century fine art. And next door is the Glazer Children's Museum [110 West Gasparilla Plaza; (813) 443-3861].

Downtown Tampa by day 08/14/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:20pm]
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