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Brandon

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

Restaurants:

  • Brandon: 1912 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon, 33511

  • O'Brien's Irish Pub of Brandon

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: American casual, Pub
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Darts, Happy hour, Irish, Kid-friendly, Ladies night, Late-night dining, Live music, Outdoor seating, Sports, Takeout, tbt* Top Bar

    Brandon: 701 W Lumsden Road, Brandon, 33511

    It also has locations in Riverview and Plant City. But this is one of our favorites. Tucked into the dark streets of suburban Brandon, the neon green shamrock that tops O'Brien's is a beacon of night life. The atmosphere is casual — Irish pub meets Applebee's — and it's perfectly acceptable to start up a game of darts or shoot the breeze on the patio with a stranger. Indoor and outdoor bars, plenty of flat screens and live music make this O'Brien's an ideal place to pass the evening when you're not yet ready to turn in for the night.

  • Taste of Eden Bistro


    Cuisine: Vegetarian

    Brandon: 1107 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Brandon, 33511

    Hours: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues.-Thur., 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

    Read a review here.

  • Bonefish Grill (Brandon)


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood upscale
    Features: Children's menu, Date night, Kid-friendly, Takeout

    Brandon: 1015 Providence Road, Brandon, 33511

    Bonefish Grill's mother ship opened on Fourth Street N in 2000. Now more than 150 locations strong, it was selected the best value in the seafood category by Consumer Reports in June 2009. The menu at Bonefish has been fairly steady, but there is some movement in a new direction: affordable, shareable dishes that don't require a lot of utensils. Something to nibble over drinks with friends, including a new American wagyu burger ($10.90), Bang Bang shrimp tacos ($8.90) and tempura-battered fish and chips ($10.90). As for the main entrees, Bonefish unfortunately hides its light under a bushel of sauces. But the concept is otherwise resoundingly contemporary. More affordable than many of the other upscale national chains, on a couple of visits it seemed to be a favorite girls-night-out destination, whole posses clinking wine glasses and spoon-fighting for a bite of very respectable creme brulee ($5.50). Its martini menu (most drinks hovering in the laudably reasonable $7.50 range) has stylish bells and whistles (house-infused pineapple tequila, Danish blue-stuffed olives, plenty of pomegranate juice), and a broad by-the-glass wine program is arranged lightest to most full-bodied, very user friendly.

  • Shrimp Boat Grill


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood casual
    Features: Children's menu, Live music, Outdoor seating

    Brandon: 716 W Lumsden Road, Brandon, 33511

    When Al Paone and his son, Albert, opened Shrimp Boat Grill, it didn't look like much, tucked in a strip mall with several other restaurants, its decor a comfortable stew that says "mid-priced seafood restaurant." But this place gets cranking, maybe in part due to its drink specials ($3 house wine! $1.50 drafts!) but more likely because the namesake crustacean dishes are excellent. Try either the grilled shrimp served simply with drawn butter and a choice of side (broccoli, cole slaw, etc., with a salad option for an additional fee), or a garlicky, buttery shrimp scampi served over spaghettini are welcome choices. This is honest, fairly straightforward American food, served at fair prices. But if that's all you eat, you miss half the story. The junior Paone does ambitious four-course tasting menus on Saturday nights.
    Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thur., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun.

     

Bars:

  • O'Brien's Irish Pub of Brandon

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: American casual, Pub
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Darts, Happy hour, Irish, Kid-friendly, Ladies night, Late-night dining, Live music, Outdoor seating, Sports, Takeout, tbt* Top Bar

    Brandon: 701 W Lumsden Road, Brandon, 33511

    It also has locations in Riverview and Plant City. But this is one of our favorites. Tucked into the dark streets of suburban Brandon, the neon green shamrock that tops O'Brien's is a beacon of night life. The atmosphere is casual — Irish pub meets Applebee's — and it's perfectly acceptable to start up a game of darts or shoot the breeze on the patio with a stranger. Indoor and outdoor bars, plenty of flat screens and live music make this O'Brien's an ideal place to pass the evening when you're not yet ready to turn in for the night.

  • Bonefish Grill (Brandon)


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood upscale
    Features: Children's menu, Date night, Kid-friendly, Takeout

    Brandon: 1015 Providence Road, Brandon, 33511

    Bonefish Grill's mother ship opened on Fourth Street N in 2000. Now more than 150 locations strong, it was selected the best value in the seafood category by Consumer Reports in June 2009. The menu at Bonefish has been fairly steady, but there is some movement in a new direction: affordable, shareable dishes that don't require a lot of utensils. Something to nibble over drinks with friends, including a new American wagyu burger ($10.90), Bang Bang shrimp tacos ($8.90) and tempura-battered fish and chips ($10.90). As for the main entrees, Bonefish unfortunately hides its light under a bushel of sauces. But the concept is otherwise resoundingly contemporary. More affordable than many of the other upscale national chains, on a couple of visits it seemed to be a favorite girls-night-out destination, whole posses clinking wine glasses and spoon-fighting for a bite of very respectable creme brulee ($5.50). Its martini menu (most drinks hovering in the laudably reasonable $7.50 range) has stylish bells and whistles (house-infused pineapple tequila, Danish blue-stuffed olives, plenty of pomegranate juice), and a broad by-the-glass wine program is arranged lightest to most full-bodied, very user friendly.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar


    Cuisine: American casual, Barbecue
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Sports

    Brandon: 2055 Badlands Drive, Brandon, 33511

    Great wings with a massive side of satellite sports. This national sports bar hosts Fantasy Football leagues and takes its pigskin seriously. Hit the wings hard with the Wild sauce. Then wash it down with beer specials.

  • Cheddar's Casual Cafe


    Cuisine: American casual, Casual Dining
    Features: Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Takeout

    Brandon: 11135 Causeway Blvd., Brandon, 33511

    Comfort food with few surprises, Cheddar’s is a safe bet. Although we bet you’ve never had baked Spasagna before if you haven’t been here: spaghetti layered with cheese, then topped with a sauce of your choosing. Popular enough that you can expect a wait, so plan accordingly.

  • Lee Roy Selmon's Restaurant


    Cuisine: Barbecue, Southern
    Features: Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Sports, Takeout

    Brandon: 11310 Causeway Blvd., Brandon, 33511

Attractions:

  • Chuck E Cheese's


    Cuisine: Deli, Pizza
    Features: Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Play area

    Brandon: 1540 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon, 33511

    Kids of any age are free to run, jump and climb on games, rides and attractions. You'll find everything from video games and high tech simulators to kiddie rides.

  • Skateland of Brandon


    Features: Catering, Classes offered, Date night, Indoor play zone, Kid-friendly

    Brandon: 750 Robertson St., Brandon, 33511

    Skateland skating rink offers video games, pool tables and Foozball in addition to skating fun. There is a snack bar, with reasonable prices, and a pro shop. Features include afternoon open skating sessions, family nights, Teen Night (13 and up) on Wednesdays, and, occasionally, sock hops and all-night skate sessions.

    Prices: $5 to $7.50, $2.50 for Tiny Tot Skate Tuesday mornings. Skate rentals: $1, inline skates $3, speed skates $2 to $2.50.

  • Brandon: 709 W Lumsden Road, Brandon, 33511