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  • Salt Rock Tavern

    Cuisine: American casual, Pub
    Features: Children's menu, Outdoor seating

    Oldsmar: 3689 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, 34677

    Combined with adjacent Rumba (also Baystar Restaurant Group), Salt Rock Tavern is making Oldsmar something of a party scene. You'll want to focus on the beer list, a jubilant paean to Tampa Bay's thriving suds scene with Cigar City, Tampa Bay Brewing and most of the other big names represented. A short list of house cocktails precludes any easy choices — a blackberry bourbon lemonade is a real charmer with its slight cardamom infusion. The menu hits some contemporary notes: a kale salad heavy on sweet peanut butter flavor; and French onion soup dumplings, a dish borrowed from Baystar's Marlin Darlin, is like a richly flavored soupless soup. Still, simple is good, like the brined, smoked rotisserie chicken with buttery garlic mashed potatoes, or a hot, open-faced filet mignon sandwich smothered in peppers and onions and given a luscious drizzle of Maytag blue aioli.

    Hours: 4-10:30 p.m. mon.-Thur., 4-11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. brunch, then 2-9 p.m. dinner on Sun.

    Read a review here.

  • Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

    Features: Outdoor seating

    Oldsmar: 13937 Monroes Business Park, Tampa, 33635

    Seasonal beers, also draft wines, cocktails.

    Read a review here.

  • Flamestone An American Grill

    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Date night, Martini, Private room, Upscale, Wifi

    Oldsmar: 4009 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, 34677

    FlameStone is lovely, with a masculine, clubby design that includes dark wood floors, fieldstone walls and a sleek stainless-steel open kitchen, tiny glass pendant lamps warming the space with golden light. The menu consists of mid-priced steaks, rotisserie meats and an appealing lineup of froufrou-topped flatbreads. Servers and bartenders are breezy but professional, apt to strike up merry conversation with those ensconced at the long, glamorous bar. In an upscale American idiom like Bonefish Grill or Stonewood Grill and Tavern, FlameStone is a good value: A golden-skinned half chicken gets a lively dry rub and is paired with a generous scoop of red-skinned mashed potatoes, super buttery, and a jumble of grilled asparagus stalks and tender-crisp julienned carrots for about $15.

  • Round Up

    Features: Country Western, Dance club, Darts, Pool tables

    Oldsmar: 10051 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 33615

    This boot-scootin' stalwart was once nominated for the Academy of Country Music's Nightclub of the Year Award (a distinction on which it's been coasting for maybe a little too long, but whatever). There's not as much live music as there used to be - Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith played here - but there are still loads of drink specials and a huge line-dancing floor, with regular lessons.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar

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

    Oldsmar: 4058 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, 34677

    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.