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  1. Council Oak Steakhouse

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 5223 Orient Road, Tampa, 33610

    Council Oak has managed to assemble a competent, thoughtful service staff and to train them well. Owned by the Seminole tribe (as is the restaurant of the same name in Hollywood), Council Oak is a new contender in the great American steak house wars. Morton's, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Don Shula's, …

  2. Hattricks Tavern

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 107 S Franklin St, Tampa, 33602

    It's not the closest hockey bar to the Amalie Arena, but it's the best. The staff knows everything about the game, and TV analyst Bobby "The Chief" Taylor has been known to stop by. With a nice menu, tons of Lightning memorabilia on the walls, tasteful brick decor and a shuffleboard ta …

  3. Floridian Cuban Sandwiches

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 4424 W Kennedy Blvd. # B, Tampa, 33609

    Harold Seltzer, co-founder and former president of the Sam Seltzer's Steakhouse chain, saw a gem called the Floridian. It is a Treasure Island old-timer founded by the Dilar family, distinguished by its long record of winning the title of best Cuban sandwich in the area. He licensed the concept  …

  4. Roy's

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza District : 4342 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    It's hard to resent chain restaurants when Outback can bring a chef like Roy Yamaguchi and his jeweled fusion of French polish and Asian flavors to our table. Love rack of lamb or Hawaiian fish? Roy's local partners do them up teak-brown, with orchids, breezy guitars and a happy crowd of casual  …

  5. Marlin Darlin Grill

    Editor's pick

    Belleair Bluffs : 2819 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs, 33770

    The most creative effort so far from the tag team of Frank Chivas and Tom Pritchard (Salt Rock Grill, Island Way Grill). Eat small (slick ceviche and tartare by the spoon, oysters by the piece, kettle chips, pear-bacon pizza or crab cake corndogs). Or live large on steaks with wild mushrooms and …

  6. Fly Bar & Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    The brainchild of Tampa native Leslie Shirah, this bastion of hip has gained a devoted following among Tampa foodies and revelers. Shirah honed the concept during a 15-year stint in San Francisco. And the concept is this: an all-day menu until late, late; a share-it-with-friends approach to worl …

  7. Polk Museum of Art

    Editor's pick

    Lakeland : 800 E Palmetto St., Lakeland, 33801

    Modern and contemporary art, Asian art, European and American decorative arts, pre-Columbian and African art are features of the permanent collection. Currently: Revival: African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center, couples works by artists such as Romare Bear …

  8. Tampa Museum of Art

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    The museum has an extensive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, contemporary photography, contemporary American art and works on paper and an impressive LED installation by Leo Villarea along the south facade.Currently: American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, features many of the …

  9. Ringling Museum of Art

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34243

    Permanent collection includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs and decorative arts from ancient through contemporary periods. The grounds are also home to the Ringling estate, Ca d'Zan and to the Ringling Circus Museum.Currently: Re:Purposed, explores several of the more recog …

  10. Dali Museum

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

    The museum holds the largest collection outside of Spain of art by the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. Cleveland industrialist Reynolds Morse and his wife, Eleanor, donated the collection, which represents a 45-year friendship between the Morses and Dali and his wife, Gala. Built at a cost of  …

  11. Ferg's Live

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

  12. The Sail

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    However you arrive at the Sail Pavilion — by foot, boat, bike or car — just get there by sunset.What? Never heard of it? The Tampa Convention Center's circular bar opened on the Riverwalk in 2009. In-the-know cyclists and boaters find it, conventioneers and hotel guests wander over.  …

  13. Channelside Bay Plaza

    Editor's pick

    Channelside : 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The struggling Channelside complex is situated along the water on the southern edge of downtown, near the Port of Tampa. In recent years, it has fallen on hard times and many tenants have moved out, leaving only Hooters and Splitsville luxury bowling as its major tenants. Until a new buyer is fo …

  14. Adventure Island

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa, 33612

    Adventure Island's 30 acres provide water-soaked excitement for guests of all ages. The park's laid-back Florida Keys theme is punctuated with corkscrew slides, waterfalls, a giant wave pool and a rambling river.The 17,000-square foot Endless Surf produces rolling waves up to 5 feet high. Paradi …

  15. Universal Orlando

    Editor's pick

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    Orlando's other big theme park franchise always seems like it's trying to keep up with Mickey Mouse and Co. down the road. But it's come a long way in the past decade. The first thing you must know is the terminology: the entire complex is known as Universal Orlando, and that includes two theme  …

  16. Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

    Editor's pick

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    The original concept for this Disney park was that it would operate as an actual production facility, so the park has a real backstage Hollywood vibe, including behind-the-scenes glimpses of Hollywood-style action live shows. For thrill-seekers, there's some of Disney's most heart-racing rides:  …

  17. Walt Disney World

    Editor's pick

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    Dubbed the Happiest Place on Earth, Walt Disney World includes Animal Kingdom, Disney Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Magic Kingdom theme parks, Downtown Disney shopping and entertainment area, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks and Disney's Wide World of Sports.Rides galore at every par …

  18. Largo Central Park

    Editor's pick

    Largo : 101 Central Park Drive, Largo, 33771

    Largo Central Park offers picnic pavilions and handicap-accessible playgrounds, including its newest featuring 117 play events, including break-through, industry-released play structures, two 15 ft tall space nets, a musical component, two-story tower, merry-go-round, rockwalls and new shade str …

  19. Rusty's Bistro

    Editor's pick

    North Pinellas beaches : 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, 33767

    In the Sheraton Sand Key. Too many locals pass by the finest cooking on the beaches. Chefs on John Harris' crew give Sand Key an exquisite taste of cooking that's seasonal, handcrafted, local and up-to-date. Even the vodka is infused.Read the full review.

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