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  1. Stone Soup Co.

    Ybor City : 1517 Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Each day, Ben Goldberg serves a half-dozen soups from his rotating roster that he makes from scratch, each with his own take on a classic. A favorite is the French onion, a bowlful of sweet caramelized onions in a rich broth. Sandwiches and salads get the same freshly-put-together treatment. Lun …

  2. SeaWorld

    Editor's pick

    Orlando : 7007 SeaWorld Drive (Interstate 4, Exit 71), Orlando, 32821

    SeaWorld, one of Florida's top attractions, is like a giant aquarium smack dab in the middle of the state. You can see creatures of all stripes -- fish, sharks, dolphins, rays, manatees, penguins, and of course, the famous killer whales. But there's more to the park, like Manta, a super smooth  …

  3. Busch Gardens

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    One of Tampa Bay's top tourist attractions, Busch Gardens is an Africa-themed park with some of the southeast's largest roller coasters, Broadway-style shows, exotic animals, multi-story family play areas, rides and live entertainment.Rollercoaster enthusiasts, you'll love the choices here. The  …

  4. Florida Aquarium

    Editor's pick

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The aquarium, located near the Port of Tampa, has more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals in its various exhibits. Unlike other aquariums that might feature dolphins or other large mammals, the aquarium focuses on telling the story of water in Florida. The exhibits follow a "drop"  …

  5. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville at CityWalk

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Plaza, Suite 704, Orlando, 32819

  6. Biff Burger

    St. Petersburg : 3939 49th St N, St. Petersburg, 33709

    Back when shakes cost 15 cents, Biff-Burger dotted the Southeast. It stood for Best in Fast Food. They had drive-in service and walk-up windows, they had Тroto-broiled burgers topped with a closely guarded secret-sauce concoction. Now, it appears, there's only one Best left. Burger King may be  …

  7. Dinosaur World

    Plant City : 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, 33565

    Just outside Plant City, north of Tampa, visitors can find what might be referred to as real Florida. This park has all the kitsch you would expect from an old-time attraction, except it's only been around since 1998. But like Gator Land or Jungle Gardens, this attraction offers low-key entertai …

  8. Salty Rim Grill

    South Pinellas beaches : 9524 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Mulligan's, a longtime beach bar without a lot of culinary ambition, was replaced in 2010 by Ocean Breeze. In that transition it underwent a fairly elegant remodel, with an international small-plate menu that turned out not to be a perfect fit for this waterside locale. At the end of 2011 the sp …

  9. Byblos Cafe

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 2832 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33629

    The local rebirth of Middle Eastern cuisine gets its most stylish display thanks to smart Lebanese entrepreneurs. Yogurt, grape leaves and kibbe are deliciously fresh. Stay late and finish with intoxicating bellydancing or a dreamy draw on the water pipe (hookah).

  10. Chili's Grill & Bar

    Countryside : 25987 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, 33763

    With a menu full of Tex-Mex inspired dishes, Chili's has delightfully delicious food with great alcohol including their renowned margaritas.

  11. Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    Editor's pick

    University Area : 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    MOSI's goal is to expand public interest and understanding of science, industry and technology. The non-profit, community-based organization specializes in informal, and fun, science education. It is the largest science center in the southeast and the fifth-largest in the United States.Among the …

  12. C D Roma's

    St. Petersburg : 1462 66th St. N, St. Petersburg, 33710

    Homemade sauces for pastas, plus pizza, sandwiches, desserts.

  13. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

    Editor's pick

    Tarpon Springs : 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    When Greek immigrants first settled in the area, they found the waters off Tarpon Springs to be rich with highly sought-after sponges. Now the area is the focal point of local Greek culture and dining. Walk along colorful Dodecanese Boulevard, winding through the shops that smell of the unique n …

  14. Columbia Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Ybor City : 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The granddaddy of them all, Columbia Restaurant bears the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in Florida as well as the nation's largest Spanish/Cuban restaurant, with 13 rooms extending one full city block. Some of these waiters have been here a lifetime, there are stirring flamenco show …

  15. Harvey's Fourth Street Grill

    Fourth Street Garden District : 3121 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    This long-time St. Pete gathering spot was one of the few places you could grab a bite and a brew in the sleepy town back in the early '80s when it first opened. Now 25+, it still draws a crowd most nights -- business types getting off work, families after Little League and some of St. Pete's mo …

  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. 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  …

  18. Cafe Largo

    Editor's pick

    Largo : 12551 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, 33774

    Cafe Largo, a fixture since 1986, is aging beautifully. And while menu choices aren't vast, each one gets the same careful treatment: An included house salad is napped with a model Dijon vinaigrette, with a handful of house-roasted sweet peppers, a cube of roasted beet in a sweet-tangy Bagnol v …

  19. 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 …

  20. Lowry Park Zoo

    Editor's pick

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    Located north of downtown Tampa, this 56-acre, natural habitat zoological park has African animals, Florida wildlife, manatee center, primates, Asian animals, free-flight aviary, Stingray Bay and an Australian-themed children's zoo. The zoo in recent years has added more theme park-like rides,  …

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