1. Mad Dogs & Englishmen

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 4115 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33611

    Mad Dogs and Englishmen has a sense of humor. Perhaps that explains its longevity. Its new menu sports the old joke: "Two cannibals eating a clown. One says to the other, 'Does this taste funny to you?' " Talking about things tasting funny on a menu? Is this a good idea? Co-owner Wilto …

  2. Roadside Grill at Harley-Davidson of Tampa

    South Tampa : 6920 N Dale Mabry, Tampa, 33614

    At Harley-Davidson of Tampa.Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.

  3. Dunedin Brewery

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin : 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 34698

    The Scottish regalia is fitting, since the stone-walled Dunedin Brewery looks a bit like a highlander's castle. Equally breathtaking are the ginormous brewing vats inside, which are known for producing nine phenomenal, award-winning beers like the Redhed Red Ale, as well as a swimming selection  …

  4. Wine & Brew

    Dunedin : 929 Broadway, Dunedin, 34698

    Adjacent to Dunedin House of Beer, Wine & Brew was created to be a sanctuary for both beer and wine lovers. Hours: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat., with expanded hours to follow. Pet-friendly outdoor seating.

  5. Cafe Dufrain

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 707 Harbour Post Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Boasting one of Tampa's best views, this Harbour Island bistro is one of downtown's best getaways. Get smart eating from lemongrass soups to diver scallops, risotto, short ribs and salmon with frizzled leeks. Flavors come from the Pacific and the Americas, but the style is Tampa lofty. If you pu …

  6. Fish Tail Willys

    Countryside : 2543 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater, 33761

    Fish Tail Willy's is an independent, largely seafood restaurant. They have a suave logo, a nice outdoor deck, a spiral-bound menu reminiscent of the Cheesecake Factory or another successful chain. In fact, it seems like the first of a chain. In all its finned finery, Fish Tail Willy's is a fun s …

  7. Tavern at Bayboro

    St. Petersburg : 121 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33707

    The "Tav," a fixture on the University South Florida St. Petersburg campus since 1981, put in a more substantial kitchen a while back and owner Tom Herzhauser decided the time was ripe for menu changes. With friends at Fish Busters in Madeira Beach and Nachman's Native Seafood in Redin …

  8. Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk

    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.  …

  9. 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 since 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 t …

  10. Abbey Road

    Editor's pick

    Tyrone : 974 58th St. N, St. Petersburg, 33710

    There is feisty energy and rock 'n' roll all around you: the memorabilia and personal touches are everywhere. Beatles pictures, Howling Wolf and Janis Joplin concert posters are everywhere, and a wall dedicated to boxing champions. Full liquor bar and clean taps; Bollocks, Guinness, Boddington's …

  11. Mastry's Bar & Grill

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 233 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    They call it St. Pete's truest dive bar. It's dank, smoky and cavelike, all right, but that isn't why we love it. We love it because Babe Ruth used to drink there, and Billy Martin, and (legend has it) Jack Kerouac. We love it because Minnesota Fats played piano there years ago. True, those were …

  12. Waterside Grill and Bar

    Downtown St. Petersburg : The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Sitting a quarter-mile off shore on the east end of the St. Petersburg Pier, Captain Al's offers dogs and their owners what may be the best view in town if you dine outdoors. Umbrella tables allow seating for 50 people. Eat dinner, have a drink and dolphin watch all while spending time with your …

  13. Fresco's Waterfront Bistro

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 300 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This restaurant at the base of the St. Petersburg Pier offers the kind of quality cooking seldom found on the local waterfront. The menu is long on seafood and chops, but every dish gets extra touches of herbs, pine nuts, fine sauces and other evidence of authenticity and imagination that are th …

  14. Elmer's Sports Cafe

    MacDill Area : 5206 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33611

    The second of two Elmers, this is no junior. It's bigger and comfier than its Ybor brother, with a huge U-shaped bar, tall and regular-size tables accommodating around 150 people. Because it's cleaner than your average bar and there's no smoking inside, the brick walls and painted wood paneling  …

  15. Gaspar's Grotto

    Ybor City : 1805 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Any place with "Gaspar" in its name must be a beloved place in Tampa. This one is no exception. Owners Eric and Shere Schiller are super-active in the community, often hosting fundraisers and other benefits at the longtime Ybor bar. Krewes love it, thanks to the pirate theme. But even  …

  16. Courigan's Irish Pub

    Downtown St. Petersburg : One Beach Drive SE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The clean, dark pub serves a full menu of American and British Isles goodies, so it's no smoking inside. The patrons are laid back and cheerful. Softball and kickball teams gather on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. USF-St. Pete students stop in, and there are some older and younger regulars. The …

  17. Mahuffer's

    Editor's pick

    North Pinellas beaches : 19201 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, 33811

    Don't miss this South Pacific-styled gem of a beach bar on your way up Gulf Boulevard. Four decades old, low-ceilinged and slathered in graffiti and beachabilia — fish nets, crab trap markers, boat parts, bras, dollar bills and more photos than you can imagine — the outrageously quirky Mahuf …

  18. Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill

    North Pinellas beaches : 13025 Village Blvd., Madeira Beach, 33708

  19. Rosie's Tavern

    Dunedin : 730 Broadway, Dunedin, 34698