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  1. 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  …

  2. Capital Grille

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza District : Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd. , Tampa, 33607

    When you need a $47 steak to make your Neiman Marcus purchases seem a mere pittance, this is the place to go. It's a national dry-aged beef chain with a 400-plus label wine list. Capital Grille offers top-notch service and a steak menu that's more inventive than many (see: the dry-aged sirloin c …

  3. Nordstrom's Bazille

    International Plaza District : International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    In early 2013, as part of a major renovation, Nordstrom revealed its new cafe, Bazille. Replacing the more generic Cafe Bistro, Bazille is lovely, all curvy ceiling lines and warm chocolate browns. Although its interior is decidedly contemporary, there is something that makes one nostalgic for t …

  4. Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant

    International Plaza District : 4110 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    Chicago-based Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant opened its first Florida location in Tampa early in 2013. It found the right spot along Boy Scout Boulevard expense-account way. As at many of the restaurants along this stretch, Cooper's Hawk has seared ahi, it has pork belly (in 2013, you have  …

  5. Eddie V's

    International Plaza District : 4400 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    Opened early in 2013 across from International Plaza, it is the ninth Eddie V's nationwide and the first east of Texas. Orlando-based Darden (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52) bought the chain in 2011 and this is the first one opened on …

  6. Zen Bistro Grill + Sushi

    International Plaza District : Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd. , Tampa, 33607

    In 2012, Hoang Le opened a second outpost of his Zen Bistro Grill, a resoundingly popular Westchase Pan-Asian hot spot since 2006. Le took over the Bay Street unit that housed Cafe Japon, overhauling the space, including work on the floors, ceilings and restrooms, plus the addition of a distinct …

  7. Texas de Brazil Brazilian Steakhouse

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza District : 4112 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    The number of varieties of meat on sticks that will come straight from the first to your plate — via a sword-like skewer — will be in the double digits. Try as many as you deem responsible, but don't miss a visit to the salad area, with a magazine-like spread of vegetables and import …

  8. The Pub

    International Plaza District : 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    An outpost of a small chain of English gastropubs clustered in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida, it took over the Bamboo Club space at International Plaza, with great outdoor tables, cozy leather booths and lots of bar seating. It's a sprawling place, emphasis on what's on tap, with a menu that is fit …

  9. Blue Martini

    International Plaza District : Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    Blue Martini calls its fare heavy appetizers, but there's not a chicken wing or onion ring in sight. Instead, the short menu features contemporary Asian-Mediterranean fusion: sesame-seared tuna, sliced beef tenderloin, hummus, calamari salad. And don't miss the killer 6-inch-tall chocolate cake. …

  10. Kona Grill

    International Plaza District : 4134 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    It's mostly Asian food for people who are scared of Asian food. It's chopsticks-optional, training-wheels sushi with none of the menacing stuff (uni fans, tough luck). It's exotic accents rather than anything full-throttle foreign. And if all else fails, it's meat loaf and pizza, too. Who will l …

  11. Checkers

    International Plaza District : 4300 W Cypress St # 600, Tampa, 33607

    ** Text below provided by this business**With two drive-thru lanes and a walk-up window at our more than 800 locations, Checkers is ideally positioned for today's on-the-go guest. Known for our full-flavored, hand seasoned burgers, thick shakes and famous seasoned fries, Checkers provides the gr …

  12. Bar Louie

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza District : 2223 N West Shore Blvd. # B202, Tampa, 33607

    This IP hot spot is more bar than restaurant. It offers $1 burgers on Tuesday nights. Also, there are tater tots. Napoleon Dynamite would approve. The '80s soundtrack is a guilty pleasure, especially delicious when taken concurrently with a couple of the 40 beers on tap. The vibe is all funky ar …

  13. Pelagia Trattoria

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza District : 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    Located in the Renaissance Tampa Hotel at International Plaza, the restaurant has an Italianesque menu that starts in Spain and coasts the entire Mediterranean for lusty flavors, scallops and bean ragout, Manchego cheese and honeycomb, crunchy olives and artichoke ricotta flan. Panettone French  …

  14. Lee Roy Selmon's Restaurant

    International Plaza District : 4302 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    This restaurant that bears the name of the late Hall of Famer (and beloved USF figure) is part of the Outback family of restaurants and serves Southern cooking: Mama's Meatloaf, rib-grabbin' barbecue ribs, po' boy sandwiches and "two-handed" burgers.

  15. Charley's Steakhouse

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza District : 4444 W Cypress St, Tampa, 33607

    The great American steakhouse wars are going hot and heavy — Morton's, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Don Shula's, Fleming's (and its more middlebrow parent, Outback), The Palm, and Ruth's Chris. Charley's is a teeny chain among giants, beloved for its fat, grilled steaks and sturdy California cab …

  16. Boizao Steakhouse

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza District : 4606 W Boy Scout Boulevard, Tampa, 33607

    Boizao (pronounced "boy-zoun") opened a couple years ago along Boy Scout Boulevard to capture some of the Tampa International Airport/Westshore business crowd. It's a vast, slick space (they may serve 1,000 diners a day) with a festive, all-you-can-eat party vibe. The waft of rotisseri …

  17. Ocean Prime

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza District : 2205 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    This new high-end steakhouse may not seem like the most prudent choice in this economy, in this restaurant climate, even in this steak house-choked town. But it's fabulous, with a la carte prime meats and fresh fish cooked at 1,200 degrees and served simply. Many of the sides are stunning versio …

  18. Brio Tuscan Grille

    International Plaza District : 2223 N West Shore Blvd. # B207, Tampa, 33607

    Known as the Cheesecake Factory of Italian fare, Brio Tuscan Grille is a 460-seat restaurant, including outdoor patio space. The look is marble floors, chandeliers and white columns. The menu is steak, seafood and pasta cooked in wood-fired ovens and a wood-burning grill. The average check is $1 …

  19. Brio

    International Plaza District : International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    This casual, white-tablecloth restaurant serves Northern Italian cuisine with wood-grilled and oven-roasted steaks, chops and seafood. It also has a bar menu that includes a "shrimpitini" shrimp cocktail, beef carpaccio and mini burgers, all for $2.95. There's indoor seating for 190 gu …

  20. Cheesecake Factory

    International Plaza District : 2223 N West Shore Blvd. # B201, Tampa, 33607

    The chain has lots of devotees - maybe because the portion sizes verge on ridiculous. How are you supposed to order one of the 50 varieties of cheesecake once you've plowed through a salad as big as your head? Their finger-food appetizers are much better than they have to be.

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