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Here are some establishments north of Tampa that St. Petersburg Times reporters have reviewed and enjoyed. The list is intended as a guide for people seeking new dining experiences. To nominate a restaurant for this list, please send a menu to Marlene Sokol, fax number (813) 226-3352 or drop it by our Carrollwood office.

ALEX'S SOUTHERN STYLE BAR BQ,

5362 W Village Drive, (813) 269-0050. Chicken and ribs charred in an open pit fireplace; baked beans and slaw like a backyard barbecue. HOURS: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. $

ANGITHI INDIAN CUISINE,

2047 E Fowler Ave., (813) 979-4889. Indian fare includes vegetable samosa with pakora fried onion and alu gobhi, a curried cauliflower and potatoes served with basmati rice, tomatoes and peas. HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily for lunch; 5-10 p.m. for dinner. $$

BILMAR STATION,

13150 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 961-2337. Grand-style sandwiches, baked chicken wings, 39 draft beers and 300 bottled beers. Trivia junkies welcome. HOURS: opens at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday, closing varies from midnight-3 a.m; 1 p.m.-midnight Sunday. $

BOSTON COOKER,

16023 W Tampa Palms Blvd., (813) 972-9600. Fish, seafood and other New England-style entrees. There is also an Oldsmar location. HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 5-11 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. $$-$$$

BUCA DE BEPPO,

11511 N Dale Mabry Hwy, (813) 962-6673. Large, family-style Italian dinners at the former location of Wildwood and Pebbles. Nine separate dining areas feature themes such as the Sinatra Room and the Wine Room. Dishes, intended for sharing, include spaghetti and meatballs, $18.95, eggplant parmigiana, $16.45, and veal Marsala, $19.95. HOURS: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday; 4-11 p.m. Saturday; 12-9 p.m. Sunday. $$.

CAFE DE SIAM,

11242 W Hillsborough Ave., (813) 855-1108. Fried mussels, pad cha talay and other Thai dishes. HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for lunch, 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. for dinner, Monday-Friday; 5-10 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. $-$$

CAFE HEIDELBERG,

13002 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 908-5511. Sauerbraten and beef goulash; other family recipes include veal shank and jaeger schnitzel. HOURS: 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 4-9 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. $$

CHINA BUFFET,

1245 E Fowler Ave., (813) 615-1310. Sushi, Mongolian barbecue, Alaskan snow crab legs; main courses include roast pork with broccoli and General Tsao chicken. HOURS: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. $

CINO GRILLE,

8002 Citrus Park Town Center (near main entrance of the mall), (813) 926-8800. Swank and trendy with soft lights and smooth jazz, Cino serves burgers to crab cakes to filet mignon. A full bar that features 32 martinis, including the Dean Martin martini, which comes with a Lucky Strike cigarette and matches. Live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights. HOURS: 11 a.m.- midnight weekdays; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. weekends. $$

CIRCLES,

14362 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 960-2007. 19561 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Pebble Creek, (813) 973-7703. Nouvelle, Mediterranean, salads and pastas. Atmosphere is intimate. HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Closed Sundays. $$

COBBLESTONE GRILLE,

6902 Hanley Road, (813) 249-5119. Eighty varieties of beers and a Thursday night pasta. HOURS: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; noon-midnight Sunday. BAR HOURS: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 p.m.-midnight Sunday. $

CRABBY TOM'S OLD TIME OYSTER BAR & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT,

14404 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 961-3499. Seafood and full bar in a casual atmosphere. HOURS: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. $-$$

DE FRANCE,

1721 W Fletcher Ave., (813) 961-4553. A bistro in a strip center, De France is intimate, yet affordable and offers authentic French fare. Classics include trout meuniere in simple lemon and butter sauce, juicy roast chicken, country pate and a full-flavored onion soup. HOURS: Lunch, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; dinner, 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 5-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. $$

DELIMANIA,

14422 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 969-3354. Deli favorites for breakfast and lunch include spinach omelet, Royal Reuben or hot pastrami sandwich; ostrich too. HOURS: 7 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Sunday. $

ELVIS' CAFE & GRILL,

15011 N Florida Ave., (813) 264-9149. Generous portions of Italian and Spanish specialties such as Chicken Aunt Isabella, named for co-owner Elvis Barros' aunt; ropa vieja and eggplant parmesan in a casual atmosphere. HOURS: Closed Monday; lunch, Tuesday-Friday 11-2:45 p.m.; dinner, 5-9 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; Friday-Saturday, 3-9:30 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $

GOLDEN TOUCH CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT,

9310 N Florida Ave., (813) 933-4420. Caribbean jerk chicken, curry chicken, goat and oxtail stew, and a 99-cent beef patty. HOURS: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. $

HARRIS AND COMPANY: STEAKS AND STUFF,

19601 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., (813) 991-4321. Portabella mushrooms, Caesar salad, steaks, pasta and prime rib. HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4-9 p.m. Sunday. $$

HO HO CHOY,

12791 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 962-2290. Dim sum meals, steamed or fried; spring rolls, custard tarts and soups with noodles and broccoli spears. HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. $$

JASMINE THAI,

13248 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 968-1501. Elegant but casual. Popular dishes include fish ho fish, red snapper and two friend panang. HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. $$

JAZZY'S BAR-B-Q,

5703 W Waters Ave., (813) 243-8872. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Johnny Smith serves up an original sauce on ribs, chicken, beef, pork and sausage. His wife, Pam, a former Swash-buc-ler cheerleader, makes the side dishes, such as molasses-spiked barbecued beans, and desserts including mouth-watering sweet potato pie. A second location is at 6802 W Hillsborough Ave. HOURS: Monday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Sunday. $

KAISEN SUSHI,

12785 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 969-3848. Ultra-tiny Mission Bell spot offers standard sushi and non-fish dishes such as kaisen fried chicken and the all-vegetable Lao Chan special. HOURS: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; closed

Sundays. $-$$

LEMON GRASS,

2373 E Fowler Ave., (813) 971-0854. Well-established Vietnamese haunt is a favorite for lunch and dinner. Complete menu includes 17 seafood dishes. Catering too. HOURS: Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for lunch; 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. for dinner; closed Sunday. $$

THE LOOP,

13134 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 963-5667. Big burgers, sandwiches, California pizzas and innovative salads. HOURS: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $

NORTHDALE DELI MARKET,

4920 Newkirk Drive, (813) 960-3330. Cuban sandwiches, Greek gyros and falafel, dinner platters such as eggplant parmigiana, couscous and stuffed Cornish hens; convenience store setting. HOURS: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-8 p.m. Sunday. $

RAMON'S,

4538 W Village Drive, (813) 265-3775. Healthy fare with a Mexican accent. Burritos make a hearty lunch, as do salads and traditional Mexican dishes such as flautas and tamales. Casual indoor or outdoor seating in quiet Carrollwood Village strip center. HOURS: Monday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. $

RICE & COMPANY,

Citrus Park Town Center, (813) 920-7423. Sushi bar and Asian specialties including papaya salad and grilled chicken satay. HOURS: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. $$

RIVIERA,

14819 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 968-3192. Large portions, great breakfasts and dishes that are Greek- and Southern-inspired. HOURS: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Sunday. $

ROADHOUSE GRILL,

13151 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 269-9904. Steaks, kabobs, cheese-wrap appetizers in a down-home setting. HOURS: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $-$$

ROMANO'S MACARONI GRILL,

14904 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 264-6676. Pastas, pizzas and authentic Italian entrees. HOURS: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $$

Key

Price (dinner for two)

$ _ Inexpensive, less than $25

$$ _ Moderate, $25 to $50

$$$ _ Expensive, $50 and up

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