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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 226-3352, or drop it by our Carrollwood office, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway.

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. $$

BENJARONG THAI, 14402 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 265-2667. Spring rolls, curry dishes, squid, frog legs and other Thai specialties. Lunch specials served with appetizer, soup and Jasmine steamed rice. HOURS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for lunch, 4-10 p.m. for dinner everyday.$-$$

BILMAR STATION, 13150 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 961-2337. Grand-style sandwiches, 39 draft beers and 300 bottled beers. HOURS: opens at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday, closing varies from midnight-3 a.m; 1 p.m.-midnight 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 EDEN, Abby's Health & Nutrition, 14374 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 265-4951. Wraps, protein shakes, vegetarian dishes, organic foods and salad bar. HOURS: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 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. $-$$

CARROLLWOOD CAFE & DELI, 11606 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 964-9008. Deli-style salads and sandwiches, including the Carrollwood Club and Dale Mabry Cuban. HOURS: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.$

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. $

CICCO & TONY'S, 14360 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 269-1425; 16019 Tampa Palms Blvd., (813) 975-1222. Infused stir-frys, pastas, salads and fresh wraps served with dipping sauce. Atmosphere is bright and cheerful. HOURS: Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. weekdays, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; Dinner: 5:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Closed Sundays. $-$$

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. Nouvelle, Mediterranean, salads and pastas. Atmosphere is intimate. HOURS: Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m. Monday-Sunday. $$

CIRCLES NEW TAMPA BISTRO:, 19561 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., (813) 973-7703. Assortment of food including Thai specialties, seafood, pasta, pizza, calzones, salads, burgers, sandwiches. HOURS: Lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday; dinner, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sundays. $$

COBBLESTONE GRILLE, 6902 Hanley Rd., (813) 249-5119. Eighty varieties of beer 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. $

COPELAND'S, 9210 Anderson Road, (813) 884-8400. New Orleans-style cuisine that includes crawfish, gumbo and po boys. HOURS: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.$$

CROCODELI CAFE, 5273 Ehrlich Road, (813) 265-8381. Omeletes, gyros, falafel and a variety of hot and cold sandwiches. Dessert selection includes smoothies, shakes, floats, sundaes and assorted pastries. HOURS: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Closed Sunday.$

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. HOURS: 7 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Sunday. $

DON QUIJOTE CAFETERIA, 13002 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 964-8587. Cuban and Spanish foods such as roast pork, yellow rice, baked chicken, black beans and fried plantains. HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Closed Sunday. $-$$

ELVIS'S 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: 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. Closed Monday. $

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. $

HO HO CHOY, 12791 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 962-2290. Dim sum, 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. $$

HOUSE OF CHINA, 18463 U.S. 41 N, (813) 949-5800. Chinese take-out offering Peking duck, General Tsao's shrimp and squid with black bean sauce. HOURS: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 12:30-10 p.m. Saturday; 4-9:30 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 fried 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 Bucs 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: 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; closed Sunday. $

LEDO PIZZA, 14432 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 964-5700. Calzones, pasta dishes, Italian subs and hamburgers are served here, though square pizza is the specialty with 21 toppings to choose from. HOURS: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.$-$$

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. $

NEW CHINA, 14339 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 960-3650. Chinese cuisine such as fried and steamed dumplings, lo mein, steamed whole fish and duck. Lunch and dinner buffet offered daily. HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. every day.$-$$

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, 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, 17641 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., (813) 977-7798. Pastas, pizzas and authentic Italian entrees. HOURS: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.$$

SPLASH! AN OCEAN GRILL, 3973 Van Dyke Road, (813) 269-8611. Specialties include oak-grilled fresh fish, lobster thermador, pan-seared sesame-crusted tuna, seafood risotto and lobster potato pancakes. Entrees served with fresh baked bread and house salad. HOURS: 5-10:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.$$

SUKOTHAI, 8201 N Dale Mabry Highway, 933-7990. Well-established at this location with a wide assortment of Thai dishes. HOURS: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday; 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $$

SWEET TOMATOES, 14703 N Dale Mabry Highway, 960-5220. Massive salad bar at fixed prices; fresh soups and pastas, baked goods. HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m Sunday-Thursday.; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $

TAJ, 2734-B E Fowler Ave., 971-8483. The daily lunch buffet offers a variety of Indian meat and vegetarian dishes. Dinner is a la carte and can be ordered to the level of spiciness you prefer. HOURS: Lunch: Tuesday-Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Dinner: 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday.-Sunday. Closed Monday. $$

TAMPA ALE HOUSE, 14083 N Dale Mabry Highway, 969-0020. Enjoy fresh seafood or half-pound hamburgers while watching sporting events on 36 televisions. Choose from 35 beers to accompany your lunch or dinner. HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday; : 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday. $-$$

TOKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT, 14313 N Dale Mabry Highway, 968-7371. Sushi, Arizona makimono and many other traditional dishes. HOURS: 5 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. $$$

WINDY CITY PIZZA, 12908 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 960-1400. Chicago and specialty pizzas, calzones, salads, pasta, sandwiches. Delivery available. HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4-10 p.m. Sunday. $-$$

Key

Price (based on a dinner for two):

$ - Inexpensive, less than $25

$$ - Moderate, $25 to $50

$$$ - Expensive, $50 and up

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