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Hungry? Here are some establishments in Lutz, Temple Terrace, North Tampa and New Tampa that the Times has 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.

EAST

China Buffet, 1245 E Fowler Ave., 615-1310. Sushi, Mongolian barbecue, Alaskan snow crab legs; main courses include roast pork with broccoli and General Tsao chicken. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-3:30 p.m., 4-10 p.m. Saturday; noon.-9 p.m. Sunday. $

Circles New Tampa Bistro, 19651 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., 973-7703. Thai specialties, seafood, pasta, pizza, calzones, salads, burgers, sandwiches. Hours: 5-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday. $$

House of China, 18463 U.S. 41 N, 949-5800. Chinese takeout offering Peking duck, General Tsao's shrimp and squid with black bean sauce. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. $-$$

WEST

Catch Twenty-three, 10103 Montague St., 920-0045. West Park Village restaurant offers appetizers of braised mussels, sugarcane skewered shrimp and sauteed blue crab cake. Entrees include Maine lobster ravioli and peppercorn-crusted tuna. Hours: 4:30-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 4-9:30 p.m. Sunday. $$

China Gate, 12049 Anderson Road, 908-7988. Chinese takeout offers traditional dishes and $4 lunch entrees with pork fried rice and soda. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $

Gio's Italian Grille & Steak, 3621 W Waters Ave., 932-1922. Italian bistro serves a variety of dishes incorporating chicken, steak, seafood and pasta. Reservations available. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5:30-10:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday. $-$$

Louis Pappas Market Cafe, 14913 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., 910-9000. Also at 7877 Gunn Highway, 926-5202. Restaurant offers Greek-inspired soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. $

Ringo's Tropical Grill, 19310 N Florida Ave., 936-9046. Caribbean jerk chicken, curry chicken, goat and oxtail stew and a 99-cent beef patty. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $

Romano's Macaroni Grill, 17641 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., 977-7798. Pastas, pizzas and authentic Italian entrees. Hours: 11:00 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $$

Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, 971-0666 or 977-6474. Features seafood favorites such as oysters, snow crab legs, gator tail, grouper and clams. Live music nightly on the outdoor tiki deck. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. $

Taj, 2734-B E Fowler Ave., 971-8483. 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: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday. $$

Tampa Brickyard, 14947 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., 971-1787. Steaks, seafood and pasta dishes; 2-for-1 drafts, house wine, well and premium drinks. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. $-$$

Tomo Sushi Japanese Restaurant, 15021 N Florida Ave., 962-1560. Sushi, teriyaki, tempura and other Japanese specialties, including 12 lunch specials that include miso soup and salad. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:30-10:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. $$

PRICE KEY

Prices are based on a dinner for two:

$ - Inexpensive, less than $25

$$ - Moderate, $25 to $50

$$$ - Expensive, $50 and up

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