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In Tampa, the his­toric, bun­ga­low­filled Semi­nole Heights neigh­bor­hood’s din­ing scene is burst­ing with new fla­vors. Within just a few square blocks you’ll easily find newer kids on the block like the James Beard semi­fi­nal­ist The Re­fin­ery (thetam­pare­fin­ery.com) and its sis­ter res­tau­rant, Fod­der & Shine (fod­derand­shine.com), the Rooster & the Till (roost­erand­thetill.com), The In­de­pen­dent (in­de­pen­dent­bar­tampa. com) and Ella’s Amer­i­cana Folk Art Café (el­las­folka­rt­cafe.com). Pop­u­lar, long-time sta­ples in­clude Taco Bus (taco-bus.com) and Cappy’s Pizze­ria (cap­pyspiz­za­on­line.com).

The Latin in­flu­ence is preva­lent in restau­rants in Tampa, and there are plenty from which to choose, from Cuban to Span­ish and much more. For a real treat, make reser­va­tions at Ybor City’s Columbia (columbiarestau­rant.com/ybor). Since 1905, fans of Span­ish food have made their way to Florida’s old­est res­tau­rant. Orig­i­nally serv­ing Cuban sand­wiches and cof­fee to lo­cal cigar work­ers, to­day the res­tau­rant cov­ers 15 din­ing rooms and hosts nightly ex­cit­ing fla­menco per­for­mances which en­ter­tain din­ers who love the Span­ish­style ex­pe­ri­ence.

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