The Best Four Restaurants in Tampa, Florida

front porch tampa restaurant

A lot of my friends lately have been asking me to write an article on the best restaurants in Florida, because they have been having trouble deciding where to eat. So, I’m compiling this list of all the things that make each of my favorite restaurants in Tampa so great.

tampa steakhouse restaurant great

First on the list is Malio’s Prime Steakhouse. Steakhouses are generally seen as higher-end establishments that end up really cutting into your wallets. Malio’s Prime Steakhouse breaks the cycle by affording the same quality of food, but for more affordable prices that enable entire families to eat without busting the bank.

Malio’s Prime Steakhouse is located in downtown Tampa, across the water from the Henry B. Plant Museum. Don’t go in expect to only be able to order steaks, though. This restaurant offers a wide, diverse selection, ranging from things like French onion soup to filet mignon. Malio’s Prime Steakhouse actually has my favorite French onion soup in town. I know its not everyone’s thing, but if you really enjoy it then this restaurant has what you’re looking for. All the waiters were friendly and accommodating, and they don’t pester you too much while you eat.

Some restaurants just have pesky waiters who are bored and don’t want to attend to their other tables, so they just annoy you the whole time while you try to eat. Not at Malio’s Prime Steakhouse, however.  Anybody who wants to eat at a fine establishment that doesn’t entrap you with high prices, make sure to check out Malio’s Prime Steakhouse. If you don’t believe me, check all of their positive online reviews on google.

tampa restaurant columbia peas

All of my friends would shame me if I didn’t put some amazing Cuban food on this list as well. The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa serves great food that I don’t get to eat on a regular basis. This time around, you’ll be eating in East Ybor in Tampa. While there are tons of Cuban restaurants in Florida, not all of them have such a great menu with unique items. Personally, my favorite item on the menu is their pollo riojana. Just thinking about it makes me wish that lunchtime wasn’t already over. Maybe for dinner.

The ingredients that Columbia Restaurant’s chefs use always taste very fresh, to the point where I’m curious where they get all their produce. I’ll have to ask the owner next time I dine there. Speaking of the owner, he regularly tours the restaurant, making sure that all of the customers have everything they need to enjoy their meal. He is so friendly, in fact, that the first time I visited Columbia Restaurant I asked if I could look inside their kitchen and he agreed to let me in.

It’s a strange request, I know, but I worked with a great Tampa hood cleaning business for a while so if their exhaust hood needed some cleaning I could hook them up. Unfortunately, it looks like my old employer might be put out of business pretty soon because Columbia Restaurant’s hood was squeaky clean. I’ll have to ask the owner where they get their hood cleaning appointments from. After you’ve had your meal, make sure to let them know your thoughts in great online reviews. I know I did.

tampa breakfast family restaurant

Platt Street Borough is next up on the list, and for good reason. This one’s found in the North Hyde Park area of Tampa. The truffle nachos are killer, but my wife enjoys ordering the poutine and arancini. I’m not sure what my kids love to order, because they apparently like the food so much that I never get to see what it looks like on the plate. You definitely won’t have to worry about ordering seconds, because Platt Street Borough’s food is very filling.

It’s a great place to bring your kids, because they can even share a meal and still be full. I have seen lots of families do that across the many times I’ve eaten at this restaurant. The interior is also very well decorated, making it easy on the eyes and a pleasure to be inside. Even if you don’t order any food. Very family friendly overall.

I appreciate the fact that all of the tables are kept very clean, because my kids always manage to find something gross at every restaurant and I can’t stand it. You would be surprised at how many “high-end” restaurants have gum or other residue under their tables.

Even the bathrooms were very clean, and if it wasn’t for washing my hands before eating I probably wouldn’t have felt the need to wash them. My wife and I both left positive reviews online after the first time eating at this restaurant, and I highly encourage anybody else who enjoys their meal to do so as well.

tampa grill restaurant front porch

Last but not least, all you adults out there who need a stiff drink after raising your bratty kids all day should check out The Front Porch Bar and Grill. This restaurant is found in Tampa’s Seminole Heights. It’s not purely a bar, so your kids can eat there as well if you can’t find a babysitter. However, the selection of ‘adult’ drinks is amazing on top of the wide variety of food they have available.

I always the order the mushroom swiss burger, and my body always punishes me for not exercising afterwards. In addition, my friends and I all have a sweet spot for the garlic bread that they spread this compound cheese/butter condiment all over. It’s a very open establishment, so don’t worry about drunkards dancing around and bumping into you. The Front Porch is also another example of a restaurant where the owner is regularly walking around and making sure everybody enjoys their meal.

Good job, Front Porch Bar and Grill, and make sure to keep doing what you are doing! All of these reviews may seem to only have positive things to say, but you have to remember that these are the top places in Tampa for eating. Clearly everyone who writes all of the great online reviews has the same idea as us.

The clothes that I wear #2

I don’t really have much of a fashion sense, so I don’t wear any clothes that others would specifically enjoy. When I was younger, I used to only wear long sleeved shirts. I either wore shorts, sweats, or cargo pants, but never jeans. Nowadays, I can’t stand wearing long sleeved shirts. If I’m really that cold, I’ll figure out a way to become warmer. Trust me. Being hot is the worst thing on the planet. Currently I wear shirts that are large or bigger. Large shirts feel kinda small on me sometimes because of the material, so I usually tend to wear shirts that are XL or larger.

The only XXL shirt that I own is an Avengers t-shirt that was promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron back in 2015. The shirt still looks huge on me, so I’m embarrassed to think about what it looked like on me back then. It probably looked like a dress, honestly. I can’t stand wearing tight clothes, so most of my shirts are baggy. For my senior pictures I wore a plaid flannel button-up, so that’s the one exception. Actually, I have a blue polo but it makes me look like a chubby dad. I thought I looked good in it, but everyone else’s cameras disagreed with me. Luckily you can’t see the bald spot, since I’m so tall.  If you’re my family member and you’re reading this, stop getting me shirt with sarcastic comments like “I didn’t slap you, I high fived your face”.

Everyone at my school just cringes when they see those shirts and they’re super gross. Out of all the ones that I currently own, I do have a few favorites. Sound interesting? It better, because you already know I’m going to tell you either way. If I had to pick my top three, it would be my beach shirt, my Dr. Pepper shirt, and my blue munchies shirt with cookie monster on it. My beach shirt is all white except for this image of a palm tree and some water on the front. It’s ironic since I live in oregon. The only person to ever get the joke was my some guy in Sacramento, when I was visiting a restaurant that my family owns. They actually did a great job, so I would recommend getting a sacramento hood cleaning.

Topic Number 1 #1

I thought about just numbering each article from now on instead of giving them a name, but A.) my boss would think that I’m being extremely lazy and B.) he would be right. It’s not really so much about being lazy as it is about running out of things to say. I know, even a guy like me can eventually run out of fuel. That’s why I found another article about 101 conversational topics. Now I’m going to start numbering my articles, but after the title of each one. For example, “How to start fresh each morning #5”.

Hopefully this works out and it doesn’t turn out to be detrimental, like google suddenly thinking that I’m spam because I did something wrong. I’m always afraid of that kind of stuff. I have a buddy in Miami who always knows what to say, no matter the situation. I haven’t seen him in a long time because he lives so far away, but also because he runs a really successful miami hood cleaning business. He’s probably swimming in clients, since he’s so good with words.Anyways, I’ll start now even though I already wrote half of the article. I’ll just pick a short one, that way I don’t waste any good topics. I actually haven’t even looked at them yet, so hopefully they’re not all a single word or something like that. “What a treasure trove I have laid mine eyes upon.” -Kermit 1802. Kidding, of course. I think he was invented in the 70s. Okay, never mind. He actually came out in 1955.

The first topic on the list is current situation. I’m eating a bowl of potato chips while working off of my computer, and I live with my mom. In retrospect, I now feel depressed after stating that. If I was 40, my life would be essentially over. There’s no coming back after that point. There’s a mountain even Marvin Gaye couldn’t climb. For all my child fans under the age of 10, that was a reference to the song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. I’ve worked off of my computer for about four months now, and I haven’t seen or smelled the outside world in many moons. You don’t want to know how long it’s been since I last saw my belly button.

Being back in Oregon

I’m back in Oregon, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. On the positive side, I get a chance to talk about myself for a while again. But on the negative side, I’m gonna miss everything from Reno that I wanted so desperately to visit for. Naomi isn’t coming back to Oregon this time, because my grandparents are having a lot of medical issues and they can’t have her at their house at the moment. So Naomi decided to just stay with my dad in oregon and get a full time job or something.

I don’t know all the details, because my mom just told me as soon as I got home and all this happened within the past day. Now that we got that out of the way, it’s time to talk about me again. Fortunately, my mom is a way better cook than my dad so I can go back to home cooked meals. We had apple pancakes last night, we’re having beans and wieners with tater tots tonight, and tomorrow night we’re going to my favorite buffet, Izzy’s. Izzy’s is by far the best buffet I’ve ever been to. It could just be the fact that I’ve gone there for my entire life so it makes me happy and reminds me of the past when we lived there. I tend to live in the past a lot. My dad says that isn’t a good thing, dwelling on the past too much.

Like living in the past is a bad trait for someone to have. I can’t help it. I love remembering all the stuff that used to make me happy. It’s nice to see how things changed over time. One time I had a friend leave his pet at the doggie day care and it definitely changed for the better. It was happier and had more energy. Speaking of changing over time, one of the classes that I’m currently taking (senior project class) has two of my friends that I’ve known since second grade. I’ve known them for a decade, and they look pretty much the same as the last time I saw them. Only one of them recognized me, and he’s one of the most extracurricularly active students. I think he’s class president, but I forget.

Taylor, my niece

I think I already wrote a whole post about Taylor in the past, but it’s time to write another one. I’d upload some pictures of her, but unfortunately my sister Rebecca doesn’t want pictures of Taylor posted online anywhere. Now that I think about it, I’m actually kinda scared that I might’ve actually posted a picture of her on accident without thinking. Steph gets to meet Taylor on Saturday, which she’s been waiting to do for a while. Taylor was born Taylor Anne Smith on 2/29/16, so she’s about 1 1/2. Her hair is blonde and she looks a lot like her father, which probably upsets Becca because he was unfaithful and they’re not together anymore.

We still see him sometimes. Taylor was taking swim lessons, but I’m not sure if she is anymore. She was getting pretty good at swimming for a baby, and plus my classmates were all the swim instructors so they all adored her. Everyone thinks Taylor is cute. She’s pretty cute compared to other babies. I see all these other babies and I’m thinking to myself, “Wow, at least Taylor doesn’t look like that.” Newborns are actually really unattractive to me. They haven’t developed any cute features yet, so they’re just these tiny little scary screaming monsters. I especially hate loud noises, so if there’s a baby who’s screaming at the top of its lungs then I will despise it. Maybe someday Taylor and I can operate the R and S Brewery Company.

We’d probably have to move to Vegas, because that’s where all the drinkers are. After doing a bit of research, my friend told me about a great place for a las vegas liquor license. I’m hoping to take Taylor to Wild Island before I head home with her and the family. I’m leaving next Saturday, so hopefully we get a chance to do everything I want before she’s back in Oregon. After all, it’s not every day that you get to visit  your uncle in Reno. She’s never even been outside of the state before, although she doesn’t really know the difference. We’ll just have to distract her on the way back and tickle her and read to her whenever she isn’t sleeping. She loves me a lot, so I must be a good uncle.