Sleep Inn near Busch Gdns/USF
12282 Morris Bridge Rd
Tampa, FL 33637
Phone: (813) 988-4048
Fax: (813) 989-1659
Amidst Tampa's cliché Mexican restaurants, Café Don Jose is a fine dining treat. Skip the salsa-in-a-can and head to Don Jose to splurge on a Tapas Platter or fresh Ostrich medallions sautéed with Portabella mushrooms in a sherry sauce. For the main course, several mouth-watering grill, seafood, and pasta dishes are offered, including house specialties Jose Trout Rusa and Paella. The menu advises patrons to allow thirty minutes for paella or Chicken and Rice Valencia, proving that the chefs refuse to compromise quality for a speedy delivery. Pair the meal with fresh Sangria, and you'll believe you're in the heart of bustling Barcelona. - Caitlin Fahey
This neat, clean and simple Japanese eatery offers an all-you-can-eat sushi and sashimi special, not to be missed by sushi-lovers. During Happy Hour 5pm-6pm daily, you pay $1 for beer. A dinner buffet is served nightly, so Tokyo Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar makes a good stop before or after a movie. If you are a fan of Oriental cuisine, add this dining room to your list of good restaurants that serve sushi and tempura dishes in authentic style.
A warning to Gouda groupies and Limburger lovers: Olde World Cheese Shop's slogan is "no cheese...just great sandwiches," so you will have to get your feta fix elsewhere. Located in the Sherwood Forest Shopping Center, Old World Cheese Shop forges freshly sliced feasts from food and folklore. The Robin Hood cold sandwich robs from the kitchen and gives to the stomach with delicious ham & turkey, crisp bacon, cheese and golden dressing stacked between three slices of pumpernickel bread, while the Sir Galahad steamed sandwich is a gallant warrior of roast pork, cheese and sweet-pepper jelly served hot on an onion roll. You should also try the Pita Fhonda pita featuring the Old World Cheese Shop's acclaimed tuna salad.
Beef 'O' Brady's is an Irish sports pub with a family atmosphere. The television screens keep patrons updated on the score of football games, while the menu offers great food at reasonable prices. Try the signature buffalo wings in a variety of flavors, from mild to Nuclear. The restaurant is clean and family-friendly, and Beef 'O' Brady's proudly sponsors local recreational sports teams. While the burgers, sandwiches, and salads on the menu are typical of any sports pub or family restaurant, they score points over others by serving tasty and quality food. Look for the green logo popping up throughout the Southeast.
Vocelli Pizza holds it own among the surplus of pizza delivery restaurants in the USF area. Their traditional crust is thick, soft, chewy and the pizza toppings are always plentiful. Vocelli's gourmet pizza options are all uniquely mouth-watering, from the Garlic Spinaci to the Chicken Pesto. Of course, patrons can also create their own pie and choose from several fresh toppings and styles of pizza crust. Vocelli also serves appetizers, salads, stromboli and paninis, all of which surpass the quality of other chain restaurants.
Party in two bars for the price of one! Peabody's and The Palms can deliver a good time any day of the week. On the bar side of things you'll find several pool tables for the crowd that's looking to chill and take advantage of the fantastic drink specials, while the connecting Palms Lounge houses a dance floor for college students looking to get down. Events include 2-for-1 Tuesdays, with DJs playing 80s classics in the Palms, and Thursday pitcher night, when liquor pitchers go for as low as $6. If you're in the USF area, Peabody's is by far the best place to “Eat, Drink, and Get Racked.”
Family-owned and operated, J. Baja's Mexican Grill is a family friendly restaurant offering an impressive menu of authentic dishes made with the freshest ingredients available. Enjoy traditional tacos, fajitas, nachos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and burritos all made and cooked to order (including steak). The chef uses a variety of meats including pork, steak, chicken or beef to create well-proportioned items at reasonable prices. Select from an assortment of sides, such as fresh guacamole, queso, savory salsa, or rice and beans to compliment the main dish. Dine inside, outside or call ahead for convenient take out service. - Vickie Ferguson
Since 1974, Mr. Dunderbaks has served some of the best European crafted beer in Tampa. The unique bar and restaurant is the perfect retreat for the entire family to enjoy delicious German fare such as Bavarian bratwurst and knackwurst, Polish kielbasa, and spicy Cajun andouille sausage. Highlight your meal with a cool, refreshing brew. Choose from over 400 bottled beers and or drafts while enjoying live German and American music on select nights. Top off the evening with dessert and a slice of authentic apple strudel for the perfect ending to a delicious German inspired meal.
Entering Acropolis Bar and Grill, you might be put off by the napkins littered all over the floor. Rest assured, this is not laziness on behalf of the staff, but rather a jovial celebration. Servers throw napkins in the air, break plates, and dance in Conga lines throughout the night, but this entertainment is overshadowed by the food. Acropolis offers a unique Greek wine list, three Mediterranean beer options, and stellar menu options, ranging from Octopus appetizers to Baklava for desserts. Acropolis also offers Hookahs and cigar service for patrons on the patio outside the restaurant. This could easily become your new favorite establishment.
Conveniently located near Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, the Gardens Restaurant offers a welcome change from fast food fare. Open daily and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this quiet, family oriented restaurant is a great place to relax and enjoy a variety of menu items. Start your morning with a stack of fluffy pancakes, French toast, or eggs anyway you want them or stop by for lunch or dinner and select from Italian specialties, fresh baked pizza, Greek salads, Gyros, home-style Country Fried Steak and Meatloaf. Be sure to check their list for daily specials. Beer and wine are available.
Olive Garden serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Their signature bread sticks and one-of-a-kind menu make them an American icon. Standard Italian options like bruchetta, calamari, ravioli and eggplant parmigiana line their lengthy menu. More exotic items like salmon, chicken dishes and innovative pizzas are also available. For the calorie-counter, Olive Garden has a range of low fat and low carbohydrate options. Their bottomless salads ensure a well-balanced feast. Enjoy your meal with a bottle from their extensive wine list or one of their tropical island drinks. Finally, top it all off with a little something from their dessert menu- their cakes, custards and ice creams are sure to win you over. Lunch and take out menus are available.
A variety of Mediterranean-inspired appetizers, entrees and dessert selections made from the freshest ingredients and no preservatives awaits you at the Sahara. From sizzling chicken kebabs, crispy fish entrees and vegetarian dishes, to delicious hummus dip, gyro wraps, falafel sandwiches and fattoush salads served with Lebanese pita bread, the selections are interesting and flavorful with just the right amount of oils and spices. Dine in or take out your order at this casual, friendly restaurant open for lunch or dinner. - Vickie Ferguson