FAVORITE SPOT TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS:
Wright’s Gourmet House for sandwiches and desserts. They recently renovated and expanded.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR A POWER LUNCH:
Ciccio Cali always has familiar faces at lunch – any day of the week.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR A CLIENT DINNER:
On Swann has a great atmosphere. It’s a nice addition to Hyde Park Village.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR A SPECIAL FAMILY OCCASION:
Charley’s Steak House is a go-to for the family. I had one too many Long Island Iced Teas there on my 21st birthday.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR A HEALTHY SNACK:
Stacy’s Gluten Free Goodies is an allergy-free dessert place. I’m there at least once a week.
FAVORITE MEXICAN RESTAURANT:
I would have to say Besito. Try the street tacos for your meal and churros for dessert!
FAVORITE WEEKEND BRUNCH SPOT:
Pinky’s Diner is the place for pancakes and eggs Benedict. The self-serve coffee while you wait is the best.
FAVORITE ASIAN FOOD:
Thinh An is a new Vietnamese place with a huge pre-made area to pick up food and go.
HIDDEN GEM RESTAURANT:
Vino E Pasta is a great place to carb up the night before the Gasparilla races.
Ava has an amazing brick-fire oven.
Yoko’s on MacDill is tucked away in a small shopping center and has a happy hour sake and sushi menu. It’s usually my Wednesday night date place.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR A CRAFT COCKTAIL AND COCKTAIL OF CHOICE:
Haven for a scotch or bourbon – neat!
FAVORITE PLACE TO SIT WITH A CUP OF COFFEE AND COFFEE DRINK OF CHOICE:
Coffee and a shoe shine from Jimmie at Oxford Exchange is the best way to start the day.
FAVORITE PLACE TO CATCH LIVE MUSIC:
Curtis Hixon Park for the Rock the Park series or the Gasparilla Music Festival.