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Columbus Cafe

When you visit Tampa, be sure to take at least one meal at the Columbus Cafe. This is located on the 1st (ground) floor of the Tampa History Center which is located in the Channelside area.

And the food in this museum building has an aura of history about it as well.

If you just want a quick soup and sandwich then I would plump for Black Bean soup followed by an Original Cuban sandwich. Black bean soup is served over rice and topped with chopped onions and The Original Cuban sandwich is stuffed with salami, ham, pork, swiss cheese and more all in deliciously warm cuban bread and comes with a side of plantain chips (plantains are a sort of savoury banana and the chips are delicious! )

If you are going for the full 3 courses then take an empty tum with you! Start with ' Scallops Casimiro' which is scallops (of course) cooked in lemon butter and white wine in a traditional clay casserole. This is a traditional cooking ' pot' of this region

For mains you can select Merluza Russian style which is crumbed white fish topped with lemon and parsley and egg. This comes with rice and Cuban bread and butter. If you fancy chicken then Chicken and Rice Sarapico which is chicken with rice, peppers and tomatoes and this too comes with Cuban bread and butter.

Puddings are pretty tempting too. White chocolate bread and butter pudding is definitely NOT just like grandma used to make coming as it does threaded with white chocolate and bathed with a sinfull rum sauce. The alternative offered is flan. Those of you who have been to Spain will know that it is the Spanish version of egg custard. I would take a guess that the men in your party will plump for the bread and butter pudding and the girls for the rather lighter flan!

Other dishes to drool over are the scrumptious Ybor City Devilled Crabs, Columbus Salad (if you are feeling virtuous) or Spanish Bean Soup (very filling this)

This cafe is open from 11 a. m til 9 p. m. and entrance after hours is by way of the Riverwalk. You can eat inside or out but one thing is for sure; you will be back!

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