This brand new video from Stewart-Haas Racing highlights NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart’s recent trip to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.
This video, from VISIT FLORIDA on YouTube, highlights some of the rich history of Tampa, Florida. We have covered plenty of the history ourselves in the AREA GUIDE section of the site, but this video provides some new insights that even we had not gotten to.
This video, from NatureCoastTV on Vimeo, highlights the buildup towards yesterday’s grand opening of the Bonefish Grill in Brooksville.
This video, from the DaytimeTVshow YouTube channel, highlights the Giraffe Farm in Pasco County. We have taken looks at several nature-related attractions in the area, and this is another fine one to check out. Being close by is a huge plus as well.
This video, from the Visit Florida YouTube channel, show’s Emeril Lagasse’s Emeril’s Florida segment for Sam’s Beach Bar in Hudson. If you want to relax by the beach with a good meal, this is an excellent place to do so.
This video, from NatureCoast.tv on Vimeo, highlights the festivities that will be at this year’s Hernando Greek Festival. The event will be held at the Hernando County Fairgrounds on February 6-8 of 2015. Go to HernandoGreekFestival.com for more information.
Ever wonder what lies in the water below the Sunshine Skyway bridge? With this video, you can see some of it. The clever team behind this video lowered some GoPro video cameras down into the water and allow you a peek at what is down there.
My original fish fry favorite closed last year. There has been no word as far as I know if they will come back. So for a new option we have The Jersey Cafe for an All You Can Eat Fish Fry. For a regular dinner, BeckyJack’s Food Shack is awesome. They may be a little out of the way, and typically very crowded, but it is certainly worth the inconvenience. You may recall me raving about this place last year. They are still one of the best places in town. Also, as for closer options, check out the catfish at Cracker Barrell. I feel like I am cheating recommending so many chains, but sometimes they can prove to be one of the better options. They usually get that big for a reason.
Subs and sandwiches
Of course, anyone living in Florida knows how good Publix subs can be. It is not exactly eating out, as you are buying from a supermarket and bringing it somewhere, but it is still among the best sub options in town. For more specific options, Philly’s Best has the best Cheesesteak in town. Rookies and Beef O’ Brady’s have Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches that are really good. Rookies is the better of the two, but some people swear by Beef’s overall. For hot sandwiches in general, Susie’s Grill has plenty of excellent choices. The Mega Melt is one of my personal favorites in town. Roast beef, ham, and two types of cheeses are piled heavily on a grilled sandwich. They also have really good fish sandwiches and chicken parmesan sandwiches as well, among several other great choices.
If you want a place you can take the entire family and be able to satisfy all of them in an environment that is good for children of all ages, then there a few top options in town. Susie’s Grill, as mentioned earlier, has plenty of options to satisfy just about anyone. I covered their sandwiches before. However, they have plenty of great entrees as well. They have an entree version of the Chicken Parmesan that I would certainly recommend. They also do good fish. There is really plenty of varied options to choose from.
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There is so much variation here, even down to different sauces at the same place being vastly different that I will just list places and recommended sauce/flavor. This is in no real order. Beef O’ Brady’s has a really good Blackened Dry Rub. Another really good Dry Rub is at Karma with their Jersey Dry Rub. Rookies has a Garlic Parmesan wing that certainly worth checking out. The wing bar at Winn Dixie on Four Corners has a really good crispy breaded wing called the Magnum Breaded Wing. For just overall Buffalo Wings, I would probably go with either Rookies or Karma. If it was not already obvious, I eat a lot wings.
I would put my vote towards Texas Roadhouse if we were just talking ribs. They have very tender, fall off the bone baby backs. There really are only a couple of other options in town for barbecue in general though. Without going too far out of the way, there is Sonny’s, Bigun’s Bar-B-Q, and Dickey’s. I have yet to try Dickey’s as it is a little far from my usual dining radius and so I cannot really judge them. Sonny’s is great is you just want to stuff yourself. They have plenty of All-You-Can-Eat options that cater to most anyone’s taste in barbecue. Bigun’s is better for those who want a more traditional barbecue experience. Whereas Sonny’s just supplies several sauces in squeeze bottles to choose from, Bigun’s serves theirs with sauce as most places do. So the preference comes down to what you look for in your dining experience. Do you want choice and quantity or less options but a higher quality meal? That is the difference between Sonny’s and Bigun’s. As for Dickey’s I will have that review up when I get to check them out.
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Continuing from yesterday, here is part two of our revised list of the best places to eat in Spring Hill for 2015.
This one can be very hard to keep up with lately, as so many places close or go through changes in quality or have other issues that affect their status. They can change seemingly from week to week. That being said, right now, the clear winner is Rocco’s Pizza. The are one of the places in town that produce a pizza with a crispy crust. They use a good quality sauce, which is the downfall of many pizza places these days as budgets get cut and sacrifices are made to the quality of materials. Rocco’s Pizza does not suffer from these shortcomings.
For another option, there is Pizza Villa on State Road 50. They are one of the longest-lasting pizza places in town and for good reason. They have long been one of the favorites in the area because they have consistently made a top-quality pizza for years. You cannot argue with those results. Consistency like that is hard to come by.
There are not a lot of options for steak in Spring Hill, but the options we do have make up in quality what the town’s offerings lack in diversity. Texas Roadhouse is my favorite here. For a truly satisfying meal for someone of any appetite, go on a Wednesday, order the steak and shrimp special. If memory serves, the steak is a sirloin. Then get that with a side of ribs. It will run close to twenty dollars, when you get steak, shrimp and ribs for that price, it is worth the cost. Also, some of the discount cards that raise funds for the local schools have a deal for free appetizers there. The card has paid for itself already in free cheese fries from there.
Of course, there is also always Outback Steakhouse. They do not run as many deals as Texas Roadhouse, but the food is still quite good. There are many excellent choices on their menu, but personally, I am fond of the prime rib. It is hard to find a more tender and juicy cut of meat without driving to Tampa.