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Urban Restaurant Tour: An Ode to Ybor

by Meghann on July 1, 2011

Rain or shine the City Bike Tampa Urban Restaurant Tour was on tonight!

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And – trust me – there was rain!

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But luckily it cleared out just in time to leave me with a wet seat for the first ride.

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No biggie. ;)

I had so much fun on my first Urban Restaurant Tour last month, that as soon as registration open for this month’s ‘Ode to Ybor’ edition, I jumped on it. Any excuse to explore local restaurants is a-ok in my book. :)

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The $10 price tag and change to explore Tampa by bike helps too.

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And this time I had friends! Everyone say Hi Megan and Jessica!

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At the first stop (Sono Cafe) we enjoyed gelato (so sad this was the only dessert of the tour)

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And mini Paninis (the prosciutto one was delish)

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Once the rain cleared, we were off.  

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Side note – riding my bike with clipless pedals, but no clipless shoes is weird.

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Look who decided to join us on the way to stop #2. ;)

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Courtney got a little lost finding the first meeting spot, but after a little phone talking she was able to met us on the road.

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It was a simple two mile bike ride that brought us to our first Ybor spot: Gaspar’s Grotto

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A funky, local bar that was decked out in preparation for our arrival.

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The food.

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Kind of weird how they served the chicken wings, chips and salsa in individual serving cups, but it worked.

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The meaty marinara sauce covered bread was eh, but the chicken wing was a great mix of sweet and spciy.

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Next!

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Tampa Bay Brewing Company

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LOVED the hummus.

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Spaghetti Warehouse is such a hidden restaurant, I’m pretty sure I would NEVER have seen it if we didn’t stop right in front of it. :)

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I loved the inside of this place. It had a great historic feel to it, especially with an old trolley resting smack dab in the middle of the dining room.

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Most restaurants on the tour focus on sandwiches because it’s easy. I appreciated that the Spaghetti Warehouse went to extra step with lasagna and salad. It was good lasagna too! :)

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I was getting full at this point and the pizza wasn’t too appealing, so I skipped it.

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And focused on water instead. :)

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The final stop was my favorite. I <3 The Bricks!

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This was the ONLY stop to provide water cups. BIG BONUS points in my opinion. ;)

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They win for best salsa of the night.

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They also win for most creative sandwich.

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Peanut Butter & Pickle?

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I was too scared to try it (oddly enough it was the Jiffy Peanut Butter that scared me away more the actual pickle), but Megan couldn’t resist a bite.

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Her thoughts? Not bad. ;)

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The evening ended with a few door prizes.

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I think I need to buy a lottery ticket – my luck is at an all time high! – for the second night in a row I won a giveaway!

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A water bottle holder! Sweet!

Sorry for such a brief post. It’s after midnight and I’m ready for bed.

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Good Night!

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