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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!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 1, 2011 at 12:47 am

Eating and biking is the perfect night! I wish my town would do something like this :)
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2 Holly July 1, 2011 at 1:19 am

I can’t believe, with your love for pickles and peanut butter, you’ve never had a PBP Sandwich! A definite staple of my childhood. So delicious with the sweet PB and the cool crunchy sourness of the pickle. MMMMMmmmmmm.

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3 Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 1, 2011 at 5:52 am

We grew up eating peanut butter and pickle sandwiches too! Sweet, sour, AND salty? Heaven.
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4 Sana July 1, 2011 at 1:25 am

Uhh, I wish I could do something super fun like that for $10!
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5 E July 1, 2011 at 1:59 am

I love Spaghetti Warehouse! We have one here in Toledo, OH and their lasagna is super…as well as quite a few other dishes :)

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6 SheFit July 1, 2011 at 2:31 am

WOW! What a neat experience. Two of my favorite things: Biking and Eating. Happy Friday!
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7 Cassie July 1, 2011 at 6:52 am

My husband and I ate at a Greek restaurant in Ybor City the day before I donated a kidney at Tampa General last fall. We loved the area – it was totally cute!

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8 Lauren July 1, 2011 at 6:53 am

This reminds me of the Wine Tours we take when visiting the Finerlakes. If you put wine into this kind of tour, it could get dangerous, but so much fun! ;)
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9 Hillary July 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

First of all, I need to find one of these traveling food tours in Baltimore—ASAP!

Second of all, there used to be a Spaghetti Warehouse in RI when I was a kid! It was the coolest place to have your birthday party! Wow, you just brought so many memories back.
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10 Faith July 1, 2011 at 7:39 am

I totally had the chance to go to the TBBC a few months ago when I wasn’t into beer (as in…hated the stuff). Now that I’m learning that I was just drinking the wrong stuff, I would’ve loved to have gone – it looks like so much fun!

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11 Cait's Plate July 1, 2011 at 7:40 am

This is awesome! My boyfriend and I are always looking for things like this around us but have not had a lot of luck with finding them! I’m super jealous! Time to move to Orlando I guess! Haha
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12 Carissa July 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

How fun! Do they have one of these in Orlando?

BTW- at peanut butter and pickle as a kid. Had no idea it was a weird thing to do!
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13 Meghann July 4, 2011 at 8:04 am

They don’t have one in Orlando, but I’ve been tempted to start one up. I think we can do one that covers College Park and Downtown.

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14 Hope July 1, 2011 at 8:43 am

What an awesome tour! I wish they had one of those near me. It looks like so much fun! :)

There used to be a Spaghetti Warehouse in the Philly area and they closed it a little while ago.
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15 Bella July 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

The sandwich looks delectable. Haha, looks like you had a lot of fun. (:

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16 sarah (sarah learns) July 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

this looks like such an awesome event!!! and dang, i agree – get a lottery ticket! you’re so lucky!
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17 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 1, 2011 at 9:05 am

Fun night! I might hit 1, maybe 2 restaurants within biking vicinity of my house. I need to live in a city!
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18 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

PB and pickle sounds really good — I love salty/sweet!

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19 run run rachel July 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

want to know weird? Peanut butter and bologna!

my papaw made that all the time and I have to say – it’s pretty amazing.
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20 Theresa @ActiveEggplant.com July 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

I definitely need to sign up for one of these! I was thinking about this one but I’d have to leave work super early to get there on time & couldn’t make it work this time around.

And I”m with everyone else – PB & pickle sandwiches were a staple in my diet when I was in college (ok…and after too…). I think it’s high time I have another one!
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21 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups July 1, 2011 at 10:02 am

This looks like so much fun and a great way to burn the calories you’re eating! I don’t think I could’ve just eaten ONE chip with salsa…I would’ve taken a dozen of those. The peanut butter and pickles sandwich sounds like it’s for pregnant women!
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22 kelly July 1, 2011 at 10:07 am

I used to eat peanut butter and pickle sandwiches all the time when I was a kid!
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23 Amy July 1, 2011 at 10:56 am

What brand of bike does your friend with the blue shorts have? I’m sorry, I’m not sure if her name is Megan or Jessica, but I absolutely love, love, love her bike, especially with the little basket on the front! :)

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24 Meghann July 4, 2011 at 8:04 am

I don’t know the brand, but she said she bought it from Wal Mart for $88 and the basket came separate. :)

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25 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers July 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

Ahhhh when you’re hot, you’re hot!! get those lotto tix, girl!

Also, looks like an excellent tour, with a full night’s entertainment to boot. I’m wondering if durham has anything like that!!
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26 Dani July 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Looks like a lot of fun!! I have got to find out if there is something similar in DC!

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27 Jaclyn @therealhealthwife July 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I know I am a day late, this is such a great post! I am from Tampa but currently living in North Carolina and this made me so homesick but it was so nice to see photos around town, thanks for the blog! The bike tour looks fun, I’ll have to look it up and see if there is one next time I’m in town!
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28 Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) July 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Sounds like a really great time!
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29 Jess@atasteofconfidence July 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Such a cool idea!

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30 Karolina July 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Wow- this sounds like such a great night! I’ve never gotten to do one of these rides before, but I’d sure love to someday! I’m not sure if I would’ve tried the peanut butter and pickle sandwich either…
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31 carissa July 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Well I know my comment isnt in order…but if there could be one in orlando let me know. I will help organize. Meghann is the jam! :)
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