Econo Lodge Airport at RJ Stadium
4732 N. Dale Mabry
Tampa, FL 33614
Phone: (813) 874-6700
Fax: (813) 876-1531
Pop N Sons has been serving food to the Tampa Bay area since 1975. The at home atmosphere, friendly service, food prepared to order and reasonable prices make the diner a popular eatery for locals and tourists. The '50s theme dominates with plenty of chrome fixtures, memorabilia and a lunch counter with red vinyl seats. The friendly staff takes orders morning, noon or night. For breakfast, order country fried steak and gravy or a slice of juicy Virginia ham with a side of grits. The extensive menu includes salads and sandwiches, baked meatloaf, grilled liver, a seafood platter and a New York strip steak for heartier appetites. For dessert, try a thick milkshake or banana split.
At Mom’s Place, the food is just down home good. The diner serves breakfast all day and lunch with a varied menu, large portions and modest prices. Enjoy your favorites like fluffy pancakes and crisp bacon with corned beef hash and eggs done the way you like them. Entrees like thick, juicy hamburgers round out the menu. Mom’s is a casual, no frills kind of restaurant with friendly staff and dedicated local patrons. Seating is limited and the place can get busy when games are taking place at Raymond James Stadium and Steinbrenner Field just a little ways from the restaurant. Mom's accepts cash only. -Vickie Ferguson
Cozy, comfortable and friendly; that's the atmosphere at this small restaurant with a large menu. Make your selection from a wide variety of Spanish dishes cooked to perfection with just the right seasonings. From the succulent roasted chicken and savory roast pork to tender T-bone steak and fresh black beans and rice, the melt-in-your mouth goodness of their entrees is hard to beat. Casual dining is at its best here where you'll be made to feel like one of the family who's just come home for dinner.
Along with delicious food and a casual, friendly atmosphere, great service is served each day at the Aguila Sandwich Shop in northwest Tampa. The restaurant opens early Monday through Saturday, offering a selection of breakfast items, including warm Cuban toast, fluffy omelets, crisp bacon and fresh café con leche. For lunch, succulent roast pork sandwiches and traditional Cuban sandwiches are favorites. Add a side order of black bean or collard green soup, and creamy flan for dessert to enjoy an exceptional meal. Expect generous portions and a reasonable price when dining at this favorite local restaurant. - Vickie Ferguson
Conveniently located near Raymond James Stadium, La Ideal Sandwich Shop has been a local favorite with residents since 1985 and is the place to go for one of the best Cuban sandwiches in the city. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, La Ideal's has something tasty on the menu such as fluffy scrambled eggs with chorizo for breakfast, black bean soup for lunch and an authentic Cuban or pork sandwich for dinner. Add a perfectly seasoned devil crab or empanada and an order of creamy flan or guava pastry for dessert and you have the perfect meal. -Vickie Ferguson
One sure way to measure the popularity of a really good restaurant is by the number of years it's been in business. When that's part of the criteria, this restaurant leads the pack; it's been serving top Cuban cuisine since 1963. On the menu are such specialties as rope vieja featuring shredded pork in a tomato-based sauce, roast pork, chicken and yellow rice, filete salteado, Paella for two and Lobster Enchilada. All entrees include two side dishes with choices of salad, black beans and plantains. Top off a meal with thick and sweet Cuban coffee, homemade bread or rice pudding or traditional caramelized flan custard.
This extremely stylish Mediterranean restaurant was voted by Zagat as one of America's top restaurants. If you're looking for a blend of tasty food and a chic atmosphere, make your way down here. Sit amongst aquamarine walls and fabulous light fixtures that add a special touch. Choose from dishes like Octopus preserved with garlic and mint, herb marinated Lamb Chops, Duck Confit with an assortment of vegetables, as well as pizzas. Dry White and Red Full intensity wines in addition to the usual reds and whites are available. Pelagia's Jazz Nights are as popular as the happy hours from 5p-7p.
This new family-owned and operated restaurant features the choicest seafood entrees served with Latin flavors. Florida favorites such as red snapper, grouper, blue marlin and kingfish are a few of the prime choices on display. Make your selection and have it fried, broiled or grilled, just the way you like it. Shrimp, crab, lobster and calamari are also featured in such dishes as the handmade empanadas, Sopa de Cherna (grouper soup), Tostones Rellenos con Langosta (fried plantains filled with lobster), Camarones o angosta Enchilado (shrimp or lobster Creole) and Arroz Amarillo con Camarones (yellow rice with shrimp).Arroz Frito con Pescado (fried rice with blue marlin) is a trademark dish and for hearty appetites, the Happy Fish Super Special offers a platter full of calamari, scallops, crab legs and shrimp. For those preferring meat dishes, steak, pork and chicken entrees are also available.
VariAsian tempts the palate with its all-you-can-eat buffet featuring fresh sushi, sashimi, seafood, poultry and steak. Select over 50 varieties of sushi along with snow crab legs, oysters, shrimp, scallops and Peking duck. Choose your favorite food items for stir-frying in the crazy wok or have a prime cut of steak grilled to order on the hibachi. Live piano music is played nightly, and a full bar with assorted beers, wines and cocktails to quench your thirst adds to the atmosphere. Stop by for happy hour Monday through Friday from 17:00 until 19:00. - Vickie Ferguson
Tantalize the taste-buds with authentic Japanese Sushi, served fresh from the sea, or stick to the familiar American recipes at Kona Grill, a restaurant that offers comfortable meals in plush surroundings. The menu comprises salads, flat breads and sandwiches that succeed in quelling the hunger and giving memorable experience to the palate. Kona Grill keeps in mind the nutritional and dietary requirements of all people with its range of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dishes that are equally tasty. Diet-friendly food is also prepared with the count of the calories given on the menu, making the choices easier. Children are given special treatment with a menu made especially for them, with meals like Macaroni and Cheese and Kid's Burger that are a hit with the kids. The staff is also exceptionally professional and welcoming, further enriching the experience.
Start your morning with one of the best breakfasts in town at West Tampa Sandwich Shop. The restaurant opens at 5:00a giving the early birds the perfect place for a scrumptious meal. Enjoy West Tampa's breakfast special with a plate full of pancakes, eggs with your choice of meat, creamy grits, crispy toast and a steaming cup of café con leche. Lunch and dinner meals are equally gratifying with favorites such as garbanzo bean soup, honey Cuban sandwiches, roast pork and palomilla steak sandwiches, ropa vieja, picadillo, pollo a la plancha and boliche. Finish with a homemade dessert such as traditional flan, or creamy rice or bread pudding. - Vickie Ferguson
Football and Lee Roy Selmon were a great combination, and now his sports bar and restaurant is scoring points. In the sports bar, you can watch team action on the big screen TV. Treat yourself with excellent down-home Southern-style cooking based on family recipes and offers. Crispy deep-fried green tomatoes, oysters and steaks smothered in grilled onions and gravy are always on offer. On the lighter side, a variety of fresh salads and pizzas are also available.