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WOW’s 25th Annual Dining Survey Results

Best Pizza

Any way you slice it, Westchase-based Marina’s is the favorite in this category once again.

Best Italian

Casa Cosenza and Iavarone’s Italian Steakhouse tied for top prize from the options we offered; however, 22% of the votes were write-ins with a majority for Esposito’s and Rocca.

Best Greek Food

We added this category and Westchase-based Little Greek beat out Tarpon Springs hot spot Hellas.

Best Mexican Food

In this new category, South Tampa’s Miguel’s Mexican Seafood & Grill was the clear winner. Closer to home, Grand Hacienda and Senor Tequila came in second and third.

Best Taco

We have a shakeup in this category, with Oldsmar’s Shaker & Peel ousting longtime champ Loli’s Mexican Cravings.

Best Steak

When it comes to steak, it’s tough to beat the iconic Bern’s Steakhouse in SoHo, which took top prize for the ninth time.   

Best Sushi

Sushi Alive on Race Track Road seized a definitive sixth straight win.

Best Chinese Food

 Yummy House on East Hillsborough Avenue was the clear winner in this category. Chef Li and Kang’s Garden (under new ownership) were one point apart for second and third.

Best Asian Fare

In this new category, Westchase’s own Siam Thai won out, with newcomer Doodle Noodle in second place.

Best Brunch

After an upset last year, Oxford Exchange bounced back to reclaim this title, bumping Mother’s to second.

Best Grouper Sandwich

Beachside staple Frenchy’s once again walked away with this win.

Best Date Night Spot

The Riverwalk in Downtown Tampa is the go-to spot for Date Night. After losing to Armature Works last year, Ulele came back to beat its neighbor by 13 votes.

Best Dinner with a View

We added in a few options and things got interesting. Frenchy’s came out on top again but tied with Oystercatchers. In a close second was a tie between Rusty Pelican and Jackson’s Bistro.

Best Restaurant to Take Out-of-Town Visitors

That Riverwalk appeal was in play once again, with Ulele edging out the famed Columbia Restaurant.

Best French Fries

Absence apparently does make the heart grow fonder, as Five Guys continues to win this category long after they left Westchase.

Best Hamburger

In the battle of the burgers, local favorite Ford’s Garage won for the fourth year straight.

Best Cuban Sandwich

After an upset last year, Columbia Restaurant reclaimed first place, bumping Cuban Breezes back to second.

Best Seafood Restaurant

Westshore’s Ocean Prime won Best Seafood for the fourth year but Catch Twenty-Three narrowed their second-place margin.

Best Chicken Wings

McDivot’s and Maloney’s delivered the one-two punch in wings once again.

Best Place to Watch Sports

If you want wings while you watch sports, you’re in luck. McDivot’s narrowly nabbed this win, with Maloney’s and Irish 31 just one vote behind in a tie for second.

Best Brewery

Tampa Bay Brewing Company came in first for the fifth year, with Wild Rover and Crooked Thumb just one point apart for second and third.

Best Place to Grab Dessert

Bern’s Harry Waugh Dessert Room once again beat out the competition. Go for the ambience; stay for the Baked Alaska.

Best Frozen Treat

We combined all the frozen treats (minus milkshakes) and Westchase-based Whit’s walked away with the overall win, with Jeremiah’s Italian Ice and DQ rounding out the top 3.

Best Milkshake

 Steak ‘n Shake had a more decisive win this year, with Burger 21 jumping into second place over PDQ.

Best Coffee

The Grind in West Park Village out brewed the coffee competition for the seventh straight year. 

Best for Vegetarians

Westshore’s Fresh Kitchen claimed a more decisive victory over Westchase’s Fresh Bites this year.

Best Non-Supermarket Bakery

Tampa Landmark Wright’s Gourmet Café was the winner in baked goods by a mile once again.

Best Sandwiches/Deli

After a surprising upset last year, the Pub Sub bumped back to second place behind Wright’s this year.

Best Barbecue

Carrollwood’s 4 Rivers Smokehouse took the BBQ crown, but Mission and Westchase BBQ were close behind.

Best Place to Grab a Cocktail

The prohibition-themed Repeal 18 in the heart of Westchase was the clear winner in this newly added category.

Best Trivia

Mother’s wins this round of Trivia, with Maloney’s and Irish 31 a close second and third.

Best Live Music

For a true concert feel, it’s tough to beat the tribute band scene at Wild Rover Brewing, the winner in this newly added category.



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