Columbia, Florida's oldest family-run restaurant, is in Tampa's Ybor City district.
One of Columbia's five dining rooms features live music and flamenco dancers.
Save room for dessert! Columbia's flan, churros and guava and sweet cream cheese turnovers [left] are great for sharing.
West Tampa Sandwich Shop is a local favorite for Cubanos (pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard on Cuban bread).
It is recommended that you order West Tampa Sandwich Shop's honey Cubano (which is a hot Cuban sandwich slathered with honey) without lettuce and tomato.
West Tampa Sandwich Shop's mango milkshake and a side of fried plantains are sure to make your meal even more memorable.
Brocato's Sandwich Shop can be hard to find, but a trip is worth the effort.
Brocato's Cubano contributes to its popularity.
Tourists head to Brocato's for the "Devil crab" - a softball size fried croquette stuffed with crab meat with red sauce, served warm.
Tampa's Taco Bus serves Mexican food, including soft corn tacos ($3) with shredded pork marinated in Achiote and bitter orange, then wrapped in banana leaves and slow roasted in a smoker.
Tampa may not be known as a "foodie" town, but the city's restaurant scene is far from boring thanks to strong Spanish and Cuban influences. Check out some of the Cigar City's best cuisine.