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Tampa's best Cuban food

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. 

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Columbia, Florida's oldest family-run restaurant, is in Tampa's Ybor City district.

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One of Columbia's five dining rooms features live music and flamenco dancers.

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Save room for dessert! Columbia's flan, churros and guava and sweet cream cheese turnovers [left] are great for sharing.

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West Tampa Sandwich Shop is a local favorite for Cubanos (pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard on Cuban bread).

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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.

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West Tampa Sandwich Shop's mango milkshake and a side of fried plantains are sure to make your meal even more memorable.  

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Brocato's Sandwich Shop can be hard to find, but a trip is worth the effort.

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Brocato's Cubano contributes to its popularity.

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Tourists head to Brocato's for the "Devil crab" - a softball size fried croquette stuffed with crab meat with red sauce, served warm.

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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.

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Tampa's best Cuban food

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. 

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