The Columbia #Tampa

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I have a penchant for discovering new restaurants, reading food blogs, stories and style. Some of my favorite lifestyle/beauty bloggers do food posts, and in spite of my watching Food Network continuously, I’m going to spare you recipes from moi. Food review posts though… that I can do (any excuse to eat out.) If you’ve followed for a while, you may remember a few of my previousPost to Post Links II error: No post found with slug "i-new-york".


Hailed as Florida’s oldest restaurant, The Columbia  in Ybor city is a place like you’ve never been before. Seeped in history, the most fascinating of old Tampa, this place was originally a hangout for all the cigar factory workers. Whilst it’s still family owned, it size and status has sky rocketed, boasting 6 locations and a must visit for all Tampa tourists.

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If you don’t like a good dose of Flamenco while you dine, be sure to book a table in the bar area, which is the original part of the restaurant I’m told. White Sangria is so refreshingly delicious you’ll want to re-create this at home. With dishes ranging from tapas, to classic Spanish fair such as paella, and of course the  Cuban sandwich, The Columbia offers a very interesting menu.

My personal favorite is the house salad to begin. Sounds simple but it’s a tangy taste sensation like no other. If you’re not familiar with the more adventurous of the dishes you and your fellow diners will have fun deciphering what’s a yam, potato or plantain on your plate. We were honestly baffled for the longest time.

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DSC01561The pictures of the family all over the restaurant really transport you back in time, when a man with a vision, made a swamp into a city. Pretty amazing stuff.

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