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S Howard: Where fine dining abounds

From upscale spots to pizza joints, there's an eclectic flavor about the culture - and the appetizing cuisine - in Tampa's SoHo.


© St. Petersburg Times, published July 21, 2000

You don't have to go all the way to New York City to stroll down a Restaurant Row called SoHo.

We have our very own: S Howard Avenue. The north/south artery runs between the juicy demographics of Hyde Park and Palma Ceia and terminates where the Rollerbladers roll, the bicyclists cycle and the pedestrians ped: Bayshore Boulevard.

Tucked away on the southern end of Howard Avenue is a cornucopia of dining delights. Nine new places have sprouted in SoHo during the past year: McHale's Chophouse, J Ryans, Royal Palace, Evos, Bacchus, Hydeaways, Westshore Pizza, Cafe Heidelberg and, better late than never, Starbucks.

With some 35 restaurants ranging from pizzerias to elegant steak houses, Tampa's Restaurant Row has something for everyone. Regardless of the occasion, your budget, state of dress or political standing on the use of animals as food, Soho can accommodate. Bon appetit!

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1. Antipasto's

2. Bacchus

3. Bella's Italian Cafe

4. Bern's Steak House

5. Cafe by the Bay

6. Cafe Heidelberg

7. Cappy's Pizzeria

8. Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

9. Chatterbox Lounge

10. Ciccio & Tony's

11. Circles South Tampa

12. Evos

13. 42nd Street Bistro

14. Gourmet Pizza Company

15. Ho Ho Windows

16. Hugo's Spanish Restaurant

17. Hydeaways

18. J Ryans on the Grill

19. Le Bordeaux and Left Bank

20. Lenny and Vinny's New York Pizzeria and Bakery

21. Mangroves Bar & Grill

22. McHale's Chophouse

23. Off the Eaten Path

24. Old Meeting House

25. Penalty Box

26. Primadonna Trattoria Restaurant

27. Royal Palace Thai Restaurant

28. Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline

29. SideBern's

30. Smoothie King

31. Starbucks

32. Taqueria Quetzalcoatl

33. Tiny Tap Tavern

34. Tuscan Oven

35. Westshore Pizza

Times staff writers MICHAEL CANNING and AMY ABBOTT contributed to this report.

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