This Sunday we went with friends after church to the Floridan restaurant for lunch. As we were early there was hardly anyone there for lunch, but the restaurant filled more later.
I love the style of the 1920's hotels, the atmosphere and the food was great. I love to cook myself, I love to eat, and I travel a lot and see food from different places. I love octopus and I sometimes made it when I find it frozen (I never found it fresh here in Florida). I Northern Spain, in Galicia t here was plenty of octopus in nearly every restaurant - but this grilled octopus was the best I had so far. The price for the appetizer was not bad, $ 10. I had calamari for lunch after this, they were good, better than in most restaurants, but the octopus was great. I also had a glass of Savignon Blanc from New Zealand. It was dry and fruity, the way I like it. I am a red wine drinker, but with seafood I usually go for white. Lunch is not cheap, but reasonable, when you consider the setting, the service, and the food quality. We were six and everyone like the food they had. I recommend to go there for lunch, it is about $ 10 cheaper than dinner. The restaurant also offers steaks (not cheap), but I heard from friends that they are good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the legendary Floridan, located in the heart of Tampa. Built in 1926, this nineteen story hotel has been brought back to its original grandeur.Indulge yourself in old world charm, met with the modern comforts of today. With an eye for detail and a dash of flair, flawless service and luxury awaits you at every turn. The opening ceremony and ribbon cutting of this iconic landmark took place on July 28, 2012, making the Floridan Palace, once more the “crown jewel” of the city of Tampa. With historical expertise, and detailed craftsmanship, the hotel’s beauty and stature of its original state has been recaptured. The Floridan is one of the few hotels in the Tampa Bay area that is on the National Register of Historic Places. ... more less
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