The Columbia has a well-deserved reputation in the original Tampa restaurant the family opened a century ago and the few Florida restaurants they have gradually added. When I first saw the TPA restaurant I assumed --- incorrectly --- that they had scaled down their quality in order to operate in an airport. I was sure wrong. I'm not sure the menu as quite as extensive as the other restaurants, but the food is every bit as good. My suggestion: order the Spanish soup or the black bean soup and eat it hot at the airport restaurant. And order the 1905 signature salad "to go" and eat it on the plane. Not much more than $11 for both and a whole lot better than what airlines serve these days even if you are lucky enough to be upgraded to first class.
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