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“Disappointed” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Skipper's Smokehouse

Skipper's Smokehouse
Ranked #135 of 2,356 Restaurants in Tampa
Price range: $18 - $18
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Now celebrating 34 smokin' years, this venerable Tampa Bay landmark was purchased by three Air Force buddies in 1980 who met while stationed in Alaska and presumably sought to get as far away from the frozen tundra as possible. In the years since, Skipper's has grown from a small smokehouse takeout operation with a casual Sunday jam to a full-service restaurant and much-loved purveyor of world-class music. The architecture is a smorgasbord of "cracker" and islandy-Key West styles with overturned boats, wooden walkways, large murals dot the landscape while artfully rusted walls contain the sounds of revelry. In the Oyster Bar, a vintage moonshine still hangs over the bar while in the dining room, weathered posters tinted by neon lights add varying hues of color and atmosphere.
Tarpon Springs, Florida
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

We go to Skipper's several times through the year to see different shows, but this last visit I was very disappointed with the food. We ordered the Steamed Platter which is a variety of seafood with fries, hush puppies and another side. Well, the crab claws were very dry (or old), and the fries were completely cold. They seem to have changed the recipe for their hush puppies because they were not what we were used to and they did not have a good flavor anymore.
I guess the next time I come here for a show, I'll eat somewhere else first!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Land O Lakes, Florida
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A must for R & B lovers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

Funky and totally music-oriented. Check out some amazing old bumper stickers while listening and dancing in the "Skipperdome," under a giant old oak tree.

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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fun dive! Good food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I recently stayed in Tampa and foynd this place via Tripadvisor. It was a great find. Good food, live music, great dive atmosphere! The food very affordable and the staff were very pleasant. Would go again as long as we had our own car, the cab ride was very expensive because of the distance to our hotel : )

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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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florida, usa
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Happy New Year!!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Skipper's Smoke house was quite a trip. We had a blast although their recommended hotel Vista inn & suites took up most of our time! Any ways the place was packed, they gave out Happy New years hats & horns to celebrate. Me & my traveling buddy equipped with our yeunglings loved the bands, the service, and the all around environment! I will be coming back with out a doubt!

p.s
Great free champagne!!!

Visited January 2013
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Moorhead, Minnesota
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205 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“You need to look up this place Alligator Ribs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

As seen on Man vs Food and worth the drive in Tampa. They have not raised prices after being on the show. Fair prices great food excellent location

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