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What To Do In Tampa When You’re Wet [Must-Visit Places During The #GOP2012 Rain Delay]

Posted Aug 26, 2012 by Jeff Houck

Updated Aug 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM



The big bad storm known as Isaac is making the GOP pull the tarp over it’s event in Tampa.

Cue the sad trombone.

To me, if I’m in a place I’ve never been to, that’s a license to go have fun.

So here is a list of spots Republinerds and those who hate them need to visit on their rainy day off:

Foodspotting Event At Aqua

1. Go have a drink INSIDE the wine room at Aqua at the Westin on Courtney Campbell Causeway.

Duckweed Urban Market

2. Buy dehydrated peanut butter at Duckweed Urban Market, then re-hydrate it with rain water.

Mama's Southern Soulfood Restaurant

3. Order the Fried Mullet plate at Mama’s Southern Soulfood Restaurant in Tampa.

Chiseler's Rummage Sale 2012

4. Go tour Plant Hall at the University of Tampa. There’s nothing like it anywhere.

Florida Souvenir Food

5. Go buy a chocolate alligator. Resist the urge to eat it before you get on the plane.

Ybor City Streetcar

6. Ride the trolley car to Ybor City. It’s loud and expensive and uncomfortable. Just like Tampa.

Beachwood BBQ & Burger

7. Enjoy a bacon flight at Beachwood BBQ & Burger on St. Pete Beach.

Tampa Underbelly Tour Causeway Boulevard

8. Eat a chorizo pizza at La Gloria Bakery on Causeway Boulevard.

Taco Bus statue

9. Pose with El Hombre at Taco Bus on Hillsborough Avenue.

Tampa Underbelly Beach Tour

10. Go have a spicy Bloody Mary at Mahuffer’s in Indian Rocks.

Tampa Underbelly Beach Tour

11. Drink a house-made beer at the Evander gallery in Pass-a-Grille.

Sono Cafe at the Tampa Museum of Art

12. Eat a PB&J pannini and a gelato at Sono Cafe inside the Tampa Museum of Art.

Brady's Backyard BBQ

13. Eat brisket at Brady’s Backyard BBQ in Safety Harbor. In fact, eat two.

Mel's Hot Dogs

14. Throw down a 1/4-pound Mighty Mel wiener at Mel’s Hot Dogs on Busch Boulevard in Tampa.

Car sold separately.

Brian and Dominick at Boing Jump Center

15. Go jump yourself at Boing trampoline center in Brandon. But not after eating a Mighty Mel.

Arco Iris

16. Eat a plate of shrimp fried rice and plantains at Arco Iris on Columbus Drive.

Saigon Deli

17. Slurp a bowl of pho at Saigon Deli in Tampa.

CineBistro Media Opening

18. Eat Grilled Flatbread With Balsamic Figs And Brie and watch The Bourne Legacy” at Cinebistro in Old Hyde Park Village in Tampa.

Z Grille Nighttime

19. Gnaw on Dr. Pepper Ribs with Asian slaw at Z Grille in St. Petersburg.

Son of a gun, well have good fun on the d'bayou

20. Play No. 53-1 at The Hub in downtown Tampa while nursing a Pabst Blue Ribbon.

For extra points: Start a sing-along.

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