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The scoop on Cuban food in Tampa/Sarasota- La Terasita

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Procrastibaker | | Oct 15, 2009 11:42 AM

OK, so we are new to Florida. Last week we were in Sarasota visiting family. We went up to Tampa for the U2 show and I asked a local friend for a recommendation for something en route-- I think I specifically asked for Cuban. We live in the panhandle and really have no Cuban restaurants. He sent us to La Terasita on Columbus. Another person claimed it as the best Cuban food in Tampa. The atmosphere was fun-- we sat at the lunch counter and the patrons chatted with us. And the location was ideal for us, plus it was cheap. Trouble is it also tasted cheap. The meal was pretty atrocious. Bland, greasy, yuk. I would have gladly paid twice as much (at least) for a better meal. The cafe con leche was great, but otherwise it was really one of the worst meals I've ever had in a restaurant. My experience with Cuban food is pretty limited (Kuba Kuba in Richmond, VA), but surely there must be better places in this area? Did we just go on an off-night? Maybe West FL just isn't the place? We will be making fairly regular trips down to Sarasota and I'd love any other recs. for places to stop on the way if there are any to be had!

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