Although I am a Boston CH I am posting here because I finally found a replacement for the old Latam cuban restaurant - before they moved to new digs, raised prices and reduced quality. I have been travelling to Tampa for more than 40 years and always struggle to find restaurants that satisfy my ethnic food cravings. For years, Latam did the trick and allowed me to avoid the overly touristed Clumbia. La Teresita never quite did it for me, although a great place for a quick cafe con leche.
We stumbled on Miramar by chance, it's at the corner of Euclid Ave and Westshore Blvd. (I note JT's earlier heads-up now that I am logged on to the board.) By all means, if you haven't been here in three months, give it another try. It has operated under the current owners (according to the owner) for only three months. It is clean, fairly priced and friendly. In four days of visiting TPA,with one of those days being Sunday when they are closed, my wife and I managed to eat at Miramar three times. Roast Pork, Trout Russian (a peculiarly Tampan creation, Pork/Corn Tamal, Cuban sandwich, Tostones,Platanos and Flan were all uniformly excellent. Frying was well done with the tostones avoiding the overly grease sodden fate they are doomed to at many establishments. The roast pork served with a simple onion garnish was moist and flavorful. Many cuban roast pork dishes fall back on a surfeit of citrus marinade for flavor but this was very "porkY if you will pardon the expression.
The Tamals were beautifuly wrapped and tied with the inside a flavorful saffron infused masa with bits of red pepper and pork and a tangy bite. When I figure out how to flash freeze a dozen or so they are headed to Boston.
The flan was dense (my preference over lighter airier versions) with a wonderfully carmelized syrup that balanced sweetness with the burnt sugar flavor.
In my short trip traffic seemed to pick-up each day. Let's hope for the best as this is a welcome addition to the Tampa chowhound scene.