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by Sophie Gayot

There are many, many reasons to visit Columbia Restaurant, located in the historical area of Ybor City in Tampa, Florida. The best way to discover them — outside of dining there yourself — is to watch my exclusive video interview with partner/owner Casey Gonzmart and read the just updated review of the restaurant.

Over the storied 107-year history of the restaurant, its food and ambience have attracted a long list of celebrities from Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth and Liberace to Bruce Springsteen and George Clooney — why wasn’t I there the day he came in?
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Sophie Gayot Tampa RNC 2012
Sophie Gayot in front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum where the RNC 2012 will be held

by Sophie Gayot

I did not get invited to speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention that will be held in Tampa August 27-30 — luckily for the delegates, because my forte is in the culinary world and not politics. But I wanted to recommend to the 50,000 people who will attend where they should dine.

So last week, I headed to what was once the cigar capital of the world on a restaurant fact-finding mission. Here are my suggestions, in alphabetical order:

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Sauerkraut in Tampa

on August 17th, 2012
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by Sophie Gayot

I did not think that when I was heading to Tampa last week that I was going to find one of the best sauerkrauts I have ever had, especially at that hot and humid time of the year. But find it I did at Datz restaurant, where it is made in-house by chef Jason Dame. I was hoping I would get some to take home with me. Maybe I should call them so they can ship it over!

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