Top 5 Restaurants Near G.M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida

Are you headed to George M. Steinbrenner Field for spring training in 2012? You might want to stop by one of my five favorite restaurants after the game. Each one of the restaurants is located close to the ball field and offers great food at affordable prices. Here they are:

1. Hank’s Catfish BBQ and More

Sometimes the perfect ending to a day at the ballpark is a Swamp Basket at Hank’s Catfish BBQ and More. It will cost you $10 and comes with fried catfish nuggets, fried gator tail, fried clams, hush puppies and french fries with an order of Cajun horseradish sauce on the side. If that’s not enough for you, there are fried green beans, fried pickles and fried sweet potatoes available as well. Hey, mama said you had to eat your veggies right? Hank’s is located less than 15 minutes from the ball field on North Dale Mabry Highway. It even has drive thru service just in case you are in a hurry to get home. The restaurant opens for lunch and dinner every day except Monday.

2. Landers Steakhouse

Are you in the mood for a celebratory 20 ounce slab of perfectly seasoned t-bone? Head to Landers Steakhouse. It’s also located on North Dale Mabry Highway. That wet aged, melt in your mouth t-bone may set your wallet back $19, but your palate will love you for it. It traditionally comes with a side item and your choice of soup or salad. I’d recommend that you go with the garlic mashed potatoes or the parmesan garlic fries for your side entrée and a classic wedge salad with bacon and blue cheese dressing. It’s pure nirvana on a plate.

3. Burger Monger

Is a big, thick, juicy burger and a Haagen Daz milk shake more to your liking? Then you should go to the Burger Monger on North Dale Mabry Highway. It opens daily at 11 a.m. The burgers are made from Kobe beef and served on a garlic buttered challah. You’ll find a wide array of toppings to choose from like aged, smoked, buttermilk, blue cheese and grilled mushrooms. Burger prices start at $7 and most toppings are free. There are a few toppings that are a bit extra like cherry wood smoked bacon or French Brie cheese. A milk shake to wash it all down will lighten your wallet an additional $5. I’d recommend the Madagascar vanilla.

4. Kona Grill

Is sushi what you crave? The Kona Grill on West Boy Scout Boulevard might do the trick. It’s open daily for lunch and dinner with varying hours of operation. The restaurant also makes a soul satisfying, truffled steak flatbread and a wicked white truffle lobster macaroni and cheese. Each one will set you back $15.

5. Lee Roy Selmon’s

Lee Roy Selmon’s is also located on West Boy Scout Boulevard. It opens daily for lunch and dinner. Depending on what time you get there, I’d recommend that you try either the sweet heat fried chicken ($10), the twisted southern chicken ($10) or the pulled pork ($11). If you arrive after 9 p.m. you may want to go for a plate of chicken wings ($5) or sliders ($5). Both are outrageously good.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys watching baseball with her family and has traveled extensively.

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