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"For dinner, head across the..." Florida Restaurant Tip by Chris_Dahlia

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For dinner, head across the bay of Tampa's <font color=#3366CC size=2><b>Columbia Restaurant</b></font>. At 95 years, it's the state's oldest and the queen of the city's traditional Spanish and Cuban eateries. Reserve a table facing the dance floor to watch the flamenco show ¨C women bright in flounced dresses, men slim in black pants, clapping, stamping, and flourishing castanets.

Favorite Dish: Order sangria, Spanish red wine flavored with fruit, and paella, a combination of chicken, pork, seafood, and rice spiced with saffron. For dessert, try flan, a caramel pudding.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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