I was just in Tampa this weekend and one of my first stops was the Roadfood reviewed La Teresita.
It is my favorite Cuban place...in a town with no shortage of them. They are right near the football stadium and not too far from the Tampa airport, and their hours make them a convenient dining hub.
I ordered the puerco asado (roasted pork), which is delicious, but heavy on the garlic and onion. Fortunately, the way the meal is plated, if it is too much onion, you can eat around it.
My sides included their delicious chicken soup (as it was a bit Florida chilly the other night) and...
...phenomenal maduros (fried sweet plantains). It also came with a side of yellow rice, not shown.
One of my favorite things about this place is that I often feel like I am the only soul in the place who speaks no Spanish, but am still made to feel welcome and not out of place. There are other places about which I could not make that same claim. My other favorite meal there is the arroz con pollo (chicken with rice), which I tend to order more frequently than the pork, but I was in the mood for the pork the other night.
Last night, on my way out of town, I had dinner at the Crab Shack
in St. Petersburg. They serve a lot of fresh, local seafood. For me, their shrimp was on my agenda, and I didn't take any pictures. In the past, I have ordered their delicious seafood gumbo and fried crab claws, but they weren't on this occasion. They do a good job there, but it isn't my absolute favorite restaurant in the world. They are conveniently located just over the Gandy Bridge in St. Pete, so it is not too far from the outskirts of Tampa to work.