Quality Inn Busch Gardens
4139 E. Busch Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33617
Phone: (813) 386-1000
Fax: (813) 386-1011
A variety of Mediterranean-inspired appetizers, entrees and dessert selections made from the freshest ingredients and no preservatives awaits you at the Sahara. From sizzling chicken kebabs, crispy fish entrees and vegetarian dishes, to delicious hummus dip, gyro wraps, falafel sandwiches and fattoush salads served with Lebanese pita bread, the selections are interesting and flavorful with just the right amount of oils and spices. Dine in or take out your order at this casual, friendly restaurant open for lunch or dinner. - Vickie Ferguson
Conveniently located near Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, the Gardens Restaurant offers a welcome change from fast food fare. Open daily and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this quiet, family oriented restaurant is a great place to relax and enjoy a variety of menu items. Start your morning with a stack of fluffy pancakes, French toast, or eggs anyway you want them or stop by for lunch or dinner and select from Italian specialties, fresh baked pizza, Greek salads, Gyros, home-style Country Fried Steak and Meatloaf. Be sure to check their list for daily specials. Beer and wine are available.
Olive Garden serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Their signature bread sticks and one-of-a-kind menu make them an American icon. Standard Italian options like bruchetta, calamari, ravioli and eggplant parmigiana line their lengthy menu. More exotic items like salmon, chicken dishes and innovative pizzas are also available. For the calorie-counter, Olive Garden has a range of low fat and low carbohydrate options. Their bottomless salads ensure a well-balanced feast. Enjoy your meal with a bottle from their extensive wine list or one of their tropical island drinks. Finally, top it all off with a little something from their dessert menu- their cakes, custards and ice creams are sure to win you over. Lunch and take out menus are available.
If you have a hankering for seafood this is the place to go. Red Lobster has a wide variety of good eats for the whole family. Various appetizers, special entrees, drinks and desserts ensure a menu with something for just about anybody. Lunch and dinner menus include shrimp, soups and salads, seafood platters, chicken, steak and pasta. For calorie-counters, choose from the LightHouse Menu, which highlights dishes that won't cause you to tip the scales. A Kid's Menu is available with fine fare for the little ones like chicken fingers and mac & cheese. Be sure to save room for a scrumptious dessert. Gift Cards are available as a great gift for the seafood lover.
A warning to Gouda groupies and Limburger lovers: Olde World Cheese Shop's slogan is "no cheese...just great sandwiches," so you will have to get your feta fix elsewhere. Located in the Sherwood Forest Shopping Center, Old World Cheese Shop forges freshly sliced feasts from food and folklore. The Robin Hood cold sandwich robs from the kitchen and gives to the stomach with delicious ham & turkey, crisp bacon, cheese and golden dressing stacked between three slices of pumpernickel bread, while the Sir Galahad steamed sandwich is a gallant warrior of roast pork, cheese and sweet-pepper jelly served hot on an onion roll. You should also try the Pita Fhonda pita featuring the Old World Cheese Shop's acclaimed tuna salad.
Everything at McAlister's Deli is made to order just the way you like it using only the freshest and finest ingredients. From the triple decker turkey, bacon and ham McAlister's Club to the gigantic Spud Max tater, be prepared to enjoy generous palate-pleasing portions that won't leave you hungry. Order a party platter featuring assorted sandwiches and sides, and the deli's signature sweet tea for special events. Open for lunch and dinner, it is the perfect place to stop for tasty soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and spuds before heading to Busch Gardens less than five minutes away. - Vickie Ferguson
Vocelli Pizza holds it own among the surplus of pizza delivery restaurants in the USF area. Their traditional crust is thick, soft, chewy and the pizza toppings are always plentiful. Vocelli's gourmet pizza options are all uniquely mouth-watering, from the Garlic Spinaci to the Chicken Pesto. Of course, patrons can also create their own pie and choose from several fresh toppings and styles of pizza crust. Vocelli also serves appetizers, salads, stromboli and paninis, all of which surpass the quality of other chain restaurants.
Beef 'O' Brady's is an Irish sports pub with a family atmosphere. The television screens keep patrons updated on the score of football games, while the menu offers great food at reasonable prices. Try the signature buffalo wings in a variety of flavors, from mild to Nuclear. The restaurant is clean and family-friendly, and Beef 'O' Brady's proudly sponsors local recreational sports teams. While the burgers, sandwiches, and salads on the menu are typical of any sports pub or family restaurant, they score points over others by serving tasty and quality food. Look for the green logo popping up throughout the Southeast.
When you're in the mood for excellent Indian cuisine, a visit to this very trendy restaurant will satisfy all your spicy cravings, mild or hot. Located near the University of South Florida, local patrons and students alike enjoy the cozy atmosphere and savory food of Taj. The menu has ample offerings of lamb, seafood, beef and chicken creations, as well as numerous vegetable dishes in a variety of flavored sauces. Complement your entree with an order of garlic flat bread. To cool your taste buds, order a Lassi—the creamy cool yogurt drink of India, in assorted fruit flavors.
Those in the Japanese know head to this spot to dine on such favorites as Tempura, Beef Teriyaki and Kushiyaki; or try a fish sampler that offers an assortment of fish. For the more exotic tastes, try a sushi or sashimi sampler platter.
Enjoy the atmosphere of this small cozy restaurant with wood and bamboo accents amid a serene atmosphere serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Choose from a diverse selection of delectable dishes from an extensive menu of authentic noodle soup, spring rolls, chicken, beef and pork entrees. There are also flavorful fried rice dishes and red snapper, a chef specialty. Along with the meal, enjoy a glass of wine, cold beer, or a frozen or blended cocktail. Save room for coconut, ginger, or green tea ice cream to cool your palate. - Vickie Ferguson
Casual, friendly atmosphere, attentive service and exceptional Indian cuisine is what to expect at Jai Ho Indian Cuisine. Serving a variety of dishes, the restaurant specializes in Chinese and Arabic dishes as well as traditional Indian cuisine. The restaurant has an extensive lunch buffet during the week with 15 choices and on the weekend with 30 choices of assorted vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections, kabobs, goat or chicken biryani, flavored rice, fresh fruit and desserts. Jai Ho reopens for dinner at 5pm with a full menu of such favorites as chicken curry, tandoori shrimp and fish masala along with fluffy Indian naan bread. - Vickie Ferguson