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Foursquare ranks Tampa's top restaurants

Using its users' nearly 4.5 billion check-ins and 30 million user-generated tips from last year, website Foursquare recently released its “best of 2013” guides for cities around the world, including Tampa.

According to the location-based social media site, the amount of check-ins (when users report they've visited a business), plus the amount of people who “liked” those spots, amounts to a guide “based on where people actually go.”

A quick look at Foursquare's “Best of Tampa 2013” shows us that based on local users, Tampa's diners weren't snobby about where they went to eat, considering independent fine-dining establishment Mise en Place (1,525 check-ins) was ranked right alongside blue-collar chain Chili's (7,584 check-ins) in the American restaurants category.


Top 10 American restaurants

1. Tampa Bay Brewing Company

2. Oxford Exchange

3. Eats American Grill

4. Kona Grill

5. Michael's 717 South

6. J Alexander's Restaurant

7. Cafe Dufrain

8. Tre Amici @ The Bunker

9. Mise en Place

10. Chili's Grill & Bar


Restaurants topping other Foursquare “best of” lists for 2013: Bern's (steak house), Soho Sushi (Asian), New York New York (pizza), Green Lemon (Mexican), and Cafe Hey (coffee shops).

Tampa's Foursquare users spent a lot of time in Ybor City, with Gaspar's Grotto (12,029 check-ins), James Joyce Irish Pub (5,153 check-ins), and Green Iguana (6,441 check-ins) landing in the top five for nightlife destinations.


Top 10 bars

1. Blue Martini

2. Gaspar's Grotto

3. Jackson's Bistro

4. James Joyce Irish Pub

5. Green Iguana Bar & Grill

6. The Bungalow

7. Pour House at Grand Central

8. Wet Willie's

9. The Mermaid Tavern

10. Peabody's Billiards & Games


Bars topping other Foursquare best-of lists for 2013: Cigar City Brewing (beer), MacDinton's Irish Pub (sports bars).

Busch Gardens (entertainment), Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (great outdoors), and the Straz Center (performing arts) topped the site's “Top Things to Do” lists for Tampa.

To view the complete ranking, visit the Foursquare “Best of Tampa 2013” page.

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