Great Eats Aplenty Close to Amalie Arena

Hundreds of thousands of visitors attend events at Amalie Arena each year. It is the city’s premier event venue hosting over 150 events annually. After a $40 million renovation in 2011, it is also considered one of the best venues in the country. Many visitors attend the games of the Tampa Bay Lighting hockey team and the Tampa Bay Storm arena football team, but the Arena also hosts most of the area’s major concerts and shows.

No matter what event you are attending, chances are you will be looking for dining options close by. Luckily there are a lot to choose from and range from good pub grub to fancy gourmet meals. All located within easy walking distance. Listed here are ten of the top options to help you choose, representing a variety of cuisines, dining experiences and price points.

If you're looking for a convenient but satisfying dinner before your event, your best options is the Firestick Grill. Located on site, the Firestick features an extensive buffet with chef stations and everyone can find their favorite dishes.

In town for a hockey game? Then you should definitely try Hattricks, a local hangout that caters to the hockey crowd. They feature a good selection of specialty sandwiches and comfort food entrees and their "Shake and Bake" wings are some of the best in town.



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Ferg's Live
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Firestick Grill
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