City Bike Tampa's monthly Urban Restaurant tour keeps growing in popularity as bicyclists of all experiences and skill levels flock to the opportunity to meet new people or hang with old friends, ride safely as a group and taste new dishes at the city's independent urban cafes and restaurants.
In February, about 160 bicyclists started the tour by meeting at dusk at the Sail Pavillion next to the Tampa Convention Center. The group rode along the Tampa Riverwalk to the Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center, where folks chowed down on mini Cubans and yummy black bean soup washed down with sangria from the cash bar.
Within an hour, the tour rolled on over to Stacked Bar and Grill on Platt Street in Hyde Park for fried zucchini, a variety of wings and sweet potato fries.
Next up: Irish 31 Pub and Eatery served BBQ chicken pizza while live music set the tone for the crowded Hyde Park pub.
City Bike Tampa arranges the monthly tours with a variety of local restaurants, shouts it out in social media and awaits the crowd. Ticket prices are an exceptional deal at $13. Be sure to bring your headlight and rear light for your bicycle (required equipment) and your helmet (optional but recommended).
For more information about future tours, visit City Bike Tampa's website
Julie Busch Branaman is managing photographer at 83 Degrees Media. Comments? Contact 83 Degrees.