Restaurants Around the State
301 Via de Palmas
The name means "tastes," and there are plenty of those in this felicitously served retreat of chef-owner Marco Pindo and wife, Mara. Everything is made to order, and the fresh fish is fabulous. Lunch, $7 to $11, and dinner, $17 to $24.
La Teresita Restaurant
3248 W. Columbus Ave.
A traditional budget stretcher, with all the old reliables -- ropa viejas, roast pork, rice and black beans everywhere in an authentic setting, strictly neighborhood with bilingual staff. Lunch and dinner, $5 to $14.50.
Linda's La Cantina
4721 E. Colonial Drive
In the shadow of all the big beefers, the Palm, Morton's and Ruth's Chris, the Seng family has been packing them in since 1947, cutting and cooking quality steaks, pegged at pocketbook-pleasing prices, and serving great spaghetti. Dinner, $10 to $30.
First Street Grille
807 N. First St.
Order whatever the chef recommends as special of the day or night and enjoy the beachfront setting. Lunch, $5 to $10, and dinner, $8 to $20.
The Fish House
600 S. Barracks St. (Suite 108)
Executive chef Jim Shirley uses Southern accents with great skill and spirit, traveling far afield to graze and glean, selecting wines and absorbing culinary ideas to supplement his fresh fish and original grits A Ya Ya. Shirley's adjacent Atlas Oyster House shares its scenic views of the harbor. Lunch, $7 to $11, and dinner, $14 to $22.