The restaurant has a formal dining room, but it made its reputation with an old-fashioned diner counter that curves through a busy room next to the kitchen. Orders fly in Spanish and English. The late-night crowd includes old couples, young hipsters and anyone else interested in good, cheap Cuban food.
Brocato's, which opened in 1948, draws the young and old, rich and poor, whites, blacks and Hispanics. Police officers love the place. Half the time, it seems, there's a squad car parked out front. It's famous for deviled crab cakes, a traditional Tampa dish. On this menu, though, they're called "Devil Crabs."
You cannot leave Tampa Bay without going to Columbia—Florida’s oldest restaurant. There are a few locations, but the historic Ybor City restaurant is where you can get the full Columbia experience. For lighter fare, try the Original 1905 Salad or the Cuban sandwich. If you have more time, sit back and enjoy some sangria and paella!
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