December 28, 2013
On Saturday we went to Ybor City which is a neighborhood in Tampa that is on the National Historic Register. It was a thriving cigar factory area back in the day. They had a Farmers Market where we bought some Florida grown vegetables. We went to lunch at this Spanish restaurant called the Columbia which was established in 1905. It has been managed by the same family for 5 generations. It had beautiful tiles on the outside and even tiles showing a family tree of the generations of owners. The inside was gorgeous, too, with chandliers & beautiful art work. The waiters were in tuxes and the food was superb. We had the 1905 Salad (a house speciality) and Caldo Gallegos which was a navy bean & ham soup with potaotes, turnip greens, & sausage. The food was excellent!