I've always been a fan of the Columbia Restaurant. Having dined at the Tampa, Sarasota and Celebration locations, I've always had excellent Spanish cuisine and superb service.
Several weeks ago, I read Tampa Tribune writer Jeff Houck's article, "Rebuilding the perfect Cuban" at the Columbia Restaurant, and suddenly my mouth was watering. I couldn't wait to try one.
I made a date to have lunch there last weekend and ordered the pressed Cuban sandwich and a mojito.
Aside from the disappointing mojito, which was under-minted and much too sweet, the sandwich, stuffed with pork, ham, cheese, sour pickle chips and plenty of tangy yellow mustard slathered inside the golden crusted bread was pure tasty pleasure.