9 Of Tampa Bay Area's Best Restaurant Appetizers

The Tampa area has a huge variety of dining opportunities. With that comes the choice of appetizers for those dining experiences. What are some of the favorite appetizers from around the Tampa Bay area?

Tell us if you’ve tried any of these and where your favorite is served.

What’s your all-time favorite appetizer? Let us know where to find it!

Mason Dixon’s Top 15 Songs Of The 1980’s Named For Women

  • 15. 867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone

    Yes, that was a fun show at Ruth Eckerd Hall! The songwriter, Alex Call, admits there’s no Jenny. He just came up with the name and phone number when he wrote the song. Sorry.

  • 14. Oh Sheila by Ready For The World

    Melvin Riley of Ready For The World was writing the song, and the name Sheila simply fit best. End of story. Fun song.

  • 13. Who’s Holding Donna Now by Debarge

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    There may have been a Donna that inspired the song, written by Jay Graydon, Randy Goodrum and David Foster.

  • 12. Come On Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

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    Kevin Rowland, lead singer of Dexy’s Midnight Runners, sang the song about a girl he knew when they were both kids.

  • 11. Amanda by Boston

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    Amanda was a name chosen by a brilliant, well educated songwriter Tom Scholz of Boston.

  • 10. Sara by Starship

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    Singer Mickey Thomas was lead vocalist at the time for the band, and the song was named for his first wife, Sara.

  • 9. Joanna by Kool and the Gang

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    The song was originally titled “Dear Mom.” After a few tweeks by Kool & The Gang’s Ronald Bell, they changed the title to “Joanna.”

  • 8. Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes

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    Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss wrote the song. It was inspired by Bette Davis’ performance in “Now Voyager.” However, though DeShannon recorded it in 1975, it was Kim Carnes who spent 9 weeks in the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100.

  • 7. Valerie by Steve Winwood

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    Valerie was a real person, Valerie Carter. Jackson Browne sang “That Girl Could Sing”, also about her. She wrote “Cook with Honey”, sung by Judy Collins and co-wrote “Turn It Into Something Good” for Earth, Wind & Fire. Valerie was born in Winter Haven, Florida and sadly passed in St. Petersburg in 2017.

  • 6. Gloria by Laura Branigan

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    Gloria is a fictional character, and the song is a cover. The song has been performed in differnet languages, and each time has a different translation and story.

  • 5. Jack & Diane by John Cougar Mellencamp

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    Diane, and Jack for that matter, are fictional. They were just names that Mellencamp used for the song. The actress who played Diane in the video, Victoria Granucci, was married to Mellencamp from from 1981 until 1989.

  • 4. Rosanna by Toto

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    The song got its name from actress Rosanna Arquette, who was dating Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro. However, the song is not about her. Songwriter David Paich simply used the name, though it was about one of his first loves.

  • 3. Oh Sherry by Steve Perry

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    Steve Perry wrote this song about his real girlfriend, Sherrie Swafford. If you remember the music video, that in fact is the real Sherrie.

  • 2. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson

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    Billie Jean was said to have been a stalker of Jackson’s. She claimed one of her twins was Michael’s, according to Songfacts.com.

  • 1. Roxanne by The Police

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    There wasn’t a Roxanne that the song is about, but Sting liked the name because of some famous Roxannes in literature, such as Cyrano de Bergerac’s girlfriend.

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