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Food Critic: Options abound at Seminole Tribe casino in Tampa

"In heels so teetery and dripping with bling so glimmery that we would have felt right at home next to Liberace's Christmas tree, we headed into Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

Our objective at the fourth largest casino in the nation and the sixth largest worldwide? To sample, in a single evening, all of the complex's dining options. No gambling, scant dancing and nothing for which the "what happens at the Hard Rock stays at the Hard Rock" clause need be invoked. Just dining, and lots of it.

When the casino opened in 2004, it contained a nightclubby hot spot called Floyd's, the casual all-day Green Room and a food court. In a 2007 expansion, Council Oak, a high-end seafood and steak house, was added, along with Fresh Harvest (a huge room of seven live-action kitchens serving everything from fried chicken to dim sum and ice cream) and an intimate sushi bar called Rock 'N Raw.

In 2010, the 9,000-square-foot Floyd's closed to make way for the new Hard Rock Cafe, an entertainment venue with nearly double the space. Just last month, Rise Kitchen & Bakery was added as part of the recent $75 million expansion."

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