I was asked to participate in Social Fabrics's top restaurants in Tampa. I could choose anywhere from 8-12 restaurants in the area as part of their restaurant hop. This was no easy task. There are so many different amazing restaurants in the Tampa area.
So in no particular order, here we go!
3225 S. MacDill Ave
Tampa, FL 33629 panerusticabakery.com
|photo borrowed from www.tastingtampa.com|
1208 S Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
I couldn't do a lineup of Tampa's restaurants without including the world famous Berns Steakhouse, named in the 100 Best Wine Restaurants by Wine Enthusiast. Frequented by celebrities, sports stars and politicians, Berns is the place to see and be seen. At least once in your life, you need the full dining experience, starting off with a nice steak, followed by a tour of their kitchen and topping the night off in the Harry Waugh dessert room (get the macadamia nut ice cream). With nearly 1 million bottles of wine in their collection, you can find yourself reading their wine list like a novel. Also, a local tip - if you eat at the bar, you can order a steak sandwich which is not on their menu. It's amazing and only $12. Their house wine is only $5 and is a mix of bottles that are served by the glass. Ask the bartender for a sample and you may find yourself very surprised with what you receive.
1623 East 5th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
If you are in the market for authentic Argentinian cuisine, head over to Tampa's historic Ybor City. You will not find a better skirt steak (churrasco) or chimichuri sauce in town. Everything is cooked to order so be prepared for a wait on busy nights (just more the reason to drink a pitcher of their house Sangria). My favorite thing to order on the menu is the El Puerto Salad with Skirt Steak. I always have leftovers too & the steak is perfect for steak and eggs!
2208 West Morrison Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
|Photo from SideBerns Facebook|
Eidson Food + Drink Lab
912 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606
|Meyers Tenderloin Tartare|
5137 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33603
Before I was a Tampa based blogger, the Refinery was the first restaurant we dined at where I ventured out of my comfort zone. Back then, I had reservations (say what?). The talented James Beard nominated Chef Greg Baker changes the menu every week. The Refinery tries to When I think of restaurants like the Refinery and many others mentioned above, I wonder why Tampa isn't seen as a top culinary location in the US. Since the menu is ever changing, the one menu item which I've seen frequently and is always great is the Hangar Steak.
And now I am turning it over to hotel restaurants, say what?!
Before I get into the next section, I have to bring three hotel restaurants into light that belong on this list.
4200 Jim Walter Blvd
Tampa, Florida 33607
(located inside the International Plaza Mall)
Pelagia Trattoria is located inside of the Marriott Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. All of their pasta is made by hand and every meal is beyond exceptional. Pelagia is one of my favorite restaurants in Tampa and if I have a friend looking for a nice Italian dinner, I shove them in this direction.
301 S Gulfview Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
2900 Bayport Dr
Tampa, FL 33607
Oystercatchers, located in Grand Hyatt Tampa has one of the nicest brunches in town. For under $50 a person, you get access to their brunch buffet including unlimited champagne, bloody mary's and caviar!! The pasta station has a variety of house-made pastas to choose from with every topping imaginable. Their brunch options changes weekly and it will not disappoint. Anywhere you can choose quail eggs for your omelet is worth a visit. This is an excellent location for a celebration brunch!