Like most major metropolitan areas, Tampa has a smorgasbord of good places to eat. Lucky for us, the selection of great restaurants is always growing. From casual eateries and family-style restaurants to fine dining establishments, the newest restaurants in Tampa are adding to the flavors of the area's culinary scene.
American Social is the dream of two creative college friends with a vision of opening a gastro bar serving All-American food and a fine selection of craft beers. They accomplished this with their Miami location in 2012 and Fort Lauderdale in 2015. Now, Tampa is slated as the next location with preparations in the fast lane for a late spring or early summer opening at The Pointe on Harbour Island. The menu will be a pleasure for all palates from signature burgers to organic salads accompanied by one of over 40 cold craft beers, choices from an extensive wine selection, or made-to-order handcrafted cocktails. americansocialbar.com
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
When south of the border fare beckons, recently opened Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has the menu to satisfy hungry appetites. Located on Fowler Avenue near USF in Temple Terrace, Fuzzy’s features signature Baja tacos, huge plus-sized burritos, refried beans, specialty fried rice, black beans, Latin-fried potatoes, and some of the best in Tex-Mex breakfast favorites, served all day long. Take a seat on the garden-style patio and start off with fresh guacamole, fire-roasted salsa, along with a cool brew or frozen cocktail. DJs, and live performances on stage provide ongoing entertainment. Fuzzy’s opens daily at 8am with late night hours until 2am Thursday – Saturday.
The Vine Baking Co.
Sweet tooth enthusiasts can rejoice and satisfy their cravings at The Vine Baking Co. on S. Dale Mabry. This is the place to go for delectable goodies and flavorful coffee. Their menu will satisfy the pickiest sugar lover with selections of cupcakes, doughnuts, brownies, liege waffles, cookies and macaroons. For a little less sugar, croissants, bagels, biscuits, and breakfast and lunch sandwiches are served. Add a tasteful cup of fresh-brewed coffee, hot chocolate, espresso, or refreshing tea for a complete meal.
Noodle Kitchen & Market
For the noodle lover in all of us, the Noodle Kitchen and Market is the hot new place on South Howard Avenue to sample the traditional Asian flavors and old-school cooking styles of noodles. Owner Petta Brown brings her Thailand culinary culture to life with a variety of gourmet noodle bowls and sauces prepared with the finest ingredients and freshest vegetables. NK aims to please all palates by serving meat dishes, vegetarian dishes, and gluten free options. Patrons also have the option to visit the spice bar where they can add their own finishing touch. Peruse the restaurant’s market section offering an assortment of items including condiments, sauces, and noodles to take home. Opens daily at 11am.
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