When it comes to food, there’s a little bit of everything in Tampa, from BBQ to Banh-Mi sandwiches. Take a look at some of the top spots that will fill your belly … without breaking the bank.
Brocato’s Sandwich Shop
Devil Crab sandwich
If you want to get a taste of the famous local delicacy, devil crab, look no further than Brocato’s. The no-frills deli is somewhat of a legend in the Tampa area, established in 1948. For a truly authentic order, go for the Cuban sandwich with devil crab. Potatoes are an equally hot item here: order a stuffed one as a side order with your sandwich!
Kojak’s House of Ribs
You might need a bib for this one. Things can get saucy — fast — when you order from this longstanding barbecue joint in South Tampa. Beyond just a stack of Baby Backs, Kojak serves up beef brisket, smoked hot sausage, barbecue chicken, and more.
La Creperia Cafe
Start your morning off right with a sweet or savory crepe from La Creperia, located in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood. You’ll have your pick of rich menu options like The French Quarter (cheese, meat sauce, Italian sausage, carmelized onions, and green peppers) or dessert-like treats such as the Exotica (coconut, banana, and nutella). The cafe also offers paninis and pasta.
Mazzaro’s Italian Market
Why order a pizza when you can make your own? Mazzaro’s Italian Market has all of the ingredients you need for an al dente Italian feast, including fresh dough. Everything from specialty cheeses and gourmet coffee to handmade pasta and even wine and beer can be found here!
The Bricks of Ybor
It doesn’t get much hipper than this. A local favorite among Tampa’s cool kids, The Bricks serves up bar bites in a funky and fun space complete with pressed-tin ceilings and exposed brick. Sip a specialty cocktail like the “Huckle Punch” (vodka, basil, pineapple, ginger beer) and nosh on a tasty sandwich, rice bowl, or an old-fashioned plate of nachos.
Located in nearby Clearwater, Yanny’s is the go-to local spot for breakfast and brunch. It’s a cozy eatery with bright and beachy decor, but the comfort food is what really steals the show. You’ve got all of the staples: pancakes, corned beef and eggs, french toast, and fully-loaded omelets, plus bacon burgers, chicken sandwiches, and BLTs if you’re in the mood for lunch.