With its excellent selection of independently owned restaurants run by award-winning chefs, South Tampa is already a foodie’s dream. 2019 saw the addition of Tampa’s first ever avocado bar, a new gourmet dessert destination and famed chef Chris Ponte’s latest venture. And already in 2020, we have new places for brunch, sushi burritos and acai bowls. Opening later this spring, a new location for local favorite Fly Bar and brand-new concepts like the double-down combo at Willa’s and a dog park taproom are just a few of the delights headed our way. Read on for everything you need to know about the best of what’s new in South Tampa.
Opened Late 2019
This fall, Swami Juice opened Tampa’s first ever avocado bar, featuring all things avocado to go along with their cold pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls. The seasonal menu features unique avocado toast combinations like smashed avocado with hummus and feta, or prosciutto and poached egg.
2832 S. MacDill Ave.
When founder Hal Guthrie decided to only serve chicken fingers at his restaurant, he challenged his children to create a signature sauce; his son Hud came up with the winner. You can now pick up some of Alabama’s most loved chicken fingers and decide on the sauce’s merits for yourself now that Guthrie’s has opened its first Tampa location (the first outpost south of the Tallahassee restaurants beloved by Florida State students and alums).
5228 S. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Located inside the Epicurean Hotel, the newest concept from the family behind Bern’s Steak House makes the case that life is better with sprinkles. The ice cream and pastry parlor offers an ever-changing menu of ice cream flavors, cupcakes, cookie sandwiches, cakes and other tasty treats inspired by classic Harry Waugh Dessert Room recipes as well as newly invented sugary surprises.
1205 S. Howard Ave.
You can rely on the on-site sommelier at Olivia to pair your meal with the perfect class of vino to go with one of one of the modern northern and southern Italian dishes like soppressata pizza, agnolotti, short rib osso bucco, roasted oysters or charcuterie on chef Chris Ponte’s menu. Thanks to Olivia’s open dining area, you can watch pizza dough, fresh mozzarella, pasta and ravioli being made while you’re dining.
3601 W. Swann Ave.
Tampa Pizza Company
Family-friendly, health-minded Tampa Pizza Company opened its third location in November. In addition to a variety of specialty or create-your-own pizzas, the menu includes freshly made pasta dishes, salads, bowls and gluten-free and vegan items. TPC also offers delivery.
4110 Henderson Blvd.
Beyond food, the end of 2019 also brought a new retail option for men.
Mizzen + Main
National men’s performance apparel brand Mizzen + Main opened its second Florida location in Hyde Park Village in December. The store features Mizzen + Main’s signature sweat-wicking, no-wrinkle, no dry-cleaning dress shirts and other performance-based products for professional gentlemen including quarter zips, vests, polos and pants.
1517 W. Swann Ave.
Backyard Grill and Patio
In January Palma Ceia got a new place to go watch a game, hear live music or just enjoy a cocktail on a nice Tampa day. Since Backyard Grill and Patio opened its spacious dog friendly patio bar, reviews for the wings, wraps, quesadillas and friendly service have been stellar.
4918 S. MacDill Ave.
The eighth Tampa-area Clean Juice opened in Hyde Park on February 1. In addition to cold-pressed juices and vitamin-packed smoothies, you can get acai bowls, salads, wellness lattes and almond butter or avocado toast. If you’re in a hurry, Clean Juice also sells pre-bottled juice to go.
1634 W. Snow Ave.
The owners of Graze 1910 in Armature Works opened up a second location of their popular brunch and breakfast bar in Palma Ceia in early February. The South Tampa location will have an expanded menu but will continue to keep classic comfort food favorites like homemade waffles and egg dishes on the menu while also offering seasonal gourmet toasts and vegan options.
2217 S. Dale Mabry Highway
Atlanta hotspot Poke Burri opened up on February 3. In addition to signature bowls like tangy crab and shrimp and spicy tuna kimchee, the full-service restaurant has burrito bowls, salads, dumplings and jalapeño poppers as well as sushi donuts. Ask about Poke Burri’s secret menu for the chance to try crazy creative concoctions like sushi pizza and sushi corndogs.
4038 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Fly Bar and Restaurant
If you’ve been bemoaning the closing of Fly Bar and Restaurant, get ready to celebrate when the new location in Tampa’s historic Lafayette Arcade (across from the University of Tampa and next to Oxford Exchange) opens. Chef Justin Dunfee promises to serve up the most beloved dishes from the old menu while introducing you to some new favorites. Devotees of their drinks can look forward to jazz-inspired cocktails, thoughtfully selected artisan wines and a beer list that ranges from crafts to classics.
442 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Revolution Ice Cream Co.
Seminole Heights’ favorite ice cream parlor is coming to South Tampa soon. You never know what flavors will be on the menu at this unique shop, where classics like vanilla and chocolate are scooped up next to a rotating mix of flavors like habañero pepper and chocolate or candied bacon. Stay tuned to Revolution’s social media channels for a peek at their monthly, weekly and even daily special flavors.
4032A W. Kennedy Blvd.
Two Shepherds Taproom
This one is for the dogs – and their owners. Opening in April, Tampa’s first indoor/outdoor dog park and bar plans to serve 20 rotating taps and have a robust selection of wines. Food trucks will be onsite to provide something to nosh on. Two Shepherds plans to provide toys for dogs to play with while romping around the large, indoor air-conditioned dog park or sprinting across the 7,000-square-foot outdoor play space.
4813 N. Grady Ave.
Willa’s and Willa’s Provisions
Slated to open later this spring in the West Tampa/North Hyde Park area, Willa’s will be an everyday neighborhood restaurant and bar with an extensive menu of eclectic recipes, familiar favorites and daily specials. Housed at the front of the 4,700-square-foot fully remodeled industrial building, Willa’s Provisions will serve locally roasted coffee, juices, pastries and lighter pick-up fare during the day and aperitifs and light bites in the evening.
1700 W. Fig St.