They are the savory elements that make up a day in the life: breakfast, lunch, dinner and, with luck, dessert. Inspired by the Food Networks’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” we asked chefs and restaurateurs from around Tampa’s downtown urban core to define their own cuisines and tell us where they go to get out of the kitchen for each of these meals — because, at the end of the day, food still makes the world go round.
Owner, Bamboozle Cafe
516 N. Tampa St. | (813) 223-7320
Click here to read about Lynn and the best thing she ever ate outside of her restaurant. She also talks about the Vietnamese fusion she uses at her own joint.
Executive Chef, Steelbach
Armature Works | 1902 N. Ola Ave. | (813) 693-5478
Check out Nathan’s feature here and read about what he thinks are the best tacos in town.
Head Chef, CW’s Gin Joint
CW’s Gin Joint
633 N. Franklin St. | (813) 816-1446
Read about the young chef’s claim to fame here, and the other restaurants and chefs in Tampa he admires.
Owner & Executive Chef, Rooster & the Till
Rooster & the Till
6500 N. Florida Ave. | (813) 374-8940
Another great chef turning out great eats talks about where he goes in Tampa to get a superior meal. Read about Ferrell’s choice here.