Florida is known for many things. Great weather – it is after all part of the Sunshine State. Fantastic gold courses and beaches that stretch for miles. It is also home to some of the most fantastic flora and fauna in the United States. In parts it is built up – in other lesser known areas it is laid back and relaxed. But their can be no argument that Tampa Florida is home to some of the best cuisine in the United States.
Chicago and New York may battle it our for the crown as far as pizza is concerned and Texas claim that it has the best barbecue – but there is something about the agreeable climate and sense of relaxation in places like Tampa that gives that extra little bit of special spice to the meals that you can have in this fantastic part of Florida.
So where should you be eating when you take your vacation to Florida? Well, the choices are incredibly varied, here are a few restaurants and eateries that are worthy of your attention.
You don’t have to get dressed up to enjoy food at its very finest. Take for instance the Taco Bus in Tampa.Travel to Hillsborough Avenue. It’s the original – there are many outlets now, but this remains the gold standard when it comes to authentic Mexican taste.
If you want to tease and tantalize your taste buds take a trip to Datz. This menu takes favorites and twists them into something entirely new. Try the chicken-skin tacos – they don’t sound terribly wonderful – but one bite and you will never look at a taco in the same way again. And if you do visit you would be terribly remiss not to try their Bloody Mary with a bacon twist. People say that everything’s better with bacon – but this takes it to a whole new level.
Go all out at Ben’s Steak house. It sounds very downmarket – but wait until you walk through the door. This is a place that will seize your heart with a double pronged attack. Great ambiance and fantastic food. Do not ignore the filet. It comes with seasonal veggies that are sourced from a farm that has the restaurants seal of approval. And you’d better make a reservation – this is an institution in Tampa.
If you have a hankering for the finer things in life – including a great meal you have to put Tampa on your bucket list of great places to visit.