In Tampa, the historic, bungalowfilled Seminole Heights neighborhood’s dining scene is bursting with new flavors. Within just a few square blocks you’ll easily find newer kids on the block like the James Beard semifinalist The Refinery (thetamparefinery.com) and its sister restaurant, Fodder & Shine (fodderandshine.com), the Rooster & the Till (roosterandthetill.com), The Independent (independentbartampa. com) and Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café (ellasfolkartcafe.com). Popular, long-time staples include Taco Bus (taco-bus.com) and Cappy’s Pizzeria (cappyspizzaonline.com).
The Latin influence is prevalent in restaurants in Tampa, and there are plenty from which to choose, from Cuban to Spanish and much more. For a real treat, make reservations at Ybor City’s Columbia (columbiarestaurant.com/ybor). Since 1905, fans of Spanish food have made their way to Florida’s oldest restaurant. Originally serving Cuban sandwiches and coffee to local cigar workers, today the restaurant covers 15 dining rooms and hosts nightly exciting flamenco performances which entertain diners who love the Spanishstyle experience.