5 hot new restaurants in Tampa
Tampa's food scene continues to shine with a crop of new restaurants debuting during the pandemic. We'll be expanding this list in 2022 to cover the whole Tampa Bay region, so stay tuned.
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Vibe: New Korean fried chicken and beer restaurant from the owner of Ichicoro Ramen. This place has been roaring since February. Food and service have only improved.
What we're eating: Gangchu cheesesteak ($14), kimchi fried rice ($14), spicy chicken and grits ($11) and the tornado potato ($8).
Location: 6618 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
2. Pickford's Counter
Vibe: The creativity and deliciousness of the food here deserves a better setting than this charming but crowded lunch counter/tchotchke shop. The menu features one of the best sandwiches we ate this year.
What we're eating: Steak sandwich ($14), Brussels sprouts melt ($12) and smothered potatoes ($11).
Location: 2606 W. Hillsborough Ave.
3. Casa Santo Stefano
Vibe: Housed in a century-old macaroni factory with photos of Sicilian families from the area on every wall.
What we're eating: The house-made squid ink noodles in the Spaghetti al Negro con Polpo ($32) and Zappone's Linguine con Vongole ($18).
Location: 1607 N. 22nd St.
Vibe: Classic Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European dishes, plus a caviar bar and infused vodkas in a super-cool dacha-like interior. Opened in December in the old Boca location on West Platt Street.
What we're eating: Mushroom blinchiki ($10), borscht ($8), Hachapuri pie ($10) and the honey cake ($6)
Location: 901 W. Platt St.
5. Flor Fina
Vibe: Live-fire grill for coastal cuisines and an evolving rotation of ceviches in a warm, elegant setting in Hotel Haya.
What we're eating: Grouper a lo macho ($36), the 36-ounce "Dirty bone" tomahawk ribeye ($130), coffee-roasted carrots ($9) and the lime in the coconut pavlova ($8).
Location: 1412 E. 7th Ave.
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