Located on the western coastline of Florida, along the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay offers a rich history involving Cuban immigrants, pirates, ‘Florida Crackers’ and Spanish conquistadors. Continual inclusion on many ‘best of’ lists has catapulted Tampa to a top vacation destination within the United States. Having a myriad of cultural influences, Tampa also offers a variety of cuisines. From seafood to cigars, here are 10 restaurants that signify Tampa’s sense of culture and style.
This funeral home-turned-steakhouse is set within a Rococo styled 1920s building with decadent ornamentation akin to 18th century Paris. Like The Rococo style was to Baroque, Rococo Steak is a modern departure from the traditional steakhouse, offering petite corn-fed steaks with grass-fed options, plus a bone-in rib eye. The cuisine is complemented by a selection of over 4,000 bottles of wine, with vintages dating back to 1906. The interior design conveys a playful yet sophisticated style with artwork from local artisans throughout the rooms. Other Rococo menu favourites are free-range chicken, Texas venison, Pacific oysters, creamed corn, quinoa and kale chips.
Rococo Steak, 655 Second Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL, United States, +1 727-822-0999
Springing from a pipe dream during the 1970s hippy culture, Mellow Mushroom was created as place where folks could gather to have a delicious and creative slice of pizza. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, this Southern franchise stayed south of the Mason-Dixon line serving a simple idea, a pizza slice and a cold beer. Each franchise offers different décor but the same quality of pizza. Additionally The Bake Bus, a full pizza kitchen on wheels, tours across the USA serving pizza to happy faces along the way. Order the bayou bleu pizza with grilled shrimp, andouille sausages, and bleu cheese.