Ulele, an award-winning restaurant along the Tampa Riverwalk, is known for its Native American and Florida fusion. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a barbacoa grill that cooks everything from burgers to charred oysters. For a real taste of Florida get the alligator hush puppies—the dish combines fresh alligator meat, country ham, corn, and jalapeño into one sweet, spicy, and savory bite.
Sure, this city is well-known for its nearby beaches and championship winning sports teams. But when you need to refuel, some of the best restaurants in Tampa are right around the corner (believe it or not, some are even tucked inside the city’s top hotels).
Some of Tampa’s most ambitious new restaurants have popped up around the city’s revitalized areas, meaning you can check off some Tampa’s top attractions while eating top-notch food—you’ll find restaurants along the buzzing 2.6-mile Tampa Riverwalk or even tucked inside the Heights Public Market (a reimagined 1901 streetcar warehouse), just for starters. Ranging in style from authentic Cuban food in Tampa’s historic Ybor City (this is the birthplace of the iconic Cuban sandwich, after all) to sweet and smoky BBQ, there’s no shortage of flavor here. Have a few days to explore? These are the 11 best restaurants in Tampa.
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