Top Three Restaurants for Foodies in Tampa, Florida

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bayshore middle eastern tampa

By now, I have reviewed a LOT of restaurants in Tampa. I am very familiar with the cuisine, and I have been there as restaurants come and go. My opinions on the best restaurants in Tampa are always changing, so it helps to stay up to date on my articles. Unless you like eating at bad Tampa restaurants that aren’t good, of course. These three are different from any past one that I have reviewed, because nobody wants to hear about the same restaurant multiple times in a row. Plus it helps them garner more positive reputation.

tampa mediterranean restaurant bayshore

Bayshore Mediterranean Grill serves the best Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food that I have had in a while. Located near the Ballast Point neighborhood in Tampa, if you live there then you should be satisfied for a while. It would be nice to live in an apartment above a restaurant, so I could just head downstairs, get some food, and head back up to eat it. Bayshore is one of the few restaurants in Tampa with so many different things to order that it’s hard to get the same thing over and over.

I think that a lot of people recognize Bayshore Mediterranean Grill for their baked hummus, which I also happened to have the pleasure of trying. To accurately summarize it, the baked hummus was amazing. But I have also enjoyed ordering other items in the past, such as the salads and the Cold Dip Platter. Also, if you are a bread person, then you will be in heaven. I’m not sure what the chefs do to that hot bread to make it taste so great, but is always the highlight of my evening whenever I eat at Bayshore Mediterranean Grill.

It’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, but somehow manages to never get cold. Amazing. Another thing that people will (and do) love about Bayshore Mediterranean Grill is the atmosphere. It may not be located next to all of the steakhouses that charge upwards of $100 per meal, but you should always be able to find something to do before or after eating your meal. Atmosphere is not just all about location, however. Noise level, sanitation, and lighting are some of the biggest gripes that I see when reading reviews for other Tampa restaurants.

Personally, I felt a giant burden lifted off of my shoulders when first entering Bayshore Mediterranean Grill. It was relatively quiet, the music was kept to a perfect volume and there were no servers stomping and clapping to a song like the Texas Roadhouse. I had a few friends with me, and it was nice to be able to carry a conversation without needing to raise my voice. There are a nice amount of windows as well, so you’re not exclusively at the mercy of whatever lightbulbs are above you. I think natural lighting looks a lot better, plus I like to watch the people go past as I wait for my food.

Window seats will always give a restaurant bonus points in my book, but I can still understand if the conditions don’t allow for windows. If you want to know more about individual dishes or you don’t believe all the great things that I have stated (I have said a lot), then you are in luck.

 Bayshore Mediterranean Grill has more great online reviews than I can count, and it would take me a lifetime to read all of them. I know that I haven’t said a single negative thing about Bayshore Mediterranean Grill, but when you reside in a city with over 40 restaurants then there will be some pretty stiff competition. It’s not easy being at the top, especially in a Florida town such as Tampa or Miami.

steakhouse and seafood tampa restaurant

Now, if that was not enough to impress you, then this New York restaurant should be. Roy’s Restaurant is both a steakhouse and a sushi bar, and the chefs didn’t just one-trick their way to a positive reputation. Everything on the menu, no matter what style of cuisine, is delicious. I’m speaking from experience, after all. People gotta eat. Roy’s Restaurant is located right near the University of Tampa campus, and I have seen a lot of students eating there so you would not be the first one.

When I first looked at Roy’s Restaurant’s Menu, I was shocked at how amazing all of the dishes looked. No restaurant could offer such lavish dishes and still keep their prices so affordable, right? Wrong. Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé is also one of the best desserts I have had in a very long time, and that is saying something.

Roy’s Restaurant has it all, and by all I mean service, quality food, and great prices. Service is one of the things that I value most in a restaurant, so I only mention so often because it is vital. Service is the one thing that I see mentioned most in amazing online reviews.

tampa american restaurant lab

Last, there’s Edison: Food+Drink Lab. Here, you will be eating near Carver City in Tampa. I decided to include this restaurant because I think the food that they provide is very unique. With the word “lab” in the title, obviously they’re making some kind of great concoction in the kitchen, right? If the kitchen is an actual lab, then I am sure it is messy all of the time. My cooking class teacher always reminded me about the importance of cleaning up after yourself, as clumsiness was a hazard to all of those around you.

From what I have seen, Edison: Food+Drink Lab is a very clean restaurant. That should be expected, after all. These are the top three, not the top 100. I have passed a Tampa hood cleaner that’s not too far from this restaurant’s location, so I’m sure the management is set when it comes to keeping messes out of their kitchen.

Especially because Tampa Hood Cleaning Pros are one of the top rated hood cleaners within the state. If you click now, you can check their website out and even schedule an appointment. Unless you don’t own a restaurant, of course. Regardless, having a clean restaurant is just another step on the way to garnering positive reviews for your restaurant like Edison: Food+Drink Lab has.