Food & Drink
1. American Legion Seminole Post 111 You don’t have to be a war vet to enjoy this old-time favorite on most nights. Known for cheap cocktails and a homey, salt-of-the-earth vibe, the Legion is the perfect antidote to hipster overload (until, of course, it’s taken over by hipsters). 6918 N. Florida Ave., 813-236-2281, seminolepost111.org.
2. Bo’s Ice Cream The beloved old-fashioned ice cream stand (est. in 1954) has a walk-up order window and newfangled drive-thru. Nearby residents stroll with pooches and friends, gathering at patio tables for soft-serve cones, dips, splits and sundaes. 7101 N. Florida Ave., 813-234-3870.
3. Blue Sea Fish Market The clean, friendly market and eatery has a wide selection of frozen seafood and a few fresh catches. Fried items are popular; call ahead to find out what’s in stock as it varies daily. 7110 N. Nebraska Ave., 813-234-5085.
4. Cappy’s Pizza It’s the best place in town (not just Seminole Heights) to get a good slice. But be sure your kiddos are well-behaved, and you have cash on hand (CASH ONLY). 4910 N. Florida Ave., 813-238-1516, cappyspizzaonline.com.
5. Cold Storage Craft Brewery Cold Storage produces three local beers: Florida Avenue Blueberry, Florida Avenue IPA, and Florida Avenue Ale. Public tasting room open Tuesday-Thursday 4-8 p.m., Friday 2-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 4101 N. Florida Ave., 813-374-2101, coldstoragecraftbrewery.com.
6. Corner Club The neighborhood favorite makes you feel at home with a variety of regulars from all walks of life amidst mid-’70s décor with low ceilings, earth tones and a fine illustration of Willie and Waylon. Karaoke nights Fri. and Sat. are the best in town. 1502 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, 813-231-5010.
7. Domani Bistro Lounge Home to a Best of the Bay-winning fusion dessert, as selected by food critic Jon Palmer Claridge. Also home to great mixologists like LCBG’s Pete Siewruk. 6419 N. Florida Ave., 813-644-5995, domanibl.com.
8. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café Ernie Locke’s edible and aural swamp couture roosting spot. Go for Soul Food Sundays; order too much brisket and pulled pork. Wash it down with a Bloody Mary sporting a short rib for garnish. 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., 813-234-1000, ellasfolkartcafe.com.
9. Front Porch Grill and Bar It’s a neighborhood spot for casual dining and music, any night of the week. Live music almost every night. Family-friendly. 5924 N. Florida Ave., 813-237-5511, frontporchgrill.com.
10. The Independent Bar and Café Eat the indelibly delicious “Indie” Grilled Cheese with pears and Gouda on rye. Chances are any of the pints you order on tap or bottle will blow you away. 5016 N. Florida Ave., 813-341-4883, independenttampa.com.
11. Mauricio Faedo’s Bakery Real Cuban bread made in a real Cuban bakery, where burly men rip through fresh dough all day, all night. Barflies gather outside the “Hot Bread Now” sign like moths to a flame. 5150 N. Florida Ave., 813-237-2377.
12. Mermaid Tavern The grooviest little bar in Seminole Heights serves beer, wine, sake, mead, and a limited menu of delicious treats. Eat the Kefta Burger with goat cheese. Lay down some tracks on Tuesdays at Bring-Your-Own-Vinyl night. 6719 N. Nebraska Ave., 813-238-5618.
13. Mikey’s Cafe & Bakery Enjoy some coffee, free hi-fi and order custom-decorated or just-plain-delicious cakes, cookies, breads and “comfort food with a gourmet twist.” The family-owned and operated spot helps anchor the Central/Hanna historic block. 6114 N. Central Ave., 813-234-3755, cafe-bakery.com.
14. Nicko’s Fine Foods It’s the best greasy spoon in town, plus Elvis ate there after his show at the armory in 1956. Menu consists of grits, burgers, fries, and a smattering of Greek foods. 4603 N. Florida Ave., 813-234-9301.
15. The Refinery Chef Greg Baker (a James Beard semi-finalist twice) and his wife Michelle, that sassy minx, run one of Tampa Bay’s best dining spots. Get an unforgettable romantic meal downstairs. Or grab a beer and burger upstairs at their lovely new outdoor patio (it’s covered!). 5137 N. Florida Ave., 813-237-2000, thetamparefinery.com.