Tampa's Best Spots to Find Comfort Food Faves



Comfort food classics and homestyle dining options abound in Tampa, whether you're looking to revisit favorite dishes from childhood, or you're looking to sample the comfort food of other cultures. With a large portion of the city's population hailing from other parts of the country and the world, there are a variety of traditions to choose from including Cuban, Italian, Greek, Southern cooking and soul food, as well as all-American favorites. Listed here, 10 Best has brought together just a few of the many options to choose from.

If you're looking to experience the comfort food of Tampa's many Cuban-American residents, try La Teresita. This old-school cafeteria offers large portions of traditional dishes developed from family recipes.  

Southern cooking is also well-represented with restaurants such as the funky, modern Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe where they serve up soul food favorites including their famous chicken and waffles surrounded by an intriguing collection of whimsical folk art. 


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Airport Area


If you can't get enough succulent, Southern cooking, this place (named for Tampa Bay's first NFL Hall of Famer) will have your taste buds swooning. Many dishes rely on Lee Roy's mom's recipes, such as fried chicken, meat loaf, chicken-fried...  Read More




Goody Goody Burgers is the resurrection of an iconic Tampa diner that was opened in 1925 as the first drive-in east of the Mississippi. The new incarnation is the brainchild of restaurateur Richard Gonzmart, owner of the famous Columbia...  Read More


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Airport Area


You can be assured of good barbecue when you see the pit smoking out back. Jimbo's keeps close watch over it, taking great pains to ensure that all the meat reaches that moment of perfect flavor. When it's ready, they pile it high, add baked...  Read More




Let's just get this out of the way first: it's outdoors, it's a mostly-dirt floor, and you will probably be sitting at a picnic table. If you're still reading, you will love Skipper's. This is the go-to venue for fans of the really eclectic, not...  Read More




Centrally located in the Westshore district of Tampa, Del Frisco's Grille serves perfectly prepared prime steaks and creative versions of comfort food staples. Popular menu items include the Grille Prime Cheeseburger, Cheesesteak Eggrolls, and...  Read More


Bella's Italian Cafe
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A favorite of locals in South Tampa, Bella's has been around for 28 years. Although it could easily be pretentious, thanks to subdued lighting and gracious details, Bella's prefers to greet guests with relaxed charm. In fact, it's a delightful...  Read More


La Teresita Restaurant
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La Teresita is located in West Tampa, an area of the city that was originally settled by Cuban immigrants, and features authentic versions of Cuban cuisine. There is a traditional restaurant space, but La Teresita's charm is found inside the...  Read More




Ella's Americana Folk Art Café is a fresh and funky eatery located in the charming and historic Seminole Heights neighborhood. As the name suggests, the ambiance is laid-back with walls decorated with a variety of American folk art providing...  Read More


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South Tampa


Datz is one of Tampa's most popular restaurants. At one time or another, almost everyone has visited this trendy gastropub and market. The interior is warm and inviting with a funky, industrial vibe and no one stands on ceremony here -...  Read More




Élevage is located in the Epicurean Hotel, a boutique hotel that caters to guests wishing to experience life's indulgences, especially when it comes to food. Developed by the owner of Bern's, one of Tampa's most established restaurants,...  Read More


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Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye has lived in Tampa for over 16 years and spends much of her time exploring the region and discovering its hidden treasures. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no cold, no...  More About Skye

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