Comfort food and family-friendly 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 other parts of the world, there is 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. Many residents of Tampa have also taken up the Cuban breakfast tradition of a cafe con leche paired with fresh, toasted Cuban bread.
Southern cooking is also well-represented with restaurants such as Lee Roy Selmon's, a small restaurant chain founded by Tampa football legend and favorite citizen of the same name. Their menu includes comfort food staples such as pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken & waffles. Another great place to try southern food is at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe where they serve a great Sunday Soul food buffet surrounded by folk art ambiance.
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