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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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



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



Back before there was a paved road, Skippers Smokehouse began as a small take-out joint north of Tampa. Over the years, the building has been added on to, first constructing a dining room that is a study in Old Florida rustic. The cuisine is...  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

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The Rez Grill
Photo courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa


Tampa's Rez Grill is the newest dining experience in the recently expanded Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The restaurant is the brainchild of new Culinary Director, Frank Anderson, who has managed the kitchens of two James Beard-awarded...  Read More

Bella's Italian Cafe
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Bella's has been a favorite of locals in South Tampa for over three decades. Featuring home-cooked flavors, everything is prepared from scratch here including their pizza dough and pasta. Diners return often to tuck into the delicious wood-fired...  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

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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Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye