Spending time in downtown Tampa? Get to know this Tampa neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a pizza joint to a Caribbean eatery and reggae bar.
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit downtown, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.
1. Eddie & Sam's NY Pizza
Topping the list is Eddie & Sam's NY Pizza, a spot to score pizza, desserts and salads. Located at 203 E. Twiggs St., it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 970 reviews on Yelp.
At this popular spot, you'll find a robust menu that also includes pasta, hero sandwiches and desserts, like cannoli, tiramisu and Italian gelato. If you're craving pizza, order a slice with a mix of meats and veggies, the eggplant Parmesan or Buffalo chicken.
2. Rico's Acai
Next up is food truck Rico's Acai, which offers acai bowls and more, situated at 411 N. Florida Ave. With four stars out of 80 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.
Choose a signature bowl or build-your-own with options like frozen and blended acai berries, almond butter, fresh cut fruit, local honey and more.
Curious to know more about the people behind Rico's Acai? We found more details on its Yelp profile. Owner Marie F. writes, "I expanded this business to Tampa, because I worked at my cousin's food trailer in Charlotte, NC. I noticed how much his food put a smile on people's faces, and how much his customers appreciated a delicious, refreshing meal."
3. Yolk White & Associates
Food truck and breakfast and brunch spot Yolk White & Associates, which offers coffee and tea and more, is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 100 N. Ashley Drive, five stars out of 202 reviews.
Located in McGill Park, this cash-only vendor offers breakfast with river views. The menu features popular items like the Cajun frittata with grits and an egg sandwich with a bacon goat cheese spread.
4. Jerk Hut's Jamaica Tropicale
Jerk Hut's Jamaica Tropicale, a cocktail bar and Caribbean spot, is another neighborhood go-to, with four stars out of 92 Yelp reviews. Head over to 513 Franklin St. to see for yourself.
Hailing from a small Jamaican town, the owner has adorned his third Jamaican spot with similar tropical accents and paintings, notes Creative Loafing Tampa. Locals head to this spot for quality Jamaican cuisine, lunch specials, craft cocktails made with Caribbean rums and live reggae.
Wayne F., wrote, "I love going to a restaurant where there is great customer service! The food here was good as well. I had the barbecue jerk chicken, oxtails, and [the] cabbage."