Time to soak up the last day of Labor Day weekend with the best local eats the Tampa Bay area has to offer. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite spots around town. Thank me later—


Ask anyone about the Tampa food scene and Datz will be on the list! With combinations that include burgers with glazed donuts for buns, fried macaroni and cheese balls and bacon-jalapeno stuffed mac and cheese meatloaf, Datz has something to please your wildest dreams.

With an extensive bar, Datz has local breweries on tap and wine bottles at the ready.

If you’re looking to brunch with Datz make sure to either make a reservation a day before or call ahead – this is one of the trendiest spots in town!

Can’t forget to head next door to Dough for a sweets overload. Dough recently added a donut ice-cream cone! Getting to your cone is well worth the brain freeze.

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Must try: The Vandrose Burger: 100% fresh ground chuck, house-made bacon onion marmalade, and white cheddar. Served on a split glazed doughnut.


On holidays, we brunch. With rice bowls catering to breakfast or lunch, Ciccio has whatever you’re craving covered. Want to continue drinking this Labor Day weekend?

Order a Maxmosa, an extra large mimosa with a mini bottle of champagne refilling your glass with every sip.


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Don’t like champagne? The Slamgria will leave you feeling bubbly with a mini bottle of white(or red) wine spiking your mixer.

Two locations to please all Tampa Bay residents – Cicco Water located in Soho and Ciccio Cali on 4th Street in Saint Pete.


Asian street fare has landed in Downtown Saint Pete! Whether you’re out with your partner, celebrating after a Rays game or in the mood for a buffet’s worth of food without the stomachache — Hawkers is ready to serve.

Must try: Bbq Pork Char Siu – Roasted pork tenderloin, wok-seared with garlic and sweet soy sauce, then topped with spring onions

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Bonus: a “Before I Die” wall was just painted nearby during The SHINE Mural Festival that is going on all week long! While you’re waiting for you table or walking off your meal write down what’s on your bucket list.

Red Mesa Cantina

Bar hoping in DTSP all day? Make sure that Red Mesa Cantina is a stop! Two words – Bacon. Mimosa. The Bacon Mimosa will not disappoint. This combination will pull you out of your hangover and get you ready to party in no time.

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The kitchen serves up monstrous breakfast burritos, gaspacho and tortas. No grease, just authentic Mexican food. No to-go box needed.

Indoor and outdoor seating available. You can escape the heat or have a front row seat to people watch the residence of DTSP.

Must try: The Guacamole Burrito – Scrambled eggs and pico de gallo topped with chile verde sauce and queso fresco.


This is not your average dorm room ramen. With only a few locations nationwide, Ichiramen is taking Tampa by storm. Make your reservation at least an hour or two in advanced on weekends and Friday nights. Dress down for sophisticated ramen.

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The NoWait app is a lifesaver! Completely free and will keep you from calling ahead or even waiting in line next to smellies until your name is called.

Try going after the Vagabond Gita Market every Monday night that’s right across the street. Experience local artists before grabbing a bowl of steaming ramen.

Venture a little outside of your comfort zone and try a specialty combination.

Must try: Champon – shio tare, pork/chicken broth, grilled gulf shrimp, chasyu asado, ginger tempura, scallion, corn, shiitake and sesame.