The South Howard area known as SoHo is Tampa's mecca for bars and restaurants, most of them independently owned.
Dining options run from the world famous Bern's Steak House [1208 S Howard Ave.; (813) 251-2421] and its chic sister restaurant SideBern's [2208 W Morrison Ave.; (813) 258-2233] to the trendy Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club [2109 Bayshore Blvd.; (813) 251-0022] and breakfast standby Daily Eats [901 S Howard Ave.; (813) 868-3335].
SoHo attracts a young party crowd with bars such as MacDinton's [405 S Howard Ave.; (813) 251-8999], the Dubliner Irish Pub [2307 W Azeele St.; (813) 258-2257], World of Beer [402 S Howard Ave.; (813) 251-6800] with hundreds of brews and Yard of Ale [406 S Howard Ave.; (813) 251-4433]. Stores such as Squaresville [508 S Howard Ave.; (813) 259-9944] for retro accessories and clothes and Mosh Posh [500 S Howard Ave.; (813) 258-8800] designer consignment, offer eclectic items not found in malls.
South Howard Avenue runs north/south between Hyde Park and Palma Ceia, ending on scenic Bayshore Boulevard, home of the area's favorite waterfront sidewalk with elegant homes. The Colonnade [3401 Bayshore Blvd.; (813) 839-7558] has anchored Bayshore Boulevard since 1935, with seafood and an awesome view of Hillsborough Bay.
Several blocks to the east, Hyde Park Village [1602 W Snow Ave.] is an outdoor shopping mall anchored by Pottery Barn, Anthropologie and Williams-Sonoma. Dining includes the Wine Exchange Bistro, Timpano Italian Chophouse and Irish 31, a mix of traditional Irish pub fare and classic American next door to the dinner-and-a-movie spot CineBistro.
Also in South Tampa is Pane Rustica [3225 S MacDill Ave.; (813) 902-8828], a bakery-turned-bistro with gourmet offerings like King Crab Saffron Ravioli, and Datz [2616 S MacDill Ave.; (813) 831-7000], a deli with dreamy home-made chips and fried chicken and waffles.