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Banyan Coffee and Tea

Editor's pick

Categories: Top restaurant

Cuisine: Coffee shops/diners

Features: Top restaurant

Cost range: 1.00-10.00

Alcohol: No alcohol

Parking: Street

If you look at the acknowledgements of local author and writing coach Roy Peter Clark’s latest book, there’s a shout-out to Banyan Coffee and Tea. In fact, lots of local writers might credit Erica Allums’s little coffee shop as muse. It opened originally in 2008, but closed after three years so Allums could spend more time with her daughters. She was shuttered 11 months before reopening in July.

Banyan is a cozy room, designed for outrageous lingering, with cheery Fiestaware crockery, great coffee, hearty daily soups and a short menu of homemade-tasting sandwiches (house-roasted pork loin tucked with white cheddar and caramelized onions into Cuban bread). At breakfast, scones battle with an egg sandwich on pressed Cuban bread for pre-eminence. In what once housed St. Pete’s Finest, the charming Banyan may have nabbed just that title in town. Prices range from $6-$8.95.

This is part of Times Food Critic Laura Reiley's 25 Top Affordable Restaurants in Tampa Bay.

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