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Seminole Heights

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

  • Walk to End Lupus

    A 1-mile walk along the Hillsborough River to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America.

    Price:Free, $250 fundraising goal.

    Lowry Park Bandshell: 7525 North Blvd., Tampa, 33604

  • Dark Wave Yoga

    Vinyasa Yoga set to dark and melancholy variant of new wave, post-punk, gothic rock, dark synthpop, ambient, industrial, trip-hop music. Bands like Bauhaus, Joy Division, The Sisters Of Mercy, Portishead, Morrissey, Nine inch nails, Dead Can Dance.

    Price:$12; $10 students & military.

    Tempus Projects: 4636 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 33603

  • First Friday Seminole Heights

    On the first Friday of every month,businesses in and around Seminole Heights extend their hours until 10 p.m. to allow people to browse offbeat works throughout the community all in one go. Participating venues include  Tempus Projects, The Disco Dolls and Phoenix studio. Find more information at facebook.com/ffseminoleheights.

    Price:Free.

    Pyramid Inc.: 1508 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

  • WaZoo BeerFest

    Editor's pick

    The 21st annual all-inclusive tropical tasting party was moved up to spring this year. It features more than 250 beers and beverages from around the world, pub fare and restaurant samplings, "animal ambassadors," outdoor games and live music. New this year, space has expanded to include more areas of the zoo with more animal habitats available for viewing, outdoor games like corn hole scattered throughout the zoo.

    Price:$65, $50 members (through May 6); $75 day of; $45 designated driver; $125 VIP.

    Lowry Park Zoo: 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

  • The Bold, the Young and the Murdered

    A comedic murder mystery show.

    Price:$10, $5 students.

    Tampa Catholic High School: 4630 N Rome Ave , Tampa, 33603

Restaurants:

  • Taco Bus (Tampa)


    Cuisine: Casual Dining, Mexican
    Features: Catering, Late-night dining, Takeout

    Seminole Heights: 913 E Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 33604

    A regular fixture in the Seminole Heights section of Tampa, the bus has been a late-night or lunchtime destination since the late 90s. Current owner Rene Valenzuela came to the United States about 16 years ago, and sold his homemade Mexican food from a trailer that he pulled behind his pickup truck. He bought Taco Bus from a cousin in 2006.

    Favorite Taco Bus dishes include the butternut squash tostada, chilorio (pulled pork in ancho pepper sauce), shrimp and cilantro tacos, and rajas con queso (strips of roasted poblano pepper with cheese, salsa and corn).

    And one of its biggest draws is its 24-7 operation, meaning late shift workers can get their fix of authentic Mexican anytime of the day or night.  

  • Front Porch Grille


    Cuisine: American casual, Southern
    Features: Children's menu

    Seminole Heights: 5924 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 33604

    The name says it all—it’s got the kind of wide front porch that begs you to sit a spell and watch the world rush by. Inside the charming two-story Victorian house in Seminole Heights, the recently remodeled Front Porch gets a little karaoke going Thursday nights while the menu offers up an array of char-grilled Angus steaks along with pizza, pastas and a short list of local fish.
     

  • El Rincon Mexicano


    Cuisine: Mexican

    Seminole Heights: 4907 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, 33603

  • Fried Rice King


    Cuisine: Asian
    Features: Takeout

    Seminole Heights: 6117 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 33604

  • Home of Gyros


    Cuisine: Greek
    Features: Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Takeout

    Seminole Heights: 3919 N Tampa St, Tampa, 33603

Bars:

  • The Refinery


    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Date night

    Seminole Heights: 5137 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 33603

    The Refinery is certainly Seminole Heights' most exciting culinary development since the opening of Ella's Americana Folk Art Café. Committed to sourcing local, seasonal and sustainable, they've got a weekly changing one-page menu of dishes that explore pretty much untrammeled ground in the area. Dishes show real moxie, with a decadent (read: caloric) streak running throughout. The restaurant itself is a sweet two-story house saved from demolition in 2000 when Hillsborough Avenue was widened. The menu's small-plate/large-plate prices, in the $2 to $20 range, make it an affordable Tuesday night impulse, especially if they're holding a "cheap date" wine night with select bottles for about $15. And the service staff — high funk factor and quick with the riposte — keep the proceedings far from formal.

    Read Laura Reiley's review.

    Read about the Refinery's nomination for a James Beard award and how that affected the restaurant

     

     

  • Mermaid Tavern


    Features: DJ/Techno, Happy hour, Live music, Outdoor seating, Top restaurant

    Seminole Heights: 6719 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 33604

     

    If there’s one neighborhood in the Tampa Bay area that struck it rich last year, it’s Seminole Heights. On the heels of cult faves like Ella’s and the Refinery, Domani Bistro Lounge opened, the Capdevilla family (La Teresita) launched Sabroso and Mermaid Tavern became a go-to neighborhood watering hole. As with the Independent before it, the fly in the ointment was lack of grub. Yeah, there’s a great outdoor patio, '60s and '70s films projected on a screen in the back, “bring your own vinyl” night and a world-class beer list, but a girl gets hon-gry. A few months ago they added food (just like the Independent before it), and it’s a wonderful short list of sharable noshes, from hummus with warm pita triangles to truffle fries and a Middle Eastern kefta burger.

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

    Hours: 4:30 p.m.-3 a.m. daily.

    Read more here.

  • Bourgeois Pig


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Burgers
    Features: Catering, Happy hour

    Seminole Heights: 7701 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 33604

  • Seminole Heights: 6416 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 33604

  • Blondie's


    Features: Darts, Jukebox, Karaoke, Pool tables

    Seminole Heights: 1735 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 33603

    Neighborhood bar that's great for low-key karaoke fun. Think of it as a Tiny Tap with people singing on a stage and not just into their beers.

Attractions:

  • Taco Bus (Tampa)


    Cuisine: Casual Dining, Mexican
    Features: Catering, Late-night dining, Takeout

    Seminole Heights: 913 E Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 33604

    A regular fixture in the Seminole Heights section of Tampa, the bus has been a late-night or lunchtime destination since the late 90s. Current owner Rene Valenzuela came to the United States about 16 years ago, and sold his homemade Mexican food from a trailer that he pulled behind his pickup truck. He bought Taco Bus from a cousin in 2006.

    Favorite Taco Bus dishes include the butternut squash tostada, chilorio (pulled pork in ancho pepper sauce), shrimp and cilantro tacos, and rajas con queso (strips of roasted poblano pepper with cheese, salsa and corn).

    And one of its biggest draws is its 24-7 operation, meaning late shift workers can get their fix of authentic Mexican anytime of the day or night.  

  • Front Porch Grille


    Cuisine: American casual, Southern
    Features: Children's menu

    Seminole Heights: 5924 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 33604

    The name says it all—it’s got the kind of wide front porch that begs you to sit a spell and watch the world rush by. Inside the charming two-story Victorian house in Seminole Heights, the recently remodeled Front Porch gets a little karaoke going Thursday nights while the menu offers up an array of char-grilled Angus steaks along with pizza, pastas and a short list of local fish.
     

  • El Rincon Mexicano


    Cuisine: Mexican

    Seminole Heights: 4907 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, 33603

  • Fried Rice King


    Cuisine: Asian
    Features: Takeout

    Seminole Heights: 6117 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 33604

  • Home of Gyros


    Cuisine: Greek
    Features: Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Takeout

    Seminole Heights: 3919 N Tampa St, Tampa, 33603