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Seminole Heights

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

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.

  • Ox & Fields Restaurant and Bar


    Cuisine: Asian, Florida, New American
    Features: Outdoor seating

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

    Hours: 4-10 p.m. Tues.-Thur., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

    Read a review here.

  • 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.

  • Corner Club


    Features: Beloved dive, Big-screen TVs, Jukebox, Karaoke, Neighborhood, Pool tables, Sports

    Seminole Heights: 1502 E Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33610

    Don't be daunted by the exterior. The industrial gray-painted and brick building looks like something out of a post-Apocalyptic Western. Inside, it's a cozier and friendlier world, full of down-to-earth regulars who range from guys in punk bands to plumbers and real estate brokers. Get drunk on cheap bottled domestic beer. They have some imports, too, like Beck's Dark, Corona and Guinness.

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