DOWNTOWN — A one-stop shop for food, convenience store items and retail has made its way downtown and caters to time-deprived workers.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn cut the ribbon to City Market Eats on April 30 at the corner of Morgan and Washington Streets south of County Center.
The local fresh market mainly serves hot dogs, ice cream, coffee and grab-and-go items. It also features anything found at a convenience store: gum, candy, chips, sundries, toiletries and even retail items.
"It's a completely different concept," said general manager Jazmin "Jaz" Diaz.
"It's not a restaurant, we don't have any servers. We wanted a very cool urban style grocery store, yet food options in the same building."
Its biggest selling point is the hot dog bar with 23 various condiments including different varieties of ketchup like banana ketchup, chilli and cheese and more.
These toppings are great for any of their four hot dogs — the classic downtown city dog, the twisted dog which comes on a pretzel bun, the fluffy dog which is a trio of Hawaiian rolls, or the double down dog with two dogs on one bun.
City Market Eats' features local ice cream from The Revolution Ice Cream Co. in Brandon and the grab-and-go coolers feature food items from local restaurants that normally aren't available downtown, including Pipo's Cuban Cafe, Intelligent Gourmet, and ReBuilt Meals
Other quick food items include parfaits, juices, rice bowls, shepherd's pie, blueberry pancakes and more.
Diaz adds that downtown was really lacking convenient items and food in this area, and why City Market Eats was an obvious necessity.
Owned by 23 Restaurants Services, City Market Eats operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, and is located at 206 N Morgan St.
For more information visit citymarketeats.com/ or call (813) 591-3287.
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