Food & Drink in Brandon

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Della's After Dark is the Teen Wolf of eateries, morphing from a demure deli into a swanky spot for savories come sundown. Slurp a “seafood margarita” ($7), a combo of lime, mango, cilantro, shrimp, crab, and squid, or skate toasted french bread across an oozy caldron of baked goat-cheese marinara ($7). Fresh, colorful salads, including the grape tomato and boccocini ($8) drizzled with balsamic vinegar, pleasantly stretch stomach muscles in preparation for the main course. Della's menu also offers a variety of protein-based plates, from pan-Asian seared tofu ($14) to grilled swordfish bedded with sundried-tomato pesto and parmesan polenta ($18). Desserts change nightly; recent sweets include bananas foster and sticky date pudding.

608 Oakfield Dr
Brandon,
FL
US

Four Citysearchers give O'Tooles Irish Pub a perfect five-star average, and 66% of Urbanspooners recommend it. More than 750 Facebookers are fans.

1215 W Brandon Blvd
Brandon,
FL
US

Carvel's ice-cream shops sling creamy and crunchy treats spanning the sweet-spectrum from hand-dipped ice cream cones to ice-cream cakes made fresh daily. Customize an ice-cream cake based on serving size, flavor, and decoration, or pick up a fully festooned cake ($11.99+) trimmed by one of Carvel's seasoned treat artisans. Each hand-dipped ice-cream cup ($2.59–$4.29) or frosty shake ($3.99–$4.99) can be personalized with any combination of 12 different Flavor Shotz, which can be used to garnish special snacks or to leave a traceable trail of treats when wandering in witch-infested woods. Taste buds can also ascend classic hot-fudge sundaes ($3.99–$4.99), winding past chocolate-syrup flows and whipped-cream glaciers en route to the cherry summit. Click here to learn more about Carvel's creations, including their nutritional information and how many angels can fit on a scoop of ice cream.

117 W Bloomingdale Ave
Brandon,
FL
US

Bill Shumate's career as a restaurateur began in 1964 when he opened a small burger shack that catered to the hearty appetites of University of Oklahoma students. After spending the next several decades opening and operating eateries, Shumate decided that his next venture should somehow honor his burger roots. He partnered with Joanie Corneil in 2006 and developed a concept choosing the name Square 1 Burgers to reflect this full-circle journey. Unlike that original restaurant, though, Square 1 Burgers grew over the years, eventually expanding to several locations throughout west central Florida.

Although the concept was intended to be a return to basics, Square 1 isn't constrained by traditional conventions. Patties of Meyer's all-natural red Angus beef, Kobe, lamb, ground buffalo, and portobello mushroom caps all appear between the buns, providing a wealth of options to consider before even thinking about toppings. This eclectic spirit is also apparent in the menu's selection of appetizers, which includes everything from sun-dried tomato and artichoke hummus to homemade double-dipped onion rings. Even the milkshakes made with Blue Bell ice cream seem like faithful renditions of an American classic at first. However, the grown-up versions with Baileys, vodka, and Kahlua or brandy, crème de cacao continue to demonstrate Square 1 Burgers' playful spirit.

2042 Badlands Dr.
Brandon,
FL
US

Cork & Olive Wine Bar & Café's chief oenophiles, Hank and Doug, celebrate the store's expansive collection of wines and microbrews by adding a social tasting and snacking experience to the joy of shopping for fine imbibables. During these tastings, guests may have the opportunity to observe actual gold flakes tumble and turn amid the racing bubbles of the Peter Brum Gold Sparkler or note how the creamily textured tannins in the Cinnabar merlot transform when paired with artisanal cheeses and gourmet meats. Oak barrels await the touch of a tap to allow customers to fill their own bottles or purses with ripe, fermented delights. Every Friday and Saturday, live jazz imbues the air with as many varied and unpredictable notes as are found in the store's collection of wines.

2086 Badlands Dr
Brandon,
FL
US

The professional pie'd pipers at Wize Guyz Pizzeria craft a full menu of Italian delights using premium ingredients, freshly grated cheeses, and local produce in the warm, family-run eatery. Hand-tossed, brick-oven pizzas run the gamut from a rustic, traditional cheese pie ($10.98–$13.97) to a stuffed meat pizza, which is packed shoulder-to-shoulder with pepperoni, sausage, ham, and mozzarella in a standing room-only crust ($19.75). Philly cheesesteaks ($6.76+) and hot subs ($6.78+) nestle between rolls, while traditional pasta dishes, heaped in sauces, harmonize with toasty warm garlic bread.

2498 W Brandon Blvd
Brandon,
FL
US