Sweet Marlays' Coffee takes its moniker from the middle name that owner Tammy Kozinski shares with her four daughters and granddaughter. Visitors find members of the family hard at work behind the counter, brewing up coffee from hand-selected beans and baking delicious pastries and desserts. Guests sip coffee drinks spiked with Ghirardelli chocolate and butter pecan, or Irish cream and English toffee, pairing cups with homemade pastries, desserts, bagels, turkey-pesto paninis, and flaky-crust spinach pies.
Heaping platters of steamed fish embellished with ginger and scallions, and piping vats of caramel shrimp and pork stew sit at the center of the table at Ánh Hồng Restaurant. Voted best of Yelp and a Zagat award winner, Ánh Hồng Restaurant serves up family-sized portions that encourage friends and relatives to indulge in not just traditional Vietnamese specialties, but also a shared dining experience. The family-style eatery caters to single and small group diners as well, whether they are vegetarians ready to dive into a pile of lemongrass tofu, or vigilant meat eaters enjoying pork fried rice or chicken pho, a popular Vietnamese soup. The menu also boasts plenty of options for dessert, including mango and strawberry smoothies and Vietnamese puddings made from fruit and fresh milk from the chef’s pet cow’s coconut.
Owners Spencer and Sabrina Aird parlay a passion for nourishing vegan fare into Grass Root Organic Restaurant, which CBS Tampa named one of the best veg restaurants in the city. Carmine walls envelop diners in the cozy café space, creating a soothing atmosphere punctuated with vivid abstract paintings hung along the wall. While settled into high-backed wooden chairs, each topped with a lattice design, diners dig into a menu that features cooked vegan dishes as well as raw dishes. Raw vegan pad thai, guacamole, and spinach and basil pesto, among others, star on the restaurant's roster.
The Airds also run a customizable meal delivery system that sends clients fresh meals from a rotating weekly menu several times a week. Sabrina teaches occasional classes on how to replicate her culinary expertise and mimic items on Grass Root's menu by sitting very still on an oversized plate.
Innovative chef Nora De La Vega blends the rich flavors, textures, and traditions from ancient foods such as chiles and corn with unique Spanish and Latin influences to create a vibrant menu of modern Latin cuisine. Drawing from family recipes and using only fresh, sustainable ingredients, dishes combine the contemporary with the traditional. Guests share and sip in time to guitar chords strummed by live musicians, while colorful artwork adds to the festive atmosphere in this casual-yet-chic eatery.
The word masala refers to a specific spice blend. So, it's not surprising that Masala Indian Cuisine chefs are serious about their spices. They import these spices?and herbs?from India, and pair this commitment to authenticity with an experience-honed sense of culinary nuance. As a result, Masala chefs can often accommodate diners' heat-level requests while retaining the integrity of their traditional recipes. Of course, Indian cuisine, like an earth-sized quilt, traditionally incorporates the influences of myriad cultures. The food at Masala Indian Cuisine is no exception, with centuries of India's cultural fusion transforming into authentic, palate-thrilling meals. Buffet services are also offered every day for lunch and on weekends for dinner, giving people the chance to try everything from soups and desserts to South Indian specialties and vegetarian entrees.
The folks at Juice Lab take their "farm to bottle" motto seriously. Within 24 hours of leaving the ground, branch, or bush, produce is juiced, bottled, and served to customers. The result is ultra-fresh juice that's always cold pressed to maintain the highest concentration of nutritional benefits, and to coax pyrophobic fruits into the juicer. Aside from juices, the neon-lit storefront also serves fresh coconut water from locally grown coconuts, available seasonally, coconut yogurts, salads, wraps, and other healthy and organic foods and treats.