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  • Grass Root Organic Restaurant
    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.
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    4334 S Manhattan Ave
    Tampa, FL US
  • Bruster's Real Ice Cream
    Home to more than 140 flavors of dairy-based frozen treats, Bruster’s offers everything from traditional sundaes ($5 for regular) to customizable, candy-loaded blasts ($4.75 for regular). A lengthy flavor list offers enough cold, creamy options to placate the pickiest palate and smother the smokiest campfire. Browse the menu to select your optimal sweet-tooth-sating device, such as a single-scoop waffle cone filled with one of more than 24 flavors of ice cream made fresh every day ($4.15). Though flavors vary by store, dairy denizens may sample eclectic edible hues such as mint chocolate chip—one of Bruster's featured mint flavors in April. Opt for the lighter options of sorbets and italian ices or takeout containers in pint ($5.50), quart ($7.50), half-gallon ($11.75), and udder-size servings.
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    20303 Bruce B Downs Blvd
    Tampa, FL US
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe
    At Tropical Smoothie Café, blending baristas sling out healthful smoothies alongside a diverse menu of freshly prepped eats, including toasted wraps, grilled flatbreads, and gourmet salads. Combo meals afford feasting pairs the opportunity to corral breaded specialties such as a buffalo-chicken wrap or a wasabi-roast-beef sandwich, which tantalizes tasters with succulent cuts of roast beef wreathed in a wasabi caesar dressing. Like professional hitchhikers, gourmet salads pack as much as possible into their layers, including wontons and tides of peanut sauce that mingle under the greens of the thai chicken salad. Smoothies, crafted from real fruit and natural sugar, chase savory bites with decadent slurps of low-fat, coffee, and specialty blends. Refresh parched pipes with the rich swigs of a Blimey Limey—a fusion of strawberries, apples, and orange—or cull the antioxidant-packed gulps of a matcha green tea to help immune systems shut down viruses and perform better on game shows.
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    3810 W Neptune St
    Tampa, FL US
  • City Street Sweets
    A sanctuary of sweet treats, City Street Sweets packs a jellybean jar's worth of retro candies, decadent truffles, creamy fudge, chewy caramel apples, and more inside its fern-colored walls. Steal your valentine's four-chambered muscular organ with an Uptown Classic truffle eight-piece gift box ($11.95), teeming with gourmet truffles in flavors such as dark-chocolate raspberry, milk-chocolate caramel, and dark-chocolate champagne. Unbirthdays are best celebrated with a Birthday Cake fudge ($8.25 for 8 oz., $16 for 16 oz.), a vanilla-fudge box loaded with mini marshmallows, rainbow sprinkles, and expired birthday wishes. Sink your canines into a caramel-apple pie CraZapple ($11.95), cloaked in fresh-roasted pecans, white chocolate, and cinnamon sugar, or delve deeper into the den of decadence with an old-fashioned strawberry soda-pop float ($4.79), a Sprite sea awash with Titanic-sinking strawberry icecaps. The candy college at City Street Sweets keeps wandering minds occupied with an arsenal of chocolate-drenched course offerings. Channel your inner Einstein at the Chocolate Bar Inventor class ($11.95), in which students are paired with PhD-toting Oompa-Loompas to create an original candy bar bundled up in a wrapper of their own design. The Candy Jewelry Designer course ($16.95) transforms budding fashionistas into haute-couture bling designers with tricks to turn last year's Lifesavers into this year's must-have accessory.
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    1601 W Snow Cir
    Tampa, FL US
  • So Nuts! Donuts and Bakery
    The team at So Nuts! Donuts & Deli is out to prove that everything goes better with a donut?even grilled cheese sandwiches. The menu has an entire section dedicated to grilled cheese donuts: picture a traditional glazed donut cut in half, layered with cheddar and American cheese and maybe an extra topping or two, then grilled to salty-sweet perfection. If cheese sandwiches aren't your thing, they'll gladly use a donut (or two) as a bun on any of their burgers or sandwiches, making So Nuts! one of the only places you can order corned beef or hot roast beef on a donut without anyone blinking an eye. That may all sound rather whimsical, but So Nuts! takes its donuts pretty seriously. The bakers whip up nearly 30 varieties of donuts in unique flavors. Favorites include the Cookie Monster, a chocolate-glazed yeast ring topped with Chips Ahoy pieces, and the Hemingway, a vanilla yeast donut with key lime filling and crushed graham crackers. And the donut-makers are so open to new and creative ideas, they'll even let customers dream up custom donuts using any of the ingredients available in the kitchen.
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    10019 N Dale Mabry Hwy.
    Tampa, FL US
  • Tampa Bead Cafe
    Perched in wrought-iron chairs at a gleaming marble bar, students and artists sip coffee, sharing inspiration and plans for upcoming projects. Nearby, Tampa Bead Cafe's instructors preside over a range of jewelry-crafting materials, which provide the necessary hardware to follow up on the grand artistic plans under discussion. Beneath the terra cotta–hued walls, shelves brim with beads, metal chains, and wire, as well as less conventional media such as metal clay and polymers. The staff guides visitors along racks of bracelet and necklace supplies, and exclamations of happiness drift from a classroom, where teachers introduce specific styles, such as kumihimo. Students to use real tools such as pliers, cutters, and magnifiers to intimidate their jewelry into making itself, and most courses end with the creation of piece for pupils to treasure. A roster of guest artists, who have included polymer-clay artist Christi Friesen and Maria Rypan, lead style and material-specific workshops.
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    4117 Gunn Hwy
    Tampa, FL US
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