Meting out meats since 1970, Tampa Steak Company sells more than 100 cuts of beef, pork, poultry, lamb, and seafood to restaurants and the unquenchably carnivorous public. Sate ravenous cutlery with a 12-piece steak package, comprised of four 8-ounce T-bone steaks, four 8-ounce rib eye steaks, and four 8-ounce New York–strip steaks. Skilled butchers cut steaks on a daily basis after each has been aged for a minimum of 14 days, making for a succulent slab suitable for sizzling grills and the most discerning black eyes.
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.
Stocked with cute collectibles, hand-made home furnishings, and fashionable accessories, Gifts by Maria is a treasure trove of keepsakes and mementos. Under the sparkling light of a crystal chandelier, customers can find bath and body products, decorative figurines, and treat-packed gift baskets in Big Bad Wolf–proof packaging. Seasonal offerings include stocking stuffers, unstuffed stockings, and spooky Halloween-themed party favors.
Amy's Fresh Delivery drops packs of locally sourced, farm-fresh produce on doorsteps in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties. Each mixed basket contains 10 items: a head of romaine lettuce, a pound of vine-ripened tomatoes, a cucumber, and a red onion plus six fruits and veggies chosen by the subscriber from a list of 37. The cornucopia of sustainable goodies can feed a small family or a medium-sized water dragon for up to a week. Deliveries arrive on Monday or Wednesday of each week, depending on the subscriber's zip code, and are wrapped in a reusable, insulated bag that keeps ingredients as cool and fresh as a pair of homegrown sunglasses.
El Zarape Mexican Restaurant sates cravings for bold, spicy flavors all week long with homemade fajitas, seafood, and desserts. The kitchen refuels empty stomachs with hearty burritos, taco salads, and vegetarian quesadillas. Rice and refried beans complement meals and bartenders blend sangrias and margaritas according to Zarape’s own recipes, discovered by playing Jimmy Buffet cassettes backward.
The empanada is a doughy pocket, which is shaped like a crescent regardless of the lunar cycle. It's stuffed with a wide variety of fillings, ranging from savory beef, chicken, sausage, and crab to fruits and veggies, as well as blends of premium cheese. This treat is popular in many countries across the world, and it's the star of the menu at the family-owned Mr. Empanada. There, the chefs fill empanadas with a dozen different combinations of innovative ingredients, including italian sausage and cheese, guava and cream cheese, spinach artichoke, and barbecue chicken.