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.
Chef and owner Jessica Raia-Long graduated from the New England Culinary Institute and has owned the bistro since 2001. Her internationally inspired offerings take cues from jaunts across the Alps and European hikes, feature the local-est of ingredients, and rotate seasonally. Lunches at The NoHo Bistro are more special than finding jelly beans in the pocket of your favorite trench coat. Sandwiches come with the daily side or seasoned kettle chips and include such sophisticated selections as the NoHo muffaletta ($9) with Italian cured meats, rosemary ham, provolone, and olive salad swaddled in focaccia, or the fresh roasted turkey with a cranberry-apple relish and goat-cheese blend on ciabatta ($8). Diners will also discover salads, soups, and a smattering of light bistro fare.