The spirited wine bar fetes grown-up grape-juice lovers of all varietals with a plethora of deliciously fermented beverages and savory eats alongside a cozy smoking room ideal for enjoying top-brand cigars. Settle in at one of the hardwood high-top tables or along the timber-culled bar with the mediterranean flatbread teeming with feta cheese, chicken, creamy hummus, and a smattering of kalamata olives ($8), or grab hold of the bumble-bee banini buzzing with a white-albacore-tuna medley in a warm, bready embrace ($7). Like Derrida's interpretation of Dr. Seuss, the deconstructed salad breaks down a list of ingredients for creative herbivores to choose from, including monterey cheese, sundried tomatoes, black olives, and a choice of drizzled dressing ($6). Myriad wine tapas such as the smoked salmon ($9), artisan cheese ($8), and toast-point trio ($6) complement the varied vineyard delights available in the fermentation emporium.
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.
Veering away from the mainstream molds of personality-devoid coffee shacks, Tre Amici aims to establish itself as a local, independent hub for cappuccinos and creativity. Camp out on the squishy, orange sofas and admire local artwork while sipping on fair-trade and organic products. The full menu of hot and cold beverages includes the slushy latte frappamici with frozen espresso, milk, and a flavor shot ($4.75), chai latte ($4.20), and Italian soda ($3). Counter caffeine with a selection of good-for-you grub, such as Kashi oatmeal with either raisin spice and sliced apples, or brown maple and apple cinnamon ($2.95); organic low-fat yogurt parfaits layered with berries and maple-nut granola ($3.95); and hummus plates served with toasted pita ($5.75). Heartier fare includes crisp salads and gourmet sandwiches.
From Yogurtology’s self-serve frozen-yogurt stations, customers dispense frozen treats in fun flavors such as strawberry milkshake, red velvet cake, PB&J, chocolate macaroon, and flan. Sugar-conscious patrons can even find several flavors with no added sugars. Using their choice of fro-yo as a base, customers can create a personalized treat by combining multiple flavors or dispensing a single flavor in the shape of their monogram. The last leg of the yogurt-treat creation process happens at the toppings bar, where customers find a selection of hand-cut candy bars and fruit that is sliced throughout the day to ensure freshness.
Founded by a husband-and-wife duo, Qachbal's Chocolatier draws on family recipes to whip up cupcakes, fudge, coffee, and sweet confections fresh onsite daily. Vanilla-bean cupcakes wear a crown of vanilla-buttercream icing adorned with white-chocolate embellishments, which creates an alabaster dessert more appetizing than a picket fence covered in whipped cream. Each bite of a chocolate-truffle cupcake unveils rivers of its eponymous filling, protected from a downpour of sprinkles by an umbrella of rich, dark ganache.
With a history that dates back to early-20th-century Chicago, Landers Steakhouse now introduces Tampa townies to dinner and lunch fare hearty enough to withstand the Windy City. Dinner centerpieces include the 20-ounce T-bone ($19), the aged 7-ounce filet mignon ($17), and the twin coldwater lobster tails ($22), which finish each others’ sentences and have an identical taste in overalls. During lunch, steaks coexist with lighter fare, such as fried grouper sandwiches ($9) and vegetarian wraps ($6). Landers’ efficient staff can also deliver cocktails, such as caramel appletinis ($9) or vodka-infused french-vanilla lattes ($8), both of which loosen tongues in time for yodeling contests that determine who gets the check.
Britans Yogurt Mill tempts sweet teeth with troves of trans-Atlantic treats and healthy, probiotic substitutes with a regularly-rotating cast of flavors. Britans' stash of Only 8 frozen yogurt, free of fats, sugars, cholesterol, and lava, packs 48 calories per small serving ($2.50) and 64 calories per medium cup ($3.25), letting sweet-seekers indulge without sabotaging waistlines. Churn spoons over gobs of Working Cow Ice Cream ($2.65–$3.95), Florida's own boutique dairy blend brimming with fruit, chocolate, and nuts; or expand horizons with Britans' import selection of candy ($1.25–$5.25) and biscuits from England and South Africa.