CL regularly presents focused listings of the best dining options in Tampa Bays neighborhoods. This week, were giving you a guide to dining in the University area, as well as the distance each spot is from the USF Tampa campus.
CAFE KILI 5731 E Fowler Ave., (813) 988-2879, 1.7 miles. cafekili.com Offering students a nice place to relax, study, enjoy free wi-fi, and have some coffee. Live entertaining is available on select nights. They also offer soups (try the shrimp corn bisque) and sandwiches at affordable prices and have a USF discount.
CALIFORNIA TACOS 1450 Skipper Rd., (813) 971-8226, 3.6 miles. californiatacostogo.com A different take on tacos, California Tacos follows a Southern California style of making tacos and various Mexican-inspired dishes. The entire composition is different from what you will find at any Mexican restaurant. The California Burrito with French fries inside may sound odd, but the taste once you bite into it is better than you would ever expect. The Horchata here is also one of the best in town.
CDB PIZZA 5104 E Fowler Ave., (813) 985-1336, 1.6 miles. cdbpizza.com Winner of the USF Pizza tasting event last year. Great lunch special prices. Dinner prices can get be steep, especially for college students on a budget.
CILANTRO INDIAN CUISINE 11009 N 56th St., (813) 983-8220, 1.3 miles. cilantroindiancuisine.com Indian food lovers will love Cilantros large menu and wide range of choices. The Chicken Tikka Dossa makes a great alternative for those who prefer less spicy entrees. The Gulab Jamun and Chocolate Temptation are both sweet and savory choices for dessert enthusiasts.
FIVE GUYS 2702 E Fowler Ave., (813) 977-4400, 1.1 miles. fiveguys.com The best burger option near USF, Five Guys has been voted the best burger again and again by many for their juicy and fresh tasting burgers. USF students (with their student ID) receive free French fries with the purchase of a burger and a drink.
FUSHIA ASIAN BISTRO 15317 Amberly Dr. (813) 903-6705, 3.5 miles. This family-style dining restaurant on Amberly Drive has a number of Chinese options. Lunch options run from around $7 to $11 and portions are large enough to share with friends. For dinner, prices go up a few dollars, but if you stick to sharing then it is still affordable. Besides their Cantonese cuisine, they also have Korean and Japanese options available.