Best food pun I've heard all day? Nothing Bundt Cakes, a nationwide bakery franchise specializing in, you guessed it, bundt cakes that's made its way to Tampa.
At 13252 N. Dale Mabry Highway, the Carrollwood bundt cakery carries 10 flavors — red velvet and pecan praline among them — alongside 40 special cake designs. Pick-up orders for everything from tiered bundts to bite-size cakes known as "bundtinis" can be placed online. The shop also spotlights one-of-a-kind gifts, cards and decorative items.
Nothing Bundt Cakes, which will soon bring locations to Central Tampa and Sarasota, operates from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
• Alfredo's Italian Cuisine debuted to Brandon not too long ago. With usual suspects like hot wings and Greek salad, the casual restaurant at 905 E. Brandon Blvd. features a large lineup for lunch and dinner, swapping down-home sandwiches, including meatball subs and Philly steaks (sans cheese), in the daytime for a bigger selection of classic pasta dishes during evening hours.
Plates of steak, seafood and chicken are on hand as well, plus calzones and pizza by the pie and slice. Takeout is available.
• Nearby, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines are found inside Rice Bowl at 3224 Lithia Pinecrest Road. The Valrico fusion eatery highlights everything from tuna tataki and pho to ramen and panang curry on its something-for-everyone menu. And the sushi offerings include sashimi platters, nigiri and vegetarian rolls like the Veggie Deluxe (sweet daikon, avocado, cucumber, seasoned spinach, carrot, sesame seeds).
• All-you-can-eat Korean barbecue drives Tampa's new Sa Ri One Grill. This spacious second location for Sa Ri One, which opened its doors in 2003, recently launched at 7525 W. Hillsborough Ave., serving up grill-it-yourself options such as beef brisket and pork belly that diners cook at the table. Other menu items are appetizers, soup, noodles and cooked entrees, along with sake, wine and beer.
• Last but not least: whiskey barbecue pulled pork and cheesesteak spring rolls are now churning out of Features Gastropub in Gibsonton. Opened March 16 at 9390 Theater Drive, the sit-down food spot, created by celeb chef Brian Duffy, is part of Riverview 14 GDX, a 66,000-square-foot theater multiplex.
Guests can wash down their lunch, dinner and late-night grub — divided into starter, salad, sandwich, burger and grilled flatbread categories — with draft, canned and bottled beer as well as select wines.