Two new restaurants, Fusion Bowl and Hablo Taco, joined Tampa's dining scene with a pair of beloved eats: noodles and tacos.
Nestled in Cafe De Soto's former space at 504 E. Kennedy Blvd., Fusion Bowl serves up Vietnamese-inflected breakfast and lunch daily.
Offerings such as beef pho, stir-fried udon and mango mochi outfit the cozy cafe's food lineup, while iced Thai tea and Vietnamese coffee are featured among the beverages.
Though downtown Tampa's Fusion is open, its grand opening will kick off at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Owned by Guy Revelle, a taco and tequila lounge called Hablo Taco at 615 Channelside Drive #127, where Tinatapas used to operate, will highlight items like The Southern taco (fried chicken, cabbage slaw, avocado ranch, corn salsa) and street corn, served on the cob with spicy mayo and chipotle crema.
Four kinds of guac (ermahgerd!) will also be featured, and the 6,000-square-foot Mexican joint's menu refers to those things that cradle taco filling as "house-made taco vessels." Alongside the grub, beers, micheladas, margaritas and tequila, of course, will be offered.
Hablo, with indoor and outdoor artwork from muralist Matt Callahan, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, and its grand opening at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.