20 essential suburban restaurants in Tampa Bay you should've tried by now

These spots aren't located in the heart of the city, but they still have our heart.

Along with subdivisions, Tampa Bay's suburbs offer a wide variety of food options. If you're looking for American classics, the neighborhoods surrounding local metros are home to BBQ shacks, sports taverns and live-music-jamming country bars. If you're craving something from overseas, we've got a taste of Italy's pasta, a Russian grandma's dessert and authentic German beer, too.

Here's a handful of restaurants in the 'burbs you should check out with family and friends. 
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Patti’s Kitchen
6527 Park Blvd. N, Pinellas Park, 727-289-4153
This local Thai spot serves a variety of authentic street noodle soups, ranging from its  signature tew nam tok marinated pork and spinach dish to its homemade tew ped toon duck and Chinese broccoli meal.
Photo via Patti’s Kitchen/Facebook

Patti’s Kitchen

6527 Park Blvd. N, Pinellas Park, 727-289-4153
This local Thai spot serves a variety of authentic street noodle soups, ranging from its signature tew nam tok marinated pork and spinach dish to its homemade tew ped toon duck and Chinese broccoli meal.
Photo via Patti’s Kitchen/Facebook
Ukulele Brand’s
4805 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, 813-995-0608
Alongside Uke’s classics like its seafood chowder, grouper sandwich and “Jammin’ Jambalaya,” the ”Old Florida” restaurant also includes unique dishes like gator tail and frog legs. The full-service bar and restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating and features live music and trivia on select nights.
Photo via Ukele Brand’s/Facebook

Ukulele Brand’s

4805 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, 813-995-0608
Alongside Uke’s classics like its seafood chowder, grouper sandwich and “Jammin’ Jambalaya,” the ”Old Florida” restaurant also includes unique dishes like gator tail and frog legs. The full-service bar and restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating and features live music and trivia on select nights.
Photo via Ukele Brand’s/Facebook
Zukku-San Sushi Bar & Grill
25916 Sierra Center Blvd., Lutz, 813-419-1351
Zukku had so much success in Tampa’s Armature Works that the sushi business is now spreading throughout the Bay, and thus, Lutz’s Zukku-San Sushi Bar & Grill was born. The high-end sushi experience has both a lunch and dinner menu, featuring a variety of rolls, edamame, nigiri, sashimi, tempura and more.
Photo via Zukku-San Sushi Bar & Grill/Facebook

Zukku-San Sushi Bar & Grill

25916 Sierra Center Blvd., Lutz, 813-419-1351
Zukku had so much success in Tampa’s Armature Works that the sushi business is now spreading throughout the Bay, and thus, Lutz’s Zukku-San Sushi Bar & Grill was born. The high-end sushi experience has both a lunch and dinner menu, featuring a variety of rolls, edamame, nigiri, sashimi, tempura and more.
Photo via Zukku-San Sushi Bar & Grill/Facebook
The Joinery
640 E Main St., Lakeland, 863-337-4583
Not quite suburban, but still in burgeoning Lakeland, The Joinery food hall offers a wide variety of food and drink spots, including Ava’s wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, Āto’s poké bowls, Super Duper Spot’s “badass” burgers, Sābu’s ramen and The Bar’s craft brews and cocktails. 
Photo via The Joinery/Facebook

The Joinery

640 E Main St., Lakeland, 863-337-4583
Not quite suburban, but still in burgeoning Lakeland, The Joinery food hall offers a wide variety of food and drink spots, including Ava’s wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, Āto’s poké bowls, Super Duper Spot’s “badass” burgers, Sābu’s ramen and The Bar’s craft brews and cocktails.
Photo via The Joinery/Facebook
Jimmy Jo’s
11218 Casa Loma Dr., Riverview, 813-405-8565
Jimmy Jo’s smoked BBQ wings, peel-and-eat shrimp, jalapeno poppers, cheeseburgers and grouper sandwiches are fan favorites among the small restaurant-shack’s menu. 
Photo via Jimmy Jo’s BBQ & Grill/Google

Jimmy Jo’s

11218 Casa Loma Dr., Riverview, 813-405-8565
Jimmy Jo’s smoked BBQ wings, peel-and-eat shrimp, jalapeno poppers, cheeseburgers and grouper sandwiches are fan favorites among the small restaurant-shack’s menu.
Photo via Jimmy Jo’s BBQ & Grill/Google

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