March 08, 2019

20 woman-owned Tampa Bay restaurants you should've tried by now

These Tampa Bay restaurants range from cocktail bars serving elevated small plates to decadent pastries and floats, and they all have one thing in common – they're owned by women. In a male-dominated industry, these Tampa Bay women are showing what they can do in the culinary world, and they're doing the damn thing.

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Ella’s Folk Art Cafe  
Melissa Deming
5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
Seminole Heights hotspot, make sure to download the OpenTable app to avoid a wait. 
Photo via Ella’s Folk Art Cafe/Facebook

Ella’s Folk Art Cafe

Melissa Deming
5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
Seminole Heights hotspot, make sure to download the OpenTable app to avoid a wait.

Photo via Ella’s Folk Art Cafe/Facebook
Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli  
Audrey Dingeman
2930 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport, 727-873-6901
Audrey Dingeman and husband Brian, launched the vegan deli in August 2018, offering plant-based specialties like their Tempeh Reuben with St. Pete Ferments’ kraut, cheese, thousand island dressing on pumpernickel.
Photo via Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli/Facebook

Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli

Audrey Dingeman
2930 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport, 727-873-6901
Audrey Dingeman and husband Brian, launched the vegan deli in August 2018, offering plant-based specialties like their Tempeh Reuben with St. Pete Ferments’ kraut, cheese, thousand island dressing on pumpernickel.

Photo via Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli/Facebook

Bake’n Babes

Julie Curry
1701 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-405-4008
Housed within Hall on Franklin, this bakery serves up speciality pastries, cakes and pies. Owner, Julie Curry, dreams up decadent combinations like her Sleazy Brownie made up of layers of cookie dough, Oreo and brownie batter.

Photo via Bake’n Babes/Facebook
Cassis
Lisa Wannemacher 
170 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, 727827-2927
American classics with a French twist, this Beach Drive hotspot is prime for brunch. Make sure to swing by their bakery nextdoor as well for an after dinner espresso and pastry.
Photo via Cassis/Facebook

Cassis

Lisa Wannemacher
170 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, 727827-2927
American classics with a French twist, this Beach Drive hotspot is prime for brunch. Make sure to swing by their bakery nextdoor as well for an after dinner espresso and pastry.

Photo via Cassis/Facebook
Foundation Coffee  
1607 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-358-5781
Emily Smith
Emily, alongside husband, Jason, have two locations of the specialty coffee house - Tampa and Riverview. 
Photo via Foundation Coffee/Facebook

Foundation Coffee

1607 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-358-5781 Emily Smith
Emily, alongside husband, Jason, have two locations of the specialty coffee house - Tampa and Riverview.

Photo via Foundation Coffee/Facebook