April 07, 2022

24 essential Brandon and Riverview restaurants everyone should’ve tried by now

The suburbs of Hillsborough County hold a lot more than fast-food chains and never-ending real estate construction. Whether you're searching for a new brunch spot or a way to add a stamp to your suburban cultural eats passport, this list has plenty of restaurants to try ASAP. 
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Egg’s Up Grill
3920 U.S.-Hwy 301, Riverview, 813-800-3447
The Black-owned breakfast place has become a franchise built on the fundamentals of family time over a plate of sweet blueberry pancakes.
Photo via Egg’s Up Grill/Facebook

Egg’s Up Grill

3920 U.S.-Hwy 301, Riverview, 813-800-3447
The Black-owned breakfast place has become a franchise built on the fundamentals of family time over a plate of sweet blueberry pancakes.
Photo via Egg’s Up Grill/Facebook
Jimmy Jo’s
11218 Casa Loma Dr., Riverview, 813-405-8565
This small BBQ shack holds big flavors inside of its kitchen. Located right on the Alafia River, those cruising by on land or water can grab a bite of gator nuggets or St. Louis style pork ribs.
Photo via Jimmy Jo's/Google

Jimmy Jo’s

11218 Casa Loma Dr., Riverview, 813-405-8565
This small BBQ shack holds big flavors inside of its kitchen. Located right on the Alafia River, those cruising by on land or water can grab a bite of gator nuggets or St. Louis style pork ribs.
Photo via Jimmy Jo's/Google
Mandola’s Italian Kitchen
12926 U.S.-301 S, Riverview, 813-755-3587
A casual ambiance with Italian pasta plates made for fine dining is what customers will find when taking a seat at the green and red-colored eatery. Fresh complimentary focaccia sets your trip up for success, but taking a bite of traditional sweets or having a scoop of gelato to feel transported to the European coast truly rounds out any night at Mandola’s. 
Photo via Mandola’s/Facebook

Mandola’s Italian Kitchen

12926 U.S.-301 S, Riverview, 813-755-3587
A casual ambiance with Italian pasta plates made for fine dining is what customers will find when taking a seat at the green and red-colored eatery. Fresh complimentary focaccia sets your trip up for success, but taking a bite of traditional sweets or having a scoop of gelato to feel transported to the European coast truly rounds out any night at Mandola’s.
Photo via Mandola’s/Facebook
Tiki Docks
10708 Palmetto St., Riverview, 813-683-8454
Overlooking the Alafia River in the fast-growing suburb of Riverview is this tropical-themed restaurant that truly contrasts the country riverside surroundings. A raw bar with ahi-tuna poke and fresh oysters or the unique varieties of “Alafia Tacos” await patrons that enter the waterfront eatery.
Photo via Tiki Docks Website

Tiki Docks

10708 Palmetto St., Riverview, 813-683-8454
Overlooking the Alafia River in the fast-growing suburb of Riverview is this tropical-themed restaurant that truly contrasts the country riverside surroundings. A raw bar with ahi-tuna poke and fresh oysters or the unique varieties of “Alafia Tacos” await patrons that enter the waterfront eatery.
Photo via Tiki Docks Website
Crazy Cafe
3883 U.S.-301, Riverview, 813-898-2839
Packed on any weekend, and my Christmas Day go-to, the casual hibachi joint has affordable sushi and perfectly crisped tofu (and for those that haven’t cooked with tofu, that’s a fairly difficult feat). It all keeps you coming back for more.
Photo via Google Maps

Crazy Cafe

3883 U.S.-301, Riverview, 813-898-2839
Packed on any weekend, and my Christmas Day go-to, the casual hibachi joint has affordable sushi and perfectly crisped tofu (and for those that haven’t cooked with tofu, that’s a fairly difficult feat). It all keeps you coming back for more.
Photo via Google Maps

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