Dining Guide: The SoHo district of Tampa

CL regularly presents focused listings of the best dining options in Tampa Bay’s neighborhoods. This week, we’re giving you a guide to dining and drinking in the South Howard Avenue district of South Tampa.

717 SOUTH 717 S Howard Ave, Tampa. 813-250-1661, 717south.com. A classy eatery on the SoHo strip, serving Italian and Pacific Rim cuisine blended together on the same menu, but not necessarily fused. With such an extensive wine list, you'll be hard pressed to choose just one.

BELLA'S ITALIAN CAFE 1413 S Howard Ave, Tampa. 813-254-3355, bellasitaliancafe.com. Homemade Italian favorites that taste like your Italian grandma made them. Despite its "trendy" location, Bella's is a cozy spot for a romantic rendezvous or a night out with the family.

BERN'S STEAK HOUSE 1208 S Howard Ave., Tampa, bernssteakhouse.com. Despite the outdated interior reminiscent of Disney's Haunted Mansion, Bern's is a Tampa Bay classic and not to be missed. The quality food and service is well worth the price tag. Don't pass up visiting the Dessert Room!

CHAVEZ AT HOME 1350 S Howard Ave, Tampa. 813-251-1500, chavezathome.net. Offering a sizable menu of gourmet fare to take home or enjoy there. Serving breakfast six days a week — try the French toast!