March 04, 2022

Tampa Bay's essential women-owned restaurants of 2022

It's easy to see why Tampa Bay's women-owned restaurants are making a huge mark on an otherwise male-dominated history.  Since March is Women's History Month, we thought we'd take a look at how these local spots, and there's a lot,  are serving up some of the area's best eats.
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7th and Grove
Vondalyn Crawford and Khalilaa McDuffie
1930 E 7th Ave, Tampa, 813-649-8422
This “adult-friendly” space brings a southern menu, warm ambiance and craft cocktails to Ybor City where Crawford and McDuffie are two-thirds of an ownership group that's changed the corner of 7th and 21st.
Photo via 7th and Grove/Facebook

7th and Grove

Vondalyn Crawford and Khalilaa McDuffie
1930 E 7th Ave, Tampa, 813-649-8422
This “adult-friendly” space brings a southern menu, warm ambiance and craft cocktails to Ybor City where Crawford and McDuffie are two-thirds of an ownership group that's changed the corner of 7th and 21st.
Photo via 7th and Grove/Facebook
Shuffle
Danielle O’Connor and Jennifer Evanchyk
2612 N Tampa St, Tampa, 813-450-3797
Founded by two of the most badass women and moms in the 813, Shuffle is a shuffleboard bar, of course, but also a neighborhood staple that's home for various local musicians including a Tuesday night open mic that's one of the best in Tampa Bay. The kitchen, run by a worthy man, Anson Mitchell, serves what the Shuffle calls “glorified concession food” like spaghetti sandwiches and a loaded grilled cheese—and yes, it's glorious, indeed.
Photo via Shuffle / Facebook

Shuffle

Danielle O’Connor and Jennifer Evanchyk
2612 N Tampa St, Tampa, 813-450-3797
Founded by two of the most badass women and moms in the 813, Shuffle is a shuffleboard bar, of course, but also a neighborhood staple that's home for various local musicians including a Tuesday night open mic that's one of the best in Tampa Bay. The kitchen, run by a worthy man, Anson Mitchell, serves what the Shuffle calls “glorified concession food” like spaghetti sandwiches and a loaded grilled cheese—and yes, it's glorious, indeed.
Bake’n Babes
Julie Curry
Multiple locations
Julie Curry’s salted chocolate chip cookie has been voted Best of the Bay and its other colorful baked goods don’t fall behind. Bake’n Babes also offers CBD creations such as their CBD chocolate chip cookie and CBD gummy worms at its locations in Armature Works and on Davis Islands.
Photo via Bake’n Babes/Facebook

Bake’n Babes

Julie Curry
Multiple locations
Julie Curry’s salted chocolate chip cookie has been voted Best of the Bay and its other colorful baked goods don’t fall behind. Bake’n Babes also offers CBD creations such as their CBD chocolate chip cookie and CBD gummy worms at its locations in Armature Works and on Davis Islands.
Photo via Bake’n Babes/Facebook
Beans & Barlour
Story Stuart
407 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, 727-440-4540
In the heart of downtown St. Pete you can find the bagel and boozy dessert cafe. With a history in the Disney sector of hospitality, its no surprise Stuart found a way to emulate that kind of magic in her shop’s “epic” milkshakes. 
Photo via Beans & Barlour/Facebook

Beans & Barlour

Story Stuart
407 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, 727-440-4540
In the heart of downtown St. Pete you can find the bagel and boozy dessert cafe. With a history in the Disney sector of hospitality, its no surprise Stuart found a way to emulate that kind of magic in her shop’s “epic” milkshakes.
Photo via Beans & Barlour/Facebook
Bodega and Baba
Debbie Sayegh
Bodega 1180 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-623-0942
Baba 2701 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-954-3406
Owned by New York natives Debbie and George Sayegh, Bodega and Baba bring a culinary twist to St. Pete’s food scene with two unique themes based around Latin street food and Greek and Lebanese cuisine. Bodega, and its Cuban sandwich, have built a loyal following, allowing the restaurant to expand to a second location in Seminole Heights. 
Photo via Bodega St. Pete/Facebook

Bodega and Baba

Debbie Sayegh
Bodega 1180 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-623-0942
Baba 2701 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-954-3406
Owned by New York natives Debbie and George Sayegh, Bodega and Baba bring a culinary twist to St. Pete’s food scene with two unique themes based around Latin street food and Greek and Lebanese cuisine. Bodega, and its Cuban sandwich, have built a loyal following, allowing the restaurant to expand to a second location in Seminole Heights.
Photo via Bodega St. Pete/Facebook

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