March 13, 2020

Tampa Bay's women-owned restaurants you should've tried by now

Talk about girl power. In a male-dominated industry, these Tampa Bay women are making a huge mark in the culinary world. That being said, a salute to Women's History Month isn't complete without recognizing these local spots.

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Baum Ave. Market  
Ina Crnalic
1113 Baum Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Poised between Baum and Central in the Edge District, Baum Ave Market’s multi-concept space offers the chance to experience a number of local vendors.
Photo via baumavemarket.com

Baum Ave. Market

Ina Crnalic
1113 Baum Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Poised between Baum and Central in the Edge District, Baum Ave Market’s multi-concept space offers the chance to experience a number of local vendors.

Photo via baumavemarket.com
Bodega and Baba 
Debbie Sayegh  
Bodega: 1120 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Baba: 2701 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
This Latin street food joint serves its hot pressed Cubans, fresh juices and more from a boxy little building on Central. Bodega’s come-as-you-are atmosphere and high-quality fare have made this hole in the wall a Tampa Bay favorite. Duo Debbie and George Sayegh also own Greek eatery Baba, located down the street.
Photo via Bodega on Central/Facebook

Bodega and Baba

Debbie Sayegh
Bodega: 1120 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Baba: 2701 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
This Latin street food joint serves its hot pressed Cubans, fresh juices and more from a boxy little building on Central. Bodega’s come-as-you-are atmosphere and high-quality fare have made this hole in the wall a Tampa Bay favorite. Duo Debbie and George Sayegh also own Greek eatery Baba, located down the street.

Photo via Bodega on Central/Facebook
Book + Bottle 
Terra Dunham
17 6th St. N., St. Petersburg
Book + Bottle is a self-described “place to read, spruce up your book collection, take a class, enjoy a bottle of wine,  work remotely, try new types of wine, chat with friends, learn something new, or just relax,” according to its Facebook.
Photo via Book + Bottle/Facebook

Book + Bottle

Terra Dunham
17 6th St. N., St. Petersburg
Book + Bottle is a self-described “place to read, spruce up your book collection, take a class, enjoy a bottle of wine, work remotely, try new types of wine, chat with friends, learn something new, or just relax,” according to its Facebook.

Photo via Book + Bottle/Facebook
Sunshine Kitty Catfe 
Amanda “AJ” Jones
1663 1st Ave. S. St. Petersburg
The cafe/cat lounge is set to open in Downtown St. Petersburg in March. Guests can come in for coffee and pay a separate fee to hang out with the kitties, which come from Friends of Strays and are expected to be up for adoption.
Photo via Sunshine Kitty Catfe/Facebook

Sunshine Kitty Catfe

Amanda “AJ” Jones
1663 1st Ave. S. St. Petersburg
The cafe/cat lounge is set to open in Downtown St. Petersburg in March. Guests can come in for coffee and pay a separate fee to hang out with the kitties, which come from Friends of Strays and are expected to be up for adoption.

Photo via Sunshine Kitty Catfe/Facebook
Catrinas Tacos and Tequila Bar  
Karol Ortiz and Tisbeth Mejia
1611 N. Howard Ave., Tampa.
This eatery incorporates an open-kitchen concept with fresh tamales made daily. With an emphasis on serving the freshest products, all meals are first come, first served and are available until they sell out for the day.
Photo via Jenna Rimensynyder

Catrinas Tacos and Tequila Bar

Karol Ortiz and Tisbeth Mejia
1611 N. Howard Ave., Tampa.
This eatery incorporates an open-kitchen concept with fresh tamales made daily. With an emphasis on serving the freshest products, all meals are first come, first served and are available until they sell out for the day.

Photo via Jenna Rimensynyder

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