August 26, 2022

The best new restaurants to open in Tampa Bay this summer

Along with this summer's record hot temps, Tampa Bay also witnessed some steamy restaurant openings.

From new halal and pierogi spots, to mochinuts and cat cafes, the Bay's dining options have never looked sunnier—here are a few of the best spots that opened over the last few months. 
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Abu Omar Halal
12208 N 56th St., Temple Terrace, 813-415-3302
After being in its pre-opening stage since 2020, Abu Omar Halal finally opened its first Florida location in Temple Terrace on Aug. 13. Offering halal favorites, Abu Omar serves up a selection of shawarmas, sandwiches, salad and rice bowls, falafel, kabobs, platters and more. Beginning as Houston’s first and only Halal food truck, Abu Omar Halal currently has over 20 locations.
Photo via Abu Omar Halal/Facebook

Abu Omar Halal

12208 N 56th St., Temple Terrace, 813-415-3302
After being in its pre-opening stage since 2020, Abu Omar Halal finally opened its first Florida location in Temple Terrace on Aug. 13. Offering halal favorites, Abu Omar serves up a selection of shawarmas, sandwiches, salad and rice bowls, falafel, kabobs, platters and more. Beginning as Houston’s first and only Halal food truck, Abu Omar Halal currently has over 20 locations.
Photo via Abu Omar Halal/Facebook
Slide Burgers
5910 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 813- 232-2667
What started as an experiment in FLocale’s kitchen by King of the Coop owner Joe Dodd, is now the Seminole Heights food hall’s newest concept and burger joint, Slide Burgers. Announcing the arrival of slider smash burgers, various melt sandwiches and loaded hotdogs at FLocale on National Hamburger Day, Slide officially launched on July 28.
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Slide Burgers

5910 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 813- 232-2667
What started as an experiment in FLocale’s kitchen by King of the Coop owner Joe Dodd, is now the Seminole Heights food hall’s newest concept and burger joint, Slide Burgers. Announcing the arrival of slider smash burgers, various melt sandwiches and loaded hotdogs at FLocale on National Hamburger Day, Slide officially launched on July 28.
Photo via Slide
Cats & Caffeine
4033 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-728-9952
Tampa folks no longer have to cross the bridge for some R&R with kittens now that the area’s first cat cafe opened. Partnered with local nonprofit Cat Lovers Inc. Cats & Caffeine provides much more than a unique place to get coffee—it's also a temporary home for all of the adoptable kitties it hosts. With 25 or 50-minute time slots available to book by appointment, patrons are invited to destress and fall in love with adoptable kittens.
Photo via Cats & Caffeine/Facebook

Cats & Caffeine

4033 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-728-9952
Tampa folks no longer have to cross the bridge for some R&R with kittens now that the area’s first cat cafe opened. Partnered with local nonprofit Cat Lovers Inc. Cats & Caffeine provides much more than a unique place to get coffee—it's also a temporary home for all of the adoptable kitties it hosts. With 25 or 50-minute time slots available to book by appointment, patrons are invited to destress and fall in love with adoptable kittens.
Photo via Cats & Caffeine/Facebook
Mochinut  
11401 N 56th St. no. 16, 813-374-5781
After making our mouths water over social media, Mochinut could not have come to Temple Terrace any sooner. Specializing in its namesake, a mochinut is “a combination of American doughnuts and Japanese mochi,” made in a variety of styles and flavors. But that’s not all. Mochinut also serves boba tea, soft serve and decadent Korean Hotdogs (including a fried hotdog or cheese stick wrapped in a yeasty dough and panko).
Photo via Mochinut  Tampa/Facebook

Mochinut

11401 N 56th St. no. 16, 813-374-5781
After making our mouths water over social media, Mochinut could not have come to Temple Terrace any sooner. Specializing in its namesake, a mochinut is “a combination of American doughnuts and Japanese mochi,” made in a variety of styles and flavors. But that’s not all. Mochinut also serves boba tea, soft serve and decadent Korean Hotdogs (including a fried hotdog or cheese stick wrapped in a yeasty dough and panko).
Photo via Mochinut Tampa/Facebook
Pierogi Bar
6661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-487-2903
Self-described as St. Pete’s “first and best” Ukrainian restaurant, Pierogi Bar opened its doors in May. With a straightforward menu of various pierogi iterations, Pierogi Bar also serves dishes like the Kozak platter: featuring the traditional beet-based soup borscht with two Ukrainian-style sausages, three potato pancakes and three pierogis of your choice.
Photo via Pierogi Bar/Facebook

Pierogi Bar

6661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-487-2903
Self-described as St. Pete’s “first and best” Ukrainian restaurant, Pierogi Bar opened its doors in May. With a straightforward menu of various pierogi iterations, Pierogi Bar also serves dishes like the Kozak platter: featuring the traditional beet-based soup borscht with two Ukrainian-style sausages, three potato pancakes and three pierogis of your choice.
Photo via Pierogi Bar/Facebook

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