My reason for the quick trip to Tampa, Florida, was to visit Goody Goody Burger on the 5th anniversary of their rebirth. Marcela and I were there for two things: Food (Me + kinda her) and Antiquing (Her + kinda me).
It rained all the days, but we were taking it easy. Our Airbnb was just about a mile from LA Segunda, so that first morning, our breakfast had already been decided.
The restaurants are listed in alphabetical order so that they’re easier to find and while we’re at it, let’s throw one of those tables of contents below.
Tampa Table of Contents
Angelito’s at La Caridad Bakery
4425 W Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614
When a fella on Twitter mentioned a Miami-style Cuban bakery in Tampa, we were out and about. So the next stop became Angelito’s at La Caridad Bakery.
The pastelito’s from Angelito’s at La Caridad Bakery are identical in style and taste to his cousins from Miami. The inside of it has 1980s Miami Cuban Bakery vibes; it’s my kinda place.
The Boozy Pig
3255 W Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
My bud Chef Richard Hales (who now lives in Tampa) had eaten breakfast with us at Goody Goody the day before. He suggested I hit up the Boozy Pig, so I did.
Marcela had left early, so I was trapped at home watching tv. I’m not complaining, but it left me ordering delivery. It’s not my preferred method on the first try at a new restaurant.
Ultimately, it made no difference. The bread on El Mixto was still crusty from the press, and the bun from my burger did not get steemed.
The Boozy Pig is at the top of my list on my next visit to the Tampa area. Eat-in only.
🥪 El Mixto: Housemade salami cotto, smoked ham, mojo pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, roasted garlic & mustard aioli on pressed LA Segunda Bakery bread.
🍔 Boozy Burger: Two 4 oz. grass-fed house-ground beef patties with blue cheese, bacon jam, caramelized onions & arugula on toasted brioche.
4910 N Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33603
The last time we ate Chicago-style Deep Dish Pizza at Cappy’s was in 2012, time flies. But the sauce was as great as I remembered it.
I was at our temporary HQ in tv zombie mode when Marcela showed up with Cappy’s. Time stood still as the pizza box was opened to reveal this beauty.
It was so freakin’ good.
1718 N Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
This was my Instagram comment:
Olga’s Original 🍮 from Flan Factory in Tampa was 🔥 #supercreamyflan
I stand by my statement.
Goody Goody Burger
1601 W Swann Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
Every visit to the Tampa area is not complete until there is a stop at Goody Goody. We met up with Chef Richard Hales and Jeff Houck, co-author of the upcoming book The Cuban Sandwich: A History in Layers.
They kept it breakfast-y, but I went straight for the Patty Melt (sauteed onions & Swiss cheese on marbled rye) with their hand-breaded onion rings. They nailed it.
Another must-have is their signature dessert, the Butterscotch pie. Don’t like butterscotch? Neither do I, but I love this thing.
Thank you 🙏 to Goody Goody for all the hospitality, you always treat this beast well.
La Segunda Bakery
2512 N 15th Street
Tampa, FL 33605
I just had to have the breakfast sandwich from La Segunda in Ybor City. It was our first morning in town, and it needed to start right.
Their crusty bread houses scrambled eggs, cheese, and bacon. Plus, the sammy is served on my favorite Cuban bread on earth..there, I said it!
One Other Stop
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
2491 W State Rd 434
Longwood, FL 32779
On the drive up, we made a detour to see our bud Droolius. He was at Jeremiah’s Italian Ice in Longwood, Florida.
We were happy to see him but even happier to find out that we’re now all about the Orange Smash & Vanilla Gelati!