An Awesome Dining Experience at Ulele in Tampa

Ulele serves comfort food inspired by Tampa’s indigenous people. However, I must tell you that I was taken by how massive and beautiful the property is.

But, once inside, it was comfortable, and I loved those huge doors/windows that opened up to an incredible view. It just adds value to your experience.

Ulele Restaurant Building in Tampa, Florida
Ulele Restaurant

Second Time Oyster Eater

Oysters from Ulele in Tampa, Florida
Charbroiled Oysters

I can count on one finger how many times I’ve eaten oysters before and my wife Marcela even less. WOW is the only thing that comes to mind after the first bite/slurp.

I’d be down for some more of these anytime, and Marcela’s now a believer too.

Gator Hush Puppies from Ulele in Tampa, Florida
Gator Hush Puppies

There’s more to those Alligator Hush Puppies than it appears; there is an excellent depth of flavor. So before you turn up your nose at the thought of trying these, this is what’s in them: alligator, country ham, bacon, jalapeño & fresh corn.

I know. I know. And those two sauces (honey datil pepper and fresh ground horseradish aioli) are on the next level, trust me.

Crab Mac & Cheese from Ulele in Tampa, Florida
Crab Mac & Cheese

My bud John asked for the crab mac & cheese. The four-cheese mac is topped with blue crab and some panko bread crumbs for some crunch. He ate it as if it was his last meal on earth.

Ulele Burger and Meatloaf

Ulele Burger from Ulele in Tampa, Florida
Ulele Burger

The Ulele Burger (the reason I came to Ulele) did not disappoint. Listen…..can you hear me?

OK, Just checking….the Ulele Burger features a short rib/brisket/chuck burger patty blend topped with Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, portobello mushrooms, fire-roasted red peppers, fried leeks, and then a healthy drizzling of their house steak sauce.

After unhinging my jaw, I took a full bite bringing all the flavors together. Then, from there, it was on.

I had to share with Marcela, well, I didn’t have to, but I did. Whether I should have it is a different question altogether.

Water Works Meatloaf from Ulele in Tampa, Florida
Water Works Meatloaf
Cheddar Mashed Potatoes from Ulele in Tampa, Florida
Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

John ordered the other dish on the menu that had my eyes mesmerized; the Water Works Meatloaf. The only thing better than an excellent meatloaf is one that’s been given some love marks from the char grill.

And another big yes to the white cheddar popcorn mashed potatoes; the ingredients alone tell you it’s a winner.

You Had Me at Guava

Guava Cake from Ulele in Tampa, Florida
Guava Cake

I thought we were done until I saw the word Guava on the dessert portion of the menu. Then, Fortune Taylor’s Guava Pie, with its shortbread cookie crust, made its way to our table to ensure that there was no way that a food coma could be averted.

Closeup of the Guava Cake from Ulele in Tampa, Florida
Closeup of the Guava Cake

It was a very fresh, filling, and tasty meal from start to finish. We also had some great local craft beers, but their names escape me now.

So when you visit Ulele, I suggest pacing yourself or coming with a party of 4, so you can divide and conquer.

1810 N Highland Avenue
Tampa, FL
(813) 999-4952

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Monday 11 am – 10 pm
Tuesday 11 am – 10 pm
Wednesday 11 am – 10 pm
Thursday 11 am – 10 pm
Friday 11 am – 11 pm
Saturday 11 am – 11 pm
Sunday 11 am – 10 pm

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