Breakfast and Light Bites
La Creperia Cafe (1729 E. 7th Ave., 813/248-9700, www.lacreperiacafe.com, crepes and entrées about $8.50) in Ybor City has an immense selection of crepes. They serve fresh breakfast crepes, stuffed with eggs, cheeses, meats, and even fruit, all day. Decadent morning selections like “La Versailles” (filled with butter, cream cheese, jam, and topped with powdered sugar) hint at how they can satisfy your sweet tooth throughout the day. The sweet crepes are richly designed, utilizing various soft cheeses, fruit spreads, and ice cream; you can even get them flambéed. European sandwiches (croque monsieur, paninis) and pasta dishes round out a selection of more substantial crepes.
Weekend brunches are the calling card at Daily Eats (901 S. Howard Ave., 813/868-3335, www.dailyeatstampa.com, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Tues.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat.–Sun., average entrée $7), but this modern SoHo diner serves great breakfasts, lunches, and dinners every day of the week. Along with egg-and-bacon plates, Daily Eats plates up treats like coconut-crusted French toast with coconut honey cream cheese, and yogurt-fruit-granola bowls. For lunch and dinner, the “shredder bowls”—fresh fruits and vegetables along with shredded meats served atop a bed of brown rice and shredded lettuce—are the height of convenient comfort food, but the selection of burgers, from a potato chip–crusted turkey burger to bison burgers, are thoughtfully reconfigured classics.
Mema’s Alaskan Taco (1604 N. 17th St., 813/514-8226, 11 a.m.–4 a.m. daily, tacos from $2) is open late at night in Ybor City, protein-packing the bellies of tired partiers with surprisingly fresh tacos. With everything from vegan fillings to gator meat available to stuff inside one of their freshly fried flour tortillas, Mema’s has been a clubgoer staple for years now, and recently opened an indoor dining room to accommodate daytime diners.
© Jason Ferguson from Moon Florida, 1st Edition