While 2020 has certainly brought loads of challenges, Tampa has also had its share of highlights this year: Tom Brady is leading the Bucs, the Stanley Cup moved back, and it’s the home of Super Bowl LV. The city’s restaurant landscape, like countless others, has been doing what it can to survive — and while some old school favorites have sadly shuttered (RIP Skippers Smokehouse!), new eateries have still managed to take shape and help fill the void.
From new takes on traditional Cuban food to the most hashtag-ed tacos on Instagram, Tampa’s restaurant scene is working harder than ever to not just stay alive, but thrive. And this Eater 12 list is proof of just that.
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.