-3 Snaps! Try it. You might like it.
Located in the sprawling new Tampa Encore project Ella building, this storied restaurant has re-created itself yet again. BTW, if you haven't seen Encore go and look at the architecture, music references, and the amount of new housing available in downtown Tampa. It's massive.
Michelle Faedo's start was in a deli in 1996. In 2012 they rolled into a food truck, Michelle Faedo's On The Go, and last year reopened this bricks and mortar store. They specialize in what they call Tampeño Cuisine, which by the menu looks to be a blend of Cuban food and generic dishes like corn fritters and mac & cheese bites.
-4 Snaps! Strongly recommended
Pipo's is a hometown locals place serving traditional Cuban dishes in a cafeteria line style restaurant. Typical meals include Boliche, Picadillo, Milanesa Steak, and Cuban sandwiches. If you haven't sampled a broad cross-section of Cuban food, this is the place to try. They also serve breakfast on weekends at the South Tampa location only.
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