Another burger store has joined the ranks of patty spots in South Tampa. The new Shula Burger is about three blocks from Burger Fi and about half a mile from Goody-Goody, both contenders for those hungry for some ground beef goodness. The store has taken over the former Pita Pit, and is located in a small shopping center along with DP Dough and Noodle Kitchen and Market, all right on the path for those partying in Soho.
It's moniker comes from the storied NFL Legend and Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula, coach of the champion Miami Dolphins, and joins the family of other restaurants including Shula’s Steak House, and Shula’s 347 Grill. Coach Shula attended the grand opening.
The eatery features a bright and modern interior. The menu offers several variations on burgers, along with a chicken sandwich, a veggie burger, and salads. One of the unique things about their food is the source. According to owner Zydrunas “Z” Rackauskas, Shula Burger uses the same beef as Shula’s Steakhouse. The burgers are a blend of black Angus Chuck, short rib, and brisket.
I order the Soho Burger. It’s a double patty cheeseburger topped with fresh jalapeno slices, lettuce, onions, and pepper relish, dressed and chipotle mayo ($7.85). Customers can add small fries and a fountain drink for $2.75.
The burger looked good. It was a tall stack on a freshly toasted bun. The cheese is melted just right and the jalapenos are placed in order to could get some of the peppery heat with every bite. However the meal was just average. I did not get much beefy flavor from the burgers but the other ingredients were good. There was nothing unique about the fries.
It’s sort of what I would expect given the size and location of this restaurant. The primary target are those late-night-post alcohol-munchie laden partiers as evidenced by their hours on weekends 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday. This place is just right for that. Like the rest of Soho it is challenged by very few parking spots, but fits right in with the other eateries available in the area. Shula Burger is in the process of getting licensed for beer and wine sales and hope to be able to offer a limited selection soon.
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