Local Eats – Bravo’s Pizzeria, Faceless Samurai and Junior Colombian Burger
It’s definitely no secret that I LOVE food. What’s not to love? It’s delicious (most of the time) and brings joy. As a self-described foodie, I like to treat my taste buds and stomach to the occasional treat…ok I’m lying it’s more often than that hehe. After two years of living in Florida, these are the places that I keep coming back to. Bravo’s Pizzeria, Faceless Samurai and Junior Colombian Burger. Out of all the eateries in Florida, here are the top 3 places that hold my heart and my stomach.
Bravo’s Pizzeria – Safety Harbor
Being a New York Native, pizza has been a love of mine since birth. Growing up in the Bronx, we had some of the best pizza around. Slices were almost as big as me and were less than $2 a slice. Safe to say I take pizza pretty seriously. When I moved to Tampa I was certain I wouldn’t find a place that was as good as back home. Almost every pizzeria outside of New York states they have the coveted recipe, but it’s just a gimmick that I refuse to fall for. So when I was strolling through Safety Harbor one day and smelled the pizza at Bravo’s, I was a bit skeptical, but a girl was hungry and the slices were cheap so I gave it a go. From the outside it looked like a mom and pop pizza shop with no gimmicks or over the top claims. When I had their slice for the first time I was immediately transported back to my home state. It was crisp, cheesy with a perfect sauce to cheese ratio and you can buy BY THE SLICE! Whenever I’m craving pizza, this is the only place I go to.
Bravo’s Pizzeria is located at 100 Main Street in Safety Harbor. Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Faceless Samurai – Palm Harbor
My fiancé and I love Japanese cuisine. Like most people we are pretty picky with our sushi. Sometimes it can be hard to find a spot that is both delicious and affordable. We decided to give Faceless Samurai a try on a day we were too lazy to cook and we fell in love. The restaurant is quaint and everyone we’ve encountered has always been friendly. My absolute favorite thing on their menu is the Gyoza. It’s always cooked perfectly with a nice crisp outside and flavorful filling. Their dipping sauce is also top notch and really elevates the dish. There is some kick to the sauce which may be one reason I love it so much. Certified Spice Lord over here! Their sushi rolls are always fresh and are made on the spot. Everything we’ve tried here has been fantastic! They’ve become a go-to for me for a few reasons: great service, consistent product and it doesn’t break the bank.
Faceless Samurai is located at 3428 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor.
Junior Colombian Burger – Orlando
Technically this one isn’t located in Tampa BUT I’ve been a fan of theirs for about 7 years or so making it a certified go-to spot for me. I was first introduced to JCB back when I was working for Disney (DCP 2012, baby!). A few friends of mine had told me about the spot and how I had to check them out. The first week I tried them I had eaten there 3 times, lol. It’s that good! Another quaint spot that doesn’t look like much from outside, but let’s be honest, don’t the best food spots have this in common? The burgers come with lettuce, cheese, chips and a secret sauce. I’m a HUGE salty/sweet fan so this is right up my alley. The saltiness of the chips with sweetness of the secret sauce and a flavorful burger make my tastebuds bust out the Harlem Shake. I have not found another burger like it. It’s become a must have whenever we venture out to Orlando. They also have a sauce bar in the shop which is perfect for someone like me that is obsessed with sauces. Yass honey! Next time you’re in Orlando, swing on through and grab a single or a triple…live your best life!
Junior Colombian Burger is located at 5389 S Kirkman Road, Orlando.
There you have it, homies. My top 3 go-to eateries in Florida. What are some of your favorite places to eat? I love trying new spots so be sure to let me know!
Thanks for reading!