South Howard Avenue (known as SoHo) lies in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. Although the surrounding neighborhood is quite residential, these few blocks along South Howard have a concentration of bars and restaurants that make it perhaps the best nightlife in Tampa (Ybor City can make a valid argument) and probably the busiest area to watch college and NFL football games, great day drinking, and of course the best Tampa area for weekend brunch.
When I was deciding where to move in Tampa, I reached out to Adam Morejon who runs the channel Florida Tampa Living to pick his brain. He listed here as his favorite Tampa neighborhood and talked me into moving here. I’m glad I listened to him. Here is my list of the best brunch spots in SoHo Tampa.
The wait every weekend (and often weekdays too), tells you what you need to know about the breakfast at Daily Eats. It’s one of the few places that serves breakfast every day of the week. But you can be lazy, because it’s served until 3pm. One of their signature dishes is the Cap’n Crunch French toast, but they also have a great selection of eggs benedicts – my favorite of which is the Gobbler, made with turkey and potato hash. They even have serval flavors to create a mimosa mix if you’re bored with the standard orange juice.
Bulla is a Spanish tapas restaurants with a handful of locations in Florida as well as one in Atlanta and Charlotte. It has just few enough locations for me to not feel guilty liking it (I generally avoid chains). Brunch is served on weekends, and includes items like a Spanish tortilla, braised pork hash, and the huevos Bulla which is egg and serrano ham served over house made potato chips.
Luv Child specializes in modern Cuban and Latino cuisine. You can find items like huevos rancheros, tres leches French toast, and a build your own taco platter. Throw in a café con leche and it’s the perfect brunch.
They sometimes have drag brunches or live music. And I’ve seen more than a few of bridal shower brunches held there. This place would be a winner in any city.
Joe Maddon may have left as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team in 2014, but he didn’t completely leave Tampa. He remains a part owner of Ava, an Italian restaurant here on South Howard Ave. There seems to always be large groups here at brunch celebrating a birthday, engagement, or that someone in the girl group got a new chihuahua. It’s a semi trendy brunch spot in the neighborhood, so you’ll witness some selfies from people younger and dressed nicer than you. Let it be and try the Italian benedict made with pancetta or the breakfast pizza.
Fun Fact: Joe Maddon was born to an Italian father whose last name was Maddonini until he shortened it.
Bringing influences from Latin, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Italina, Asian, and African American cuisine, Rose Bar is relatively new on the SoHo scene. Despite having a fairly small brunch menu, the offerings of the chocolate waffle, tempura fried shrimp or chicken wings on a waffle, eggs benedict, and shrimp & grits are all worth stopping in.
Cask Social Kitchen
Cask advertises themselves as “New American with a Southern Twist” so they have biscuits & gravy and chicken & waffles. But they also offer a not quite healthy deep fried French toast. The $20 bottomless mimosa add-on, a younger crowd, and upbeat music make this the most lively brunch spot in the neighborhood.