The Florida foodie scene is full of incredible options. From spicy hot chicken to towers of sushi and other international flavors, you never know all you can get in the Sunshine State. Some restaurants in Tampa take things up a notch and offer some truly over-the-top bites. Get ready for these 7 over-the-top foods in Tampa that you need to try.
Bake n' Babes - Freak Shakes
Price: $20 per shake
Cuisine: Baked goods
Address: 1701 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: Their shakes are seriously sweet, served in massive mugs, topped with cakes, cookies, brownies — you name it. Each month they make a unique freak shake different from their standard offerings; they even made a Lizzo themed one that she actually came to try on the last day it existed. There's even a vegan one! Totally worth the trip.
Joella's Hot Chicken - Fire In Da Hole Smothered Chicken
Cuisine: Fried chicken; southern comfort sides.
Address: 10150 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL
Why You Need To Go: Are you a lover of hot stuff? This chicken joint has a sauce made with the world's hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper that you have to sign a waiver to even try.
Dough Nation - Cookie Dough Cones N' Cups
Cuisine: Edible cookie doughs, ice creams, and shakes.
Address: 505 N. Tampa St., Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: Everyone knows the best part about cookies is eating the dough. Whether you want your cookie dough in a cup or crave the crunch of a crisp waffle cone, they've got you covered.
Poke Fish - Poke Bowl Served In A Pineapple
Cuisine: Seafood, with vegan and vegetarian options.
Address: 4424 W Kennedy Ave, Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: Seafood lovers will definitely want to get a poke bowl — but this spot takes it up a notch with the option to get your sushi and sashimi served in a whole half a pineapple. Vegan and vegetarians can sub the seafood for tofu!
Better Byrd - Mac n' Byrd Sandwich
Cuisine: Fried chicken
Address: 4447 4th Street N, St. Petersburg, FL
Why You Need To Go: This seriously sinful eatery is totally worth the extra calories. Their Mac n Byrd sandwich is literally a fried chicken sandwich, topped with gooey mac n cheese between 2 flakey biscuits.
Datz - Cheese Todd, Dark Side Of The Shroom, And Double D Burgers
Address: 2616 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: From deep-fried mac n cheese buns to glazed donuts and even black charcoal-sesame buns, their burgers are uniquely delicious and Insta-worthy. Impossible burger substitutes are also available.
Empamamas - Cuban Sandwich, Cheeseburger, And Buffalo Blue Cheese Stuffed Empanadas
Address: 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: A unique flavor combination that is totally worth checking out. Get the melty Cheeseburger or Cuban Sandwich stuffed empanada for something truly out of this world. They even have a vegan one they offer from time to time.