If you share your passion for cheese with a special someone, you're probably taking any excuses to go on a date with them to discover new ooey-gooey dishes. If you're on the hunt for a little dairy-filled inspiration, we have put together a list of the best places to eat in Tampa if you are obsessed with cheese. Get ready to dig in!
Paul's Chicago Pizza
Address: 11002 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL
Why You Need To Go: This pizza spot in the Tampa area specializes in the thin crust Chicago-style pizza, but you have to try their meatball sub smothered in cheese and marinara sauce. You won't regret putting your diet on pause for this one.
Address: 37 Causeway Blvd. Clearwater Beach, FL
Why You Need To Go: If you are craving mac and cheese, but you also love seafood, Crabby has you covered. This dockside seafood spot has tons of great options, but you should try the homemade-style mac and cheese filled with hand-picked Bairdie crab. Yum.
Address: 3601 W. Swann Ave. Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: This Italian place is perfect for taking your favorite cheese lover on a date. There are tons of gooey creations you can try there, from their fresh burrata crostini to charcuterie boards, cheese-covered pasta plates, and the pizza al Forno.
Cuisine: Empanadas, tacos & street eats
Address: Armature Works at 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: Empanadas are little gifts from cheese heaven, and you have to try these. The best part is that they have super creatives recipes, like a Cuban sandwich stuffed empanada, or the unforgettable "Cheeseburger in Paradise".
Planet Grilled Cheese
Address: 153 Westshore Plaza suite F3, Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: For those in need of a gooey grilled cheese sandwich, Planet Grilled Cheese is the ideal destination to grab that melted goodness. You can pair your sammies with cheesy loaded fries too.
The Melting Pot
Address: 13164 N Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: More than a cheese dish, fondue is a culinary experience, and that makes it the perfect recipe for a cheesy date, literally. After you dip all your delicious bites in a massive pull of your favorite cheese blend, you can have chocolate fondue for dessert.
The Avenue Eat + Drink
Address: 330 1 St. Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL
Why You Need To Go: This restaurant has everything a cheese lover can desire, including mac and cheese-filled burgers and a large portion of creamy macaroni and cheese topped with buffalo fried chicken tenders and blue cheese crumbles. Don't leave without trying their giant Moscow mule.
Red Mesa Cantina
Address: 128 3rd St S. Saint Petersburg, FL
Why You Need To Go: This Mexican eaterie has an affaire with cheese, which means you have to experience their dishes ASAP. You can chow down cheese-dipped burritos, quesadillas, and the always comforting queso dip, made with cheese, tomato, ground beef, chorizo, and served with freshly-made chips.
Cuisine: American fusion
Address: 2616 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: Your cheese obsession can finally come to an end at this Tampa restaurant. They serve super-creamy bacon and jalapeño-infused mac and cheese and an iconic burger that is served in the middle fo two fried mac and cheese rings. Epic.