With Seminole Hard Rock Tampa's $75 million expansion came a new restaurant in Rise Kitchen & Bakery. This eatery has become my go to place when I'm in the area because there is literally not a single thing I've tried there I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. From the artisan breads to the delicious spreads I love every sandwich on the menu so far. Sure, the restraint offers more than just sandwiches, but its the sandwiches that keep me coming back. My top pick? Smoked turkey breast on asiago cheese bread with cranberry mayonnaise. This sandwich can be best described as Thanksgiving dinner in your mouth!
Rise Kitchen & Bakery is located in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa located at 5223 Orient Rd.
On a side note, if you are into gambling, you can earn points to eat at Rise for free if you are a Player's Club member.
2. Sub Shak
What will you find at Sub Shak? More than a dozen sandwiches under $5 and all of them made from scratch with care. The business is family owned and everyone that works there is genuinely dedicated to making sure you enjoy your meal.
My top picks at Sub Shak are the BLT, the Meatball Sub and the Steak & Cheese.
This hole in the wall eatery is located at 4309 Gunn Highway in Tampa.
Located at 2616 South MacDill Avenue in South Tampa, Datz has become the go to place for brunch on Sundays and business lunches on weekdays. Let's focus on lunch though because there is nothing better than a Datz sandwich to help you take a break from the chaos of downtown Tampa in the middle of your work day.
Cue the Brisket! That's not just an order, it's the name of the sandwich I love the most! The ‘Cue the Brisket features house-smoked beef brisket, creamy cole slaw and zesty bbq sauce, on a sweet sourdough bun. Add to this the fact that the sandwiches come with homemade sweet-n-salty chips with creamy, but mild blue cheese drizzle and green onions and you have one amazing lunch that is big enough to make two meals out of it.