Best Pizza to get with Friends: Lee's Grocery
This small little joint located in a Tampa Heights neighborhood. It was founded in 1884 as a local grocery store but 4 years ago the owner decided to turn it into a local pizza bar. The inside is lined with large coolers that are filled with the most amazing local craft beers and ciders as well as new beers on tap. You can pair your beer of choice with one of the best pizzas you will ever have. Bring your friends so you can order a variety of all of their different pies as well as a couple of baskets of wings.
Some of Their Local Craft Beers
- Coronado Brewing Co.
- Oskar Blues
- Hidden Springs
Their Chicken wings come in several flavors inclduing: mild, hot, sweet thai chili BBQ, sriracha, and garlic parmesan (which is my favorite!!).
Lee's is well known for their fun and unique pizzas named quite eccentrically. They have both their normal menu as well as a little secret menu on the back. (I'll give you a hint, there's a buffalo chicken and blue cheese pizza on the back that is INCREDIBLE). Each of the pizzas are made fresh and then baked on a stone in a piping hot oven. There is seating both inside and outside for those who like to enjoy their pizza in one or the other. Both have the most relaxed and fun atmosphere for good food and drinks.
Some of their Unique Pizza Combos
- Hanging Garden: Spinach, Green Peppers, Red Onions, Artichokes, Mushrooms, Black Olives and Tomatoes
- Don't Stand So Close to Me: Olive oil, garlic, red onions, black olives, artichokes, mushrooms, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese
- Minor Threat: Pesto Sauce, Mushrooms, Spinach, Jalapenos and Feta Cheese
Mark Lee's Grocery down for the next stop after a night out with your friends, or the perfect place to grab a bite before you head downtown.
Best New York Slice: Eddie and Sam's
Eddie and Sam's Pizza is one of the closest New York style pizza places you can get in Tampa. Eddie and Sam's was originally founded in New York and was founded in downtown Tampa in 1998. Sold by the slice, you are able to walk through the line and order as you search for the slice that calls out to you. New York Style involves the large triangular piece of pizza which a medium-thick crust They have a huge variety of about every kind of pizza that you could want with every potential topping. These include red sauce and white sauce pizzas topped with different meats, veggies and cheeses. Right in the store they have over 20 different slices. You can even order your slice with extra toppings before they drop it in the oven so it is perfectly hot and melty before served on a plate right into your hands.
Eddie and Sam's also serves giant pizza rolls stuffed with veggies or meat and then filled with to the max with cheese. Eddie and Sam's is located right next to Curtis Hixon Park so you can grab a slice of pizza and have a picnic with your family right along the riverwalk. If you'd rather order one large pizza, they can take care of you too with a 20" pie or a whopping 28" pie (yes that is more than 2 feet wide).
Alongside their pizza slices, Eddie and Sam's also a variety of other New York Specialities including Calzones, Garlic Knots, Pasta dishes and Heros. To end the meal they have plenty of sweet items such as cannoli, tiramisu, and even Mini peanut butter cream pie.
I highly recommend checking out this Tampa staple if you're in downtown and looking for a go-to solid bite to eat. Eddie and Sam's will never disappoint.
Eddie and Sam's: 203 E. Twiggs St. Downtown Tampa.
Best Drive Thru Pizza: Bruno's Pizza
This drive through and walk up pizza place is located in North Tampa right next to USF similarly to Eddie and Sam's, you can order pizza by the slice or as a whole pie. They are most famous for their classic cheese pizza however my favorite is the ultimate supreme pizza. This pizza is loaded with green peppers. olives, sausage, pepperoni, and onions and is covered in lots and lots of mozzarella cheese.
One of the things that I love about this particular pizza place are that all of the workers are extremely personable. I have been many times where I called ahead, and as soon as I drove up, they knew exactly who I was and had my order hot and ready. They have a window that you can walk directly up to and order from or you can drive right through if you do not want to leave your car. Bruno's Pizza has a ton of different specials that are available the entire day so its the perfect spot for college students to grab a cheap late night bite before heading back to studying.
Some of their best specials include
- 1 large cheese pizza and a 2 liter soda for only $14.99
- 1 Large cheese pizza and 10 chicken wings for $23.99
- 2 Large Cheese Pizzas for $24.99
And these large pizzas are huge!! Bruno's also serves an amazing cheesesteak, wings, salads and sides. Stop by Bruno's for a quick and delicious slice of pizza in the Northern side of Tampa as well as some of the best customer service you can get.
Best Take Out Pizza: New York New York
This is one of the best fast food style pizza joints in Tampa. With multiple locations you can enjoy them all over the Tampa Bay area and they have a huge menu so it's a one stop trip to satisfy the entire family whether they like pizza or not. But they are for sure to love NY NY pizza. The crust on these pizzas is always cooked thoroughly and to perfection. They are always willing to substitute different sauces and toppings to make it exactly to your liking and the staff is so so friendly. They now have many locations inclulding one in Ybor City, Hyde Park, Riverview, Wesley Chapel, Tampa International Airport and Carollwood so you can enjoy it from all over Tampa.
Every pizza on their menu that I have tried so far has been absolutely mind blowing. Along with the classic pizza combinations they have some of the most unique pizza flavor combinations including
- The Shrimp Scampi Pizza with shrimp, garlic and scampi sauce. This one was one of the best pizzas I have ever had in Tampa with its lemony tang and buttery finish.
- The Buffalo Chicken pizza is loaded with chicken, hot sauce, mozzarella and bleu cheese.
If someone in your family prefers sometfhing other than pizza for dinner do not fret for NY NY has wings, salads, wraps and gyros, burgers, sandwiches, pasta dinners, chicken dinners, seafood and of course dessert. So literally they cannot miss pleasing the entire family. NY NY pizza is quite well priced and very timely. For take out pizza, it is definitely some of the best in Tampa Bay for the family.
If you are in the mood for pizza try one of these four Tampa pizzerias out!! There are plenty of local foodie Pizza spots for every different type of event. Follow me for more local foodie spots and recommendations!!