Best Bistros In Tampa BayPerhaps you're wondering what is a bistro, anyway? How does it differ from a typical restaurant? Bistros have their roots in Paris, where chefs served small, simple meals at a moderate price. In the United States, bistros are more than just French food. Bistros encompass all types of cuisine, from Chinese to Italian to vegan fare. Here is a sampling of some of the best bistros in Tampa Bay.