Cheese seems to be a food that is appreciated in just about any cuisine, from Italian to Mexican to German and more. Gooey gobs of cheddar or mozzarella add flavor and texture to a dish or can be appreciated all on their own. If you’ve got a craving for cheese, tackle it with any of these delectable cheesy dishes in Tampa Bay.
Miller’s Brandon Ale House
1817 W. Brandon Blvd.
Brandon, FL 33511
Miller’s Brandon Ale House prides itself on having something for everyone, and in this, cheese lovers will not be disappointed. The seafood mac & cheese entree is something grown-ups can enjoy while still satisfying their inner child. Five cheeses, pan-seared shrimp, scallops, mushrooms and a sprinkling of scallions make this dish an adventure for your taste buds. You can finish the trip with any one of dozens of beers and ales on tap. Drink specials change daily.
Uptown Pizza And Subs
21609 Village Lakes Shopping Center Drive
Land O Lakes, FL 34639
Calzones are a cheese lover’s dream come true, and no one makes them better than Uptown Pizza and Subs. This hand-made pizza dough pocket is stuffed with ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, then closed up and baked until the cheese is melted and gooey. You can also choose to have pizza toppings baked into your calzone, such as pepperoni, eggplant, spinach or meatballs. If you’re in the mood to make it three courses of cheese dishes, try the mozzarella caprese for an appetizer and cheesecake for dessert.
14929 Bruce B Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33613
Every night is a party at Mr. Dunderbak’s. This authentic German restaurant, which doubles as a marketplace for German meats, pastries, candies and other culinary delights, serves up one of the most scrumptious cheesy dishes you’ll ever taste. The cheese spatzle, served over German semolina noodles, is a heavenly combination of sauteed ham, onions and your choice of cheese. And at only $8.99, you’ll have plenty of room to sample German beers, schnitzels, desserts and more.
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Ella’s Americana Folkart Cafe
5119 N. Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603
This cozy cafe hosts paintings, sculptures and other types of art created by local artists, as well as live music from local musicians such as Danny B. Harvey. Ella’s offers an eclectic mix of cuisine, including pork chops, unique pizza recipes, tacos made with ahi tuna and a selection of vegetarian and gluten-free options. On Soul Food Sundays, Chef Ernie gets creative in the kitchen, cooking up whatever reflects his personality. One of his most popular creations is his home-made macaroni and cheese. It might sound simple, but it’s a perfect companion to some of Ernie’s other dishes, such as the blackened fish burger or Kansas-style barbeque entrees. If you’re in the mood to try a little something different, try the vegan version or bacon-topped version of macaroni and cheese.
Red Mesa Cantina
128 3rd St. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Red Mesa Cantina is the perfect place to kick back and relax, to have an office party or to take a first date. With two full bars and a varied menu of Mexican favorites, there is something to satisfy everyone. There are lots of cheesy dishes to choose from, but the quesadillas are a great place to start. These are not your average quesadillas — you can choose from the normal steak or cheese, but you can also choose other options such as duck, grilled veggies or shrimp and crab.
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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.