Fresh Kitchen – There’s not a hotter restaurant in Tampa right now than Fresh Kitchen. The line often snakes out the door and parking can be a bit of a hassle because of the number of people trying to eat here and less-than-ideal parking situation in SoHo. But you can tell Fresh Kitchen is the best healthy option Tampa by the number of patrons wearing workout gear while they stand in line.
Fruitwood Standup Market – A less hectic option to Fresh Kitchen for healthy food in SoHo would be Fruitwood, near the corner of Howard and Swann. The bountiful flatbread options are the draw here, although I get the same one every time: A.J.’s Pink Flamingo, topped with red sauce, pecorino and Romano cheeses, prosciutto, pistachios and a honey mustard-like drizzle. Jess can’t stay away from the Stokes Baby Spinach Salad. They also offer homemade flavored lemonade and fruit drinks and have a few beer options in the refrigerators lining one of the walls.
Ciccio Water—I’m not as big on Ciccio’s as a lot of other people seem to be, but I do have to give props to their California Bowls. They’re some of the tastiest around. My favorite is the Chicken & Broccolini Bowl with yellow rice, jalapeno slices and cashews mixed in. Jess is a big fan of the Spicy Brazilian Bowl with blackened grilled chicken, corn, cheddar cheese, crispy jalapeno, lime sour cream and smashed avocado. They also have a full sushi menu. You might experience a wait if you dine-in as this place is pretty popular.
Daily Eats – Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Daily Eats is Tampa’s version of a diner but healthier and tastier. They offer an impressive array of breakfast bowls, omelets and benedicts for breakfast, and their lunch/dinner menu is loaded with burgers, sandwiches and shredder bowls. I’m a big fan of the Memphis Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich, the bun barely able to contain the massive buttermilk-dipped chicken breast bursting out from all sides. I get mine with a slice of cheddar cheese on top and dip it into the spicy remoulade sauce provided. Delicious! Daily Eats is also big on tater tots, so if you’re fan, this is where you can stock up.
Swami Juice – This is Jess’s favorite Juice Bar and açaí bowl place in Tampa. The bowls are large and made on the spot and have lots of options. If you need a green juice to prepare (or recover) for a long day check this place out. It’s a couple miles from Amalie Arena off Bayshore Blvd. There’s no seating so everything is to go.