Chanta Restaurant is a dreamy culinary gem in Tampa. The food here is exquisite, but the charming team behind Chanta put a lot of TLC into making sure the experience and aesthetic inside match the power of its menu. The website Cheapism recently listed the coziest restaurants in every state, and Chanta is number one in Florida. Another notch in Tampa’s foodie belt.
This family-owned spot is known to close for weeks at a time so the team can go back to Europe; make sure you’re following them on Facebook for the most up to date hours.
Chanta is family-owned and super charming
“But when Chanta’s owners are in town they serve a mean goulash soup; Romanian stew with polenta, cheese, and fried egg; or wiener schnitzel, delivered to charming rough-hewn wooden tables surrounded by brick and leaning wagon wheels,” writes review Alisha.
One of the most coveted seats in the city is the cozy chair in front of the fireplace. Need an even warmer invitation to visit Chanta? Just read this note from the owners:
“We would like to invite you to enjoy dinner in little Europe. Our restaurant is fully family-owned. You will meet the grandma who’s cooking everyday at the restaurant, you will enjoy our freshly baked bread and delicious food!”
One of the most unique dining experiences in Tampa
Celebrated appetizers include the grilled eggplant spread, deep fried zucchini, and homemade bread with butter.
Something almost totally unique to Chanta is their Romanian stew with polenta. You won’t find this delicious specialty anywhere else in the city. The combination between the pork stew, the polenta (made out of corn), the fried egg and the feta cheese on top is to die for.
I’m a dessert person, so I highly recommend you save room for a jam-stuffed crepe, or maybe a slice of apple cake. Visit their website to browse the entire menu.
Chanta Restaurant, 113 South Hyde Park Avenue