The top rated gluten-free restaurant, Craft Kafe, is officially open in downtown Tampa across the street from the University of Tampa. The owner, Teddy Skiadiotis, operates two other shops in neighboring St. Petersburg. This gluten-free hub is celebrated for its darn fine coffee selection, massive gluten-free breakfast sandwiches, gluten-free pizza slices, and gluten-free cinnamon rolls.
It began with one location in West St. Pete nearly 10 years ago, and enlivened the gluten-free movement in the region. Items such as the carrot cake cupcake, the date pastry, stacks of GF pancakes, and the classic Craft Kafe sandwich made it a proverbial staple in many local’s diets.
Teddy, Ed and the entire Craft team have worked assiduously to debut their new spot on the same block as Fly Bar and Oxford Exchange at 442 W Kennedy Boulevard. The growth seems natural for the gluten-free cafe. As regionalism takes over, more and more gems from both cities are expanding over the Howard Frankland Bridge.
The interior features furnishings and design work by the prolific Ron Francis, who has handled the design of the other two Craft Kafe locations. Follow Craft on Instagram for frequent teases on their latest baked goods.
A few recommended treats for first time visitors:
- Lemon Poppyseed Muffin
- Chicken Adobo Pastry
- Cinnamon Rolls
- The veggie pizza slice
- Oatmeal Cream Pie
- Apple Brown Betty
Want to experience the restaurant for yourself when you’re not in Tampa? Visit either of its two locations in St. Pete: 200 Central Avenue; 6653 Central Avenue.
This is a passion project for owners Teddy Skiadiotis and Ed Briones, who have consistently brought joy to diners with UC, celiacs, and other dietary restrictions. PS keep an eye out for pie orders come the holiday season. I always order a pecan and a pumpkin pie here. One to share, and one to enjoy by myself. No regrets.
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