Tampa Treasures: Mermaid Tavern might have the most underrated food in Tampa Bay

“Meet you under the jellyfish lanterns.”

Yes, this secret code will mean something to Tampa folks specifically Seminole Heights peeps – let’s grab a burger and brew at Mermaid Tavern!


Oh, how we love ye dar Mermaid!

Yes, this Seminole Heights institution has been curating some of the best beer and wine lists across the Bay along with serving special noms. The truffle fries are legendary and we highly recommend the swamp fries or Pasco Poutine, which is a delicious plate of Cajun fries, smoked gouda, chorizo, pepper sauce and some vegan ranch for good measure.

Alright, that is not doing these bad*ss chefs justice, we could write an ode to their Garlic Parmesan wings. Plus, the burgers here are not only sizzling stacks of must-try, but they are hitting up local farmers and cheese makers to source them. They also have a great scratch veggie burger for our vegetarian friends and fam.


Of course, don’t forget to check out the specials where they feature some wildly delicious ISH – we once had some fried ceviche tacos that had us doing out Little Richard voice!

Get out of your clamshell chair and mingle

However, one of the best parts about Mermaid Tavern are all the amazing events hosted by the landlocked gastrobar. We have been to some bombastic Read Herring nights and an emphatic Hurricane Maria Relief Party. The happy hour is also a great time, every time – Monday through Friday 5p-7pm with $1 off bevvies in drafts, cans and bottles.

Mermaid Tavern stands firmly in the tradition of taverns as place to meet and socialize, so get out there on the patio and mingle people!

Visit Mermaid Tavern at 6719 N. Nebraska Avenue. Kitchen hours are Monday through Thursday 5pm to Midnight, Saturday from 5pm to 2am and Sunday 12pm to midnight. Lastly, check their Facebook page for an up to date live entertainment calendar.


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