3 Local Tampa Businesses Proving the Best is Located in the Unlikely


Tampa is known for its growing population and is being recognized by national and international companies as a place to live, work and play.

We have 2 major sports teams, well-respected museums, some of the best festivals and an active philanthropic community.

While some neighborhoods are distinct in age, income and even race, the city is as diverse as ever. One cannot assume the "best of" anything is confined to a certain zip code or nationality in Tampa.
Here are three businesses providing the best in the most unlikely places you would think to look.

Dochos Concession

Dochos is a food truck serving the best Cuban sandwiches. This statement of the best comes from the fact they have won multiple awards for their Cuban sandwich at the annual Cuban Sandwich Festival held in Ybor each spring. Dochos has managed to beat other restaurants and sandwich stores who have for decades served Cuban food in West Tampa – a hotbed for Latin cuisine. So is the best Cuban sandwich on a food truck? Many people would say, yes.

(Be sure to try their deep fried desserts such as fried Oreos and Key Lime pie. Yum.)

Elizabeth Carson Racker Fashion Design Boutique

There are boutiques sprawled throughout the city, but would you expect to find a high-end women's evening wear fashion designer who has participated at New York Fashion Week or the Super Bowl 50 Fashion Showcase located on Florida Ave? Probably not. Yes. North Tampa has a lot to offer, but most people would expect to find original evening dresses of high caliber in the South Tampa area or located in one of Tampa's malls where luxury items are sold.

Sacred Grounds Coffee House

This coffee house – performing arts venue provides for some of the most unique and entertaining evenings in the city. Located in the Temple Terrace area, Sacred Grounds provides a platform to local artists. Let's face it. Downtown attracts a lot of talent, but many of the locals gifted in the arts have passed through Sacred Grounds at some point in the career. Tampa has some of the most eclectic artists in the state and this coffee house seems to attract many of them. Guests can experience unique events like improve comedy, poetry, music and more. It's not just a place for those who want to sip coffee, but those looking for the out-of-the-norm outings at above normal levels at below typical prices.

Sure. Tampa has many great places deemed "the best" by many, but the unlikely is rare. To find the unlikely, you have to be willing to venture out and try our local small businesses.

Ebony T. Grimsley-Vaz is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the author of "Because You're Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation" which is sold on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other stores and a contributor to various media outlets.