Last September I went to Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay and had some delicious donuts by The Bake – a pizzeria and bakery on Bayshore near Interbay. They’ve since added on an adjoining restaurant, Noi Italian Kitchen and Bar, which is more for sit-down meals.
I bought a CL Deal for The Bake & Noi which gave me $30 for only $15, and it doesn’t expire until February 2016. Of course, I used it a lot faster than that – I took my brother, David out for lunch to try it out. We both live about a mile from there, so it was an easy place to meet up and grab a quick bite.
We started off with fancy coffee drinks – I had the Molly Jane (salted white chocolate amaretto latte) and David had the White Mocha Motion (espresso, steamed milk, and Ghiradelli white chocolate). They also brought a nice water carafe to the table so we didn’t have to keep asking for water refills.
Since we had to spend $30, we ordered a lot of food. We split the Spinach Salad, which had large chunks of candied pecans, gorgonzola, grapes, bacon, and raspberry vinaigrette.
On the weekends they serve breakfast until 2pm, so David had the Le Duet – two slices of French toast, two eggs, and 2 strips of bacon. And I enjoyed the OMG BLT Fried Egg Sandwich, which was made from their same thick homemade bread as the French toast.
They also have family style dinners on Sundays from 4 – 8:30pm, which includes mixed appetizers, three pastas, salad, and four entrees (call them for reservations).
I feel like my area south of Gandy is a bit lacking in quality restaurants, so I’m glad to have this one close by!
The Bake of Tampa is located at 5427 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611 and is open 6:30am – 9pm Tuesday – Sunday (they are closed on Mondays).