Mortar & Pestle: Coffee, Food, Alcohol? Sounds Like a Good Time!

There are a lot of opinions about this restaurant. Lets see what the Exploring Tampa crew thinks!
Mortar & Pestle, 2019
Coming from the ashes of a popular food truck, Mortar & Pestle is a concept that thrives to bring back the old timey pharmacies. You know the ones... You go to get a soda from the fountain, you wander the aisles, make your way to the lunch counter, then leave with your prescriptions. Located on the same block as local favorites Angry Chair Brewing and Trip's Diner, there's no lack of business to be had. This is also one of the few places in Seminole Heights with a real parking lot. Had you never read a review of this place and had you not heard about their filing for bankruptcy, you'd be impressed. The inside of the building is a hipster's paradise, with the industrial looking tables and chairs, the high ceiling, the steampunk-esque inspired decor. The inside of this building is cool. Next door is also a fully functional pharmacy that I wasn…

Weekly Picks: Parks

"Mark, you don't post enough family stuff." Well....

Weekly Picks, 4/26/18

How about the best parks to take your kids to? Tampa has a ton of parks. Some more well known than others. If you have kids who like to get out and do different things, these parks should provide exactly what you're looking for! Lets get started.

Curtis Hixon Park, 2018

Location: 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Sitting directly on the Hillsborough River, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park offers a playground, a water feature, a large field, and resides the Glazer Children's Museum. This park also houses Fur Green Fields and sits on the Riverwalk. Around the corner, on the Riverwalk, also sits a dog park so you can let your fur babies run free. You'll know Curtis Hixon for all of the events that they seemingly hold. The first Thursday of the month hosts Rock The Park, there are tons of yoga and other fitness events weekly, Margarita Fest, Lights On Tampa, and a myriad of other events.

 







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Waterworks Park, 2018

Location: 1710 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

If you're taking a tour of the Riverwalk and are determined to walk the entire thing, then Waterworks will either be the first place you stop, or the last. Located on the northern end of the Riverwalk, Waterworks Park offers a playground, a waterpark, a dog park, a stage, a giant grassy field, and a restaurant in the form of Ulele. I personally find the view of the Hillsborough River much more appealing over here, and I've taken many pictures around this park. It has the history, the springs, the food... And even hosts a few events (Best Florida Beer, anyone?). This is one of the most aesthetically pleasing parks in Tampa.

 























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Perry Harvey, Sr. Park, 2018

Location: 1000 E Harrison St, Tampa, FL 33602

I'm sure you all remember the drama surrounding the Bro Bowl skatepark a few years back. "You can't tear it down! It's history." The City of Tampa came to an agreement and recreated the Bro Bowl, to the exact specs, about a block away from where it originally was. It wasn't just the bowl that was recreated, though. An entire skatepark was erected next to it. Now skaters have an awesome, free, place to skateboard, BMX, roller blade, or scooter... Or whatever else you guys are doing. And it would be so easy for me to stop at the skatepark, but this park offers so much more than that. For starters, there are two huge grassy fields that can be used for a multitude of activities (I saw some group there using one for a giant game of tag). There are basketball courts (which are unique to the parks on this list). There's a water feature (which has become Mayor Buckhorn's signature on his parks). The only thing seemingly missing from this park is an actual playground. Outside of that, this park has everything you could ask for. It also pays homage to the history of Central Ave, a prominent African American business district the 70's when the properties were bought up and the people displaced. This is, easily, the nicest park that Tampa currently has!





 


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