Da'Shrine: An African Caribbean Restaurant

  T he building has been sitting for a while. Lets explore what finally took over.  Da'Shrine, 2023 L et me start this one off by stating that I am in no means an expert on Africa, their cuisine, or their culture. Da'Shrine claims to be a mixture of African and Caribbean cuisine. They are sporting a restaurant with a rooftop bar. If you had been to The Refinery prior to coming here, you'll know how the rooftop bar was set up. Unfortunately, the bar wasn't open when we went due to some maintenance that needed to be done before they could open. They did manage to use the space well, though, given how small the building actually is. They also have music playing from the TV, which is fine, but you can't hear the bartender over the bass. But that's not why you're here. Old Fashioned, 2023 T he bar is a square bar sitting against the back wall when you walk in. They have a decent selection with six beer taps as well. The bartender was telling us about some unique

Xtreme Tacos: Tacos With a Kick

 Yes, they're finally open. No, their parking isn't any better than anything else in Seminole Heights. 

Xtreme Tacos Sign, 2021

There is no secret that my favorite Tampa based food truck is Xtreme Tacos. That would be the deciding factor if I were debating between two different places. Lots of trips to C. 1949 and 7venth Sun were made because of this truck. You can imagine my delight when I heard that they were going to be opening a restaurant... And in Seminole Heights. This particular trip was actually Stormy's idea, which is funny because Stormy isn't a big fan of Tex-Mex food in general. This is Seminole Heights, so you already know the parking situation is the most ridiculous you'll ever see. You have to circle around the building down this incredibly narrow one way driveway to park your car. Once you have parked, you then walk through the front door. There is a cash register greeting you and you place your order there and are given a number. From there, you have your choice of one of three (very small) dining rooms. You have the quiet, dark, intimate room directly across from the register, the other indoor dining room if you continue on past the register, or the outdoor dining room that you can access by walking back out the front door. But that's not why you came here.

Buffalo Shrimp Burrito, 2021

I also love things that don't love me. Like buffalo sauce. So I decided to go full force into the buffalo shrimp burrito with yellow rice, black beans, sour cream, and cheese. The buffalo sauce is slightly hotter than usual (fine by me), and the rice and beans were delicious (the way to my heart is through yellow rice and black beans). The shrimp was good, if not a little tough. What bothered me most about the burrito is how little shrimp seemed to be in it. Most of my burrito was rice and beads with buffalo sauce. It was good, but could've definitely used more meat. I would not have minded paying more for the burrito if it meant more meat. That said, I still was unable to finish the burrito as the burrito was massive. If you are able to eat more than me, just know, the burritos and tacos come with no sides. This shouldn't be a problem for most, but I figured I'd throw it out there.

Quesadilla, 2021

Stormy, on the other hand, being the purveyor of deliciousness that she is, ordered herself the kids chicken quesadilla.  This culinary masterpiece brings together a 10" tortilla paired perfectly with shredded cheese, and the finest of shredded chicken. Ultimately, this is a children's quesadilla. There's not much to talk about here. She really enjoyed it, and when asked for comment, simply said "It was delicious!" There you have it, folks.

Bar, 2021

Ultimately, the food was amazing and everything I could've expected from this restaurant. If you're familiar with Seminole Heights, then you already know what challenges await you (Parking, restaurant size). I would strongly suggest with going with a burrito if you're hungry as you will not leave hungry. You can also sit at the bar and get yourself some awesome beers, with a decent sized selection of local brews. And that's all I have for you this time.

Things to know before you go:
- The parking sucks, and this is probably my least favorite parking lot.
- The restaurant is small which means it can fill up quickly during busy times. Be sure to get there during off hours.
- The burritos are huge.
- This place gets even more fun with friends!

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