1810 North Highland Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
One of the trendiest new restaurants for foodies in Tampa is ULELE. It’s often booked up a month in advance, so when I stumbled across an open reservation on my actual 30th birthday, I immediately grabbed it. I couldn’t have been happier because I’ve been wanting to try it out ever since it opened in September, 2014.
ULELE, named after the daughter of a Tocobaga Native American chief, is located in the refurbished 1906 Water Works Building building on the Hillsborough River. Dressed with original woodwork and metal design, together with its high ceilings and friendly staff, the restaurant could not be more inviting, including the delicious and mouth watering smells from the large open kitchen. ULELE proudly showcased many interesting works of art. Learn more here.
After studying the creative drink menu, we needed a little direction, as there was something for everyone. We don’t like sugary, sweet, cocktails so the server described each cocktail that best suited our tastes.
ULELE’S local farm to table concept menu had us drooling. Everything on the unique menu was grown locally for optimal freshness and keeping with the Florida Native American inspired dishes. At first glance, we knew we would be back in the near future to try out some of the other items!
What happens when it’s your birthday? Answer: You always have room for dessert. Without hesitation, we ordered their house signature dessert, Candied Duck Bacon Maple Fried Ice Cream. It was beyond compare… a perfect combination of sweet and salty!
Our knowledgeable server displayed enthusiasm and passion for the menu and its local farm to table concept, setting it aside from other Tampa Bay area restaurants. All of the dishes tasted delicious and were cooked to perfection. We wouldn’t change our order, but we do look forward to sampling more of the menu soon.