Fresh Bites is one of the newly opened mediterranean restaurants in tampa. We combine the all natural ingredients with fresh organic and local produce, culinary delights with style and personal flair to create a unique experience every time you visit us. We strive to make each visit satisfying and memorable.
To make an order, please call us at 813 336 4936 or come down to the store!
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Article from WOW October 2014:
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“You’ve gotta try this place,” I heard over and over from a wide group of foodie friends and friendly restaurant owners.
It took me a while to buy into the hype. The name was not sexy and the location not super-hip. But as I’ve learned it’s not the groovy, foo-foo food that sustains us in life. It’s mama’s home cooking.
Walking in to Fresh Bites, I felt like I was greeted by my (imaginary) long-lost Mediterranean family. After a stressful week of starting high school, my kids, husband and I were looking for a place to kick back and share comfort food. We found the perfect place, just down the street from Westchase. We had a happy accident of massive amounts of food because we purchased Fresh Mezza for two, plus two dinners. I can’t say the owners didn’t try to warn us, but the Fresh Mezza is more designed for a big group of party snackers.
Fresh Bites is committed to using unprocessed ingredients – they use fresh herbs and natural, organic meats while avoiding canned products. While the menu leans towards vegetables, grains and beans, all their meat comes from Niman Ranch, an organic supplier that never adds hormones or antibiotics.
The Fresh Mezza had a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, which also made cameo appearances in a lot of the meals. The standout side was the Mudardara. Rice with lentils, it had a beautifully nuanced flavor and deeply caramelized onions. The Taboule was made the traditional Lebanese way, with lots of parsley, mint, tomatoes and onions, and a tiny bit of bulgur wheat. The Hummus was ten times smoother than anything you can find at Publix, and had a lot of Tahini flavor. The yogurt cucumber dip was tasty, but a little too thin to be scooped up with the pita triangles. Roasted beets and olives were some simple counterpoints to the dips and complex spices. But wait, there’s more! It also included solid renditions of Baba Ghanouj and Stuffed Grape Leaves.
As if all that weren’t enough, we tried the Kebbeh, which is minced meat with crushed wheat, onion, pine nuts and spices. To my gringo mouth, it tasted like a lighter, flat meatloaf with a lot of savory spices. We also tried the Shawarma – thin-sliced beef marinated in herbs and spices, then roasted and served on a pita. Both of these came with a side salad that had a lovely tart lemon dressing.
Before we rolled out of the restaurant, we all partook of the in-house Baklava, which was appropriately nutty and dense, but not as sticky sweet as found elsewhere. The restaurant uses raw, unbleached sugar and stevia for sweeteners.
This is definitely more of a family restaurant than a date place. You can order at the counter or they’ll come over if you just plop yourself down at a table. The vibe with the cafeteria tables on one side and cute wine bar on the other was a little schizophrenic, but I imagine the owners are continually trying to warm up the space.
You can feel the love they have poured into Fresh Bites, and the respect they have for their customers, providing healthy delicious food that nourishes the soul.
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11665 Countryway Blvd
Tampa, Westchase, 33626
We are at your service, and strive to accommodate all types of schedules.
Our hours are:Monday to Thursday 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM Friday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM Saturday 12:00 AM to 9:30 PM