One of our best discoveries in town is Ella's Folk Art Cafe. I found it online while conducting a random Google search for brunch spots in Tampa. Ella's brunch menu is called Soul Food Sundays. I was in heaven!
Here's the outdoor patio, which is impressive.
This is the view of the bar when you first walk into the restaurant.
There's some great decor throughout the restaurant, which adds to the venue's atmosphere. The space is large and it even has a stage for performances. They sat us on the second floor the two times we've been there.
Like any other brunch, I always start off with a mimosa. This one had some pomegranate flavor added to it. Cheers!
Fried pickles, anyone? It doesn't sound that good, but oh em gee they are addicting.
Aptly named "The Itis," this entree was massive. Our friend who ordered it said that the brisket was very good but the ribs were just ok. Yes, those are fried green tomatoes on the side. Everyone at the table loved them.
Here's the beef brisket with sweet potato fries on the side. The gal who ordered it said it was good. She cleaned off the fries portion in a heartbeat.
Another person ordered the biscuits and gravy meal. My father-in-law prefers to call this the SOS (s--- on a shingle). lol. Who knew slop could taste sooo good? It's spicy sausage in the gravy and the biscuits are surprisingly flaky and light despite the gravy on top.
Mr. J opted for the lighter fare both times we've been to this restaurant. It's the hummus veggie wrap with a side of red beans and rice.
This is for all you bacon lovers out there: chocolate covered bacon. It was a little saltier than I expected, but I am glad I tried it. I think the bacon could have been crispier though. The chocolate they used was amazing.
Mr. J and I are firm believers that no one can beat The Columbia Restaurant's bread pudding in Tampa, but this one comes close.
This iron horse sits on the front lawn of the restaurant.