Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe

 Sweetheart’s Day brought us back to a special place where we made some Sunday Fun-day memories, while living in Tampa for a quick year…Nestled in the heart of historic Seminole Heights a few minutes from downtown Tampa (where we hung our hat in Channelside) is Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe’…

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lavender flutter top via Fashion Trade Boutique

Pom Pom scarf via Fashion Trade Boutique

pastel printed kimono via The Rack

floral print, lace-bottom pencil skirt via The Rack

Bora Bora statement earrings (no longer available) ordering these from Spring 2016 collection and loving these

 convertible turquoise bracelet/necklace 

straw bag via Sarasota Women’s Exchange

 t-strap bow heels – Charlotte Russe

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  Ernie Locke and Melissa Demming opened the doors on this shining gem in 2009 with a vision and love affair with fine food. One of few notable restaurants in charming Seminole Heights, Ella’s boasts a mouth-watering menu of authentic American Fusion cuisine with a twist.  Chicken and waffles, chocolate bacon and Kansas City barbecue are a sprinkling of what has locals lined around the building, nearly an hour before opening, for Soul food Sundays.

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  Decorated with regional art collected throughout the U.S. from such artists as Anthony Pack, Reverend Howard Finster (Georgia), C.M. Laster (Kentucky), Joel Pinkerton, and Guinotte Wise (Kansas; amazing sculptor and author), your eyes will dance around this two-story eatery with whimsical delight.

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 If ever you find yourself near Tampa, and fancy yourself sitting on a wrap around porch sipping a hipster libation worthy of an Instagram post (I recommend the Spicy Skinny, Bloody Ella or Key Lime Mojito), then I’ll see you at Ella’s!  Just GO!  Trust this southern Shrimp & Grits connoisseur.  You’ll thank me later for this ChicSide Pick!

 

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