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’…


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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