The Tampa Bay History Center is proud to partner with the historic and critically-acclaimed Columbia Restaurant and to be home to the first Columbia Cafe.
Located on the first floor of the History Center, the Cafe boasts indoor and outdoor seating areas, a full liquour bar, and live music on the weekends. The Cafe is open daily from 11am to 9pm. Download the complete menu here. The Cafe's phone number is 813-229-5511.
Items from the Cafe menu include the following:
Ybor City Deviled Crabs
An Ybor City favorite of spicy Blue Crab mixed with Cuban cracker crumbs, paprika, onions, peppers and garlic, then breaded and fried golden brown.
Fresh scallops baked in a clay casserole with lemon butter and topped with seasoned bread crumbs and white wine.
Columbia's Original "1905" Salad (TM)
The Columbia's legendary salad of crisp iceberg lettuce with julienne of baked ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese and our famous garlic dressing (our 100-year-old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil).
Spanish Bean Soup
The soup that made the Columbia famous. Garbanzos, smoked ham, chorizo and potatoes simmered in a delicious ham stock.
Black Bean Soup
Frijoles Negros expertly prepared. Served over white rice and topped with diced Spanish onions. 100% vegetarian.
The Original Cuban Sandwich
Smoked ham, roast pork, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, dill pickle and mustard on pressed hot Cuban bread. Served with garlic plantain chips.
In the early 1900s, after a long days work, Cigar Workers would stop at the corner cafe to pick up a "Relleno" for the walk home. Hollowed out Cuban Bread stuffed with picadillo...ours served with garlic plantain chips.
Chicken and Rice "Sarapico"
The traditional dish from Tampa's Ybor City, one quarter chicken baked with yellow rice, green peppers, onions and tomatoes, spices and virgin olive oil. Served with Cuban bread and butter.
Merluza "Russian Style"
Created in the 1930s by the Columbia's famed chef, Francisco Pijuan. A delicate whitefish, lightly seasoned with Cuban bread crumbs, grilled and topped with lemon butter, chopped parsley and egg. Served with yellow rice, Cuban bread and butter.
Spanish egg custard
White Chocolate Bread Pudding
Our Dad's favorite. Our version made with white chocolate and topped with a rich Bacardi Rum Sauce.