If you've never heard of longtime Tampa chef, Dave Del Rio, we don't blame you.  His work, like all chefs', is behind the scenes.  But, we'll venture to guess that if you're of the local-loving food fanatic variety like us, you've probably tasted a meal or two of his.

Because before he opened the brand new Del Rio's Cafe in North Tampa, Dave Del Rio ran the kitchen at a number of Lee Roy Selmon's Restaurants as well as the now-closed Smoke BBQ in South Tampa.

His new namesake restaurant is now his main focus, though.  Located just north of Armenia and Columbus Drive, Del Rio's serves up some classically Tampa Spanish and Cuban fare on the cheap with little fanfare.

Chef Del Rio has crafted a lunch and dinner menu loaded with the rich flavors that have composed Tampa's culinary landscape over its long and rich history.  This means a handful of home-made Southern, Spanish, and Cuban dishes made just the way these respective cultures intended to.

Menu highlights at Del Rio's Cafe include an eclectic variety of rib-sticking meals.  Try the shrimp and grits for a classic take on this Southern delicacy with huge pieces of shrimp and fluffy cheese grits or go for lunch and try a classic Po' Boy sandwich with fried catfish, oysters or shrimp.

Other selections at Del Rio's include a variety of seafood paellas, gumbo, crawfish boil, and much more.

Had a taste of Del Rio's Cafe yet?  Let us know what you think with a rating and review on the Del Rio's Cafe 813area business listing.