Taziki’s Promotes the Heart (and heart health) of Carrollwood-Northdale.

By:  Kelly Stuart Williams, MA

Carrollwood/Northdale has become a dining destination for healthy eating since Taziki’s Mediterranean Café (Taziki’s) opened on Northdale Boulevard in 2017.  Since then, the Mediterranean diet has grown in popularity and has become the doctors’ standard for nutrition and a heart-healthy diet.  And it tastes great!

Twenty years before opening in Tampa, Taziki’s founders, Amy and Keith Richards traveled to Greece, where they discovered that healthy eating had become a delicious way of life for the Mediterranean community. The Greek dining experienced featured small-table cafes where neighbors met to connect around healthy flavors and to celebrate life.  They learned to embrace the Greek word, Eudaimonia, meaning “human flourishing.”

This is the essence of Taziki’s.  We believe in sharing the impactful and everyday moments of life over a delicious meal with loved ones. We put heart behind everything we do because we value the “flourishing” of our customers.” (tazikis.com)

Amy and Keith enjoyed the food, but they wanted to bring home the sense of community they experienced alongside the plant-based diet rich in healthy fats (like olive oil) and delicious spices.  They embraced the alignment of healthy food and its contribution to healthy communities, and that is what Taziki’s is based on 20 years later:  in Tampa and more than 60 locations throughout the United States.

We embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle, especially in our diet: primarily plant-based, healthy oils over butter, using herbs and spices for optimal flavor, limiting red meat, and enjoying fish and poultry at least twice a week. (tazikis.com).

Whether you dine-in, take-out, or order online, healthy food is just around the corner or a phone call away.  Whether it’s Chicken Kebobs, Greek Salad, or a Grilled Veggie Feast, Taziki’s features food to delight every member of your family.  If you’re planning a party or an office-get-together, Taziki’s can accommodate an intimate group of ten (10) or a large group of 100.  They feature a “Gyro Bar,” which is wildly popular because groups have fun building their Gyros:  a Greek staple food.  Boxed lunches also are accessible and readily available, as are three (3) flavors of hummus!

According to the Mayo Clinic, “The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating based on the traditional cuisine of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. While there is no single definition of the Mediterranean diet, it is typically high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nut and seeds, and olive oil. Daily consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats is coupled with a weekly intake of fish, poultry, beans, and eggs.”

Fresh food is central to the concept of healthy eating, and at Taziki’s, there are no freezers or fryers, and all of the meat is cut fresh daily. Most of the menu items are gluten-free, and there are many vegetarian items.  Dietary restrictions and customer requests are welcome and accommodated to the most significant degree possible. 

A recent Google Review was received from Jessica D., who has become a frequent diner in past weeks, “We’ve been coming here for weeks, and you can’t go wrong with this gem. Great service and amazing food. Did I mention the outdoor seating and pet-friendly patio? I can’t wait to come back again. I highly recommend it.  Similarly, Laura B. wrote, “First time here won’t be the last. Great food, friendly staff. Loved it. Had the grilled chicken roll-up and whipped feta. Can’t wait to try more!”

Taziki’s Mediterranean Café embraced community giving since its opening when they donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay, and they are locally owned and operated. They are members of the Carrollwood Area Business Association (CABA). They have participated in community events ranging from CABA’s Taste of Carrollwood to the Holiday Tree Lighting with the Northdale Civic Association. 

Throughout the pandemic, Taziki’s has shared healthy eating with our first responders and celebrated our medical community and healthcare workers through their “Healthcare Heroes” program. Nutritious and delicious food is regularly delivered to local medical offices and hospitals, and 10% of their sales went to provide meal certificates to our hometown heroes on National Hug Day.

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe is located at 3825 Northdale Blvd in Tampa. For more information, call (813) 867-4747, or visit https://www.tazikis.com/location/tampa/. Delivery is available from togoorder.comubereats.compostmates.comdoordash.com. Gift cards are available online and in the restaurant.