Happy Hour Hotspot: Ava

I sometimes get a little down about being single and having to go out by myself quite often. Well fortunately on this day my friend’s boyfriend was busy and she thought of me. The timing could not have been more perfect. I was leaving work and checked my phone for missed calls and messages when I saw a text from her asking what I was doing that night. All I could think about was my desire to eat since I had not eaten breakfast or lunch and I was starving. It had been an 11 hour day already so I knew I would not be cooking when I got home. Emphatically I responded nothing, what did you have in mind. Now you know this girl is my friend because she suggested …. yep you know it, happy hour.


We started at another restaurant where we had a few drinks but we were not quite satisfied so we continued our walk down South Howard ending up at Ava. We were cutting it super close but we made it just in time to put in our food order before the happy hour cutoff. I didn’t even know Ava had a happy hour but the menu is quite varied and includes both food and drank.


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It was a beautiful day so we chose to sit outside (plus it didn’t help that the bar area was already filled to capacity).

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My friend had been to Ava previously so I let her take the lead and order for us. She selected the funghi pizza, house salad and whipped ricotta with baguette.


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Each of these items were $5 each which was perfectly priced (especially since this was our second happy hour of the day). We ate every last bite and we were stuffed. Fortunately the car was a few blocks away so we were able to walk off a few if the yummy calories we just ingested.


But clearly that wasn’t enough for me because a different friend and I ended up going back to Ava the very next day. The weather was not so nice and it was raining, so we decided to sit inside instead during this visit.


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My friend is a vegetarian so I wanted to select a place that could accommodate us both. The pizza options were a perfect balance offering vegetarian and meat options. I ordered the spicy sausage and ricotta pizza and she had the margherita; again we both left full, satisfied and with pennies still left in our pockets.


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Although I highlighted the pizzas there are many other options available during happy hour at Ava. I am excited to return again soon to try more of the menu.

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I had a long tiring week and my girls time at Ava really revived me. I am so glad that these ladies reached out to hang out. I am also thrilled that as a result I have discovered another awesome #happyhourhotspot.

What are your favorite happy hour hotspots?

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  1. June 11, 2016 / 3:29 PM

    Where is this located? Looked really good!

    • Tia
      June 12, 2016 / 11:30 AM

      Ava is located in Tampa, Florida. It not only looks good. It is good.

  2. June 12, 2016 / 11:22 AM

    I love pizza and the crust is like my favorite part. The pizza looks so freaking good. What city and state is Ava in?

    • Tia
      June 12, 2016 / 11:29 AM

      Ava is located in Tampa, Florida. You should definitely try it if you’re ever in the area.

  3. June 12, 2016 / 5:48 PM

    I have a friend who lives near Tampa. We’ll have to check this out next time I visit her. Those pizzas look AMAZE!

    • Tia
      June 14, 2016 / 1:44 PM

      You definitely should Joyce.

  4. June 13, 2016 / 1:45 AM

    I love finding a great new eating spot in the city! I’m not anywhere near Tampa, but I will surely be on the lookout should I visit in the future. That pizza looks amazeballs.

    • Tia
      June 14, 2016 / 1:44 PM

      Yes me too, a good food spot is like a gift from Heaven. What are some of your favorites in your city Christine?

  5. June 13, 2016 / 1:59 AM

    Oh…that pizza looks really good. I’m glad you got to get out and find a really good spot.

    • Tia
      June 14, 2016 / 1:43 PM

      I am too! I love when my friends introduce me to new places.

  6. June 13, 2016 / 7:18 AM

    That pizza especially looks delicious. There are a couple restaurants near my job that I love to visit around happy hour.

    • Tia
      June 14, 2016 / 1:42 PM

      What are you favorite happy hour spots in your area Tia?

  7. June 13, 2016 / 1:27 PM

    That outdoor space is great and the food looks wonderful. Adding it to my places to check out if I am in Tampa 🙂

    • Tia
      June 14, 2016 / 1:42 PM

      Yes here in Florida its nice to be able to eat outside but many times its just too hot. I was glad it was a nice day so we could enjoy happy hour on the patio.

    • Tia
      June 14, 2016 / 1:40 PM

      Yes I totally understand, this is a good place for an adult night out but its a good family spot too if you should have the kids with you.

  8. June 13, 2016 / 8:38 PM

    Oh wow, sharing this spot with my Florida buddies! The food looks absolutely delicious and the atmosphere is very trendy. Love it.

    • Tia
      June 14, 2016 / 1:39 PM

      Yes the restaurant is very modern yet cozy. Thanks for sharing.

  9. June 13, 2016 / 10:24 PM

    We are almost always in Florida. The food looks really good here. I have to add it to my list of places to dine.

    • Tia
      June 14, 2016 / 1:38 PM

      Where areas do you usually frequent when you are in Florida, Kim? What are some of your favorite restaurant finds so far?

  10. June 15, 2016 / 1:48 PM

    You KNOW it’s nice when you go twice. Back to Back at that! I will be sure to check this one out when I am in Tampa next year.

    • Tia
      June 16, 2016 / 4:07 PM

      Yes Keisha back to back visits is a dead giveaway isn’t it?!

  11. June 23, 2016 / 11:14 AM

    I hadn’t heard of them. I’ll definitely add to my Tampa eating list.

  12. June 23, 2016 / 8:40 PM

    Great review Tia! I’ve never been to Ava but it’s on my must try list now. Sharing your review on my FB page tomorrow afternoon for #FoodeiFriday if you’d like to check it out. https://www.facebook.com/PHBInventoryPros/ Thank you!

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