Ashley Young

Occupational Therapist, Tampa Kids Therapy

Favorite date-night spot:
Sushi Maru is just a short drive on the expressway to Brandon, and it’s a spot that I go to at least once a week to satisfy my sushi craving. They have generous portions and incredible sushi combinations. I would go every day if I could.

Favorite spot to take guests from out of town:
Ciccio Water is always no. 1 on my list for out-of-town guests. You can always count on great atmosphere, food and service.

Best place to watch a Lightning game with friends:
Hattricks. It’s close to the arena and is always a good time, full of passionate fans looking for a high five and a celebratory cheer.

Best place for a healthy meal:
A DIY bowl or fresh pressed juice from Fresh Kitchen, and I’m set.

Favorite weekday breakfast spot:
Swami Juice has the best acai bowls. They’re always quick and delicious!

Favorite Asian food:
Thai 5 Food Truck is incredible. It’s a Sunday ritual – crab Rangoon, shrimp fried rice, a blanket and Netflix.

Best barbecue:
I consider myself an expert in this category. 4 Rivers Smokehouse all the way – their sides are A++. My mouth is watering thinking about them!

Best fine dining spot:
Where else but Bern’s Steak House, of course!

Favorite pizza:
Eddie & Sam’s New York Pizza is the best! No. 1 is the lasagna pizza, buffalo is a close no. 2.

Favorite place for a craft cocktail and cocktail of choice:
I love starting my night out with a Smooth Criminal at Hyde Out. Sweet but not too sweet, just how I like it!

Favorite place for a long walk:
I love walking downtown along the Riverwalk at night. It’s lit up and a great way to take in the beauty of Downtown Tampa.

Favorite exercise class:
Lance Small is knowledgeable, professional and a great trainer. I enjoy both his individual sessions and group classes. I can always count on him for a serious sweat-sesh.

Favorite museum:
I love taking my younger siblings to the Glazer Children’s Museum. It’s a fun place for kids to learn and explore.