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Thai Sweet Basil
Thai places are a dime a dozen these days, but rarely do they represent the grace and power of Thai cooking the way that Thai Sweet Basil can. Here, the kitchen is masterful at producing profound, rustic flavors that still manage to come across as elegant to Western palates, all at the same price as your local joint. 3875 Northdale Blvd., Tampa, 813-961-8898.
Udipi is strictly vegetarian, strictly no-alcohol, but this Carrollwood Indian restaurant still draws all kinds of people for its traditional cuisine. You won't think about what you're missing after tasting Udipi's tender rice crepes stuffed with brightly seasoned veggies, or the wide selection of classic breads. 14422 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, 813-962-7300.
Always mentioned in the same breath with China Yuan as Tampa's top Chinese, Yummy is just as good and very different. It has barbecue, too, but the menu is largely focused on Hong Kong cuisine, like potent XO sauce over fish or salt-and-pepper tofu that will have you craving more before you get to your car. 2202 W. Waters Ave., Tampa, 813-915-2828.
Agree, Saigon Deli, the real one, not the other one across the street.
We ate there and the food was excellent. You need to go back and have…
lets not forget the old elephant foot IPA in the 16 oz cans from Tampa…