I will be honest, I've been keeping this place a secrect. So very happy for the Browns. They are a wonderful couple dedicated to proving truly delicious organic Thai. We eat ther most every week. Ok, I am ready for the long lines. Just the best!
Best Thai food I have tasted, very accurate review, check this place out!
Unfortunately, Ha Long Bay is just plain inconsistent and has been for years. Great one time and two weeks later, inedible. Just after this review the dim sum was superb but not so much this week. Stale buns, dried out chewy dumplings, sticky rice with almost nothing inside, tasteless everything including the tea (ordered Jasmine Tea as usual but got some bitter odd tasting substitute). Dinner is no better -- some evenings it is truly good and others it is like no one who knows how to cook is working in the kitchen. And if you order take-out there is no telling what it will be when you open the boxes at home. It's not like these people don't speak or understand English well; they do. We even order by number and it is still a surprise.
The older wait staff are very nice at the restaurant but the younger ones seem to hang around the lobster tank area and not only ignore the customers but do not assist the older servers. The dining room hostess / cashier is not up to the job. The operation is much more on target when the male owner is present. So for now, we are giving up on Ha Long Bay and hoping some other entrepreneur will open a dim sum restaurant in St. Pete because going to Tampa to Yummy House is just too far and T C Choy's won't take the CL Deal coupon for dim sum which just ticks me off so we avoid it altogether.
of course it's not in tampabay....what else is new?
I love Red Mesa. I'm still a little sore the Chino Latino isn't on the menu anymore. That plate would be a contender for my "last meal on death row".
and 3 years later Best of the Bay "best soup" goes to non-other than The Stone Soup Company.
Love Debbie, love her food and love Della's. I agree... it's a must visit location. Everyone deserves to splurge on themselves and if you're gonna do it, you might as well make it amazing!
next time try out the tableside sauteed oysters!
I'm usually a little skeptical of restaurants trying to cover too many countries, but you sold me. I'm going!
Really want to try and wanted to learn,
We ate there and the food was excellent. You need to go back and have the chocolate cake!
Thank you Larry!
Saigon Deli has moved to 3858 Waters Ave.
Not seeing 'The Lobster Pot' on the list told me how bogus your top 50 is; there is absolutely no way there are 50 restaurants in the Tampa Bay area that are better. Maybe you should get out and try some restaurants that don't line your pockets for the advertising.
Amy is one of the rudest people I've ever met. Anyone who treats people like that does not deserve their business.
I once drove all the way from lutz to el crapo and couldn't believe how overrated it was. Mediocre burgers and typical macdonalds fries. I don't like the grease at 5 guys but it sure beats el crapo.
Who rated this place every year so high anyway? That person should be forced to eat there every day for a year.
I totally agree with this review. Must add that I love the coziness and the friendly & accommodating owner and staff!
I don't get what the excitement is about the sandwiches. They use Publix rolls and the portions are tiny. Hell of a long ride for this.
After hearing nothing but rave reviews for Wimauma, my friends and I decided to host a small bridal brunch there for a friend of ours. We were thrilled that there was no charge for a semi-private space (6 of us total), and the food prices seemed pretty reasonable for South Tampa. When I arrived 15 minutes early to set out place cards, I had to ask for water to be put at every seat, very minor and no big deal. We ordered our meals at about 12:45, and Amy, the chef’s wife came out to say hello. We were then left alone until 1:15, when the bride’s glass of water ran empty, one of us peeked into the main dining area only to see that the other 4 tables were eating and being served. At 1:25 we were informed that the kitchen had “run out of potatoes”, would it be okay if they subbed fries and sautéed them with peppers and onions. Sure, no problem, we’d just like to eat. Shortly there after, the manager came out and said that Amy had run to the store and purchased potatoes, and that it would be only a few moments longer. My seat gave me a pretty full view of the kitchen where I saw Amy pulling biscuits out of a Pillsbury Grand’s freezer bag and placing them on a cookie sheet. Within moments all but one of our meals came out. I had ordered eggs over easy with biscuits, sausage gravy, and grits. My eggs were hard as rocks, and biscuits had zero resemblance to the buttermilk biscuits I was promised on the menu. I said nothing about those, but did say something about my eggs being way overcooked. Amy came out and said she would simply have the cook make new eggs, but I should eat everything else on my plate. When I said I really wanted to eat it all together, and that the rest of my meal was actually pretty cold (gravy was already separating), she said “oh, okay, that’s not how I like it!”. She proceeded to bring me out overcooked eggs again. When I again said something, she again tried to leave me with the cold gravy and grits! The next things that came out of Amy’s mouth were shocking: “No, it’s not cold. We’ve microwaved it”. This was after she said “Well I didn’t want to be here today”; and “Nobody can cook eggs perfectly, they won’t ever be like your mom’s” after stating for the third time her cook had not made eggs over easy, but hard fried eggs. Every diner that charges $2.95 seems to be able to cook eggs over easy, and she’s charging $12! I’d assume they could be cooked properly. I was more offended though to hear that she had admittedly MICROWAVED MY BISCUITS! Their website even says: “Food is perishable and ephemeral. It’s greatest expressions are still destined to be consumed immediately upon creation”. I’m not so sure where the microwave fits into that food theory… When I refused to eat the food, she insisted to make me new ones so that I could be charged. Instead of removing the foul meals (mine was not the only one), she insisted that she bring us a series of desserts. Some were quite delicious, but her indignant manner with us was so disgraceful, I’ll never go back. Mimosas made with concentrate, freezer biscuits, and over cooked eggs are things I can manage from home. Our meal here cost more than 4 pitchers of sangria and more than a dozen tapas at another local restaurant. I wish I had followed the advice of this article.
Saigon Deli has moved into a new location at 3858 W. Waters Ave. It is right across the street from the old location. Behind Zaxby's Chicken and next to the La Quinta Hotel. Don't go to the old place because it's the imposter one! BEWARE!
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