Saigon Deli, Tan Phat, Little Saigon, Ddrinkz... Banh Mi powerhouses in Tampa. CL has a St. Pete slant sometimes...
Glad you're enjoying the reviews; we are going to include a key and/or a discussion on the star ratings soon. I'm trying to capture the dining experience in the narrative to give context to the ratings which are, of course, subjective. I'm hoping the descriptions give readers a sense of the cuisine and whether they'd find it appealing (or not). I'd also refer you to my intro column "Calling All Hedonists" for some insight into the evaluation process. In general terms, the stars are 5=World Class, 4=Excellent, 3=Good, 2=Fair, 1=Poor.
We're enjoying your reviews...they're a welcome addition to the local food press. Have you published a rubric for your star rating system? It would be interesting to better understand your criteria.
Great description of the experience at the Thai Temple. I don't suppose I'm the first to point out that Palm River Road runs on the south side of the Palm - not the Hillsborough - River?
@pltctytc Say it ain't so!
so much for tampabay bagels.....CLOSED
i thought there was something going on last time i was there and the cases were empty and bagels few
I've seen this in Vegetarian Times and other magazines many times over the years (and oh god, don't even mention pinterest et al), so I had a big laugh over how innovative the article writer thought she was being with this triumphant new discovery.
For the record, it is very tasty.
There is a great Polish / Eastern European deli and market in St. Pete: EUROPEAN GOODIES, INC. at 4701 49th Street North, # B, St Petersburg, FL 33709, 727-526-1118, where many of their sausages and pierogies are made in-house. It has been in business for many years and is superb. Lunch is available most days as well.
PIEROGIES & MORE has a good selection too. They are at 6945 66th Street North, Pinellas Park, Fl 33781, 727-546-1525, on the southeast corner of 70th Avenue and 66th Street.
As of this writing (Feb. 04, 2013), I have heard that Baltic Amber Restaurant is closed but that the Sikorski Deli at 12545 Ulmerton Road has expanded. Cannot confirm either of those but call first before venturing out to either one.
Middle Eastern food can be found at CEDAR MARKET at 6531 54th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709, 727-546-9687. Try to get there on the days that fresh pita bread and spinach and meat pies are delivered from Tampa. Plus they have reasonably priced olives, cheeses and lebneh (what commercial Greek yogurt wishes it really was), and a large selection of grocery items and spices.
Hope this helps adventuresome cooks to find the ingredients that they need and keeps our local merchants in business.
you have a local WB Cheesemaker in Tampa...Cheeselicious.net!
You should add that it's excellent for kids, too, weekday evenings and lunch time. We bring our 14 month old twins every other week and give them quesadilla kids meals.
Thanks for the info Justin! Adding that to the list now! Can you recommend a dish or two?
Just curious how you left the best Viet restaurant in the bay area off this list...Saigon Deli. The rest of these places pale in comparison.
My indoctrination to Vietnamese food came at the FIRST spot to house Ben Thanh in the KMart shopping center on the corner of 30th Ave N and 34th St. I was so happy to learn that they had reopened on 62nd Ave N a few years later.
Oooooh pink lemonade cake sounds interesting and pretty!
Smothered & covered is my standard, have yet to try them all the way. Enjoy the biscuits & sausage gravy there too.
These cookies sound delicious! I'd love to try them after Bob replaces the cracked prep bowl.
I'm sorry to have to say this but,the food critic for the creative loafing:Jon Palmer Claridge,is seriously terrible at his job.That was such a poorly written review.I don't know where exactly to begin.It seemed like a mad lib.And nori seaweed? wakame seaweed? maki California roll? WTF? redundant much? And p.s. you used translucent 2x. also miso soup is'nt made with dashi stock.
Pop n Sons, thats where its at, right off 275 (N Dale Mabry) easily accesible from all the strip clubs and dance venues. Everything on the menu is southern comfort. Chicken and Waffles with Bacon!!! Oh MYYYYYY!!!!!
What about Patch's Place on Bay to bay and Bayshore?!? Such a delicious dive (though Pinkys will always have my heart)....
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