YHS (Yummy House South) China Bistro is the newest iteration of its sister stores Yummy House in north and east Tampa, and comes to South Tampa after months of delays. According to our server, YHS carries the same menu as other Yummy House stores . The owners wanted a different feel for the brand and created YHS. This place looks and feels more upscale. It has a sparkling new inside featuring high ceilings with exposed fixtures and a neutral-colored modern feel. Oddly, there’s one large flat screen TV on a center wall in the large dining room. The front of the building has a bright Asian motif featuring a Koi pond feel. The rear of the building (where the entrance is) has nothing, not even a sign. When I hear the word bistro, I think quaint café in Paris serving simple French-style food. But that's me.
-3 Snaps! Try it. You might like it.
The Lure, a restaurant hailing from St. Petersburg, has opened a new location on MacDill Ave. in South Tampa. It’s a nice remodel Catrinas Cocina Y Galeria , a former convenience store. The interior replicates the St. Pete design including large wall murals and a red pool table. Tucked in the corner is a five seat elevated sushi bar. They’ve kept the full service liquor bar is positioned in the middle of the restaurant. The Lure’s large menu includes standard sushi restaurant starters like edamame and miso soup, as well as unique dishes like Lava Drops- individually rolled Nori and rice balls stuffed with spicy Kani salad and cream cheese and then fried in tempura batter.
Green Acres in the city of Tampa!
-4 Snaps! Strongly recommended
I'm not a vegetarian or a vegan, a lifestyle supported by Sweetwater Organic Community Farm. But my visit to their Sunday market for the prepared food was very worthwhile. The mission of the farm is to raise organic produce and distribute it weekly (in season) to its members, and to promote urban organic farming and environmental education. Members either pay a fee or work the farm (or both) to get their weekly share. Membership has several levels and allows for donations for farm upkeep as well. It's a pretty good deal and a cool way to ensure that the food you are eating is organic.
-5 Snaps! You MUST go!
Okay pay attention, I don't say this often and am hesitating now because I don't want Piccola to become too popular. So let's just keep this between us. If you are looking for traditional white linen tablecloth Italian restaurant this isn't it! If you like authentic Italian food with great service and great prices, read on. Piccola is a small place in a strip center next to a Tarot Card reading shop. There are only seven tables served by a very small, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Being so unassuming is part of it's charm. Most nights reservations are necessary, and they offer 2 seating's.
-4 Snaps! Strongly recommended
Pay attention to the Coal Fired part of the name. It's what makes this food so good! But be forewarned. Almost all dishes are baked and roasted in the oven leaving a black char on the food. It adds an abundance of flavor but may not be to some peoples liking.
I start with the Caprese salad ($5.49 for small) which consists of two thick slices of tomato, a thick slice of Grande mozzarella, and a generous portion of Basil, along with a stack of fresh roasted red and green peppers, Don't forget to add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar for the perfect bite. The tomato is fresh and perfectly ripened, the cheese is firm and creamy, and the shredded basil adds the right amount of herb to cap it all off.
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