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Another Yummy House coming to Tampa

What's good at China Yuan? Never been there.

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China Yuan
8502 N Armenia Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

Jul 02, 2011
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Another Yummy House coming to Tampa

The new Yummy House location on Hillsborough Avenue was exciting to me as an enthusiast of the original location on Waters Avenue, but my experience there this past Friday night was bleak at best.

The service was horrific. The hostess told us there was a 20 minute wait and we waited much longer. When she did finally seat us, she incorrectly had us sit at the wrong table twice, both times not even bothering to take us to our table, but simply pointing. She told us they were waiting on two men to leave so they could clean a table for us and then sat us at another table. Once we finally sat at our real table we waited another 20 minutes for a server to appear.

The server arrived and did not ask us if we wanted anything to drink, but simply asked us if we were ready to order. We had to ask for drinks. We ordered our food and the food came out with long gaps between dishes, making it hard to combine the dishes. The recipes were similar to the original, with slight mishaps. We were served a Salt & Pepper Calamari that was actually Shrimp, but still announced as calamari. The waitress grew furious when she found out it was the wrong order. The two orders of calamari we did receive were not quite the same as the usual, with light seasoning and a different batter taste.

We were celebrating a birthday and wanted to check if there was any kind of special or promotion at the new restaurant, and the waitress almost misled us into paying an extra entree, which I canceled after confirming that they planned to charge for a "special".

The Duck and Dried Grape Fried Rice was tasty and on-par with what I normally enjoy. The Mongolian Beef was satisfactory. We hit a major problem when the waitress brought us "Mushroom Beef" when we had ordered Honey Pepper Beef. The waitress walked away when told it was the incorrect entree and spoke with her manager, proceeding to come back and argue that is was the right dish. I was sick of fighting with the service here, and was ready for this dining visit to end.

The waitress did not come back for quite some time and when she finally did she asked us if we received all our food, clearly not having a clue what we did and didn't order. I asked for the check and the waitress had trouble calculating our order when most people paid in cash and with only one card paying the remainder. She decided to charge the number I gave her flat without bothering to actually use the register to calculate the difference.

Once the check was closed we quickly made our leave from this disappointing visit to this new restaurant in Seminole Heights.

For more with photos: http://carloseats.com/2011/07/02/new-...

Jul 02, 2011
blitzchamp in Florida

Tampa (Westchase area) Newcomer: Burger 21

I'll put it on my list!

Dec 19, 2010
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10/22 Tampa Chowhounders Roll Out! Meetup Time with Tampa Yelp @ Pupuseria CentroAmericana

It didn't materialize unfortunately because the pupuseria closed unexpectedly (they are normally open on Fridays and I called to check earlier in the week)...so the people who did contact me with the number I provided and I re-located to the West Tampa Sandwich Shop which was actually not a bad tradeoff at all.

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West Tampa Sandwich Shop
3904 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33607

Oct 23, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

10/22 Tampa Chowhounders Roll Out! Meetup Time with Tampa Yelp @ Pupuseria CentroAmericana

I'll be wearing white shorts and a blue express shirt if you're coming out today.

Oct 22, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

10/22 Tampa Chowhounders Roll Out! Meetup Time with Tampa Yelp @ Pupuseria CentroAmericana

Hope you can make it please contact me if you have questions tomorrow 813-325-4617

Oct 21, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

10/22 Tampa Chowhounders Roll Out! Meetup Time with Tampa Yelp @ Pupuseria CentroAmericana

Thanks for the tips and hope you can join! :)

Oct 21, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

10/22 Tampa Chowhounders Roll Out! Meetup Time with Tampa Yelp @ Pupuseria CentroAmericana

Hello Tampa Chowhounders,

A few Tampa Yelpers and I are going to grab lunch Friday afternoon for an unofficial yelp meetup and I thought it'd be great to invite out Tampa Chowhounders as well since we're all food lovers. Pupuseria CentroAmericana serves Central American food including the popular dish pupusas. They have great lunch specials that are only about $6.

Date: Friday October 22, 2010
Time: 12PM-2PM
Place: Pupuseria CentroAmericana
Address: 2504 W Martin Luther King Blvd Tampa, FL 33607 (Blue & White Building)
Chowhound topic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/726302
Yelp Page: http://www.yelp.com/biz/pupuseria-and-cafeteria-centroamericana-tampa
Menu: http://pupuseriacentroamericana.com/index.php?option=com_phocamenu&view=dailymenu&Itemid=2
Carlos Eats review: http://carloseats.com/2010/08/09/pupu...

Please let me know if you can join and if you have any questions.

Oct 21, 2010
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Pacific Grill: Brandon's Premier Asian Bistro Experience

I recently dined at Pacific Grill in Brandon. An Asian bistro with Korean, Thai, Japanese, and Chinese food. I really enjoyed the food choices and prices, it's really something unique in the Brandon area and the chef there has experience living in Korea and is from Japan. We tried the sushi, galbi, bulgogi, and spicy pork bulgogi and were impressed. I was with Korean people who are exchange students and they really enjoyed it as well. The place is not far from my house in Riverview, so it is probably the closest Korean place in reach and all the Korean entrees were under $15 (though they don't come with your usual Korean sides that you get in Tampa Korean restaurants). Service was good. The restaurant is small so you might want to get there for an early dinner or lunch during the week. Here is my review on Creative Loafing in case you want to read any more about it and feel free to ask me some questions here and I'll try to answer them. Hope you get to check out this awesome restaurant. http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/dail...

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Pacific Grill
3452 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Valrico, FL 33596

Oct 07, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Who Has the Best Onion Rings - Tampa Bay

Don't feel too bad Bill, I have never been there either.

Aug 27, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Chowdown - Tampa- Vizcaya Restaurante & Tapas Bar - 8/15/10

I really want to try one of CY's pork intestines. I have heard pretty good things.

Aug 26, 2010
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Who Has the Best Onion Rings - Tampa Bay

My favorite onion ring place in town is Gino's Restaurant & Bar's onion rings, they are large and juicy usually a perfect golden color. They go great with any kind of dip, but I think they go especially well with some Mayo.

Aug 26, 2010
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Peruvian Rostisserie Chicken

Yay glad you liked it. If you need a snack sometime and want a sandwich, their chicken and turkey sandwiches are excellent.

Aug 20, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Korean in Tampa Bay

If you're in Bradenton/Sarasota area then a good Korean restaurant you can go to is Sam Oh Jung. They have a pretty decent (though small menu). I tried their Galbi and Dak Bulgogi and both were pretty good. The place is known is known as a sushi restaurant (kinda like Matoi Sushi in Tampa) so you could have that as well if you like. It might be your only option in that area so I thought I'd mention it.. I just wrote about it today at http://bit.ly/bI8oQo so if you want pictures and some more comments check that out. The service was pretty good as well.

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Sam Oh Jung Sushi
6032 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207

Aug 17, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Chowdown - Tampa- Vizcaya Restaurante & Tapas Bar - 8/15/10

Cool thanks Mild Bill!

Aug 16, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Peruvian Rostisserie Chicken

Aw sorry about that, I forgot to mention it here (though I mentioned that in my post). My family finds ourselves wanting Cuenelli's on Mondays too and on numerous times we have forgotten it was closed.

Aug 16, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Chowdown - Tampa- Vizcaya Restaurante & Tapas Bar - 8/15/10

Food looks fantastic. I missed out!

Aug 16, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Peruvian Rostisserie Chicken

I'm pretty sure they don't offer any beer, wine, or liquor, just soft drinks, juices, and coffee.

Aug 16, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Peruvian Rostisserie Chicken

It's funny that you mention this place because I actually just wrote a review about it an hour ago. My friend and I ate at Cuenelli's this past weekend. My friend had their Bisteck a lo Pobre (palomilla steak with rice, beans, plantains, french fries and an egg) and I had a Chicken Sandwich and both were excellent. Service was great as well. It's was my friends first time having Peruvian food and now my friend will be coming back for more. My family are regulars here and order to-go all the time. There's more here with some pictures http://bit.ly/aPp8fP

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Cuenelli's Rotisserie Chicken
6260 Winthrop Town Centre Ave, Riverview, FL 33578

Aug 16, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Pupuseria & Cafeteria Centroamericana (Tampa)

Yeah def. try the standard pupusas. My favorite is refried beans mixed with cheese. The pickled cabbage is called curtido and its standard to eat that with pupusas.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtido

My pupusas were pretty hot when they came out too, probably due to the wait since they are handmade in the kitchen.

Aug 13, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Pupuseria & Cafeteria Centroamericana (Tampa)

askdrtodd: They had hot sauce when we visited =)

Aug 11, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Pupuseria & Cafeteria Centroamericana (Tampa)

Laurie: It's hard to find actually in TB so I hope it won't disappoint :]

Aug 09, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Pupuseria & Cafeteria Centroamericana (Tampa)

askdrtodd: I hope you like it! I'd love to go, but have to save money during the week so I can hopefully try a new place this weekend and keep my Carlos Eats food writing blog up.

Aug 09, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Pupuseria & Cafeteria Centroamericana (Tampa)

They have a breakfast menu as well CFishma its located here http://pupuseriacentroamericana.com/i...

The huevos rancheros were catching my eye but I didn't get to try them. Maybe next time.

Aug 09, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Pupuseria & Cafeteria Centroamericana (Tampa)

Old E.: Ah man I hope you get to check it out then. It had been a few years since I had pupusas until I recently went back to California in March. I found myself wanting some again after that visit and finally made it out to this place. Hope you like it :)

Aug 09, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Pupuseria & Cafeteria Centroamericana (Tampa)

This weekend I went with some friends so they could experience pupusas for their first time (a rare meal to have in Florida). We headed to the pupuseria at around 10am. The location might throw you off a bit because its a blue & white building that is easy to miss when you're driving up Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd if you don't pay attention. Once we got inside we found a bunch of booths and sat ourselves. The place has expanded a bit since when I last visited years ago.

They came up right away and gave us our menus and took our drink orders. Friend #1 ordered horchata and friend #2 ordered a coke (they give it you by the bottle). I stuck with a water (unfortunately I'm on a budget at the moment). After a few minutes of explaining how the entrees worked and the basics of pupusas we were ordering. Friend #1 ordered a ham breakfast which includes sour cream, cheese, refried beans, plaintains, tortillas, and two eggs. Friend #2 ordered their steak breakfast #40 ($7.50), which includes everything Friend #1 had minus the ham. In addition both of them ordered a pupusa with cheese and refried beans mixed.

I stuck with pupusas ($2.00 each) and ordered one of just cheese and one of cheese and refried beans mixed with a side of refried beans ($1.75) and sour cream ($1.00). When the orders came out man did they smell good! They devoured their breakfast and when the pupusas came out they loved the taste of it and wished they had just had that all along instead of ordering a regular breakfast before (but I wanted them to play it safe just in case they didn't like pupusas).

My pupusas were excellent, I couldn't tell the difference between the pupusas from here and those in California. They were that good. The cheese was excellent and the refried beans weren't your typical canned refried beans you have in Tampa but had a fresh homemade taste.Everybody left stuffed and happy. Mission successful.

Oh and FYI they are closed on Thursdays. Otherwise they are open from 9am to 8pm regularly.

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Pupuseria & Cafeteria
2504 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

Aug 09, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Korean in Tampa Bay Area?

I'm interested in hearing about this as well.

Aug 08, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Ella's Folk Art Cafe in Tampa

I've been wanting to check out Ella's as well, but I'm a little skeptical of the menu...though I think the atmosphere would be cool to check out and I'd like to get some photos there. Please keep us updated if you decide to get something else and like it more than what you ordered today.

Aug 08, 2010
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East Coast Pizza in Riverview = great pizza

After hearing some good things about East Coast Pizza (off of Big Bend in Riverview) I decided to give it a try with a friend this past weekend. We were both impressed with what we tasted. Pizza that had a good balance of cheese and sauce (it seems that pizza places in Tampa Bay love drenching tomato sauce in their pizza...not always a good choice). The pepperonis were crispy and just right. It was also affordable only around four dollars for a slice of pizza (which was the equivalent of about 3 Domino's or Pizza Hut slices). The employees were all friendly and they brought our pizza out to us when it was ready. The pizza wasn't too oily, and the crust was nice and crunchy. I'll be back here and would recommend it to others. They also have a rewards program so make sure you sign up for it if you're going to visit. Now if only they delivered...

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East Coast Pizza
13340 Lincoln Rd, Riverview, FL 33578

Jul 05, 2010
blitzchamp in Florida

Chowdown at the Refinery?

I meant any other Sunday. Sorry.

Jul 02, 2010
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