Best Of 2006

Best Side Dish: Edamame Mash, Restaurant Hapa

Edamame has become the hip bar snack of choice lately, but I’d rather have boiled peanuts than salted soybeans with my beer any day of the week — except when the little bundles of protein are mashed by the crew at Restaurant Hapa in Oldsmar. Each grainy bite is salty and luxuriously rich, a ridiculously simple and healthy replacement for potatoes. Hopefully, we’ll see more places experimenting with this dish in the coming year. 3970 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, 813-749-8400.

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