Best Of 2015

Best New Food Obsession: Pan-Asian Cuisine

Best New Food Obsession

Whether the focus was fusion or street food, this was Tampa Bay’s year for new pan-Asian restaurant concepts. In Pinellas, The Mango Tree and Volcano Japanese Cuisine now serve a lineup of Japanese fare that includes soba and udon noodles, while Tin Drum Asiacafé and Souzou craft mango stir-fry, sticky meatballs and other hot delights. Korean fusion items like build-your-own bowls and burgers with kimchi and pork belly are dished up at Seminole Heights’ Chop Chop Shop, and Fusion Bowl, featuring Vietnamese pho and more, keeps downtown Tampa satisfied. Additional joints, including downtown St. Pete’s Hawkers Asian Street Fare, Ichicoro Ramen in Seminole Heights and downtown Clearwater’s Basil, have announced their plans to open but haven’t debuted yet.