Best Of 2018

Best calamari: SALT AND PEPPER CALAMARI at YUMMY HOUSE SOUTH CHINA BISTRO

Best calamari

Salt and pepper calamari is acclaimed as a signature dish. If you ever doubted the power of these two common seasonings, which are at the center of all kitchens — so much so that they’re taken for granted — don’t miss this one. Yummy House South smartly uses the larger tentacles in two-inch lengths instead of cutting across the squid’s body into ubiquitous rings. The result is a revelation. The dish’s coating is crisp and appealing with an inside soft and tender. The team kicks the whole thing up a notch with a complex, yet balanced, garnish of minced green onions, cilantro, roasted garlic and chiles. 302 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-513-4788, yhschinabistro.com. —Jon Palmer Claridge

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