The restaurant’s online menu breaks down all of the proteins, vegetables and sides available for grilling or boiling in a soup of your choice. Hong pretty much offers all the meat you could ever desire—from marinated mussels and octopus to beef, lamb, chicken, pork, sausages and more.
Hong also provides a variety of unique meats that you might not see at other hot pot or KBBQ places around Tampa Bay, like gelatinized pork blood, chicken gizzards, beef tongue, liver and tripe.
Soup bases—which range from mild and savory to extremely spicy—include flavors like Chinese herbal style, Thai Tom Yum, tomato soup and mushroom. Specialty boba teas, smoothies and slushies are also available to help cool you down after sipping on Hong's lip-numbing spicy Szechuan broth.
Guests can pay $30.99 to do hot pot or KBBQ, or $35.99 to partake in both dinner methods. Children ages 4-10 cost $15.99 for one style of dinner, or $21.99 for both.
But, like at most hot pot restaurants, don't bite off more than you can chew (literally), because Hong can charge you $13.99 per pound for any wasted food.
To celebrate its grand opening, Hong Hot Pot is giving away gift cards through a social media contest, so head to its new Facebook page for more information on how to enter.
This new Tampa restaurant joins the ranks of other popular hot pot and Korean BBQ places like Boil Spot, Yum Yum, SaRiOne Grill and Nine Spices across the bridge in Pinellas Park and Clearwater.
The only other location of Hong BBQ and Hot Pot resides in Bradenton at 445 Cortez Rd. W.