Five steps. That's all it takes to build the sushi burrito of your dreams inside a new dual restaurant concept at Largo Mall.
The Spot, opened in August at 10500 Ulmerton Road, serves up make-your-own variations of the Asian-Latin fusion food on one side (Suite 288), while dishing phở and more Vietnamese specialties on the other (Suite 286).
Tampa Bay's food and drink scene has started to see more side-by-side projects from restaurant owners pop up over the last year or so. The first that comes to mind is Ciccio Restaurant Group's Fresh Kitchen and BetterBYRD mashup off Fourth Street in St. Petersburg (Daily Eats was originally slated to open next to FK last year), followed by the recently announced Mortar & Pestle, a café and indie pharmacy, coming to Seminole Heights. Not to mention restaurateurs who see value in launching fresh concepts next door to their existing eateries (think Stephen Schrutt's Proper Kitchen & Cocktails or Thuy Le's Asie).
Like the others, The Spot's setup allows it to cater to multiple taste buds in one location.
In addition to sushirittos created by diners who choose a base, protein, flavor, veggies and toppings, The Spot Sushi Burritos offers signatures like The Original (tuna, crab mix, tempura shrimp, cucumber, asparagus, soy paper) and salmon burrito (salmon, tempura shrimp, avocado, corn, capelin roe, seaweed) from its Chipotle-style order counter. There's also a lineup of rolls and build-your-own rice or salad bowls.
Next door at its sibling property, 13 kinds of phở are featured, plus items that include rice vermicelli bowls and stir-fries. The Spot Phở Vietnamese Cuisine's full menu ranges from starters and boba smoothies to entrees and vegetarian-friendly dishes.