The Tampa food scene grows a little stronger with a new restaurant, Hot Pot BBQ, which is now open at 1120 E. Fowler Ave. (formerly Hong Kong House).
Hot Pot BBQ will soon be joined by Yum Yum all-you-can-eat restaurant down the street in the near future, but Hot Pot BBQ is diversifying its menu by also offering a barbecue grill on the table for an extra fee. Carlos Eats said the concept offers diners a chance to grill proteins including spicy pork belly, bulgogi beef, beef brisket and chicken. You can also snag seafood bites like clams, crawfish and mussels.
As far as hot pot binging goes, locals and USF students can stuff their faces around a table stacked with raw ingredients from meat to vegetables, which they'll have to cook themselves in a metal pot filled with simmering broth.
Pro tips: Don’t peel your shrimp before you cook them, dip bites in sauce after you cook each ingredient (not before), and come hungry. because there is a $13.99 fee for every pound of wasted food. You’ve been warned.
Hours for the new restaurant are 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Get to it, potheads.