Tampa’s Sunday ‘Thai Temple’ now has a drive-thru service

The dining tables and grounds have been closed due to the pandemic.

click to enlarge Tampa’s Sunday ‘Thai Temple’ now has a drive-thru service
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Wat Mongkolratanaram Buddhist Temple—aka the Thai Temple aka Wat Tampa—started a drive-thru service of its Sunday food last week and we can’t be happier.

The to-go-only Sunday market located in the Palm River-Clair Mel neighborhood has strict rules: masks are required while in your car, stay in your car while waiting, and have cash ready—no credit cards are accepted. A volunteer will come to take your order and there will be signs showing directions.  Whatever the rules, please be respectful—it is a temple after all. 

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For now, the menu at Wat Tampa’s Sunday drive-thru—located at 5306 Palm River Rd.—includes beef, pork, and vegetable noodle soup, pad thai, chicken, vegetable, and shrimp fresh rolls, empanadas, crab rangoon, and of course, iced thai tea and coffee.

By the way, the temple’s dining tables and grounds are closed to the public. The drive-thru market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and all proceeds support the temple. More information by phone at 813-621-1669 or 813-522-1993.

For more information and some great meditation tips, go to wattampainenglish.com.

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