Yummy House prepares to open a new location in Tampa

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Arriving early for the dinner rush, around five o’clock on a Friday afternoon, the restaurant was already filling up. By the time the meal was over, the entire restaurant was packed and there was a line out the door waiting for seating. However, even amidst such seeming chaos, the service staff was prompt and friendly, attending to needs even unmentioned. After a few failed attempts at eating rice with chopsticks off of a plate, my server simply brought me a little bowl to make eating easier. While it might have been just too painful for him to continue watching me attempting to ambush my rice around the plate, the consideration and attention to detail was refreshing all the same.


It is no wonder, after visiting Yummy House, why it’s customers have demanded a second location. Nhut, a server at Yummy House, said that the new location would not be opening for another two months or so, but everything is still in full swing to open another Yummy House at 2620 E. Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. It is rumored to be bigger, featuring a larger dinning area to seat over two hundred guests in the 5,500 square foot restaurant. The new location is also said to be offering an even more diverse menu, catering to all authentic dinning desires.


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A seemingly modest restaurant in Carrollwood is having to expand by popular demand. Yummy House is described as “an instant hit” by tampabay.com, and Creative Loafing’s own Brian Ries raved about it in 2007, describing it as a “juggernaut” of Hong Kong cuisine. Yummy House’s owner , John Zhao, finally had to admit, “I have no choice, I have to expand,” because there are “so many people waiting in line every day.”

With hype like that, I had to see for myself what all the buzz was about. From the outside, the reputation is rather surprising, as it is an establishment that might be easily driven past. In fact, on my way to dine and discover Yummy House, I did actually pass it and had to turn around. I was glad I did, because my experience at Yummy House was well worth the double take.

Too many Chinese restaurants today claim to be authentic, where Yummy House actually lives up to the title. Walking in to the restaurant, the decor is simple. One of the more interesting things immediately in view are the whole fried ducks for sale behind the back counter. The menu, however,  is anything but simple and understated. There was plenty of variety, dishes ranging from seafood, to chicken, to vegetable tofu entrees. Other menu items that stood out were the Bitter Melon Frog, Peiking Duck, Wasabi Shrimp and Roast Duck and Dried Grape Fried Rice. The pricing was surprisingly reasonable, ranging between $9 and $11 per entree.

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