New restaurants are popping up in St. Pete faster than you can say “Where should we go to eat?” From Italian to Sushi to New American, as a foodie I am thrilled to have so many awesome options for my tastebuds.
Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria
One new place that I’ve been to twice now is Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria. Originally started in Orlando, a long time fan decided he wanted to bring Pom Pom’s concept to St. Pete. Pom Pom’s serves a variety of teas, as well as inventive sandwich creations. It’s become one of my new favorite lunch spots. It’s also located high up on Central Ave, which is nice and close to where we live in south St. Pete.
The first time I stopped by I was surprised when I walked in. The inside does not quite match the outside. Inside there’s funky art and eclectic furnishings. To the left you’ll see numerous cubbies filled with bags of bread you can take home. At the counter there’s numerous delectable desserts.
Their menu is vast and some combinations may have you scratch your head, but ask the staff and they’ll assure you that it will all make sense once you take a bite.
On my first visit I got the Fu Man Chu (Asian Pulled Pork, Watercress, Goat Cheese, Ginger Cranberry Chutney and Red Onion) and the Smoked Salmon BWT (Smoked Salmon, Bacon, Tomato, Watercress, Cheddar Cheese, Cream Cheese and Lemon Caper Aioli). I also got a side of the potato salad and cole slaw.
They were both excellent. The bread is fresh and has the perfect consistency and let’s what’s in between the slices do the talking. The chutney and the goat cheese were a surprising pairing with the asian pulled pork…smokey yet sweet with the right amount of tang. The Smoked Salmon BWT tasted like a more awesome version of my favorite breakfast, bagel and lox. The potato salad and cole slaw were both good, but nothing too exciting.
On a more recent visit I got The Cobb (Turkey, Tomato, Melted Bleu Cheese, Watercress, Red Onions, Bacon and Avocado) and their House Salad (Mixed Greens with Apples, Goat Cheese, Almonds and Red Onion). The Cobb was perfection…tasted just like it’s namesake salad in between bread. The salad was also very good except that the lettuce needed to be chopped up more.
There are a lot of sushi places in the Tampa Bay area, but there are few “go to” sushi places. The right sushi place needs a nice atmosphere, friendly service, fresh fresh fresh fish and inventive rolls. Hook’s fits the bill.
I haven’t been to Hook’s original location on MLK for years, but was glad to see they were opening a second location on 4th St. One night after seeing Pitch Perfect 2 (so good) with my friend Ashley, we decided to give it a try.
The inside is much smaller than I thought it would be, but the space is bright and intimate and tastefully decorated. Our server was great and when asked which rolls were his favorite he rallied off about 10 of them, haha.
They have amazing sounding appetizers like sushi nachos, steamed buns and rocket fritters. But I just wanted #allthesushi that night. So I ended up with two rolls…First Love and the Mexican. They were both oh so fresh and oh so tasty.
What is your favorite new spot?