We were on our way back from Orlando and stopped at Yummy House in Tampa for dinner. I’d read some reviews that said how awesome the food was, so we had to check it out. It’s not a very big restaurant and it was packed. We weren’t greeted when we walked in and that always bugs me. From the get go, it just wasn’t a friendly environment, but the food was really amazing.
We decided to try the salt & pepper calamari since a lot of people had recommended it.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the name, but this dish had some amazing flavors in it. The calamari was thick and tender with a wonderful crunchy coating on it. The pepper in it was hot red pepper, which I ended up scraping some off since it was really intense. Loren liked the combination of scallions and cilantro that it was tossed in. Very, very yummy. Our entrees came out almost immediately after the calamari, so timing of the meal wasn’t great. I guess since the line at the door never stopped, their main goal is to get you in & out as quickly as possible.
Loren ordered the Kung Po chicken.
He said it had a depth of flavor to it that just kept him eating more. The chicken was tender and it had zucchini, celery, peppers and peanuts in it, plus a few of those really spicy peppers too. I ordered the orange chicken.
This dish had a really tangy sweet orange sauce and perfectly cooked chicken. It was really good. Our waiter asked us if we wanted rice and then forgot to bring it out. When we asked about it, he finally brought it out, but I was a bit dismayed to find out that a bowl of rice costs an extra $2.
Service was strange here. I’m not sure if the same server came to our table more than once. We had different people taking our order, bringing our drinks, bringing our food, our bill, etc. While they were at the table, they seemed friendly, but otherwise they all seemed rather aloof. I think this is a restaurant where I’d order take-out because the food was delicious, but probably not want to eat inside the restaurant again. Total bill with a very flat Pepsi was $30.
2202 W Waters Ave