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China Yawn... Tampa

BeaN's Spusal unit | May 6, 200407:25 PM

Sorry for the pun in the subject line, it's only due to the fact that Spousal Unit and I made a special trip on Monday to give this place a try.

Posted conspicuously in the door window was a sign that read in part "Sorry we temporary close on Monday". It was almost as if they knew St. Pete 'hounds were making a special trip all the way from the Skyway Bridge. Much frustration, wailing and gnashing of teeth followed as BeaN and I were both famished. We had spent most of the drive over reading reviews and planning our attack on the interesting menu that they seem to have. Our respective mouths were set on Chinese and as most of you know it's hard to switch gears after so much anticipation...

.but we did. Peruvian sounded exotic enough to suit, so we checked out the place also located in the same strip mall area. Wait for it.....also closed. Not surprising really, a lot of establishments are closed on Mondays. We were 0-2. Not good. Stomachs were grumbling and lips longed to curse.

Plan C? Well, what else? There was a Pho joint in the same strip mall. Pho never rests! Pho Linh was the place, cash only, family run with tributes to the Vietnam conflict adorning the walls. Pro or con is difficult to discern as the captions were Vietnamese where language was available. Immaterial from our perspective anyway. We split an order of goi cuon, BeaN had Banh Mi and I had the Pho deluxe. All good. Solid Viet cooking IMHO, not watered down for all to enjoy. We like that.

The real feel for the place is kinda like a local hangout for the Viet/Asian population to drink coffee and play board (not bored) games. A little noisy with the slapping of those plastic playing pieces against wooden playing boards, but it keeps you awake.

Although there was a prominent announcement regarding the recent Florida Statute banning smoking, the regulars studiously ignored it. Not complaining mind you and certainly don't want to bring "the man" out to visit their establishment, just a comment.

All in all, quite fun. A side trip to the Asian grocery in the same center is a nice way to aid your digestion.

BeaN's SU

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