The diners can feel the heat of the charcoal grill, its sweltering vapor wafting sweet and smoky aromas from the marinated short-ribs sizzling at the center of the table. Surrounding the grill like spectators at a sports match, more than a dozen small bowls display a colorful assemblage of sautéed, blanched, and pickled veggies, each awaiting their fate to crown a slice of seared meat or mingle with a pillow of white rice. This is Korean-style barbecue, Rice Restaurant & Market’s specialty. Alongside the DIY feasts, chefs work in the kitchen to impart a Korean edge on stir-fry, stews, and noodle dishes, forging each morsel from scratch and often with ingredients grown in the owner's garden, according to the Tampa Bay Times. As tableside grills crackle in the rear of the restaurant, suffusive lighting finds its way beneath the awnings of private booths. A libation expert pours cocktails, sake, and traditional soju from behind a full bar, and on special nights, a late-night menu replenishes energy levels in between spins on the dance floor, where dancers fuel moves both with the beats of a live DJ and by convincing feet that the dance floor is a Korean grill.
Grab a bite at Tampa's Pei Wei Asian Diner. Come prepared to feast at Pei Wei Asian Diner — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. The whole family can enjoy a meal at Pei Wei Asian Diner with its kid-friendly fare.
You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Pei Wei Asian Diner, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times. Or, take your food to-go.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15.
Matoi Sushi has been a Tampa sushi institution since 1988, and their rolls just keep rollin' along! Matoi has a huge selection of sushi rolls, many of which have fun, creative names. You can even order a sushi boat if you bring a big group of friends--or if you're just super hungry. We won't judge! If sushi doesn't tickle your fancy, Matoi also offers a Korean menu, featuring Korean dishes such as bi bim bop and jam pong. restaurant boasts that it is the "best sushi in Tampa," so stop in for yourself to see if you agree!