441 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Features: Top restaurant
Cost range: 1.0-10.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: Downtown St. Petersburg
V is for Vietnamese, the stylish cafe proffering an expanded menu of the noodles, soups and banh mi sandwiches that made the lovely Thuy Le's 34th Street N spot a foodie destination. Le herself is a smiling presence in the dining room, where high ceilings and high spirits can make things noisy. With 60 varieties of smoothies and boba teas (those teas with the fat straws and balls of tapioca bobbing at the bottom) and fairly portable, herb-bright vermicelli bowls topped with lemongrass chicken, La V has had victory as a top takeout lunch spot for downtown workers. Prices are mostly under $10.
This is part of Times Food Critic Laura Reiley's 25 Top Affordable Restaurants in Tampa Bay.
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