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Nakaya

Categories: Restaurant

Cuisine: Casual Dining, Japanese, Sushi

Features: Takeout

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

More in this neighborhood: South Tampa

At the end of 2013 real ramen came to town. The Cadillac version is chashu ramen, a rich soy-inflected broth swirled with spinach and seaweed and toothsome noodles, with halved soft-boiled quail egg, a pink-edged oddity called kamaboko (a cured seafood product that is more texture than taste), bamboo shoots, green onion and slices of roasted pork loin with a flurry of sesame seeds. This and other non-sushi Japanese dishes are served in a humble box of a restaurant with an open kitchen and not much in the way of decor, in the space that briefly was Second Line Cafe and Nola Cafe before that. The "briefly" part may have been partly due to location: This place is hard to find. Google Maps doesn't get you quite there. Find the UPS Store; find the Walgreens; now walk around the side of the UPS Store that faces the pharmacy window and you'll see it.Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5-9 p.m. Sat.Read a review here.

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Nakaya - South Tampa