2462 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
More in this neighborhood: Grand Central District
A Thai tamale, its homey corn masa filled with a spicy stir-fry kicked up with a hoisin salsa flavored with garlic, lime, peanut and Serrano. Or pad Thai con carnitas, traditional fish-sauced rice noodles getting a topper of chipotle stir-fried pork. Nit Jintaseranee is from Thailand; Ally Valdez from Mexico. They married and have created the area's first Thai-Mexican restaurant, set in a funky little Grand Central cafe. It's not a fusion cuisine, exactly, with two disparate flavor profiles blending to create a third. It's more like a musical mashup, something new made by blending two songs, both overlapping and seamless but also recognizably themselves.
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