5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, FL 33610
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Mid-year I visited the restaurants at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, flitting between Council Oak steakhouse and Rock 'N Raw sushi bar, noting along the way the number of Asian patrons. The casino has gone one better since then, announcing they would actively court Asian-Americans and Asian visitors in a number of ways. The casino added the Noodle Bar at Jubao Palace toward the end of the year. It’s a lively 15-seat, quick-service noodle bar with a short menu that is ethnically indistinct, in a good way. A bowl of pho, some beef chow fun or roast duck, it’s somewhere between Vietnamese and Chinese, all at prices most can swing even if they’ve taken a major dive at the Pai Gow poker table.
This is part of Times Food Critic Laura Reiley's 25 Top Affordable Restaurants in Tampa Bay.