2716 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612
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It was a year when customization really took root. With concepts like Chipotle leading the way, newcomer Little Greek swiftly opened 11 locations around Tampa Bay and recent additions like Your Pie settled in with a simple vision: Pick your protein, pick your starch, pick your toppings and sauces. Mexican and Mediterranean cuisines seem to lend themselves to this follow-your-bliss bespoke cooking, but it wasn’t until Sate Southeast Asian Grill opened mid-December that anyone thought to take it in an Asian direction. Appealing to USF students and the nearby U.S. Army Recruiting center, it’s order-at-the-counter Vietnamese/Thai fusion. You point to a base (salad, vermicelli, jasmine rice, sandwich), then a meat or tofu, then accents like Vietnamese pickles or Thai cuke salad and finally a sauce (the curry is good, as is the peanut sauce). Total price tag in the neighborhood of $6.15.
This is part of Times Food Critic Laura Reiley's 25 Top Affordable Restaurants in Tampa Bay.