Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: International Plaza District
In 2012, Hoang Le opened a second outpost of his Zen Bistro Grill, a resoundingly popular Westchase Pan-Asian hot spot since 2006. Le took over the Bay Street unit that housed Cafe Japon, overhauling the space, including work on the floors, ceilings and restrooms, plus the addition of a distinctive exterior facade that makes it stand out. He has wisely chosen to pare his menu, offering a range of "greatest hits" dishes from Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. Pairing deftly with the menu's bold flavors, general manager and chief mixologist Natalie Haney has done smart work with the full liquor license (great signature infusions).
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, and 3-11 p.m. nightly, with late night menu from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Thurs.-Sat.