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Hula Bay Dining Review

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The Bottom Line

When it comes to Waterfront dining Hula Bay is one of the swankiest spots to do it. Not only can you eat while watching all the boats go by, you can relax poolside with a beverage in hand after.

Pros

  • The staff is so friendly
  • The view
  • Creative menu options

Cons

  • Parking is valet almost all the time.
  • Sushi is not always available

Description

  • Address: 5210 W. Tyson Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
  • Phone: (813) 837-4852
  • Signature dish: Sushi, seafood and Beach Tacos
  • Hours: Closed Mondays, Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight
  • Parking: Valet or street parking available.
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Guide Review – Hula Bay

Anytime I’m near Tyson Avenue I make it a point to stop at Hula Bay. No matter when I stop by I always find exactly what I want when I want it. The food is awesome, the staff is super friendly and it’s hard to beat eating on the water.

To pick my favorite dish at Hula Bay is impossible. Everything I’ve eaten there has been really good! I do however, highly recommend the following: Appetizer-Molten Martini; Entrée: Beach Tacos-I vote Mojo Roast Pork!; Dessert: The Rum Soaked Banana Bread.

The Molten Martini features a mound of crispy shrimp tossed in volcano sauce. The beach tacos are plated so that you can build your own with exactly what you want in them. Lettuce, cheese, sour cream and pico are all available for you to create the perfect soft taco. The choice of meats includes shrimp, Mahi Mahi, chicken or pork and all of them come with rice and beans.

For dessert there’s Key Lime Pie, Coconut Crème Brulee and Molten Chocolate Cake, but I urge you to forget all those and step outside the box to try the Rum Soaked Banana Bread. This amazingly simple dessert features warm banana nut bread soaked in rum topped with vanilla bean ice cream garnished with candied walnuts and bananas. It is one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten- okay fine! You caught me-one of the best desserts I’ve ever inhaled! It’s so delicious that my mouth waters every time I think about it!

Other meal options include burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, steak, hot wings and of course sushi! Sushi is not always available though. Sadly during most lunch times Monday through Friday it’s not on the menu. If you want sushi you are better off stopping by for dinner or coming by on the weekend. The sushi is really quite delicious and all the favorite rolls along with several signature rolls are at Hula Bay.

One sushi roll I recommend is the Paradise Roll. This roll is filled with shrimp tempura, cream cheese and asparagus wrapped in spicy crab with tempura chips and scallion. Another that I suggest is a spin on the California Roll that is known as the California Dreamin’ Roll. This yummy concoction features a Panko fried Cali roll over mango and kiwi coulis, topped with ahi poki, tobikko and orange zest. The California Dreamin’ roll is served with citrus ponzu as well. All the rolls come with wasabi, ginger and soy sauce.

Last but not least I suggest trying a cocktail at Hula Bay. They have a strawberry mojito that is to die for! The fruit mojitos have fruit that is muddled in house and they come in kiwi, strawberry, mango, and blueberry. All the mojitos are made with Cruzan Rum, mint, sugar and lime juice, served in a pint glass. They can be served frozen or on the rocks.

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