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heyYou no longer have to drive from Tampa to St. Pete to get some of the best poke bowl’s around. Because Pacific Counter now has a location in South Tampa. The restaurant at 1732 S. Dale Mabry has been open for a little over a week, but is celebrating their grand opening this weekend with Buy One Get One Half Off Bowls & Rolls all weekend long. 

Pacific Counter was the first build-your-own, fast-casual poke bowl and sushi burrito option in Pinellas County, having opened in September 2018, at 660 Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. Pacific Counter opened a micro-location inside Tropicana Field in 2019 where they operate during Rays baseball games and events like Enchant Christmas Market. They also have a location in Lakewood Ranch and have two locations under construction in Downtown Tampa and Sarasota.

The Menu

Pacific Counter is a chef-driven concept, with an emphasis on serving fresh, high-quality ingredients, in a customer-crafted Build Your Own format. While the restaurant is well known for their daily offerings of fresh fish, it has also become a favorite of non-seafood eaters, and vegetarians/vegans. Bowls & Burritos on the menu are priced between $10 – $18 with Bubble Teas, Sides, and Drinks all priced between $3 – $10. The menu features 11 ready-to-order Counter Creations, as well as the Build Your Own option that can be configured in more than six million ways!

Whatever you choose can be crafted into a small or large bowl or a giant burrito. Also featured are a unique lineup of four different all beef Hot Dogs, loaded with toppings, served on Hawaiian Rolls. Traditional sides such as Seaweed Salad, Miso Soup, and Spam Musubi are also found on the menu, along with their highly addictive Pineapple Dole Whip for dessert. A variety of different lemonades & teas are handcrafted daily, as well as a fun variety of bottled & canned beverages. They also offers an extensive offering of made to order Bubble Teas to complement their food menu.


Pacific Counter

Pacific Counter  

Pacific Counter was recently listed on Yelp’s Top 100 Restaurants in Florida list and has been named to the Tampa Bay Times list of Best Restaurants & Best of The Best List multiple times. They have won several Creative Loafing’s Best of The Bay Awards, including “Best Poke Bowls”. Pacific Counter offers online ordering, delivery, takeout, and their full-scale catering program. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. 

15 Tampa Bay Restaurants That Were Featured On The Food Network

Whether you watch these shows or not, it’s still pretty cool that local restaurants get national recognition. There have been a lot of Tampa Bay area restaurants featured on the Food Network. From shows like “Diners, Drive-In’s, and Dives,” to “Man vs Food,” and “America’s Best.” These are are just some of the shows that have featured local restaurants on the national level. as a whole list of 35 places in the Tampa Bay area that have been on the Food Network. Some of the places are closed now, so we only included the top 15 places.

Being in a melting pot of cultures in Florida means we have so many culinary options to choose from. The food scene in Tampa Bay has always been a focal point in visiting the city. A lot of these places mostly have American food, but you’ll find great and authentic Caribbean, Indian, and Greek spots in the list. The Food Network loves to come to the Sunshine State to find hidden gems. TV Food Maps has a list of 292 places that have had a feature on a show. But we’re only interested in the ones that are a quick drive away from home.

Here are 15 Tampa Bay area restaurants that were on the Food Network

  • Shiso Crispy

    Shiso Crispy is a Asian fusion food truck that has two permanent spots at Unlimited Games and HOB Brewery. Ronicca was in a 5 week long Food Network Tournament on Guys Grocery Games. The episodes aired this past summer.

  • Skippers Smoke House

    Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, FL is a popular seafood restaurant known for its delicious smoked fish, which has been featured on Man vs Food Nation and Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich

  • Aguila Sandwich Shop

    Aguila Sandwich Shop in Tampa, FL is a family owned and operated restaurant specializing in Cuban and Latin cuisine. The shop has been featured on the popular TV show Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in 2012. Find them at 3200 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa

  • Columbia Restaurant Sand Key

    Columbia Restaurant is known for their 7 locations across Tampa Bay. The Sand Key location was  featured on television shows such as Drinking Made Easy in 2011, and offers a wide array of traditional Spanish dishes in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.


  • Datz

    Datz in Tampa, FL is a popular restaurant serving up comfort food and craft beers. It has been featured on TV shows such as Food Paradise in 2012. The theme of their episode was “meatloaf paradise.”

  • Frenchy's Rockaway Grill

    Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill in Clearwater, FL is an iconic seafood restaurant right on the beach. It has been featured on several tv shows, including Food Paradise in 2015.

  • Parkesdale Farm Market

    Parkesdale Farm Market in Plant City, FL is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The farm market serves fresh produce, homemade jams and jellies, and other delicious treats. It was featured on America’s Best in 2010 for the Best Drinkable Desert.

  • Mykonos

    Mykonos in Tarpon Springs, FL is a local Greek restaurant that has been featured on the TV show Eden Eats back in 2012. It offers traditional Greek cuisine with a modern flair and was voted best Greek restaurant in Pinellas County.

  • Nitally’s

    Nitally’s is a Mexican and Thai fusion restaurant located in St. Petersburg, FL. It has become a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and has even been featured on TV shows such as Food Paradise in 2014.

  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company

    Tampa Bay Brewing Company is a popular craft brewery with a couple locations in Tampa Bay. It has been featured on the Food Network’s TV show, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” in 2011, and serves a variety of unique craft beers, ciders, sours, and stouts. The brewery also features an outdoor patio and live music.

  • Mandarin Hide

    Mandarin Hide in St. Petersburg, FL is a popular bar and restaurant that has been featured on tv shows such as Drinking Made Easy in 2011.

  • Buya Ramen

    Buya Ramen in St. Petersburg, FL is a popular restaurant that has been featured on the tv shows Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in 2017.

  • Ulele

    Ulele in Tampa, FL is a popular restaurant known for its contemporary take on Florida’s native cuisine featuring locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. It has been featured in numerous tv shows such as Best Thing I Ever Ate in 2020.

  • Bern's Steak House

    Everyone in Tampa knows Bern’s Steak House for their high quality steaks and wines. It has been featured on several TV shows, including Best Thing I Ever Ate, Drinking Made Easy, Guilty Pleasures, and Food Paradise.

  • The Original Crabby Bills

    The Original Crabby Bills in Indian Rocks Beach, FL has been featured on the tv shows Heat Seekers and is known for its delicious fresh seafood.

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