Let the raving begin! I found Lotus using my Happy Cow App and I think it's my new favorite place!
This restaurant is on a major intersection (Park Blvd. and 66 Street/693) in Pinellas Park (in between Clearwater and St. Petersburg). There’s a lot of traffic and congestion in the area. But, once you enter the restaurant, all that noise goes away. It is clean, and friendly and peaceful in there. You are warmly greeted by who I believe was the owner (she was there both days I went).
The first day I ate here, I ate at lunch time. I would highly recommend going at lunch time because you get AWESOME lunch specials at ridiculously low prices ($5.99, and it includes the main course, rice, spring roll and a yummy veg soup – it’s an unbelievable bargain and plenty of food). (See my photo of the lunch menu.)
I got the sweet and sour tofu with white rice. Oh, it was just so delicious. The tofu was breaded and the flavor was amazing. It comes with peppers but I left them out and added carrots instead. They customized the dish to accommodate me and I appreciate that. The veggie soup had a wonderful flavor; it was really, really good. And, the spring roll was wonderful too.
My friend had the tofu curry. It was quite good too and she loved it. Hers also came with the spring roll, soup, and rice (lunch special). We both ate a hearty meal for $12!
We ate here also for dinner the next night (yes, it was THAT good). We both had the same thing again, the sweet and sour tofu. Thing is, at night the prices go up a bit, but it is twice as much food. It comes with the rice, but not the veg soup. We shared a bowl of sweet and sour soup which had celery, okra, and some other good stuff. But, it was a tad spicy for my liking; my friend loved it. We also had a really good pot of green tea. The prices at night range from about $8 to $13. Still, it is an amazing value.
The restaurant is impeccably clean. There is only one server (and, again, I think she might be the owner). She is fantastic – she continually brings out water and tends to your needs; she was really a very kind, pleasant person.
Don’t let the traffic, congestion and not-so-pretty buildings in the area scare you off. It’s a great restaurant and even meat-eaters will come away satisfied. The menu is huge and an entire family can eat there for a reasonable amount of money.
I'll be back when I am in the area again - for sure!
Cheap, Delicious food, Clean place with good service