This place was a cute place to check out! Although pleased that we had the whole place to ourselves, it was sad to see it empty. Wish there was more people who enjoyed this place more. Unfortunately this location is a little further away from me so coming here is much like a planned journey.
Carefully located in a plaza, it serves as a tiny café for the college student to get a “quick” dessert. Typically known for their specialty taiyaki, they also serve other tasty treats such as bubble tea, affogato, and savory foods (wings, dumplings, and other finger foods).
They have quite the menu selections! Unfortunately ELM and I had already eaten prior so we did not partake in the menu. It looks delicious! Wish I had the time to try it all. Maybe for the next visit. 😉
Unfortunately, cafés here in the States are not utilized to their potential. I feel in most Asian countries, cafés are a good place to hang out besides home. I guess I was imagining (any) students here, studying or chatting with their friends but I was wrong! It’s just for the ‘gram.
Haha, working on those IG photos. Here’s the final product! We got the lavender and taro ice cream with honey drizzle, pocky stick and fruit skewers. The lavender flavor was very nice! You don’t get that flavor very often so it paired well with the honey!
Another time, I would like to try another item from their menu. Soon, I hope!
A few weeks ago, I traveled to St. Petersburg with TL and AR and we went to the Dali Museum (click here if you want to read about it!), but before we arrived, of course, we had to have a bite to eat. Not knowing the area, it was my task to find a tasty treat. I will say I am SUPER thankful to find this superb gem. Pacific Counter. I will admit, the name wasn’t the exact hook for me but I saw that they sold sushi burrito and I was sold on it. So lesson learned, please don’t judge a place by the name!! They also had absolutely amazing reviews on both Google and Yelp so that was the sinker.
Pacific Counter – 660 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The location of the place was great. It was neatly tucked in with other stores and other eatery. What I loved about it was that the colors they used on the storefront stuck out. They used this pink that told you they were fun, groovy, AND confident.
They had a menu on the side to see if you even wanted to enter the establishment. Before I left, there was a couple looking at it and I just gave my two cents and told them that they wouldn’t regret it but they sadly just ate. I think it’s nice they had the menu outside.
I must compliment Pacific Counter because even the menu is aesthetically pleasing to look at. It looks intimidating but it’s got a pretty simple process. Left side is the Build your Own but I always like to go for their Creations. Typically I’ll take that they have and maybe add a little this, and a little that. Since I already know what my palette likes, I’ll just tweak it to my liking. ^_^
It has the “Chipotle” or “Subway” assembly line where you can watch your food be created. I, personally enjoy this. I like that I can interact with how my food is being made, or if I add this, depending on the person, their interaction with the choices made.. it’s a very fun process for me! Anyways, the atmosphere was very fun, bright and had an inviting draw. Sadly, it’s not where near me so I had to quickly enjoy all they had to offer!
I think this is their ‘specials’ menu or what they are trying out. Regardless, I loved the art work and how it was displayed.
TL ordered “The O.G.” and I was able to try it. I believe there was some adjustment with it. What was added was Krab, mango, and microgreens. It had a refreshing yet sweet ending. I felt the Poke Classic Sauce and a sweet aftertaste when you put it all-together. If you need something light yet and want something light for your palette, The O.G. is a great choice.
MM… again, I was in despair with what to order because it all looked so good! So I went with my gut and I ordered the Ring of Fire but I had to add some essential toppings. I added the Masago, Seaweed Salad, Furikake and Sesame Seeds. (I also bought their stickers because I was just hooked with everything!) Ohhhh baby, this is winner. I’m in love. Like when I come back, it’s going to be difficult to not want to order this again or get something new. But I know with this place, you can’t go wrong. You just gotta go with what you feel is best for you. And their customer service is phenomenal.
When I say they have phenomenal customer service.. they really do. They allowed me to try the sauce if I wasn’t satisfied with it. (Fire water is probably my favorite!) Plus they told me that if my Dole Whip melted too fast, they would get me another one. *Awwwww* I was impressed. By the way, they sell beer on tap, so that was awesome as well. They also had a refreshment “bar” of teas of different flavors (ugh, I regret not taking a photo!) but it was great for those who enjoy unique tastes of teas.
So overall, this place is a star. So if you are ever in the St. Pete area, please stop by Pacific Counter. You won’t regret it and just let them know that K10 sent ya!
The O.G.: ♥♥♥ Ring of Fire : ♥♥♥♥♥ Signature Dole Whip: ♥♥♥♥