I love visiting a new restaurant. I had been meaning to get to the Bodega on Central for awhile; the buzz on the street is good and my friend Amber had spoken highly of the place on several occasions. On a blustery fall day, I met up with my favorite retired gal Lori for a serious catch-up session and some quality Spanish/Latin type eats. I was completely satisfied with both of my agendas.
The Bodega is reminiscent of an old school food stand. It is not much to look at, but the smells emanating from within were enticing to say the least.
Lori is the best kind of lunch buddy, as she has an adventurous palate and is a big time sharer. Bodega offers various flavors daily of their Soda Fresca (Florida fruit juice, organic Florida cane sugar, filtered soda water, and herbs and spices.) Our choices on this day were Hibiscus and Lime; both were refreshing.
We grabbed one of the few tables out back (as of yet, there is no indoor seating) and settled in for a chat and a sandwich.
It was definitely hard to choose from the mouth-watering menu. Lori’s choice for favorite of the day was the Vegetarian Sandwich: Tofu, avocado, cucumber, and jicama.
My favorite of the day was the Pollo Asado: Chicken marinated in coconut, mango mayo, avocado, and Fresno chili. The layers of flavor were out of this world, and the bread was crunchy Cuban style perfection.
I am sad to have not tried the Cuban; everyone I have talked to speaks highly of Bodega’s version. You can only cram so many sandwiches in during a solitary lunch. Amber also recommends the Lechon Sandwich and platter. I am so excited to experience one more fantastic restaurant in the Grand Central District of St. Pete. I will be back for you soon, cubano y un lechon.
I can now vouch for the simple yet perfect Lechon Sandwich (Cuban style roast pork, garlic mojo, and grilled onions) and the supremely crafted Cuban. If you haven’t checked out Bodega yet…..what in the sandwich world are you waiting for???