Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Last week, a group of business owners from Localshops1 met for a networking lunch.  It's fun dining with numerous people as you can sample a lot more food and see many different menu items.
We met at Souzou in downtown St. Petersburg.  I have driven by this location hundreds of times and never knew this building housed a fabulous restaurant.
 I arrived early and had a chance to look around before the lunch crowd arrived.  I was immediately greeted by a friendly hostess.
 There are numerous table options, from high top tables for a group, to booths, to bar and everything in between! 

 There is also a fabulous private area which could be used for meetings, rehearsal dinners, group nights out - anything! I think the seating is 30 people.

 There will be more pictures of the inside later - but let's get to the food!!!  We started off with some fabulous appetizers. 
 Spicy Edamame ($5)
 Tsukunel - pork and beef meatballs with sweet hoisin sauce and fresh Asian slaw ($8)

 Gyoza - pork and cabbage potsticker with ginger bacon glaze and shoyu vinaigrette ($7)
 Lunch sandos, huromaki and uramaki are served with either srirachi salted French fries, Souzou salad or miso soup.

 The Egmont EBI ($8) is a four piece uramaki including tempura shrimp, avocado, chili aioli and massage.
There are three tempura tacos to an order ($9) Made with tempura fried mahi, cabbage, yuzu salsa and chili aiolo; these tacos will have your tastebuds doing a tango!

Everything in Souzou is extremely clean.  The bathrooms are quite large and roomy.
 The sushi bar is long enough to seat a bunch of people!

 The kids menu, although only two items, is extensive and quite affordable.
In addition, there is a Sunset Menu available on weekdays from 5pm-7pm.

Each month business members of Localshops will meet for lunch. At our inaugural lunch event - Lunch with the Localshops1 girl, there were eight members in attendance. Attendees were Mandy Minor, J Allen Studios; Cindy Siriwong, Takeout Button; Pia Goff, Pia's Trattoria; Barry Rubin, Time SystemsMichelle Combs, Nauti Narwhal; and Ester Venouziou, Localshops1;   .Check the Localshops1 Facebook page for details on the July lunch.

Souzou is located 435 - 5th Avenue N in St. Petersburg. They are open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 - 2:30. Dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5pm- 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 5pm-11pm.

Phone number for additional questions and reservations is 727-823-4050.  Tell them AfternoonDelight sent you! 

One more thing -- use your Localshops1 card for discounts!!