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Wat Mongkolrata Temple
Ranked #17 of 197 things to do in Tampa
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

I don't normally like crowds but this is one time I'll make an exception. Yes, Sundays are busy and it's the only day the temple opens to serve real traditional Thai cuisine. Temple volunteers man a variety of food booths where you can sample some of the food. You flavor your dishes yourself so no surprises on spices. Prices are no higher than $5. per dish It's difficult to decide what to try out as there are many choices. The grounds, along the Palm River, are peaceful and surprisingly relaxing considering the number of people there. We shared a picnic table with two Thai sisters who were very pleasant and informative. We strolled through the Meditation Garden which leads to the temple. The temple tself is open to the public with occasional presentations on Bhuddism. There's also a garden area where plants, including orchids, are for sale - again, at extremely reasonable prices. Will I go back again? You bet!

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

On Palm River Road in SE Tampa sits the Temple between 50th Street and Maydell Drive. It is an authentic Thai Temple with services on Sunday that leave you with a peaceful and positive feeling. The grounds are great for walking a bit and reflecting by the dock at the river. Come early Sunday and you can try many varieties of food from different vendors. I like...no, LOVE the fried bananas and the pork soup. By 1pm all is over so definitely try about 11am as it gets very crowded. You'll be eating under the trees in view of the beautiful (?) Palm River. In any case the setting is nice and there are many friendly people there. The soup for a large bowl is $5 and the bananas come in different amounts starting at $3 in a paper bag. Watch out as both are hot as lava, temperature wise. There are many other choices.

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

A virtual trip to Thailand: beautiful temple surrounded by spacious riverside grounds, a welcoming community gathering-spot, a food festival to raise money for the temple...even a temple dog wandering among visitors. I recommend heading here any Sunday for a wide assortment of Thai street food prepared and served by smiling volunteers, most of whom speak Thai. After buying your food at a stall, take it to a picnic table (which you'll probably share with others). Enjoy the food and views of the temple and Palm River. Buy extra grilled sate or curry to take home for dinner! People traveling through or living in the Tampa area are fortunate to be able to visit this lovely bit of Thai culture. The English version of the temple website is http://wattampainenglish.com/

Thank CascadeSalem
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

The temple is beautiful, the food is delicious and reasonably priced, the riverfront is peaceful and the people are friendly. They have many delicious choices so you are sure to find some familiar food as well as some things you have never tried before. They also have a side plant sale with all sorts of edibles as well as ornamentals. They don't proselytize or encourage meditation attendance, they just serve good cheap food. They are not vegetarian friendly however as most dishes either contain some meat or are at least cooked in meat broth. Sorry to the veggies out there but it is delicious!

1  Thank eestrand
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We recently stumbled upon this wonderful Sunday brunch at the Buddhist Temple, and it's worth a visit for both great food and a delightful atmosphere! The temple is located along the Alafia River, and you can purchase fantastic Thai food here...noodle bowls, curries, satay, fried bananas, vegetable and shrimp rolls and beautiful desserts. Most are offered for a $5 donation. They have many picnic tables set up alongside the Alafia River, and it's pleasant to sit outdoors and enjoy the day and experience the food of another culture.

4  Thank CompassRoseTampa
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