There are 4 illustrations hanging on the wall inside Lakewood Ranch’s Pacific Counter that inform you what the restaurant is all about. One reveals Hawaii, the homeland for poke; one other reveals Japan, the place sushi, after all, comes from; a 3rd reveals southern California, which explains the eatery’s chilled-out, hyper-color ambiance; and a fourth is an homage to St. Petersburg, the place the primary Pacific Counter opened in 2018.
Add all that up and you will have a strong grasp of the fast-casual restaurant, which makes a speciality of bowls that may be ready with a base of rice, noodles or greens; meal-sized sushi burritos; fancy sizzling canine; and loads of sides and sweets.
The restaurant was opened by co-owners Tanner Loebel, Eric Bialik and Chitthasack Noythanongsay, who had all labored in varied roles within the meals world beforehand. Along with the St. Pete restaurant, in addition they function a concession stand inside Tropicana Field, the Tampa Bay Rays’ ballpark.
“We constructed our idea on comfort,” says Loebel. “We needed one thing that was contemporary and wholesome, but additionally fast and handy.”
The restaurant gives on-line ordering, which accounts for 60 p.c of its Lakewood Ranch location’s gross sales, and lately started providing supply by way of quite a few third-party companies. Loebel, Bialik and Noythanongsay determined to maneuver into the Lakewood Ranch market after quite a few guests to their St. Pete location from Lakewood Ranch steered the concept and the three drove down to go to.
“We fell in love with the realm,” says Loebel, who plans to maneuver to Lakewood Ranch after his household’s new house is constructed.
The flavors at Pacific Counter are clear and vibrant. An “Over the Rainbow” sushi burrito ($11.99) is filled with each uncooked tuna and salmon. A creamy yuzu sauce, sushi rice and cubes of mango prickle your candy tooth, whereas edamame beans supply some chew, and sprouts, fish eggs and sesame seeds spherical out the flavors. Different burritos and bowls cowl a wider vary of tastes, with components like barbecued hen, tofu and mushrooms, and most could be personalized nonetheless you want.
A bánh mì-style sizzling canine ($5.99) attire up a typical frankfurter with cilantro leaves, a daikon relish and sliced cucumbers and jalapeños, all of it cooled down by an avocado and lime dressing. A aspect of kimchi ($2.99-$5.99) is good and pungent, and Pacific Counter can also be providing Spam musubi ($2.99), a Hawaiian staple. Hawaii, Japan, SoCal and St. Pete—all of it comes collectively in Lakewood Ranch.
Pacific Counter is situated at 11581 E. State Highway 70, #109, Bradenton, and is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. each day. For more information, name (941) 739-8039 or visit the restaurant’s website.