Huge, huge happy congratulations to one of our brilliant local restaurant moguls, Pom Moongauklang, chef-proprietor-goddess of some of Orlando's freshest late-night eats (and perennial Best of Orlando winners), Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria and Tako Cheena. Pom has sold a Pom Pom's franchise to retired deputy Tom Woodard, who plans to open up in St. Petersburg, Fla. Today St. Pete, tomorrow the world!
The new location will spread the gospel of Mama Ling Ling's Thanksgiving sandwich to the lucky residents of St. Pete, who probably have no idea what's about to hit them. (That's sliced turkey, ginger-cranberry chutney, Gouda cheese, stuffing, mashed potato, cream cheese and a side of gravy if you're so unlucky that you've never experienced it.)
When Pom Pom's opened here in Orlando, we were hooked from the start. Our review ("Wichcraft," May 25, 2006) read:
The menu sports a quirky, idiosyncratic mix of elements that shouldn’t go together, but do. Fresh, high-quality ingredients and handmade preparation tie all the dishes together; otherwise, it’s a bewildering, bewitching assortment of flavors and cuisines. The list of specialty items includes arugula, cranberry chutney, fresh basil, red apples and caramel — more like a wacky chick’s shopping list than a test-marketed array of proven sellers. The slightly girly vibe, the eclectic but striking combinations on the menu, the forgivable hint of erratic ditziness — if Carrie Bradshaw were a restaurant, she would be Pom Pom’s.
Be sure to like the newest Pom Pom's Facebook page; you never know when you might find yourself in St. Pete and it's good to know you won't starve.