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Feb 24, 2010 09:20 AM

Dayton Ohio - Tsao's Garden

This restaurant was mentioned in an earlier post, since then it has become my favorite Chinese restaurant. Their regular menu has many of the same items that you will find anywhere, But if you check out the white board menu behind the counter you will find many items not found at other places, including jelly fish! (haven't tried that yet)

They also have a lunch buffet. Most Chinese buffetts suck, but here they have a smaller number of choices that they keep fresher. On Saturdays the buffett has some very unique items. Some of the things I've recently sampled were a salad made of baby bamboo shoots, vegetable filled dumplings, and another salad made of pork tripe and slivers of green onions all very tasty.

Tsao's Garden is located at the corner of Col. Glenn Hywy and National Rd. near WPAFB and Wrigth State U. They close at 9pm and are closed on Sundays.

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  1. I've only carried out, but, let me tell you, they are one of the few places that actually has a lot of heat in their hot and sour soup. It is one of the finer Chinese restaurants in the entire Miami Valley, for sure.

    1. Agree that it's really good (thanks for the heads-up, Phaedrus), but I think the name is actually Tsao's Cuisine vice Tsao's Garden. Here's the address and phone number: 3989 Colonel Glenn Highway Fairborn, OH 45324 - (937) 429-5899

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      1. re: Niki in Dayton

        Ach, so you are correct, Niki.

        Word of warning, it is a small parking lot with access only on an often very busy Colonel Glenn. There's no direct access to neigboring Grange Hall Rd. Turning left from there could become a time-consuming task.

        But the food is worth it, from what I have had.

        1. re: Niki in Dayton

          Thanks for the correction, Niki.

          Has anyone tried any of the more interesting menu items on the white board?

          1. re: jackrugby

            I've had both the Japenese eggplant and the rock salt pork chops from the white board and they were both delicious.

            1. re: Niki in Dayton

              We ate there last night and I'm eating my leftover Japanese eggplant right now. My wife had the Jing Du pork chop and it was delicious as well.

              We had the crab rangoon and I had some hot and sour soup as well to try out some more Americanized dishes. Both were excellent.

              We'll definitely be going back.

            2. re: jackrugby

              They also have a photograph book behind the counter of various dishes not on the Americanized menu. The book is fabulous! The chef was a banquet chef in Taiwan and her brother runs the front of the house. They are the real deal and on top of that, lovely and charming to their customers. We go there every chance when we go to Dayton and celebrate Chinese New Year with them every year.

          2. I know it's an old thread, but I visited Tsao's recently and just wanted to add my thumbs up. :)

            We ordered most of our dinner off the whiteboard specials list and were not disappointed: flounder with ground beans, a very tasty shredded pork/tofu dish, the stewed brisket, and pork ribs in black bean sauce. All the vegetables were perfectly cooked, and it was wonderful to have still-crisp, bright green gai lan and baby bok choy accompanying our somewhat meat-heavy meal.

            A bit odd that they serve the hot tea in cups with handles and don't leave a pot at the table, though. No big deal, but it's not something I often see at Chinese restaurants, much less Chinese restaurants that have a special menu.

            1. I finally got to try this place and was very impressed. Fantastic value. Will definitely go again when I am in the area.